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A look inside dramatic homes with several fireplaces

This Mill Neck house has an open floor

This Mill Neck house has an open floor plan with soaring ceilings and walls of glass, as well as three gas-burning fireplaces. This fireplace is in the living room.

9 Sound Bay Dr.

Within the past couple of years, the owners of this nine-room Tudor-style Colonial converted all three wood-burning fireplaces to gas. The fireplaces can be found in the living room, the den and the master suite. In fact, just about everything in the house, including the mechanicals, is new, says the listing agent. Features include wood floors, moldings, French doors and some built-in shelves.

The kitchen is designed with granite countertops, light color cabinets, some with glass doors, as well as a center island. Appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler and a Wolf stove and oven. From the living room, a set of French doors, which flank the fireplace, open to the den, which accesses a deck overlooking the two-acre property. There are four bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms, including the master suite, which has a vaulted ceiling and Palladian window. Taxes, including the village tax, are $24,215. Donna Moran, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 631-935-2753.

2A Ellen Dr.
$449,900 to $475,000

In the 1940s, this 10-room Colonial was a retreat of sorts. Called the Smithtown Institute for Wellness, it was where one went to breathe fresh air, eat healthy food and, in the cooler months, chill out in front of one of three fireplaces, says one of the listing agents. Although it's not clear when the building turned residential, it was completely renovated in 2008.

Two of three fireplaces -- one in the den with cultured stone and the other with brick in the great room -- now have Quadra-Fire wood-burning inserts. The inserts, which slide into the fireplace and have glass panels, give the flames visibility. The fireplaces "are incredibly energy efficient and clean," the listing agent says, noting each one produces about 61,000 Btu that can heat up to 3,100 square feet of space. There's a third fireplace in the dining room.

Other features include wood floors. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, as well as a breakfast booth. The booth is a replica of one from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House in Lake Grove, the agent says. There are four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, including one in the guest suite, and two half-bathrooms. Outside, the 0.6-acre property is landscaped with an in-ground pool and pool house. Taxes are $13,104. Gary Baumann and Melanie Mazzeo, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-499-9191.

733 Soundview Rd.

Featuring an open floor plan with soaring ceilings and walls of glass, this 3,050-square-foot contemporary has three gas-burning fireplaces. One is in the family room, another in the living room, and the third is in one of two second-floor master suites. The master with the fireplace also has a walk-in closet, a Jacuzzi tub and access to a glass conservatory, while the other master accesses a deck. Another en suite bedroom is on the above-grade lower level. (There's a total of 3½  bathrooms.)

Set on a hill, overlooking Mill Neck Bay across to Long Island Sound and Connecticut, the house also has multiple decks and patios. The 120-by-100-foot lot is in Mill Neck Estates, a homeowner's association community. Taxes, including village taxes, are $17,072. Kristine Livadas and Katherine Kearney, Laffey Fine Homes International, 516-776-0039.

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