HOW ROYAL. If Prince William and Kate Middleton haven’t settled on a honeymoon spot, this 25-room Brookville estate should be thrown in the hopper. The “baronial size rooms” are decorated with royal flare. Witness the Gracie murals on the walls of the formal dining room, for instance. Listed for $7.75 million and sitting on about eight acres, the Georgian manor has 12 bedrooms, eight baths (plus two half-baths) and was built in 1926. With 13 fireplaces, arched doorways and windows, vaulted ceilings, and plaster moldings, the 1925 home is drowning in gracefulness. The exterior offers a par 3 golf hole, an inground pool with a Palladian-style pool house and significant gardens. Plus, the property used to belong to America's own royalty. Listing agent Bonnie Devendorf of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty says it was originally part of the 108-acre estate of Alfred Vanderbilt II -- the late grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and great-grandson of William Henry Vanderbilt.
BIG PRICE. The first of a new and improved generation of homes in Quogue has come on the market for $18.75 million. “There are other spectacular homes in Quogue -- in the past 10 years, a lot of the properties have sold and been rebuilt -- but none has come on the market. This is the first one that’s been rebuilt and has come for up sale,” says listing agent Chris Foglia of Norma Reynolds Realty Inc. The six-bedroom, 6-½ bathroom home is what Foglia calls “an upside-down house” -- the main living area, including the kitchen, living room and dining room, are on the second floor, which leads out to a deck and an elevated pool with views of the ocean. “There’s an amazing cabana overlooking the pool facing south. To the north you see across the canal, and on the south side the cabana faces the pool in front of you and the ocean beyond,” Foglia says. The master suite and office are also on the upper level. The lower level of the 9,000-square-foot home has a den, a theater and five bedrooms. The house is equipped with Crestron home automation technology. The 2.3-acre property in the Quogue school district has a tennis court.
MONTAUK MANSE A grand and groovy contemporary compound on the Montauk oceanfront recently came back on the market for $29.5 million. It was first listed in 2007 for $35 million and was taken off the market. The 4.1-acre property, on a bluff, includes a 7,600-square-foot main residence and a 2,400-square-foot guesthouse on two parcels. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom home was designed by James Biber in 2006 and earned an American Institute of Architects award. The Corcoran Group’s Michael Schultz is co-listing the property with Susan Ryan.