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Valerie Kellogg

Valerie Kellogg fell in love with real estate when she bought her first home in 2004. Monitoring the real estate ads and checking out open houses soon became an addiction. The housing gods smiled down when she got offered the job of Newsday's shelter editor in early 2006, overseeing the real estate and home section. She had been at Newsday since 2000, editing the opinion pages, as well as the advice, faith and technology sections. Currently, she also edits the Long Island arts and kids sections and runs this blog.

A 1994 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Valerie has worked at CBS (where she helped launch cbsnewyork.com), the Long Island Voice and the Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier-News. She taught journalism part time at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University from 1999 to 2010. She attended the school on a full scholarship package, earning her bachelor's in art history with a minor in journalism. She grew up in East Northport.

Valerie lives in Huntington (in a house she bought in 2006) with her husband, Richard T. McKenna, and son, Harrison.

Waterslide turns Dix Hills home into a park-like oasis

"As nice as the house is, the backyard

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Who needs a trip to Splish Splash when you can spend the summers in this water park-like backyard in Dix Hills? The sloping, landscaped property features a waterslide into the free-form pool. The property is on the market for $2.249 million.

“It’s very dramatic,” says listing agent Paulette Nadel of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “It’s like Disney World.”

Up on the hill is a sports court,...

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Old Westbury home comes with its own sports complex

The Old Westbury estate's sports emporium comes with

(Credit: Laffey Fine Homes)

A complete sports emporium — including a 74-by-56-foot basketball court, gym, locker room, kitchen and sauna — is on the market as part of an Old Westbury estate for $6.998 million.

The owners had the sports center built for the family and children in the neighborhood to have a place to play basketball.

“There were often times where my son would play basketball with the neighborhood...

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News 12: Take the Rich Cribs quiz

This house in Old Field is listed for

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Newsday LI Home editor Valerie Kellogg appeared on News 12 Long Island Tuesday night, as she does every Tuesday night around 7:15, to talk about high-end Long Island homes.

This week she took News 12's Lea Tyrrell on a tour of villas -- and then gave her a quiz on which has the highest asking price. Here's the clip, in case you missed it, with a list of the agents representing each of the...

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Why you should buy their house in Center Moriches

Susan Schuler and Curt Stork, outside their Center

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Sellers: Susan Schuler and Curt Stork

Address: 17 Beachfern Rd., Center Moriches

Asking price: $474,900

The basics: A four-bedroom, three-bath expanded ranch on a private, wooded .63-acre lot

The competition: A four-bedroom, 3½-bath expanded ranch on Orchard Neck Road is listed for $499,900.

Recent sale in the area: A two-bedroom ranch on the same street sold Dec. 23...

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Ultracontemporary $22.995M Sagaponack home

Outside this Sagaponack home, listed for $22.995 million,

(Credit: The Corcoran Group)

A 12,000-square-foot ultracontemporary home in Sagaponack on more than 3 acres was recently listed for $22.995 million.

Builder Jay Bialsky teamed up with Sag Harbor architect Val Florio and interior-design firm Grade NYC to develop the "trendsetting" home. Highlights include a dramatic two-story great room with full-length bay windows and a fireplace of Basaltina lava stone and black marble,...

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A Levittown house built before Levitt came

This antique Levittown Colonial has a large enclosed

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This antique in Levittown is definitely not a Levitt house. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom Colonial was built around 1870, a good 75 years before the post-World War II suburb was created. It is listed for $368,000.

Not much is known about the history of the house, which sits on a 98-by-193-foot property and has a large enclosed front porch and cellar doors. There are hardwood floors as well...

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1840 Mattituck farmhouse comes with pond

While most vintage North Fork homes are on

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

While most vintage North Fork homes are on busy Route 25, this 1840 farmhouse in Mattituck on the market for $799,000 is a little off the beaten path, set on a grassy slope and encircled by three wooded acres. A small pond completes the bucolic picture. The house on Cox Neck Road (named for the home’s original owner, Luther Cox) is a short bike ride to Breakwater Beach and Mattituck’s village center.

Also...

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CNBC to feature Upper Brookville mansion

This Upper Brookville estate, which is for sale,

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

A $12.995 million Upper Brookville estate will appear Saturday night in a segment of CNBC’s “Secret Lives of the Super Rich.”

The show, which starts at 8 p.m., features listing agent Maria Babaev of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who will take host Robert Frank on a tour of a Chestnut Hill manse where one can swim indoors, bowl or catch a movie. Viewers will also learn what Babaev’s favorite...

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News 12: Hamptons homes with big price tags

This North Haven home, 60 Forest Rd, Sag

(Credit: Brown Harris Stevens / Jake Rajs)

Newsday LI Home editor Valerie Kellogg appeared on News 12 Long Island Tuesday night, as she does every Tuesday night around 7:15, to talk about high-end Long Island homes.

This week she took News 12's Ted David on a tour of the homes. Here's the clip, in case you missed it, with a list of the agents representing each of the properties. To see past segments, click here.

SAGAPONACK HOME:

Cody...

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Hampton Designer Showhouse on market for $14.495M

This new shingle-style home in Bridgehampton, which just

(Credit: Saunders and Associates)

The dual entry gates leading to this triple gabled, south-of-Montauk-Highway Bridgehampton mansion make quite a statement, but it’s what’s on the inside that will provide a “wow” factor. The newly built shingle-style home, which just hit the market for $14.495 million, is the site of this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse, an annual fundraising event for Southampton Hospital that begins July 20.

There...

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