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Rich cribs: Cryptomeria Estate for sale

The 35-acre Cryptomeria Estate in Shinnecock Hills is on the market for $22.5 million. Tracey Holmes, the Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate agent who, along with Paul Brennan, is handling the listing, says the 25-room Georgian mansion overlooks Bullhead Bay and the National Golf Links of America.

It was originally built in 1910 for Charles Blair MacDonald, who is considered the father of golf course design. Later, Rose Vanderbilt lived here. The 13 cryptomeria trees that give the estate its name were a gift to her from a Japanese ambassador.

Although rumors that F.L. Olmsted Jr. designed the gardens cannot be confirmed, landscape architects Annette Hoyt Flanders and Rose Standish Nichols were certainly involved. The 22,000- square-foot, 11-bedroom, 81 / 2-bath mansion has retained much of its original detail and is replete with marble floors and paneled libraries, and surrounded by several hundred acres of pristine reserve. -- LARA EWEN


Every room has a panoramic view of the Long Island Sound in a 1934 six-bedroom, six-bath manor home in Nissequogue, says listing agent Bonnie Glenn of Coach Realtors. The home, listed for $12.5 million, is on 10 acres with 657 feet of water frontage. The home has an elevator, a fur vault and a wine cellar. There's an in-ground gunite pool and a greenhouse on the property.


Whimsical details such as turrets and a wisteria-covered pergola give a French country-style Brookville home the appearance of "a fairy-tale castle," says Jill Little of Laffey Fine Homes, who is listing the home for $3.495 million. The design of the gunite, saltwater pool was inspired by the pool at the Baumanière Hotel in Provence, France. -- KRISTIN TAVEIRA

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