MANSE DEETS. The $39 million Southampton mansion that came on the market this week is known as Normandy House. According to the listing with Donald Gleasner of The Corcoran Group, the six-bedroom, 7.5-bath home is "renowned and admired for over eight decades as one of the most important houses in Southampton." It took the Manhattan firm of Polhemus & Coffin seven years to build the home, which is listed at 7,964 square feet. It is located on 8.4 acres on Lake Agawam. The guest house has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and sitting rooms. There also is a pool house.
REIGNING DRAINAGE. This five-bedroom Colonial home in Garden City is beautiful even in a downpour. And you can attribute that to its Parisian zinc drainage system and rain chains. The homeowner, Bob Cote, a fan of Parisian architecture and of a French background himself, says he got the idea from homes he saw in France, wanting gutters “that blended well with a slate roof.” And that he got. Zinc starts out gray and ages to a bluish gray patina. Although Cote acknowledges that zinc gutters and leaders can run twice the price of aluminum ones, he says he feels they give the home a “strong and commanding presence.” The rain chain leaders, though not of French origin but still fairly foreign on Long Island, solved the problem of connecting the gutters on the dormered roof to the ground in “an architecturally pleasing way.” Listed with Mary Krener of Taylor Warner Realty in Garden City for $3.7 million, the house features four fireplaces, 6½ bathrooms and a three-season outdoor porch.
HAS IT ALL. Margaret Trautmann isn't kidding when she describes this Matinecock house as being "like a country club." The house, listed for $5.795 million and perched on a little more than eight acres, has a golf hole with a two-tier putting green. One could hit the golf balls into the surrounding sand traps that nestle the green or just knock them into the Coffin Woods nature preserve or the 63 acres of the private Portledge School onto which the house backs. "The house has every amenity you can imagine," says Trautmann, the listing agent from Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. "If you told me your favorite thing in the whole world, this house would have it." So if your favorite things include a poolhouse with two bedrooms and kitchen; a basement you never have to leave because it has a billiard room, a media room, a gym, a wine cellar, a playroom, a children's art room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms; a paneled library; huge fireplaces; a hot tub off the master bathroom; a tennis court and a pool -- then you're all set. The house, a Colonial built in 1971 and renovated in 2001, also boasts eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms.