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LETTER from the PUBLISHER I love the summer. The days are long and the ambience relaxed. The weeks ahead are sure to be filled with sunshine and good times. At this time of year, the natural beauty of the North Shore is at its full glory, from the shimmering waters of the Long Island Sound to our lush parks and the undulating velvety greens of our public and private golf courses. erhaps the most breathtaking example of the North Shore’s beauty can be found at Spring Hill. In this issue we look at developer John Kean’s new 160-acre gated community in Old Westbury. When complete, 22 new yet classic country estates on five to 10 acre lots will grace the former Ogden Phipps estate with its lush meadowlands and rolling hills. Each home -- 12 lots so far are called for -- will be a masterpiece of timeless elegance. The community also has a six-acre lake stocked with thousands of fish and a romantic boathouse. Even Phipps’ stables are being restored to their previous splendor. And, of course, we celebrate our own backyards, however big or small. Beyond the pool and the sports courts, our lawns are increasingly becoming indoor/ outdoor living spaces with koi ponds and waterfalls, fire features, cabanas and good-looking, comfy outside decor that makes a statement all its own. Still, there’s nothing like the beach. You don’t need to travel far or to sit in traffic to enjoy a morning or afternoon at our favorite Gold Coast beaches. From the North Hempstead Beach Park that now incorporates Bar Beach to Oyster Bay’s Centre Island Beach and in the town of Huntington, Asharoken Beach and Crab Meadow Park, we take a look at what our best beaches have to offer. While we’re by the water, we also savor the best of our favorite waterside restaurants, from the dockside terrace at Prime on Huntington Harbor to Wall’s Wharf in Bayville and the Soundview by the golf course on the Glen Cove waterfront. Summertime is also perfect for strolling or cycling through our lovely villages and towns. Locust Valley, one of the North Shore’s finest, is blessed with a charming main street, unrivaled natural beauty, gardens and exquisite homes. Even the local cemetery is a jewel. Our other hot spots in this issue could be anywhere around the globe. Take your pick. As our travel story on vacation rentals suggests, renting a luxury home rather than staying in a hotel is a great way to bring the whole clan and enjoy time off like a local ... in London, Paris, Barcelona or even Bali. Have a great summer, but as the wonderful anecdote in our Good Life column suggests, be sun safe. Happy reading.
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CONTENTS SPRING 2013 04 PUBLISHER’S LET T ER 10 BUILDER PROFILE Master Builder John Kean
12 LU X E LI V ING Introducing Old Westbury’s Spring Hill
14 DESIGNER SPACES
Steven Marc Wasserman Evokes Emotion Through Interior Design
16 STA R M A RT
32 GOLD COAST SA NDS
44 FE AT UR ED PROPERT Y
The Lure Of Celebrity Homes
Best North Shore Beaches
A Sands Point Chateau
18 OU T DOOR LI V ING
46 ON T HE M A R K ET
Koi Ponds and Putting Greens
Gross Jewelers’ New Showroom
Shawn Elliott’s LUXURY Homes & Estates
22 AU TO PASSIONS
36 HOT SPOTS
72 PA RT Y T IME
Vacation Rentals Overseas
CCFA Laughs with Paul Reiser
26 K ITCHENS
38 H A PPENINGS
Cambridge Builds Its Own
The Sounds of Summer Concerts
Our Favorite Waterfront Restaurants
30 A DAY IN
40 GA DGETS
76 T HE GOOD LIFE
Lush Locust Valley
Safe Fun In the Sun
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John Kean, the president and ceo of Kean Development, based in Cold Spring Harbor, is a master builder of dream homes. For more than three decades, his eponymous design/ build firm has specialized in designing, constructing and landscaping the finest classic mansions and exclusive residential communities on Long Island’s North Shore, in the Hamptons, Manhattan, Greenwich, CT and Palm Beach, FL. e are called in for the very high end houses,” Kean says. Kean has built scores of super luxurious homes, paying close attention to historical detail and proportions, gathering stones from five upstate quarries to get just the right look and often scouring the globe for materials to be more authentic. As a result, his stately Georgian stone manors, English Cotswold, French Country, and Shingle-style homes exude a sense of timeless elegance that can’t be pegged to a particular decade. Moreover, the new construction provides a turn-of-the-last century look with 21st century amenities, like large eat-in kitchens, huge closets and computerized smart house systems. Energy efficiency is also part of the package: green features like spray-in insulation and geothermal heating and cooling are standard. “The wealthy buyer is still there and still wants very large houses, even larger than before the downturn,” Kean says. “We can accommodate whatever people want.” At Spring Hill, his grand new gated community for the super rich in Old Westbury, Kean is the exclusive
builder. To date, 12 of 22 five to 10 acre lots have been sold. Kean says he chose to keep the character of the 160 acre former Ogden Phipps estate intact rather than double the density. (The original Phipps’ Italian Renaissance villa, set on a hilltop overlooking a swimming pool and a grass tennis court turned helicopter pad, was torn down in 1979.) So far, the new mansions built by Kean Development Company and designed by Kean’s exclusive architectural team, Andrew V Giambertone & Associates, Architects,
are “all very substantial houses” ranging from 10,000 square feet to more than 32,000 square feet. The community has a staffed gatehouse and a floating boathouse on a three-acre man-made lake stocked with thousands of fish. Though numerous trees were lost during Sandy, many ancient specimen trees embellish the lush landscape. One home under construction at Spring Hill is a 28,000 square foot, seven bedroom French Country manor on a seven-acre lot. Among the amenities taking shape on its lower level are two bowling alleys, a movie theater, a basketball court, a climate controlled wine cellar and an indoor pool and spa. An English estate being designed in the turn of the century Cotswold Arts and Crafts style is underway on eight acres. Kean’s company also does the landscape design and maintenance. Buyers at Spring Hill range from young families with very young children to families whose children are out of college, retirees and a celebrity whose name he wouldn’t divulge. “We are not for everyone, and that’s ok,” Kean says. Regardless of size, elevators and staff quarters will be standard; four-car garages are the minimum; one home has plans for a 20 car garage and for another, the owner is requesting an underground 30 car garage. For those who need to see a house to buy it, Kean is building two spec homes at Spring Hill -- a 12,000 square foot stone manor and a 7000 square foot shingle SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 11
style home, that he says will be “ super competitive.” Though many of the mansions in this super wealthy enclave will hit $30 million, “we want to build a house in here that will be affordable to the average millionaire,” Kean says. Lots range from $875,000 per acre to more than $1 million per acre, paid in full. Construction is paid in stages. Typically Kean’s buyers have such deep pockets for his $1,000 per square foot homes that, though bankers are lined up, most buyers pay cash.
