VIEWS OF MANHATTAN
The place dreams are made is always within sight of this Sands Point waterfront property, which, at 80 feet above sea level, provides a 270-degree view of the New York City skyline, says William Bodouva, listing agent with Laffey Fine Homes. Bodouva is also the seller. The asking price is $11.9 million.
Once part of the estate of Margaret Emerson, the Bromo Seltzer heiress and wife of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Sr., the 6.64 acres have a 3,000- square-foot ranch-style home, built in 1953, that provides walls of plate glass windows and glass doors to take in the scenery. There are six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-bathrooms.
Other features include an in-ground heated swimming pool, a guest cottage, a five-car detached garage, hundreds of specimen trees, the estate's original stone walls with two iron-gated entrances and a deepwater dock that can accommodate a 125-foot yacht. -- VIRGINIA DUNLEAVY
HOME RUN HOME
A 9,200-square-foot, six-bedroom home with its own batting cage in the basement is on the market for $5.29 million in Manhasset.
The house "takes your breath away" from the moment you step inside and see the double-wide bridal staircase, says Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes, who is marketing the home.
In the foyer, there is Calcutta gold marble in the foyer, which was cut in oversize slabs, Elliott says. It cost about $300,000. The foyer also has a 25-foot ceiling with a hand-painted mural of a cloud.
A hand-painted gold leaf and gold plate Italian Renaissance design on three-dimensional paper from London lines the walls going up the stairs.
In the kitchen, there's a custom stove that was made in France for about $30,000, Elliott says. After the food is cooked, guests can head into the dining room, which can seat 20.
There is also a six-car garage. -- DANIELLE BRAFF