SELLING STATE OF MIND. A real Halloween treat was in store for buyers last weekend (at least those with millions of dollars to spend). The listing agent for the Syosset house of Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys hosted an open house Sunday. And it was well-attended, she says. The 2.2-acre, 9,000-square-foot manse with six bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half-bathrooms went on the market in June for $3.85 million. It is now being offered for $3.250 million. Keys, who recently gave birth to her first child, Egypt Daoud Dean, with music producer husband, Swizz Beatz, purchased the home in 2005 for $3.875 million through a corporation. Alexis Siegel of CORE Long Island is handling the listing. Keys recently extended her contract with Siegel.
GRACE FOR SALE. The price for an Old Westbury estate that once belonged to the family of the late commercial shipping magnate Michael P. Grace has been reduced by more than a half-million dollars. Now priced at $3.968 million, the 11-room Colonial has five bedrooms and 5 ½ bathrooms, including a master suite with its own elevator and a main-level guest suite with a private courtyard. The home has four fireplaces. “The incredible thing about it is it has very high 10-to-11-foot ceilings, which, for its day, is remarkable in itself. Usually the older, turn-of-the-century homes all had lower ceilings,” says co-listing agent Aileen Murstein of Coldwell Banker Residential in East Hills. “The other wonderful thing about it is they flew in wood from a library in London, and the original panels of the library are there with etching on the wood. That’s in the den, that’s quite remarkable.” The gated 6.95-acre property includes formal gardens, a greenhouse and a heated gunite pool with a cabana. Murstein and co-listing agent Mollie Grossman of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Roslyn originally listed the property in May for $4.498 million.
DESIGNER HOUSE. Architects Rhea White and Steve Schappacher have placed their restored fisherman’s cottage on Shelter Island on the market for $1.25 million. The owners have renovated the historic home using reclaimed materials like subway tiles and vintage bricks while adding modern touches like custom cabinetry and a gourmet kitchen. The 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath dwelling was built around 1904. The updated version now includes a heated pool, with a 300-square-foot cabana with a bar and two lounging areas. The .75-acre property is a block from the harbor. The home has a 17-foot freestanding fireplace and a wisteria covered pergola. The interior is decorated in modern black and white, and has recently been featured in recent issues of Elle Décor and Cottage Living. Penelope Moore of The Corcoran Group has the listing.