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Kristin Lavin Taveira

Kristin Lavin Taveira has been writing for Newsday since 2005. In addition to covering the real estate scene, she writes about home interior trends and advice, home improvement and green living.

Over the years she has also written Newsday articles on everything from mid-level medical professionals to Muppets. She’s had two weekly columns for the paper covering real estate and books. Prior to Newsday, Kristin was assistant managing editor/online for a business-to-business technology magazine, where she managed the online content and wrote daily news articles and bi-weekly features. She also wrote a weekly fitness column for cbs.com.

Kristin also has an extensive background in newspaper, magazine and web design and production in such roles as editorial design director, production manager and assistant art director.

You get a piano, furniture with this Old Brookville home

This Old Brookville home listed for $3.15 million

(Credit: Laffey Fine Homes)

An Old Brookville Colonial on the market for $3.15 million was custom-designed from top to bottom by the homeowners. “They are passionate about houses, and the work of art they put together is really beautiful,” says Janet Berookhim, who is listing the property with Fred DeClara of Laffey Fine Homes.

The custom-made front door, which was a yearlong project, weighs between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds...

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Why you should buy their house in Syosset

Diane and Michael Parenti take a moment in

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Sellers: Diane and Michael Parenti

Address: 250 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset

Asking price: $899,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, 4½-bath farm ranch built in 1947 on 1 acre

The competition: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on Hickman Court is listed for $995,000.

Recent sale in the area: A five-bedroom Colonial on Ryan Street sold March 31 for $900,000.

Taxes: $19,997

Time...

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Sag Harbor house sells for record-breaking $9.75M

This historic Sag Harbor property sold for a

(Credit: The Corcoran Group)

The sale of a historic Main Street home in Sag Harbor for $9.75 million is a record for a non-waterfront property on 1 acre north of Montauk Highway, says a real estate agent involved in the deal.

“I can’t think of anything that has gone for a higher price off the water,” says Gary DePersia of The Corcoran Group, who co-listed the property with Seth Madore. “It’s an amazing sale.”

The...

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Massapequa Park home perfect for bird watchers

The property of this Massapequa Park farm-ranch house

(Credit: Real Living Innovations Realty)

You can watch birds all day long at a Massapequa Park farm ranch on the market for $449,000: The house backs onto a bird sanctuary at the Massapequa Preserve.

Various bird species visit the 60-by-100-foot property, including blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, crows and finches, says Martin Sorrentino of Real Living Innovations Realty.

“You just sit on the deck . . . and it’s like being...

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News 12: 3 Southampton homes with 8-digit asking prices

Wooldon Manor, an estate in Southampton on the

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 three Southampton homes on the market with multimillion-dollar asking prices.

This week she took News 12's Lea Tyrrell 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...

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Open House Watch: See 9 Riverhead homes this weekend

This house at 6 Waterview Ct. in Riverhead

(Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

This Waterview Court Colonial in Riverhead is on the market for $429,000. The four-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home was built in 1969. “The house was an estate sale, and my seller purchased it, renovated it and is now selling it,” says listing agent Denise Beebe of Douglas Elliman Real Estate (631-758-2552). “It is in a fabulous area — right on the bluffs.” “It is an open floor plan dining room and kitchen...

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Cornelia Guest sells Old Westbury's Templeton

Templeton, the Old Westbury estate owned by the

After two years, Cornelia Guest has sold her family’s fabled Old Westbury estate for $5.8 million, but she is unsure of the fate of the property that has hosted royalty, U.S. presidents and hordes of celebrities.

Guest closed on the sale of the 29-room home where she grew up last week. Responding to word that Templeton is going to be torn down, Guest tells Newsday that she has no idea what...

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Why you should buy their house in Nissequogue

Jerry and Gayle Loughran have put their Nissequogue

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Sellers: Jerry and Gayle Loughran

Address: 1 Steepbank Rd., Nissequogue

Asking price: $799,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on 2.69 acres.

The competition: A Colonial on Woodcutters Path is listed for $1,199,000.

Recent sale in the area: A ranch on Old Mill Road sold April 11 for $350,000.

Taxes: $19,563

Time on the market: Since Feb. 25

Listing...

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Farm field of dreams for sale in Southold

A 2008 Southold farmhouse that sits next to

(Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

A Southold farmhouse next to Mudd’s Vineyard is on the market for $799,000.

The 2008 structure is designed to resemble an old North Fork home, says listing agent Nicholas Planamento of Town & Country Real Estate.

“It looks like it belongs there,” he says. “It looks like it’s been sitting in the middle of the farm field forever.”

Reclaimed sinks, wide plank floors and copper...

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Bay Shore Colonial comes with a flower shop

A Bay Shore Colonial, on the market for

(Credit: Meg Smith and Associates)

A Bay Shore Colonial listed for $899,000 also comes with a commercial building next door with a florist shop inside and living space above the business.

The buildings share a backyard, and there’s a 12-space parking lot in front of the property.

The 52-year-old Variety Florist shop comes with the Colonial.

Having your business next door is “convenient -- it makes it easy, especially...

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