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Rich Cribs: Home on Heckscher estate

A Huntington Bay home on the former Wincoma estate of August Heckscher has seen a few face-lifts since its days as a dock house. Now on the market for $1.849 million, it was first home to the estate's dock master, then bought by a veterinarian who renovated the rooms for a summer house.

Several years later, he had the house raised from its pilings on the beach and moved up onto a boiler brick foundation to street level.

In a memoir, his daughter writes that in 1937 Albert Einstein, who was spending the summer in Huntington, was sailing nearby when his boat went aground. He and his sailing companion walked up the beach to the house. Einstein waited below while his companion knocked on the door to use the phone. He later sent a letter to her mother, thanking her for her help.

When the current owners bought the house in 1996, they created an open layout on the main floor but kept the footprint of the old dock house, including the original eyebrow windows. A mahogany deck along the back of the house, featuring tempered glass for better water views, replaced a deck damaged during Hurricane Irene in 2011.

The home includes four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths and comes with a floating dock and beach rights.

The listing agent is Maria Boccard of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty.

North/south

It's Southern living on the North Fork at this Southold home, listed for $1.45 million. When designing and building the house in 2005, the owners say they were inspired by homes found during their travels down South and in California. They began poring through architectural books for the right details for their house plans. Their son, a master carpenter, helped with some details, like the molding, trim and pole with sail to create a sailboat-like bathtub for their grandchildren to enjoy.

The two-story waterfront house sits on three-quarters of an acre with its own private dock, says Marie Beninati of Beninati Associates. The main floor features a dining room that opens into the living room and French doors leading to a deck. Another set of French doors on the second floor opens to the upper balcony from the master bedroom.

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