It's tough to decide which is more extraordinary -- the design of this glass house or its panoramic views of Long Island Sound and the New York City skyline.
The owners, who had the original house leveled in 2005, hired Stuart Narofsky, a Manhattan-based architect, to design the Frank Lloyd Wright-style home, says Patty Santella of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is marketing the home with Mona Holzman, for $7.25 million.
Set on a .42-acre parcel in Saddle Rock on the Great Neck peninsula, the three-level house, which features clean lines and soaring ceilings, is framed with high-strength steel. Wood and resin rain-screen panels as well as zinc and translucent glass are incorporated inside and outside the home. Each floor has steel decking.
The window treatments -- a Lutron-integrated automated shading system -- operate on an astronomical clock, which means they open and close based on the sun's movement. Other state-of-the-art mechanicals include the HVAC system that monitors air quality -- inside and out. A full Crestron system integrated throughout operates audio and visual equipment and controls the security, lighting and shades.
The 11-room house also features hingeless doors, radiant-heat floors and three fireplaces. There are six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half-baths.
-- Lisa Doll Bruno
Norman Jaffe home
The 4,100-square-foot home, built in 1979, is part of the six-house cluster the architect designed on Sam's Creek, an arm of Mecox Bay. The same homeowners have maintained the residence since it was completed. In 1994, they added an indoor pool room and guest suites using Jaffe's designs.
The upstairs master wing has its own balcony with a view of the bay. The main floor has an two additional guest bedrooms as well as a great room with a fireplace, a living room, a kitchen and a dining room. The added pool room houses a 35-foot indoor heated pool as well as a 35-foot skylight running the length of the lap pool. Past the pool atrium are the two guest bedrooms.
The open yard, which was part of Jaffe's plan, has a sprawling lawn that reaches all the way to the water's edge and stretches across the six properties. Jaffe and his wife, Sarah Jaffe Turnbull, were married on the shared lawns in 1986. They lived next door until 1989. Turnbull, in a phone interview, describes her wedding as "low key and sweet."
The listing agent is Gary DePersia of The Corcoran Group.
-- Alexandria Parker