start mowing lawns while still in grammar school. By high school, he had expanded to landscaping. When an estate owner asked if he could renovate an old cottage on his property, Kean analyzed the turn-of-the-century structure, figuring out “why they built it the way they did.” Using his new found knowledge of “how a house is supposed to be put together and my keen sense of design,” he began redoing cottages on many other estates. When another property owner asked him whether he thought opening a boat-
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Kean says, that despite a reputation that he’s very expensive, he never loses a bid and considers his firm to be “as competitive as our competitors.” He added, “When 90 percent of the people call me, they are prepared to spend money. Years ago, Kean built Gracewood, a gated community of 141 homes on 80 acres in Manhasset, transforming the original mansion into a clubhouse with an indoor pool. At the time the homes sold for $595,000 each; now they fetch $2.6 million. Among Kean’s upcoming projects is Redcote Farms in Oyster Bay Cove, which will have 16 new homes on two acre lots. The name of the new subdivision is reminiscent of the fox hunts initiated on the property at the turn of the century. At La Rue Lane adjoining Lloyd Harbor, Kean is planning to build a Nantucket-style neighborhood geared towards empty nesters who don’t need the big house and the pool anymore. The 14 smaller homes will have picket fences and surround a large, oval-shaped green where everyone can “gather and relax,” Kean says. Kean’s rise to the top of the luxury residential building industry got a humble 12 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
yard on a corner in Huntington was a good idea, Kean felt that it would be a money pit. Instead, he suggested that since it was two blocks from a hospital, it would be more suited to professional offices. That led to his first new construction job, an office condo building. It sold out to physicians. In 1980, Kean ventured into high end residential development. Within three to four years he hit “a home run.” After subdividing land he bought in Cold Spring Harbor for 20 homes, he sold it to another developer. When the developer lost the subdivision to the bank, Kean bought it back and built out the neighborhood. These days Kean Development’s scope ranges from land acquisition and development to architectural, interior and landscape design and construction management. As one of the largest and most successful full-service luxury residential design/ build firms in the nation, Kean excels at the logistics of building homes and building reputations. As his firm’s motto suggests, “We don’t just build homes, we build lifestyles.” Looking back, Kean says, “It’s been a great ride. Do what you love and you’ll become successful. I love what I do.” SE
ean Developments’ Spring Hill in Old Westbury is well on its way to becoming the North Shore’s premier and idyllic gated community, a fresh confluence of classic design, preservation and stunning natural beauty. Situated on 160 picturesque, rolling acres with lush meadowland, arboretum-quality trees and a boathouse overlooking a six-acre fresh water lake stocked with fish, Spring Hill will be home to 22 pristine, traditional country estates on five to 10 acre parcels. Ten lots from the original offering are currently available. The homes at Spring Hill will be among the finest super luxurious mansions for which John Kean is revered. The stately Georgian stone manors, English Cotswold, French Country and Shingle-style villas, ranging from about 10,000 square feet to more than 32,000 square feet, exude timeless elegance and are individually designed to each parcel owner’s specifications. They feature the latest and finest 21st century amenities, such as large eatin kitchens, huge closets, computerized smart house systems and geothermal heating and cooling. A minimum of four-car garages are standard. The Phipps family, a name that defined Gold Coast living, called Spring Hill home throughout the mid-20th century. The estate’s original Italianate mansion was commissioned by W.L. Stow, designed by the prolific architect of the time, John Russell Pope, and later acquired by Henry Carnegie Phipps. Though the mansion, the little sister of Old Westbury Gardens’ Westbury House, was demolished in 1979, many of Pope’s architectural expressions are echoed in the distinctive, collaborative and timeless designs of Team Kean, Kean Development’s creative design venture team. Ogden Phipps kept champion thoroughbred horses on the estate. As part of the rebirth of Spring Hill’s grandeur, its once handsome stables and paddocks
will be returned to their original glory. Additionally, the greenhouses where Phipps maintained his famed international orchid collection will be refurbished by the English firm that originally built them. Even the once spectacular wall buttressing the ridge on which the mansion stood and its noble balustrade tracing the hilltop will be restored to its former splendor. Sequestered beyond a manned gatehouse, Spring Hill’s pristine grounds are beautifully manicured with river rock edging the winding roads. Privacy and aesthetics are integral to this extraordinary community, once associated with the American aristocracy and home again to some of today’s captains of industry, banking and philanthropy and Hollywood stars. Spring Hill’s location is the epitome of convenience, a 22-minute ride from Manhattan and minutes from Americana at Manhasset’s collection of top of the line luxury stores like Gucci, Van Cleef & Arpels and Hermes as well as fine restaurants. Cultural venues nearby include the Nassau County Museum of Art, Old Westbury Gardens, arboretums and Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill. Private country and golf clubs like Glen Oaks and the Meadow Brook Club, polo fields and beach clubs are nearby and bridle paths continue to contour the land. The community straddles the topranked East Williston and Roslyn school districts, and is close to excellent teaching hospitals, universities and the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Labs. The new Spring Hill community of superb luxury homes is destined to be a verdant haven and a remarkable historic tribute to the architectural grandeur and natural beauty of the North Shore. SE
Wasserman, who says his business grows by word of mouth rather than advertising, chalks up his long-term success to listening first and then advising his clients.
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Steven Marc Wasserman Evoking EmotionS THROUGH Inter ior Design By DONNA KUTT NAHAS “There’s an old adage in the interior design business,” says interior designer Steven Marc Wasserman. “When the designer is in control, everyone wins. The clients win because they have the home of their dreams and the designer wins because he has something to be proud of in his portfolio.” The motto, which has guided Wasserman throughout his nearly four decade career, was tested several years ago when a client insisted on preparing a bold, bright, bordello red bedroom for his new bride. At first, the Oyster Bay-based designer, who favors a conservative approach to mixing traditional with contemporary, was challenged by the request. “Although my client couldn’t be swayed from the bordello red, I told him we would give him the best red bedroom we could,” recalled Wasserman. “We used well-made fabrics, upholstered the wall with a red silk fabric with gold running through it. There was an oil painting of a nude and a chandelier. He loved it, and I was proud of it.” Wasserman’s portfolio not only features the bordello red bedroom but designs that range from Country French to traditional to ultra-modern. “I have done it all,” says Wasserman who works with a design assistant based in Williamsburg, Va. The self-admitted “King of Patterns” relishes layering stripes, florals and plaids, and combining color, texture, clean lines and the use of durable fabrics. “If a client wants ultra-contemporary and she has an antique sewing table with beautiful details from her greatgrandmother, I’ll use that as an end table, because it has meaning in her life.” He specializes in both commercial and residential 14 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
interior design, though the bulk of his projects are primary and secondary residences that dot the East Coast, extending from Long Island and New York City north to Boston and south to Maryland, Washington, D.C., and along Florida’s Gold Coast, including Del Ray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. He has also designed homes in Chicago, Colorado and California. Of the roughly half-dozen homes ranging in size from 2,000 to 12,000 square feet that he completes a year, less than 10 percent are ground-up construction. Highlights of his commercial work include the Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan boutiques at Bergdorf Goodman’s posh department store in Manhattan and Tesoro’s Ristorante in Westbury. He also serves as the in-house designer for the Long Island and Manhattan franchises of Bagel Boss. Wasserman, who says his business grows by word of mouth rather than advertising, chalks up his long-term success to listening first and then advising his clients. “Listening and advising are the only two ways to have your fingers on the pulse of a client,” he said. As a result, many of his clients become repeat customers. Wasserman studied design at the New York School of Interior Design and Parsons The New School for Design. Unlike many interior designers, he does not charge for his first consultation. “I interview them and it’s their chance to interview me and look at my portfolio,” he said. “The most important question for my clients is ‘Tell me about your life?’ Working with a designer is a very personal experience because you have to share with
me two of the most private things about you: how you live and your budget.” Favoring a hands-on approach, he shops with his clients and combs the Decoration and Design Building in Manhattan and retail stores from Crate and Barrel to Pier 1 and Raymour & Flanigan to find just the right accessory, end table or accent piece. But if clients prefer to shop on their own, “it’s to their advantage if they let me see what they are picking out. Ultimately, it’s their home, but it’s my job to tell them that that carpet isn’t going to work for this reason.” An avid traveler, he says his work has been influenced by the culture, lifestyle and architectural elements found in South America, Europe and Asia. “Just as explorer Marco Polo brought back spices from the Orient, I incorporate something of a country’s culture into my work,” he said, adding that he appreciates how splashes of bold color in the Indian culture can add drama and flair to a room. Wasserman launched his design business in 1977 several years after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theatre. During his sophomore year at Ithaca College, he discovered his penchant for design. “Set design enables you to create an illusion,” he says. “The set in the play “South Pacific” made it look as though the actors were really in the South Pacific islands.” Similarly, interior design creates an illusion of space, he explained, by transporting a person to a place and “evoking an emotional response through the placement and use of color, light, textures and patterns. That’s what design is meant to do.” SE
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SELLING CELEBRITY: REAL ESTATE OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS By M.C. SUSSMAN
From Groucho Marx to Alicia Keys, the North Shore of Long Island has long been home to celebrities and captains of industry. When it comes to selling their homes, however, the cachet of celebrity -- or notoriety -- may not add to the price it will fetch or even make it easier to sell. Still, a home that belongs to a celebrity is often looked at with more anticipation and excitement than its neighbors. Peter B. Madoff’s grand white mansion on four lush Old Westbury acres with a long winding driveway, two bedroom poolhouse and tennis court had a field day when it hit the market recently for $4.495 million, garMadoff property details on page 55 nering attention in The New York Times and other major newspapers, on television, radio and across the internet. With the younger brother and chief compliance officer for Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff off to jail earlier this year, the United States Marshall’s service took possession of the grandiose criminal’s lair. They put it on the market in late April, awarding Shawn Elliott the listing. Some potential buyers who have seen the home have wondered about the Madoffs and a few have made offers not yet accepted. But Shawn avoids discussing the notorious brothers, interested instead in getting the victims “as much money as humanly possible.” Although privacy and security concerns keep Shawn Elliott sales agent Kayrn Rotter from using a former Stanley Cup winner’s name these days when showing the former Islanders’ $1,750,000 home in Oyster Bay Cove, “when you walk in there, you know it’s his house,” Rotter said. “They don’t want people coming to the house just because it’s his house.” A room full of his trophies is one clue; photos of his children, the Stanley Cup and a big portrait when they retired his number make it a cinch. Another giveaway is the collection of shirts from every NHL team hanging on the wall of his son’s childhood room. Now grown, his son is also a professional hockey player. “They think it’s very cool,” Kayrn said of the potential buyers. At least one looker “loved the idea that it was his house.” But when an offer came from Rangers fans, the agent gently asked them to switch loyalties. They passed. After the comedian Alan King’s death nine years ago, his widow put their 6,457 square foot Tudor mansion on 2.39 waterfront Kings Point acres on the market, asking $22 million for the lush property that also included a pool, a tennis court, a guest cottage and a private rocky beach. At the time it was the highest-priced home on the market west of the Hamptons, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The property’s provenance was impeccable. The lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II built the residence in 1926, a year before he wrote “Show Boat,” and threw parties that included F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and the singer Eddie Cantor. Still, King’s home fetched only $12.75 million, and the new owner, a businessman, knocked it down and replaced it with a far grander home.
Kenjockety, a 6.7 acre spread in Lloyd Harbor owned in the early 1980s by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, languished for years under its subsequent ownership when it went on the market in 2002 for $17.5 million. The price gradually sank. In January, 2011, after changing listing brokers to Shawn Elliott’s Suzanne Wehren, the price was upped half a million dollars. Within three weeks, the seven bedroom, seven full and three half bath 1926 Tudor-style mansion with 10 fireplaces, an in ground pool and 500 feet of waterfront with deeded docking rights, was sold by Maria Siringo, another Shawn Elliott broker, for $8.99 million. The celebrity factor becomes “a point of interest,” Shawn Elliott said. “People like when they hear stories about a house.” Before Grammy Award-winning musician Alicia Keys sold her gated 9,000-square-foot seven bedroom, six and one half bath mansion in Muttontown two years ago, the 2.2 acre gated property sat on the market for 266 days. The price of the original $3.85 million dollar listing was dropped twice and sold for $2.995 million, nearly a million dollar less. The property also had a pool, Jacuzzi and pool house, a three car garage and annual property taxes of $40,970. The property was marketed and sold by Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates. Former New York Jets football quarterback Chad Pennington’s 7,000 square foot Muttontown spread went on the market in 2008 for $4.095 million and was subsequently lowered to $3.995 million. The two acre estate went into contract within 30 days for close to the asking price, recalled Shawn Elliott, whose company represented both buyer and seller. The home had a gunite pool with a waterfall, a gym, a billiards room and a four car garage. But celebrity is no guarantee of a good buy, no matter the price. When the contemporary home of a well-regarded CEO of a successful retail chain came on the market in Old Brookville eight years ago, his stature was enough to convince the buyers that the home must be in tiptop shape. They bought it, only to have its new roof leak when it rained two days after they moved in. And that was just the start. According to the real estate website Curbed.com, celebrity homes often seem to sit longer on the market and they seem to “have more trouble than the regular old plebs do.” It could be the stratospheric prices or that the rich and famous can afford to let a house sit on the market. Christina Aguilera’s Beverly Hills mansion, for instance, was listed in March, 2011 for $13.5 million. Though it boasts a private beauty salon, a gift wrapping area and a guest house with a recording studio, it is languishing on the market at the same price. In Venice, CA, Anjelica Huston listed her home in September, 2010 for $18 million. But the deal fell through after rumors that the manse was going to be converted into a private social club. Huston’s home is now listed for $13.9 million. SE
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LIFE OUTBACK: BACKYARDS are now for OUTDOOR LIVING By LAURIE NADEL Backyards these days are more than flower beds, birdbaths, and Adirondack chairs. “People want their backyard to be an extension of their house so they are looking for indoor/outdoor living spaces,” said Mark Bottone, President of Coastal Designs in Huntington. A landscape designer for the past 42 years, Mark credits this trend to changes in the housing market. “People are investing back into their homes instead of moving,” he said. “Sales of outdoor furniture and barbecues are up. People want their patio furniture to look like indoor couches.” ark calls the new look “country Hamptons.” “The landscape looks less structured and has a whimsical layout with perennials, plantings with different textures and a lot of grasses which move.” Naturalistic terraces with waterfalls and koi ponds add texture and movement. Bill Einhorn, President of the New York chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, explained a new consciousness. “People are more plant-sensitive so they are putting in more noninvasive plants that are native to the area and they are using less chemicals.” It is no longer your mother’s backyard. The landscaping can cost you anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000. That’s not counting an inground pool and patio which brings the price up another $30,000 to $50,000. And don’t forget a flat screen TV, a sound system, custom outdoor lighting and outdoor furniture. Plump, comfy cushions made from fade and mold resistant Sunbrellalike fabrics are paired with all-weather sectionals that look like wicker or resin and coffee tables with built-in firepits, and picnic tables fit for a banquet.
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The sky is the limit. Mark Bottone, for example, outfitted an estate in Old Westbury with two waterfalls, a pond, an inground pool with a cabana and bar, a tennis court, an outdoor kitchen with a chimney, and an overhead pergola. The job took several years and more than $5,000,000 to complete. Mark called it “a work in progress.” For a more cost-effective option, consider a TREK ™ deck with a gazebo fitted out with a deluxe Weber grill, ceiling fans, and a bar. “A gazebo serves multiple purposes. It sits on your deck and provides shade so that you can get out of the sun for a while during the day,” said Sandy Denicker, President of Carosan Contracting Corporation in Fort Salonga. “You can stretch out on a lounge chair and listen to the game. In the evening, you can cook and eat there as well.” Sandy pointed out that “since the mosquito population on the Island is out of control, you can’t sit outside after six p.m.” Gazebos with screens offer you an indoor/outdoor dining experience without getting eaten alive. A custom gazebo with electricity and natural gas lines for a barbecue can cost between $15,000 and $40,000. If your ideal outdoor experience is practicing your golf swing, you can turn your back yard into a custom putting green. Mike Grismodi of Elite Synthetic Surfaces in Jericho has been designing and installing nylon greens with synthetic grass for residential properties since 2000. “Generally a putting green is a higher end item. It can run anywhere from $5,000 to $250,000 and up for a large green with sand traps,” Grismodi said. If you want sparkle, gentle sound, and sinuous
movement, waterfalls and ponds are the way to go. “A lot of people want to expand their backyard experience with a pond,” said Shawn Rosen, President of Koi Market North in Huntington. “What better way to add serenity with a water garden or a Japanese garden look than with a koi pond?” asked Shawn, who opened an online koi business six years ago before expanding to designing, installing, and maintaining koi ponds for residential customers on the North Shore. “The difference between the average landscaper and us is that we look at the health of each fish with the best type of filtration and bottom drains,” he said. One three-inch long starter fish can cost five dollars; a shiwa koi can cost $2,000. The cost of a koi pond ranges from $3,000 to $10,000. Outdoor lighting has come a long way from the basic floodlight. Vernon Daniel Associates in Cold Spring Harbor designs lighting displays that enhance every aspect of your property. “Use of the property at night is key from both security and aesthetics points of view. A client needs to think in terms of overall design,” said Vernon Daniel’s Vice President Ken Smith. “Is he or she looking for drama, security concerns, or looking to develop the property as a whole?” Mr. Smith sometimes begins his initial presentation to a client by shining a flashlight directly into his client’s eyes. “This is what you normally see when you go to someone’s house when there is a floodlight,” explained one client, a Muttontown resident who preferred to remain anonymous. “Our house at night looks like Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The uplighting comes up on the courtyard wall and downlighting comes from the trees onto the house. It makes the house and it’s amazing.” SE
“People want their backyard to be an extension of their house so they are looking for indoor/outdoor living spaces” —Mark Bottone of Coastal Designs
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sensible car may get you where you want to go, but there’s nothing like an exotic car to accelerate your lifestyle. The speed and easy handling are great attractions, matched by the power felt behind the wheel. Not only do they look magnificent, but when you drive a luxury or exotic car, you can’t help but be noticed. Spencer Ross, Gabriel Hale, & Rakeem Pierre-Louis, business partners and friends, have always been interested in luxury and exotic cars. They recognized their passion as an opportunity for a new business. Luxotics started in 2011 as a private concierge-based company, serving only a select few and privileged clients—including celebrities, hip hop artists and TV reality show stars. “We don’t just sell cars; we sell a lifestyle,” Spencer said. “Even among exotic car lovers, above all, the ultimate luxury is time and you want to do it with style and finesse.” Luxotics also provides the entire spectrum of automotive services in one-stop shopping, Spencer added. While working at a Long Island luxury and exotic car dealership, Gabriel noticed that while one customer was looking to lease a Ferrari, a second wanted to ship his Bentley across the country, and a third was interested in upgrading his Mercedes with new rims and fancier
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details. Then there were those who wanted to rent a Lamborghini for the weekend, or a luxury limo for a private party. “Suddenly, the idea hit me,” Gabriel recalled. “I wanted to provide a complete solution to all of my customers’ luxury and exotic automobile desires—to offer them onestop shopping with an AMEX black card experience.” Their overwhelming success drove Spencer, Gabriel, & Rakeem to expand the concept, and as Gabriel explained, “to offer the same opportunity to the entire world.” The New York International Auto Show, held this April, was a perfect venue for the official launch of the
Luxotics Automobile Agency, which covers every aspect in the car world—from car sales, leasing, consignment to custom upgrading to rentals of luxury and exotic cars and limos, shipping and storage, even car washing. A Ferrari for a day would cost you a bit more than $1,000. For about $4,000, you can rent a Bentley convertible for a weekend, delivered right to your front door. Or perhaps a chauffeured Rolls Royce, equipped with a bottle of champagne with all the bells and whistles for a decadent night out in Luxotics style. “People identify themselves with the car they drive,” Rakeem says. “Driving an exotic car is an adrenaline rush.” For Johnny Donovan, a Manhattan talent agent, summer time and Luxotics automobiles are a perfect match “If any of my clients want to rent an exotic car for a weekend in the Hamptons, I know they’ll receive extraordinary care and service with Luxotics.” As Michael Maddaloni of Maddaloni Jewelers in Huntington put it: “Our respective customer base brings Luxotics & Maddaloni Jewelers together, from the likes of fine jewelry & timepieces to elite luxury and exotic cars.” Summer is around the corner and now is the time to spoil yourself in pure luxury with the Luxotics experience. SE
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More than ever, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Designing or remodeling this essential gathering and workspace entails more than merely planning an area to store and cook food. Ideally, the kitchen will be transformed into a showcase for the homeowner’s creativity and exude a feeling of warmth, elegance and flair. It should also function as a focal point for the preparation of culinary creations.
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o this end, the hallmark of Cambridge Kitchens Mfg.’s success for the past 25 years has been their ability to transform a homeowner’s vision into a dream kitchen uniquely reflective of their home and lifestyle. From sleek designs with bold lines to traditional offerings, the possibilities for custom high-end kitchens abound. Perhaps what most sets Cambridge Kitchens Mfg. apart from the competition is that all their cabinetry is designed and crafted on site in a 35,000-square foot factory adjoining their Hicksville showroom. This ensures the utmost control over each step of the process and provides a quick turnaround. “We can manufacture and install a custom kitchen in a maximum timeframe of three to four weeks because everything is here,” explains owner Nick Vassi. Clients initially meet with an in-house designer. Their wishes for style, colors, specific types of wood and architectural elements are virtually granted on a wide screen with detailed computer-generated renderings of the final product. “This is a very expensive technology,” says Nick. “It shows the client exactly what the finished kitchen will look like even before its production.” Colors and styles can easily be digitally tweaked, helping clients confidently decide exactly what they want. In the factory, state-of-the-art woodworking machinery turns the computerized design into finely crafted cabinetry. The wood is cut to precise measurements, and even ornate curves can be created. The pieces are labeled and later assembled on the premises. Clients visit the factory to approve the final product before delivery and installation.
