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Sands Point Colonial for sale has U.S. Open past

Tennis pros privately tuned up for U.S. Opens

Tennis pros privately tuned up for U.S. Opens of yesteryear at this Sands Point Colonial listed for $3,499,000. Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Pros privately tuned up for U.S. Opens of yesteryear at the tennis court of this five-bedroom Sands Point Colonial with five bathrooms and a half-bath listed for $3.499 million.

It's been used by players such as two-time Open winner Tracy Austin. Heavily landscaped for privacy, an adjacent tennis house with his-and-hers changing rooms and showers is also used to store a tractor and other tennis equipment.

"It's really sedate -- a great, quiet place to play," owner Gary Hitzig says.

He bought the home from Thomas Flynn, the first administrator of the Municipal Assistance Corporation, which oversaw New York City's books during its mid-1970s fiscal crisis. In college, Flynn was a champion tennis and squash player, and his interest never waned.

The house was built around 1933 as an "exact copy" of a 1780 manor house, Hitzig says. The 3,829-square-foot house features a striking arch structure and wood floors that are more than two centuries old. Restoration efforts were mindful of that legacy, Hitzig says.

"The home has such character and integrity and such a history," his wife, Sue, says.

An eat-in kitchen on the first floor features propane stoves. The main level also includes the dining and living rooms, two offices, two family rooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms.

The master bedroom suite, along with three additional bedrooms and two full bathrooms, are on the second floor. There is a third-floor guest suite, as well as room for a sixth bedroom. The home also has in-ground sprinklers and a generator, as well as five wood-burning fireplaces and beach rights.

The basement includes an exercise room with a hot tub.

The 2.25-acre parcel features exotic plantings sourced during a previous owner's world travels, Hitzig says, as well as a koi pond. He adds that an in-ground heated pool includes a diving board from the 1936 Berlin Olympics built from the planks of a ship, with converted deck ladders serving as pool ladders. The pool also has a cabana.

The property is listed with Maggie Keats and Patricia Pascullo of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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