MANOR HOME. Every room has a panoramic view of the Long Island Sound in this 1934 manor home in Nissequogue, says listing agent Bonnie Glenn of Coach Realtors. The home, listed for $12.5 million, is situated on 10 acres with 657 feet of water frontage, she says. “The property is level, and it’s all lawns and beautiful specimen plantings and trees. It’s got white railings all across the edge of the property overlooking the Sound on heavy white balusters. What’s very important is this house is on a bluff, so it has triple bulkheading and is heavily vegetated with plants.” The lush grounds are planted with a variety of trees, including fruit trees, English holly trees and native dogwoods, as well as formal rose gardens, Glenn says. There’s an in-ground gunite pool and a greenhouse. The six-bedroom home has six bathrooms and four wood-burning fireplaces. “It’s built to resemble the governor’s mansion in Williamsburg -- it’s a Williamsburg revival style,” Glenn says. Period details include wide-plank oak flooring, mouldings and a “cutting room” off the formal entrance – a sunny room with a sink where maids would cut fresh flowers, she says. The home has an elevator, a fur vault and a wine cellar. There’s a heated, enclosed porch with slate flooring and a three-car garage.
DESIGN FEAT. A sprawling 11-acre estate in Old Westbury has had a price cut from $10 million to its current market price $6.950 million. There are three homes on the tree-lined compound, including this unique looking 18,000-square-foot new structure built of concrete and steel and designed by architect Steven Holl. It boasts the concept of “home as a village” featuring courtyards, pavilions and large living areas. “The owner wanted to achieve a life-long dream which culminated in this exquisitely well constructed home,” says listing agent Grace Slezak of Destiny International Realty in Glen Cove. Also, on separate two-acre parcels are a brick carriage house and a ranch-style home.
FAIRY TALE CASTLE. Whimsical details such as turrets and a wisteria-covered pergola give this French country-style Brookville home the appearance of “a fairy tale castle,” says Jill Little of Laffey Fine Homes. "It’s nestled in there at the end of a cul-de-sac, and it’s downright beautiful,” says Little, who has listed the home for $3.495 million. The seven-bedroom home has six full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, including a master suite with a gas fireplace and a marble and cherry master bath with a steam shower and a whirlpool tub and a four-season walk-in closet with an alarmed safe and a refrigerator. The custom oak entry door was fashioned after the front door of a Parisian townhouse photographed by the homeowner. French country details mingle with modern appliances in the kitchen, including a roughhewn-beam coffered ceiling, wide-plank wood floors, two farm sinks, each with a Miele dishwasher, Viking Professional gas range, Le Heartland French style refrigerator and Thermador oven. The breakfast area features a teacup ceiling and a circular wall of French doors and windows opening to the rear property. The lower level includes a gym, a walk-in wine cellar, a media room and a cabana area with access to the in-ground pool. The design of the gunite, salt-water pool was inspired by the pool at the Beaumaniere Hotel in Provence, France. The two-acre property features a Belgian-block and bluestone courtyard, formal gardens and bluestone patio. There’s an attached three-car garage.