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The living room at 345 Bay Ave. in

The living room at 345 Bay Ave. in Huntington Bay looks out over the water on the grounds of the former August Heckscher Estate. This home was once used as the estate's dock house. It is on the market for $1,849,000. Credit: Handout

The 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 dockmaster, then bought by a veterinarian who renovated the rooms to turn it into a summer house.
Several years later, he had the house raised from its pilings on the beach and moved to street level, where it was put onto a brick foundation. In a privately published memoir, the vet’s daughter writes that in 1937 Albert Einstein, who was spending the summer in Huntington, visited the house briefly when his boat went aground nearby. He and his sailing companion walked up the beach to the house. Einstein waited outside while his companion use the phone, and he later sent a letter to the memoirist’s 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 many details 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 Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The home includes four bedrooms and 2.5 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 one 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 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.

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