LOCAL LORE INCLUDED
A piece of the Roaring '20s has been preserved in an expanded Craftsman-style bungalow in Rockville Centre now on the market for $815,000. Built in 1928, it features a large, Tudor-style basement complete with high ceilings, exposed beams, stained-glass windows, a wood-burning fireplace (one of three in the house) and a red oak bar.
Local lore has it that the bar was a speakeasy during Prohibition days. The owners now use part of the basement as a family room.
The house was once home to restaurateur and night club owner "Big" Bill Duffy, who also managed prize fighters -- including 1933 world heavyweight champion Primo Carnera.
The rest of the house features four bedrooms (with the master bedroom on the first floor), three full baths, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen and a small library with built-in bookshelves opening into the living room. There are two porches, one in the front and the other on the side of the home, just off the dining room.
The house has a red Spanish tile roof and a detached, two-car garage.
The listing agent is Anne Hampel at Harms Real Estate. -- VIRGINIA DUNLEAVY
RIGHT OUT OF A CATALOG
From 1908 to 1940 -- long before the World Wide Web -- home buyers could shop for a house in a Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog. Sears, which sold more than 100,000 houses, offered about 450 styles -- from small cottages priced at less than $500 to a Georgian mansion for more than $5,000, according to company archives.
The eight-room house, constructed in 1915, features original moldings, pocket doors, windows, wainscoting and a claw-foot tub, says Carol Bohn, an independent broker in Peconic who is marketing the home. There are even moldings inside the closets.
"The house is in move-in condition," Bohn says, noting it has updated stainless-steel appliances and a renovated basement. Set on one acre with a new horse barn, the house also has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a walk-up granny attic. -- LISA DOLL BRUNO