This brick Georgian manor house in Matinecock lets you know precisely where you stand as you walk in the door. The vestibule floor of the home -- on the market for $10.995 million -- features a marble compass rose inlay, says Anne Kerr, listing agent with Kimberly Bancroft of Piping Rock Associates. There's another compass painted on the ceiling at the top of the curved staircase in the foyer.
The home, built in 1927, was designed by the architectural firm of Delano and Aldrich for Edwin A. Fish, an investment banker with Smith Barney & Co., and his first wife, Christine A. Biddle. According to Village of Matinecock clerk-treasurer William Simonds, Fish was a village trustee from 1928 until 1940, when he became mayor. He held that office until 1954.
Four of the home's eight bedrooms are en suite, each with its own fireplace. There are nine fireplaces in all. The main rooms include a formal dining room with decorative Roman columns along the walls, a library with built-in cabinets tucked into each corner, and a formal living room. There are 12-foot ceilings and oversize windows.
"It is one of those classic North Shore estates," says Kerr.
The more than 20 acres include a tennis court, an in-ground pool with pavilion and a separate three-bedroom cottage, and a two-bedroom apartment above the detached, four-car garage.