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Looks can be deceiving. This 2,850-square-foot Woodbury home

Looks can be deceiving. This 2,850-square-foot Woodbury home looks like a typical example of a popular post-World War II suburban home, but its interior has been re-imagined. It is on the market for $799,000 in April 2014. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Walking into Noel Feinzig's Woodbury split-level is more like walking into a Manhattan loft. It is light-filled with an open floor plan, and the entryway view extends all the way into the well-manicured backyard.

Feinzig, 55, who designs custom cabinets, has taken down all the interior walls on the main floor. The cathedral ceiling adds to the expansive feel of the space. He also has redone the kitchen with vibrant yellow Vitracor acrylic-front cabinets as well as an island and pass-through that makes hosting a dinner party a snap.

No wonder the three-bedroom, 3½-bath house is being marketed on real estate sites, where it's listed for $799,000, as "not your ordinary split-level." That's untrue in some respects. The outside of the 1957 four-level, brick-faced, 2,850-square-foot home looks like a typical example of the popular post-World War II suburban home. The staggered levels visible from the outside reflect the conventional layout inside, where the front entrance opens between the ground and main floors with short staircases leading to each level.


But it's that interior that sets the home apart, and not only because of the re-imagined open layout once past the foyer. The finishing touches resemble those usually found in a house that would sell for more than $1.5 million, says Andrea Levine, who owns Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast and is marketing the house. "The custom touches alone would cost more than $200,000 today," she says.

The granite-countered kitchen runs on a NuTone Center, a system that can power multiple appliances from the same built-in base. There are custom built-ins that include an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a deep-pantry cabinet, an overhead pot rack and a sunny eat-in area with a view to the backyard.

Throughout the house are high-quality wood touches, all done by Feinzig. These include raised-panel walls, intricate molding, a herringbone-pattern ash floor on the garden level and handmade wood furniture. The mudroom opens into the heated, two-car garage.


Travel up the wide half-flight of stairs from the entrance and you'll find a master bedroom and two guest bedrooms, all with special storage features. Feinzig, who says the furnishings are negotiable, has added additional storage in the master suite, giving it two banks of drawers and cupboards along with a walk-in closet. And the walk-in closet in one of the guest bedrooms is a welcome surprise. Both guest bedrooms can accommodate a queen-size bed and other furniture. In addition to the master bath with a shower large enough for two, it has an additional full bath on the bedroom level. The expansive master bedroom, which has a cathedral ceiling, features boxed bay window seating.

The garden level, which opens to the backyard, is all about comfort and enjoyment. Feinzig's man cave -- his words -- include floor-to-ceiling raised wall paneling with decorative molding, a built-in entertainment center with Surround Sound and a pool table. The room has a wet bar and the mud room.

The most surprising feature on this level is a half-bathroom that includes fabric walls and cherry wainscoting, which give it a warm, opulent feel.

The basement, which is carpeted, houses the laundry room, a full bathroom and, again, walls of storage. The bath is an intense shade of red, but nothing should come as a surprise once inside the home.

LOCATION. Woodbury

ASKING PRICE. $799,000

FEATURES. This 2,850-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3½-bath home sits on a little less than a third of an acre.

LISTING AGENT. Andrea Levine, owner-broker of Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast, Great Neck-Manhasset, 516-482-0200, 516-567-6600 (cell)


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-- This remodeled Garden City split-level, listed for $1.399 million, features an open floor plan. There are four bedrooms, with the master suite occupying the top floor, and 3½ bathrooms. The house, built in 1955, is on a 75-by-150-foot lot. Kathleen Roberts, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-248-6655.

-- The living room of this North Woodmere home, listed for $569,995, features high ceilings and skylights. It is on a 65-by-100-foot lot with a deck in the backyard. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Sergey Borohov, Realty Executives 1st, 917-345-6506.

-- With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this redone Bellmore split-level, on the market for $819,990, backs up to a canal on a 68-by-122-foot property. The 1958 home comes with a pool sunken into a deck. Matthew Wynn, Exit Realty Premier, 516-795-1000.

-- The exterior of this split-level in East Northport, priced at $679,000, is faced in stucco and stone. The renovated five-bedroom, three-bathroom 1963 house, on a .4-acre lot, features walls of glass, a master bathroom with a Jacuzzi and steam shower and a pool. Lisa Sherman, Realty Connect USA, 877-647-1092.

Compiled by Valerie Kellogg

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