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Old Field estate on the market

An 1861 estate home in Old Field that was once the summer house of Jennie and Frank Melville Jr., parents of local philanthropist Ward Melville, is on the market for $2,249,000.

The Melvilles, who lived in Brooklyn, owned the summer residence, known as Red Roof, from 1900 to 1907. Frank Jr. was in the shoe business and had created several companies, including Thom McAn.

The house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms. Features include a formal dining room and living room, each with a fireplace (there are four fireplaces total), a den and home office.

There's also a sea captain's watchtower, heated in-ground pool and detached three-car garage.

The 3.78 acres include waterfront along Conscience Bay, as well as a one-bedroom beach cottage.

The listing agents are Debra Leff and Robert Ward of Coach Realtors. -- VIRGINIA DUNLEAVY

HISTORIC BONES A four-bedroom carriage house on the former Van Iderstine estate in Centerport is on the market for $1.65 million.

The 1.25-acre property overlooks Northport Harbor. The home is next to the original Charles Van Iderstine mansion, which was built in 1897 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. "The elegant turn-of-the-century architecture, the serene setting and history are what draw people to this home," says Leslie French of East Egg Realty, who is co-listing the property with Jon Cifuentes.

The property has hills, gardens, stone paths and terraces. A porch off the kitchen leads to a brick patio. The master suite has a 250-square-foot terrace. The home has three bathrooms and two fireplaces. There's a mudroom with a bathroom.

French says the carriage house has been updated over the years, but never expanded beyond its original footprint. -- KRISTIN TAVEIRA

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