Years ago, when they expanded their Rockville Centre home, Kerry and George Bush indulged their then-15-year-old son Jordan's fantasy — to build a bookcase that opened to his new bedroom.
Three movable books attached to a hydraulic mechanism slide over to reveal the doorknob, and then close automatically to hide it.
“Everyone loved it, and kids would always try to find the bedroom,” says Kerry of her children’s friends.
The bedroom was one of two that the Bushes added to their home, which they are now selling. Kerry and George, both 54, had a master suite. Jordan, now 29, and his three siblings, Alex, Taryn and Brandon, now 26, 23 and 21, not only had their own rooms but a play area as well.
Each of their four childhood bedrooms connects to a crawl space in the attic through a ceiling doorway accessed by ladder. At six feet in the center and considerably lower throughout the space, the crawl space became a perfect kids-only hideaway.
“It would have been the attic, but we 'cathedraled' all their ceilings, so it’s really a small landing area outside two of the bedrooms, then a long hallway to walk through and then a bigger area to hang out it in,” says Kerry, office manager of George's psychiatry practice. “It was like their own secret little wing."
ASKING PRICE $1.35 million
SQUARE FOOTAGE 3,025
YEAR BUILT 1951
ANNUAL PROPERTY TAXES $40,750 (including village taxes)
LISTING AGENT Gloria Romanowski, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-884-6379