ALL-WEATHER LUXURIES

It may almost be summer, but one Manorville house for sale makes colder weather almost look appealing.

The Victorian, listed for $434,900, features a colorful and imaginatively decorated fireplace in the family room. Homeowner Klara Berkovits, who studied interior design, says her husband, Henry Grozinger, helped with making over the once "very plain, white" fireplace by adding sconces, the mantel, columns and tiles. Berkovits painted it all.

Diane Larson of Coldwell Banker Premier Homes, who is listing the property with Sharon Wachter, says the rest of the four-bedroom, 21 / 2-bath home is decorated in "fun, bold colors."

There's also an in-ground pool and wraparound porch.


BAR CODES ONLINE, TOO

Bar codes usually appear in real estate print brochures for potential buyers to download information on a smartphone. Now some real estate agents are using bar codes to market properties online.

One recently appeared in a Multiple Listing Service photo gallery for a Dix Hills Colonial on the market for $1.099 million.

When the photographer taking photos of the house told listing agent Madeleine Camay of RE/MAX Beyond that the company could set up a matrix-type bar code to download a virtual house tour, she says she jumped on it. Camay says it is a faster way for potential buyers to view the home from their smart devices. She says she plans to use the bar code on other listings.

To access the virtual tour, you have to download what is known as a Quick Response, or QR code, app (there are a number of free downloads available) and then hold your phone or tablet over the square black-and-white matrix pattern. It brings up the site's URL. Click on that and watch the tour.

The Dix Hills house has five bedrooms, 41 / 2 baths, an eat-in kitchen with a commercial six-burner stove and oven, formal dining room, den with fireplace, full finished basement, wood floors throughout and wraparound front and back porches.

-- VIRGINIA DUNLEAVY

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