“Long Islanders today generally are looking for traditional designs in their kitchens,” Nick explains. That, however, doesn’t imply a cookie-cutter look. Traditional designs may be expressed in a variety of hardwoods, styles, and finishes to provide a one-of-a-kind result. Among the hardwoods are deep-toned mahogany, walnut and maple. Door styles range from understated Shaker style to a more ornate look with applied moldings that add to the depth of the design. Decorative inserts and overlays such as graceful acanthus leaves are available on cabinet doors. The sinuous curves of impressive crown moldings and distinctive fluted columns emphasize and embellish designs. Finishing the wood to enhance its natural grain and add to its durability is a long, labor-intensive process. Acrylic materials impart a waterproof scratch resistant finish for longevity and easy maintenance. Workers sand the wood, painstakingly apply a clear stain followed by a base color. Seeking a perfect match to client samples, colors are custom-mixed at the factory. After a sealer is applied, the wood is sanded again. A colored glaze covers the intricate designs often featured in the cabinetry. Finally, a top coat affords a protective finish. For an average job, this process must be repeated on literally several hundred pieces. To complement their clients’ cabinetry, Cambridge also sells top-of-the-line appliances such as Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Franke and other high-end brands. These can be seamlessly integrated into the planned kitchen design. SE Cambridge Kitchens Mfg. is located at 280 Duffy Avenue in Hicksville, NY. Visit their website at www. cambridgekitchens.com or call (516) 935-5100. SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 27
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A Day in…Locust Valley Tranquil, Charming and Upscale During the turn of the twentieth century and throughout the Gatsby era, sprawling estates sprang up against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Locust Valley. Although some of these have since been transformed into public spaces, the area’s past elegance pervades its present, and continues to attract those seeking an upscale ambiance coupled with a comfortable, small town feel. 30 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
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espite change and the passing of the years, Locust Valley is still the most desirable and beautiful area of the North Shore and the little hamlet at the depot remains the hub and the heart of the larger community,” said Herb Schierhorst, the president of the Locust Valley Historical Society. “ We are a garden flourishing in rich soil sown and nurtured by our founders who valued education, beauty and civic pride” and a “unique juxtaposition of history and modern community.” Located in the midst of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast, this North Shore hamlet in the Town of Oyster Bay encompasses a small area, but when referring to “Locust Valley,” most Long Islanders include surrounding areas like Matinecock, Mill Neck and Lattingtown. This was originally the land of the Matinecock Indians, but in the 1600s, Europeans –mostly from England- settled here and called the area Buckram. In the mid-1800s, the name was changed to Locust Valley with a nod to the stately trees thriving in the hamlet’s woodlands. Carl Knight of Knight & Co, a home furnishings and interior design company that his father established in Locust Valley over 50 years ago, describes the area as “a special place to live. It’s New York without being New York. It’s close to Manhattan and yet country-like, quiet and calm.” The Long Island Rail Road takes residents from the picturesque local station into the bustling streets of Manhattan in a little over an hour. Kathy Smith, director of the Locust Valley Library, commented: “Some residents also own homes in Manhattan and come here for a break or peaceful weekend.” The library building dates from 1909 and has had multiple identities. “It was once a community center, then a fire department, a bowling alley, a theater, and finally a library,” Ms. Smith explained. “It was a wellused building. It still is.” Educational resources in the hamlet are plentiful. The Locust Valley Central School District includes the Ann MacArthur Primary School, the Locust Valley Intermediate School and Locust Valley High School. There are also two private schools: Friends Academy, founded in 1876, and the Portledge School, established in 1965 on the grounds of the former Alice S. Coffin estate. There are no mega-malls in this tranquil territory.
Rather, an understated but colorful main street, Forest Avenue, and its cross street, Birch Hill Road, feature numerous quaint boutiques, including some pleasant surprises. Curds & Whey opened in July 2012 on Birch Hill Road and abounds in local culinary delights including artisanal cheeses from Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton, fresh breads from Blue Duck Bakery in Southampton and Maroni’s meatballs from Northport. Don’t leave without purchasing a Locust Valley chocolate bar, handmade by Mali B. Sweets of Greenport. To thoroughly satisfy your sweet tooth, amble over to Chocolicious on Birch Hill Road, where distinctive chocolates, truffles and other delights are handmade on the premises. A hidden gem on Birch Hill Road is Worth Repeating, a decidedly upscale consignment shop featuring gently used, discounted designer brands including Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik and many others. “They’re priced to sell,” comments owner Betsy Gibbs, “sometimes 50 percent off retail.” Eateries in Locust Valley include Buckram Stables Café on Forest Avenue, which offers burgers, omelets and other casual American cuisine against the backdrop of a cozy, equestrian-themed setting. The quintessential Locust Valley restaurant is the Basil Leaf Café Ristorante on Birch Hill Road (in The Plaza Boutiques shopping area.) In this romantic, upscale setting, mouthwatering Italian favorites include a wide variety of homemade pastas, pizzas and more. In addition to unique shopping opportunities and culinary gems, natural wonders abound. The John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden blends Asian and American plants, well-placed stones, bamboo groves and graceful, winding gravel paths in its serene, fouracre setting. Although a cemetery might not seem the most upbeat place to spend time, the Locust Valley Cemetery, listed on the Smithsonian Register of American Gardens, is worth a visit. “It’s more like an arboretum,” says Bill Simons, the cemetery’s general manager. Visitors often come to the serene setting to sit on a bench and read, and the profusion of plants attracts birds. “The Audubon Society has come here for that reason.” With 30 acres of gently winding paths and impressive rhododendrons that burst into a vision of purple in May, the cemetery was designed by the sons of Fred-
