65° Good Morning
65° Good Morning

Real LI: Posts from our daily blog


You'd be smiling too if you were as lucky as this Buddha, soaking up the view of the open bay from this Hampton Bays property listed for $999,000.

Seller Andra Douglas says the jolly figure, a gift from neighbors that she is keeping, sits in a pebble garden she created for a serene atmosphere. "It is a very free-spirited, relaxed atmosphere near the water, very beautiful," says co-listing agent Heather Bester of Saunders West Llc in Westhampton Beach, who uses a photo of the statue in the home's online ads.

The landscaped .23-acre lot has 150 feet of new bulkhead and a new dock, as well as an outdoor shower. "It's just so nice in the summer, if you come home a little salty from the beach," Bester says.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage was recently renovated with new hardwood floors, and the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated. The living room has a gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors.

Bester and Virginia Andrews, both with Saunders West, are co-listing the property with Carol Kingston of Saunders & Associates.


In all her years in real estate, Penelope Moore, senior vice president of The Corcoran Group, says she has never come across a house quite like this one on Shelter Island, which she is marketing for $725,000. "It's one of those homes where you drive down the block and wonder what the story is," Moore says.

Curious? Well, when you see the house from the road, you see a Moravian star, says homeowner Susanne Lavarello. "It's all about the roof," she explains. And inside, there are no right angles.

Lavarello, who has lived in the so-called Constellation House since 1995, says it's her understanding that an architect from Montauk built it for himself in the 1960s.

Transom windows and sliding glass doors bring in lots of light, Moore says.

"He must have been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, because it does bring the outdoors in," Lavarello says. And in the winter, if there is snow and a full moon, it feels almost like daylight, even though it's dark, she adds.

The layout has an open flow with a living room, dining room and a kitchen with white cabinets. There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms. The master features sliders that access an expansive deck as well as a fireplace. From here, a spiral staircase descends to a ground-level office.

Outside, the bucolic landscape of the undulating 1.10-acre property is punctuated by mature trees and a pond. Sounds of a waterfall can be heard from the Zen garden. There's also an outdoor fireplace and a greenhouse on the grounds.

Since Shelter Island has no bright cities nearby, stargazing from the deck is a treat. "When you see stars, you see stars," Lavarello says.


Everything old is new again at this contemporary eight-room home in Riverhead, which is on the market for $327,990. The house has a post-and-beam construction, a centuries-old method of precise cutting, fitting and joining pieces of timber together.

It was built in 1986, and, the homeowner says, there are wide knotty pine floors and exposed beams throughout the lower level, plus exposed beams along the ceilings of the second floor.

Listing agent Marie Falson of RE/MAX Signature Real Estate says the property, just shy of three-quarters of an acre, is close to beaches and wineries.

The home features four bedrooms, two baths and a living room with a coal-burning stove. There's also a den with a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace and eight of the home's 10 skylights.


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

More Lifestyle