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Rich Cribs: Barn becomes basketball court in Sands Point, and more

The home at 17 Lighthouse Rd. Sands Point

The home at 17 Lighthouse Rd. Sands Point has an old wooden barn that was converted into a basketball court. Real estate brokers Zach Elliot left, and his dad, Shawn, of Shawn Elliot Luxury Homes and Estates, are seen playing on the court. (July 9, 2013) Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

HOOPS, ANYONE? This 2.2-acre waterfront Sands Point estate, on the market for $12,999,999, comes with an indoor basketball court. “It was converted from a barn and has two nets and a scoreboard,” says Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, who is marketing the property with Zach Elliott. It’s air-conditioned, too, Elliott adds.

There’s more fun to be had here — the property boasts an in-ground gunite pool with a 50-foot waterfall, as well as a portico set up with outdoor furniture and a television. With views across Long Island Sound to the New York City skyline, there are opportunities to catch spectacular sunsets, too.

Overnight guests may opt to stay in the pool house, Elliott says, or in the main house, where there is a guest wing. About 10,000 square feet, the house has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three half-baths. The master suite is about 1,000 square feet, with palatial windows and a terrace. — LISA DOLL BRUNO

FLOWER POWER This Matinecock manor house was designed in 1926 by Noël & Miller, an architecture firm that designed the original Greenwich Village home of the Whitney Museum of American Art a few years later, along with the museum’s West 54th Street location in 1954.

Built for Wall Street executive William Armstrong Greer, brother-in-law of architect Auguste Noël, the 18-room house is on the market for $2.8 million. Called Flower de Hundred, it was included in the book “Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940.”

The wood beams in the living room were salvaged from the home’s original cottage garage, and there are hand-carved moldings throughout. A wet bar off the living room is decorated with a Pompeian-style mural painted by Violet Twachtman, the daughter of American Impressionist John Henry Twachtman. The dining room has a white marble Louis XVI-style fireplace.

It is listed with Anita Meltzer of Piping Rock Associates and Sarah Shea of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. — LISA CHAMOFF

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story omitted the name of co-listing agent Sarah Shea of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty.

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