erick Law Olmsted, noted for his landscape designs of Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Locust Valley is also home to exclusive country clubs. The Creek Club, founded in 1923 by elite locals including J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr., features tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course designed by Seth Raynor and Charles B. MacDonald, known as the “Father of Golf Architecture.” If you’re thinking of joining, leave your cell phone off because the club strictly prohibits talking, texting and e-mailing on the property except in designated areas. The Piping Rock Club also has a no-cell phone policy. Founded in 1911, the venue’s clubhouse was designed by Guy Lowell, acclaimed for his designs of the New York State Supreme Court Building and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In the early twentieth century, the club played host to the Piping Rock Horse Show. A Charles B. MacDonald 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and beach facilities are also available to the country club’s members. With a tranquil ambiance, historic buildings, unique shopping and excellent restaurants, there is much to admire about Locust Valley. Librarian director Ms. Smith sums it up: “The setting is beautiful, there’s a charming downtown, the schools are very good, and there are beaches close by.” SE
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JEWELS of the GOLD COAST —RELAX on the NORTH SHORE’S BEST BEACHES
Okay, so there aren’t any leafy palms rustling in the breeze, the golden sand isn’t quite powdery and the waters aren’t exactly azure blue. But the Long Island Sound shimmers in the sunlight as the waves lap calmly against the shore. After all, the charm of the North Shore’s beaches rests in the laid back atmosphere that prevails everywhere, the lack of crowds, and the easy accessibility for swimming, sailing, kayaking and motor boating. On shore, the beaches are great spots for soaking up the sun, strolling, picnicking, relaxing, and at some parks, shooting hoops. The North Shore Beaches are so close to home, you can spend a day or just a few hours working on your tan or plying the waters in your kayak with nary a worry about fighting traffic on the way home. Just don’t forget the sunscreen. Here are a few of our favorites: Asharoken Beach, one of three beaches in the Northport area, stretches 535 feet along Northport Bay. A boat ramp provides access for small boats, kayaking, canoeing, motor boating and sailing. Through early September, lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., though the beach closes at 8 p.m. Restrooms, outdoor showers and first-aid stations are available. As with most North Shore beaches, seasonal and daily passes are available for residents at a discount and to non-residents at a slightly higher fee. Beaches on both Oyster Bay Harbor and the Long Island Sound are accessible via an underground pathway at Centre Island Beach on Bayville Avenue on the east end of Bayville, just before the entrance to Centre Island. On the Sound side, the beach stretches 650 feet along the waterfront. The crescent-shaped harbor side, where grasses poke through the sand when the tide is out, is well-suited to
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families with young children frolicking at the water’s edge, though jellies or water shoes are recommended. Swimming is available on both sides. Bathroom facilities are available on site. The beach is open to Oyster Bay residents by the carload at a discounted price; non-residents are welcome for a higher fee. The Charles Ransom Beach at the western end of Bayville has playground and other beach facilities along the sandy shore. Just across the road is the Bayville Boardwalk, where the pirate-themed Bayville Amusement Park, restaurants, an ice cream parlor and other refreshments can be found. Perfect for families, at Crab Meadow Park on Waterside Avenue in Northport, a spot for your blanket and chairs on the 1,000 foot wide Huntington town beach is a quick stroll from the parking lot. A large, partly shaded playground has see-saws, swings, slides and a jungle-gym and basketball courts. Pools of water formed by sandbars are shallow enough for children to collect sea shells off the bottom. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are permitted. On the boardwalk, La Casa Cafe offers pizza and Italian ices with room to enjoy snacks on the veranda as well as an indoor restaurant. And for the gourmet chefs among us, beach pavilions are equipped with grills for barbecuing. In Eatons Neck, Hobart Beach Park, known locally as “Sand City,” offers a great stretch of beach for sunbathing or playing beach volleyball between Northport Bay and the Long Island Sound with the Sarah H. Rupert Water Bird Park Preserve at the far end. The playground at this Huntington town beach has a jungle gym, swings, slides, and a basketball court, picnic areas, rest rooms, outdoor
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showers, motor boating, water skiing and sailing. Boats can dock and fishermen unload their catch on the boat ramp. The piping plovers and other birds can be viewed from afar but the Sarah H. Rupert Water Bird Park Preserve at the far end of the park is not open to visitors. Though Hobart Beach lacks a concession stand, an ice cream truck frequently stops by. The lush 40-acre Morgan Memorial Park Beach on Germain Street in Glen Cove stretches 350 feet at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor overlooking the Long Island Sound. Besides the bathing beach, the hilly, tree-shaded park has a picnic area and hiking paths along the bluffs overlooking the harbor. It is also the site of summer concerts. The park was once the site of a steamboat landing. The financier J.P. Morgan hired top landscape architects to design the park in memory of his late wife. The former Bar Beach was combined with the neighboring Hempstead Harbor Park on West Shore Road in Port Washington to create the 60-acre North Hempstead Beach Park. The combined North Hempstead town park provides a half mile-long sandy beach and recreational activities, including a waterfront promenade, a fishing pier, boat ramp, bathhouse and concession area. There are basketball and shuffleboard courts, a playground, horseshoe pits, handball, paddleball, a mile jogging course, picnic areas with barbecues and shelter pavilions. Several concerts and festivals are held at the park each summer. Permits are required for use of the fields and picnic area and parking fees apply year-round. On the Boulevard in Sea Cliff, the Sea Cliff Municipal Beach offers paid daily or seasonal memberships for residents and non-residents. It offers a sandy strip on Hempstead Harbor, a pavilion with restrooms, first-aid and shower facilities. Refreshments are also available. Swimming and life-saving classes for village children are offered by the Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Boat racks for Sunfish, Sailfish and other small boats are available. Evenings, concerts are held at the beach. The Town of Oyster Bay owns and operates Harry Tappen Beach on Shore Road in Sea Cliff. An outdoor pool, swings, refreshment stands and a shaded picnic area with a playground are among the facilities. Adjacent to each is a public marina. The town maintains a boat basin with launching ramps. Though it doesn’t have a swimming beach, Steppingstone Park on Steppingstone Lane in Kings Point overlooks the Long Island Sound. Open to residents of the Great Neck Park District with a park card, and their guests, this lovely park is home to a marina with mooring facilities, a boat launching ramp, sailing lessons, a fishing dock, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a children’s party room, a refreshment stand, picnic tables, a wading pool, an animalthemed sprinkler aqua park and rest rooms. As the sun sets on Saturday and Sunday evenings, the park is the site of the Steppingstone Waterfront Theatre offering concerts and other live entertainment. SE
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It’s stunning new digs—a 5,500-square foot shop replaces its longtime 3,000-squarefoot store. The new venue —across the street from its previous location— represents an investment of more than a $1 million in design and construction costs.
