Long Island is home to many upscale homes that offer unique features. Recently, Newsday's RealLI blog showcased several homes for sale as of Aug. 24 that offer a dining room with wall mural, a tennis home where King George VIII and Wallis Simpson played and a West Islip home that includes a performance stage. For more information on the Long Island real estate market, to find an agent, or to sell your home, visit, Newsday Homes.
Dining room with a mural
This brick center-hall Colonial in Brookville may have been built in 1995, but it has the feeling of a grand English manor home. The seven-bedroom, 5½-bathroom home was listed in August 2014 for $3.588 million. A key feature is a mural painted on canvas by a Russian artist that is located in the home's dining room. Visit the RealLI blog for more information.
Tennis house loved by the royals
The tennis house is the only remaining structure of the original 400-acre Winthrop Estate in Woodbury, and it recently came on the market, along with a four-bedroom Colonial that was built on the property in the 1960s, for $1.299 million. The tennis house was built in the 1920s by Henry Rogers Winthrop, a millionaire banker and director of the Long Island Rail Road, and his wife, Alice Woodward Babcock. The estate was one of the elite playgrounds of the Gatsby Era. During their summer on Long Island, Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, who became the duke and duchess of Windsor, played tennis there, according to “An ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ Look at Oyster Bay Estate Life,” published by the Oyster Bay Historical Society in 2005. Visit the RealLI blog for more information.
West Islip home with a stage
This West Islip home, on the market for $799,900 in August 2014, was built in 1892 as a carriage house and has been expanded through the years to 5,600 square feet. It now has six bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. In the 1970s, the then-homeowner built a stage and hosted opera performances, says listing agent Albert Jacabacci, of Realty Connect USA. It is said that members of the New York City Opera would come and sing just for him, he says. Visit the RealLI blog for more information.
Waterfront luxury in Sag Harbor
Harbor’s Edge, a 15-unit property with a view of Sag Harbor’s iconic waterfront and bridge, is finally coming to market. The original developers broke ground in 2008, but ran into money troubles during the financial crisis. Sold to a subsidiary of a New York City investment fund, the project is now getting its finishing touches, including wine refrigerators, Bosch washers and dryers, security systems and central vacuums. Visit the RealLI blog for more information.