PRICE CUT. Socialite Cornelia Guest has reduced the asking price of her childhood estate in Old Westbury to $8.9 million. The celebrated Templeton first hit the market in 2008 for $20 million.
Everyone from President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy to Halston to Andy Warhol have visited the compound. Guest — once dubbed the “Deb of the Decade” — grew up there with mother C.Z. Guest, the famed garden writer and equestrian, and father Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, a polo champion who was related to Winston Churchill.
The 15.5-acre estate houses a pool, tennis court, three greenhouses, some cottages, a 17-stall barn and paddocks. It is listed with Sandy Binder of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates. -- Valerie Kellogg
OUTSIDE IN. The call of the great outdoors beckons at a contemporary country-style home in Mt. Sinai, priced at $1.499 million. On a little over an acre, the house is located within a wooded, private community established in 1892 as a summer cottage retreat for city dwellers.
Listing agent Linda Hickey of Hickey & Smith Realtors says the eight-room house, built in 1987, includes four bedrooms and 31/2 baths, has a library off the master suite, dramatic ceiling height and walls of glass that offer “tri-level views of the harbor and inlets.”
Owner Norman Shupack, a retired interior and furniture designer, says the home was “designed to be part of the natural background.” An avid gardener, Shupack has exotic plantings throughout the property. He also says that the area is home to beautiful wildlife, such as deer and fox and is a “fabulous place for children.”
Residents have access to two clay tennis courts, a ballfield, a boathouse, two private beaches and a chapel, built over 100 years ago, that is used for nondenominational events including weddings. -- Virginia Dunleavy