People who live on the Great South Bay don't lead an ordinary existence, says Anthony Vaccaro, who is reluctantly selling his waterfront Brightwaters home, featured here, after 23 years.
"Right now, I'm looking out the window and 99 percent of the bay is frozen over, which is something most people on Long Island don't get to see," he said. "It's an eyeful."
Here are three homes with fantastic views of this special body of water. It holds cherished memories for Vaccaro, now an empty-nester, who pulled his children on sleds over its frozen surface with an all-terrain vehicle in winters and took them on family boat trips in summers.
"The things that people go away for on vacation, we did all year long here," he says. "I'm going to miss it."
Islip, 88 W. Bayberry Rd., $1.7 million
LISTING HISTORY: On the market four months
WHAT'S FOR SALE: This is a four-bedroom, four-bath ranch-style home on 1.3 acres with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, a den and family room, fireplace, bar, sunroom, media room, a butler's pantry and a maids' room. It has a dock, a brick patio, an outdoor swimming pool and an attached one-car garage along with a detached two-car garage.
BAY VIEW: The bay is visible from most rooms, including the upstairs master suite, which comes with a balcony.
LISTING AGENT: Steven Rainone, Netter Real Estate Inc., 631-661-5100.
Brightwaters, 10 S. Windsor Ave., $1.41 million
LISTING HISTORY: On the market for a year
WHAT'S FOR SALE: This is a four-bedroom, four-bath Colonial with a high-end eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, den and family room, an office, fitness room, an attached three-car garage, spiral staircase and an attic. It has two gas fireplaces, a wet bar, billiard room and a solarium. The home comes with beach rights.
BAY VIEW: In addition to the beach, the home's fitness room and solarium offer extensive views of the bay.
LISTING AGENT: Deanna Tenhoopen and Dawn Benson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 631-422-5511
Blue Point, 52 Grandview Dr., $579,000
LISTING HISTORY: New to market
WHAT'S FOR SALE: This is a three-bedroom, two-bath Cape with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, office, two fireplaces, an attic, a patio and beach rights. The sale includes a second lot adjacent to it.
BAY VIEW: The back of the home has unobstructed views of the bay both downstairs and from the second-floor master suite, which has a balcony.
LISTING AGENT: Kurt VonBartheld, Pinnacle Properties of New York, LTD, 631-820-1821