5 Scott Ct., $989,000
Inside the finished basement of this Postmodern is a 12-seat movie theater with soundproof walls, says listing agent Joseph Donofrio of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The theater features stadium-style leather seating, an electronic curtain that opens to reveal a 124-inch screen, and a surround sound system. “But with the soundproof walls, anybody who is hanging out in that open area of the basement won’t hear a thing,” Donofrio says.
The open area of the basement, which has nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and a bathroom, also includes a curved, tiled wall with a gas fireplace. Situated against the adjacent wall, between two decorative columns, is a sitting area with a built-in cushioned bench. The outside entrance to the basement consists of two French doors that lead to the backyard.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home includes a living room with vaulted ceilings, a den with a fireplace and sliders and a formal dining room.
The granite kitchen, updated in 2007, features stainless steel appliances, a center island and a butler’s pantry with a wine refrigerator. The master bedroom suite offers walk-in closets and a bathroom with double sinks.
The back deck overlooks an in-ground pool with a slide, waterfalls and a surrounding paver patio. The half-acre property, situated in the Holly Acres gated community, also includes a paver driveway that leads to an attached two-car garage.
The taxes are $23,025. Joseph Donofrio, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-831-2121.
899 Pond Rd., $399,000
The basement of this ranch features a large den and a brand-new full bathroom, says listing agent Laurie Ann Hoschke of Century 21 AA. “With a house that does not have a den on the first floor,” Hoschke says, “a finished basement is always a big bonus.”
Another bonus? On the opposite side of the finished basement is a separate room with a two-person sauna, a laundry room and a workshop.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with gas heating and central air-conditioning, has hardwood floors in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. There is a walk-in closet and two additional closets in the master bedroom.
The kitchen has been updated to include cherrywood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a breakfast bar.
The bathroom on the main level includes a tub and a separate walk-in shower. A door leads from the kitchen to the tree-lined backyard, which features a paver patio, a fire pit and a hot tub.
The 0.47-acre property also includes an attached one-car garage and a six-car driveway.
The foyer offers access to the den in the basement, which includes hardwood floors and ceilings that are just over seven feet.
The taxes are $9,798. Laurie Ann Hoschke, Century 21 AA, 631-332-2100.
48 Brown St., $600,000
This expanded cape offers both a man cave and a woman cave. When the owners couldn’t agree on how to transform the basement, they reached a compromise, says listing agent Joesiann Cortez of Exit Realty Dreams.
“The basement itself was divided into two separate rooms,” Cortez says. “One side was turned into a man cave and the woman’s side was turned into a reading room. I think it’s a very nice compromise.”
The main difference, other than the decor, is that the woman’s portion of the basement has a tiled floor, while the man’s side has carpeting. Recessed lighting is used on each side of the basement, which is accessed off the kitchen, on the main level.
The four-bedroom house includes two bathrooms, a living room and dining room area with bamboo wood flooring, and a kitchen with updated appliances. Featured in the backyard, Cortez says, is a built-in barbecue and custom-built bar area on the back patio. There is also an above-ground pool, a deck and a large shed. The house sits on a 50-by-100-foot property with a three-car driveway.
The taxes are $9,132. Joesiann Cortez, Exit Realty Dreams, 718-300-8924.