TENNIS WITHOUT THE CROWDS
When it comes to the tennis court at this Upper Brookville manse, it's game, set, match.
An exact duplicate of the U.S. Open court was completed about a month ago on the 5.28-acre property, which is on the market for $14.888 million, says Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, which is marketing the home. Surrounded by a bluestone patio with a water fountain and ball machine nearby, the court has the same surface, color and size as the one the pros are competing on in Queens, he says.
Other kinds of tennis courts abound at Long Island's luxury cribs. In Southampton, you can hear the Atlantic Ocean mid-serve at one Gin Lane estate listed for $26.5 million. The 6,000-square-foot home on the beach features an all-weather tennis court that has views of a pond on the other side, says James Conroy of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is listing the spread with Paul Brennan and Raymond Smith.
Elsewhere in Southampton, a custom-built home listed for $6.75 million offers a sunken Har-Tru court in the same development where "Real Housewives of New York City" star Ramona Singer lives with tennis-pro husband Mario, says seller Barbara Weinman, who is marketing the home with Lisa Iulo, both of Town & Country Real Estate. -- VALERIE KELLOGG
Two parcels in the heart of Bridgehampton -- not far from Christie Brinkley's Tower Hill mansion -- are on the market for $1.95 million and $1.70 million. Each are about five acres, says the listing broker, Town & Country's chief executive Judi Desiderio.
Set amid hundreds of acres of preserved land, the cleared lots face a man-made pond. "It's a meadow surrounded by trees," Desiderio says, adding, "the setting offers the best of both worlds."
The design of this secluded area was created about 20 years ago by a man named Bucky Stebbins, Desiderio says. Stebbins sold one lot to actor Kevin Sorbo, who built a house on it. The house has been rented by others over the past few years.
The two available lots, which are owned by a corporation, are suitable for someone who might want to build a main home and a guesthouse, Desiderio adds. -- LISA DOLL BRUNO