Rich cribs: Kiri Te Kanawa's former Oyster Bay Cove home
Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has performed in the world's best known opera houses, and she called an Oyster Bay Cove Colonial home in the 1980s, when performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The house with six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half bath is now on the market for $2.2 million.
Seller Judith Tytel, who bought the house from the New Zealand opera singer more than 25 years ago, says she remembers viewing it during an open house and seeing opera posters in the kids' rooms.
"She bought the house when she came to sing for long periods of time for the Met and in the United States in general," Tytel says.
The Tytels have updated the three-story home, redoing the kitchen and adding a media room and gym to the above-ground lower level. There are still many original details, including six fireplaces, French doors and wide-plank floors. The Tytels also installed central air-conditioning as the singer "didn't want central air -- it was bad for her voice," Tytel says.
Xu Tang and Andrea Levine of Keller Williams Realty are the co-listing agents.