Rich Cribs: Estates in Mill Neck, Syosset
Two Long Island estates with connections to renowned New York City building firms are on the market at recently reduced prices.
An early 1900s Georgian brick Colonial with water views in Mill Neck is on the market for $3.75 million. Originally known as White Lodge, the Gold Coast estate was the summer residence of Gardiner Winslow White, an amateur golf champion.
The house is the only Long Island commission of architect Harold Perry Erskine, whose firm was associated with the construction of the Lord & Taylor store on Fifth Avenue. It has five bedrooms, four full baths, one half-bath and five fireplaces. Two guest cottages and a six-car detached garage also are on the property.
"It is . . . situated on just shy of eight acres overlooking Oyster Bay Harbor ... (with) 230 feet of waterfront property," says homeowner-listing agent Barbara Mesibov of Realty Connect USA, Woodbury.
Mesibov, who has lived in the home about 14 years, says it was recently updated with a new gourmet kitchen and designer baths with marble floors.
The second home, a 6,000-square-foot 1928 Georgian in Syosset, is listed for $1,799,999 and was part of a 110-acre summer estate owned by William Kennedy, whose firm was general contractor on Brooklyn's iconic 1929 Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower, a historic landmark known for its distinctive clock tower and gilded dome.
The house, which sits on a plot slightly less than two acres, has a marble entryway, bridal staircase, banquet-size dining room, crown moldings and more. It has five bedrooms, five full baths, two half-baths and four fireplaces.
"It's truly a magnificent 'Great Gatsby'-style house with today's amenities," says listing agent Linda Manning-Koziatek, also of Realty Connect USA in Woodbury. -- Mary Beth Foley
'60S STYLE. Back to nature is the theme of a brick contemporary home in Brookville now on the market for $1.999 million. The house, built in 1960, is "from an era that has come and gone," says listing agent Kerri Kelly of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
The owners called on architect Stanley Shaftel and landscape architect James Rose to design the 7,971-square-foot house and the 1.9 acres. The result is a flow between indoor and outdoor spaces "in the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright," says Kelly.
The home has three levels with 15 rooms, including four bedrooms and 4½ baths.
Walls of glass in the double-sized sunken living room look out on a multilevel deck, hot tub, gardens and an in-ground pool.
Paths lead to a variety of gardens and garden "rooms," including a meditation garden with bonsai. There's also a koi pond with its own waterfall. -- Virginia Dunleavy