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H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers A GARDEN CITY LANDMARK CROSSES THE STREET By CARA S. TRAGER The sleek, new retail space sparkles. Against white walls and white crystallized glass floor tiles, illuminated display cases, framed in dark wood, shimmer with diamonds. Statement-making engagement rings and necklaces dripping with carats abound. The contemporary appearance belies the jewelry firm’s age —103 years old, a rarity in a retail industry where single-shop operations face ever-stiff competition from chain stores and bauble-hawking websites. Yet, H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers, a landmark on Garden City’s Franklin Avenue since 1969 and the owner of the shop, has done more than survive. It is thriving, as evidenced by its stunning new digs —a 5,500-square foot shop that replaces its longtime 3,000-square-foot store. The new venue —across the street from its previous location —represents an investment of more than $1 million in design and construction costs. The 20-employee firm not only needed more room to display and sell its precious pieces but to conduct back-office operations. The old quarters were also due for a facelift. Fortuitously, the stars were aligned: the new space became available for lease. And like much of what the emporium sells, its new Franklin Avenue address represents a gift —of sorts. It is from Michael Gross, the firm’s president and the fourth-generation in the family business, to his sons, Brad, 34, and Matt, 32, both vice presidents in the company their great-greatgrandfather started in downtown Brooklyn. “I want to leave them something special,” said Michael Gross, 64. “If my sons weren’t in the business, I would be looking to retire.” He takes particular joy in knowing that his sons are continuing in a business that has been so much a part of the family’s life. In fact, when Michael’s octogenarian mother entered the new place for the first time, she said, “ ‘If only your father could see this.’ ” A Rolex watch and a Tacori bridal jewelry boutique serve as anchors within the shop, which also features the creations of more than 15 other bridal designers, including Verragio, Simon G., Henri Daussi, Jeff Cooper and Scott Kay. “In the last 10 years, branded rings have become very popular,” said Brad, who has expanded the firm’s bridal jewelry selection while Matt concentrates on buying and selling new, vintage and collectible watch-
es. Their father, who manages day-to-day operations, specializes in estate pieces, and their mother, Diane, focuses on fashion jewelry. The store is also outfitted with a flat-screen TV for viewing football and baseball games and a marble counter where cappuccino, espresso, beer and snacks are served. A wine cooler provides for chilled varietals in stemware. On Saturdays, customers are greeted with mimosas. “They wanted to make the area different from the
rest of the space and inviting to a palate,” said Laura Reddy, the store’s interior designer and the president of NY3 Design Group, Inc. in Manhattan The chill-out area also helps differentiate H.L. Gross, a must-do in a competitive retail market. “It makes the store more personable,” said Michael, who credits his sons with helping the firm stay fresh and exciting. Matt, for example, has helped bolster the firm’s bottom line with his expertise in watches. He first became interested in important time pieces as a high school student, learning the ropes by handling the sale of customers’ trade-ins. According to Brad, his brother’s homespun experience — as well as salesmanship — landed him a full-time job at Cartier in Scottsdale, Arizona and starting with his first month of employment, Matt, then 19, sold more watches than all the sales staff combined. Plus, he was the youngest sales person. For more than a decade, Matt has been traveling to domestic and international trade shows and auctions to buy and sell classic time pieces. “New blood brings in new ideas and that’s what has
brought us forward,” said Michael who, courtesy of his own engineering background — he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — pioneered the firm’s website development 15 years ago when the Internet was still in its formative years as a marketing tool. And according to Serge Fischler, the president of a diamond manufacturer and wholesaler in New York that bears his name, it’s the Internet — more than retail chains — that poses the biggest threat to small, independent jewelry shops. All too often, consumers use mom-and-pop shops to learn about diamonds but turn to the web for their purchases. “Spending time costs money,” said Fischler. Still, small jewelry businesses have their own advantages. They don’t need to accumulate an inventory of same-carat and samequality diamonds for each store, a challenging effort because diamonds are “cut from what the earth gives you,” Fischler said. “They are not a manmade product.” For its part, H.L. Gross is content to stay the course as a single-unit operation. As Michael tells it, multiple stores add to overhead, thin out inventory and pose security and operating challenges. “People also like to deal with the owner,” he said. Renee Worrall, a Syosset resident who grew up in Garden City, is among customers drawn to the shop’s family atmosphere. On a recent spring day, as she was admiring the new store and perusing its glistening inventory, Worrall said that she and her husband had purchased their wedding rings at H.L. Gross 27 years ago. Through the years, they have returned for important pieces of jewelry. “We come here because of the quality,” said Worrall, adding, “I like the personal touch.” SE .
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Internet has made it easy for them to make their retreat available to others and make owning a retreat much more affordable.” Otalo.com lists 1.8 million vacation rentals from dozens of vacation rental websites, including a houseboat in a residential area in the heart of the old city in Amsterdam, and a two minute walk from Nieuwmarkt square with its bars and restaurants. The houseboat, for 2 or 3, has a living area with a built in kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom with a king-sized bed. From the south-facing sun deck by the front door you can hand feed the ducks, coots and swans. http://www.otalo.com/vacation-rentals/ r.php?start=72
porary housing for chic nomads.” Its collection of 272 modern and contemporary vacation rentals range from oceanfront mansion to city apartment to mountain cabin. Peruse them by architect, or by categories like “chic and cheap,” “pet-friendly” or “Eco chic/ sustainable” or by styles such as “rustic/romantic,” “simple luxury,” “mid-century modern,” or “wabi-sabi,” a collection of traditional Japanese houses. In the heart of Barcelona, a two bedroom apartment on the fourth floor of an Art Nouveau building, Cityscape Doble, rents for about $215 a night. Light and spacious, it has restored original French doors and Juliette balconies off the bedrooms and is within walking distance to the Gothic Quarter and the architectural and historic Eaxample district, home to many historic GuadiFlipkey.com, owned by Trip Advisor, posts more designed buildings. than 200,000 vacation rentals, mostly in the United http://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/ States and European hot spots like Barcelona, the europa/spain/cityscape-doble-barcelona-spain/ Amalfi Coast, London, Nice, Paris and Rome. The site also includes sometimes helpful guest reviews For $5250 a week, an apartment overlooking the Arc and offers a calculator to compare costs between De Triomphe in the heart of Paris can be rented via rentals and hotels. elitedestinationhomes.com. A block from the Avenue On Italy’s Amalfi Coast, five star luxury and ro- des Champs-Elysee in the 16th Arrondissement, this mance is yours at the Villa Andressa in enchanting newly renovated, light and airy flat has three bedPositano for $18,515 to $24,621 a week. Perched on a rooms, high ceilings and French windows, a fireplace, cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian an outdoor terrace and wraparound balcony, a comSea, this sumptuous-looking and updated home was plete kitchen, dining and living rooms along with full a small monastery in the 18th century. The original concierge service. Baroque decor complements the modern conve- http://elitedestinationhomes.com/luxuryniences including central air and heat and a fully vacation-rental/europe/paris/le-triomphe/ equipped kitchen, but don’t stress -- the villa’s per- triomphe-rates-calendar/ sonal chef for continental breakfast, lunch and dinner and other staff is included in the price. The villa’s For a more exotic locale, a two bedroom seafront spa has an indoor, heated pool with a Jacuzzi and a villa on a 40 acre resort in Bali, Indonesia, the Villa waterfall, a Turkish bath, sauna, three spa showers L’Orange Bali, rents for $300 per night through and weight training equipment. There are sweeping roomorama.com. Away from the usual tourist haunts, views of the coastline and the island of Capri can the villa is in Cucukan, a traditional fishing village be enjoyed while relaxing, sunning or dining on the with about 100 residents, about 45 minutes from the villa’s terraces and gardens. Bali International Airport and a 20 minute drive from http://www.flipkey.com/positano-villa-rentals/ the art city of Ubud. p427093/ https://www.roomorama.com/short-term-rentals/ bali/gianyar/house/19970?origin=homepage Boutique-homes.com bills itself as the site for “tem- SE
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The Sounds of Summer
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” go the jazzy lyrics to George Gershwin’s 1935 aria for the opera “Porgy and Bess.” And at Long Island’s parks, beaches and more formal music venues, the languid days and steamy nights are filled with the sounds of music from classic and pops to folk and rock. At the seaside amphitheater known as Nikon at Jones Theater, a perennial favorite operated by Live Nation, headliners include Fleetwood Mac Live on June 22 at 8 p.m.; the Dave Matthews Band on June 25 and 26 at 7 p.m.; and Phish on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. At the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Peter Frampton appears in concert on June 23rd at 8 p.m. Rick Springfield takes the stage on July 13 at 8 p.m. and on August 27, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo perform at 8 p.m. You might start humming “Puff the Magic Dragon,” in anticipation of the Peter and Paul concert (though sadly without the late Mary of the 1960s hit trio) on June 14 at 8 p.m. at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Don McClean and Judy Collins will appear on the round stage on July 13 at 8 p.m. Summer concerts in the Town of Oyster Bay’s “Music Under The Stars” series at various town parks are free. Just bring a lawn chair or a blanket to John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa to hear the musical sensation “America” perform hits like “A Horse with No Name,” and “Tin Man.”
At Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay on Wednesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. enjoy Rick Larrimore’s Ultimate Tribute to Rod Stewart with hits like “Maggie May” and “Have I Told You Lately.” Fans of the Bee Gees can hear blockbusters such as “How Deep Is Your Love,” and “Night Fever,” by the tribute band Stayin’ Alive at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park on July 13. On a different note, concert goers can spend the evening of July 14 listening to Broadway show tunes, television theme songs and light classical music performed by the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra at PlainviewOld Bethpage Community Park in Plainview. Free concerts are held on Friday nights at 7:30 at the Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park, starting with Just Sixties on July 12. The evening includes 28 songs of the 1960s played by the band, interspersed with brief explanations of the culture, fads, celebrities and news of that era. The following Friday, July 19, the oldies group Randy and the Rainbows will be playing their hit number, “Denise, Denise,” and other songs of their day. Sunday afternoons at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington are dancing and singing as well as sunbathing and swimming. Shows start at 1 p.m. beginning July 7 with the high energy band, Stages. On July 21, the band Simply the Best pays
tribute to The Supremes with songs like “Stop In the Name of Love” and “Baby Love.” On July 28, the theme switches to country with the Time Gillis Country Band. At Morgan Park on the waterfront in Glen Cove, free summer concerts are held on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. starting with the North Shore Pops Concert Band on July 7 and a Young Performers Concert presenting winners of an annual talent competition followed by A Gala of Arias and show tunes performed by bass-soloist Peter Maravell. Bring a blanket and a snack to a production of The Sound of Music on July 21, the Beach Boys tribute by the Driftwoods on July 28 and a tribute to Barbra Streisand performed by Sharon Owens and band on Aug. 18, 2013. A tribute to Neil Diamond performed by Read Diamond wraps up the series on Aug. 25. In case of rain, the shows go on at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall on Pearsall Avenue in Glen Cove. SE –M.C. SUSSMAN
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T ECH N O LO GY
From video eyewear for mobile virtual big screen entertainment to smart watches that let you read your email on your wrist, headbands that take your pulse and bracelets that record how many steps you take, hi tech companies are creating wearable and easily portable gadgets.
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PUTTER ANALYZER WATER CHARGE Headed to the Himalyas or the Outback this summer? No need to worry when you travel, your mobile battery dies and you don’t have access to regular battery sources or sunlight. The new Powertrekk fuel cell charger, expected to hit the market this season for about $200, only needs H20 to get you back online. Using fuel cell technology, water added to the fuel pack device extracts the hydrogen to charge a small battery. The electricity is stored in the storage buffer allowing the device to function both as a battery and as a charger.
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Want to develop a consistent and reliable putting stroke? For golfers, the 3BaysGSA Putt helps you understand your putting stroke by plugging into a putter grip and analyzing your golf motion. Smaller than a golf ball and weighing less than a third of an ounce, it is touted to be the “World’s Lightest Putting Analyzer.” Using delicate 9-axis motion sensors and intelligent algorithms, it can closely analyze key aspects of your putting stroke. Feedback is instant via a Bluetooth connection on your mobile device. It may be a game-changer. http://www.v1golf.com/products/3bays-gsa.asp
BRAINY BRACELETS Your every motion, day and night, is now recorded on your wrist. Functional wristbands like Jawbone Up are the new smart bracelets, a wristband /app combo with motion-sensing technology that tracks micro-movements of your wrist to detail how long it takes you to fall asleep, how long you were in bed and how many times you woke up during the night. The splash-proof computer bracelet also monitors your active versus idle time during the day, including the number of steps you take and how far you walk… or not. It vibrates gently to remind you to get up and move when you’ve been inactive and records what you snitch from the cookie cupboard. Then Jawbone Up analyzes your data, compares you to others, and cooly provides information tailored to you.
LUGGAGE FOUND Nervous about losing your luggage on your next flight or layover? Placed in your checked luggage, a new pintsized device called Trakdot is designed to keep track of your suitcase when you travel. It reports its location to any mobile phone via email or text. If you land in San Diego and your luggage doesn’t, you can easily pinpoint where it went astray, hopefully making it easier to retrieve. Even if your bag isn’t lost, another app signals when your suitcase is approaching on the baggage carousel. Trakdot.com
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S H A D Y E N T E R T A I N M E nt With CINEshades, you can catch up on a TV show or movie, work on your suntan or watch TV in bed without disturbing your partner. Practically indistinguishable from regular sunglasses, you can wear the patented premium sunglasses that can double as your private, personal theater with the addition of CINEwear Labs’“AnyWear” Theater, a detachable micro-viewer with sound-isolating earbuds that clips onto a variety of compatible CINEshades to transform them into video eyewear with a 70” big screen experience in 2D or 3D. With a variety of sunglass styles available, you can look stylish while comfortably watching your videos undetected by those around you on a train, bus or plane or while visiting a boring relative. http://www.cinewearlabs.com
Maxwell Smart would have loved one of these. Like smartphones, a new wireless voice command line of Martian smartwatches are a new generation of wearable timepieces that remotely take photos and accept incoming calls with the push of a button, or decline with a shake of the wrist. Connecting via Bluetooth, the new watches let wearers with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices receive email, Facebook messages, Twitter mentions, calendar event alerts, daily weather forecasts and a world clock and even find their phone. Users can leave their iPhones or Androids in their pockets or purse and still see caller IDs, receive or place calls, send or respond to text messages , control music and search the web on their watch. The watches also include an LED flashlight. martianwatches.com
FITNESS MONITORING EARBUDS Monitoring and improving your physical fitness and workout performance is getting simpler. The new iRiver ON wireless Bluetooth audio buds embedded with Valencell’s PerformTek™ Sensor Technology determine heart rate, distance, speed, cadence, aerobic fitness level and calories burned, and connect with the smartphone apps you’re already using while exercising. Instead of simply recording and providing numbers, the sensor technology interprets the data so you can improve your physical fitness or performance. And you can listen to your music at the same time. valencell.com
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Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg, a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery, has been voted one of the best cosmetic surgeons on Long Island for 8 consecutive years*. He is director of New York’s Premier Center for Plastic Surgery, with offices in Woodbury, Southampton and Manhattan. He performs the most advanced cosmetic surgical procedures in his fully accredited, state-of-the art ambulatory surgical center. Several recent enhancements in technology help position Dr. Stephen Greenberg as a leader in plastic cosmetic surgery, and have helped make plastic surgery procedures safer, more natural and easier for the patient. Dr. Greenberg’s goal is to address each person’s unique requirements, goals and objectives, and to implement an overall plan to help achieve both a beautiful look and realistic result. Dr. Greenberg is truly a perfectionist and strives for the best possible results. Dr. Greenberg is fortunate enough to treat celebrities from around the world, as well as the “girl next door”. He performs a variety of services, including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tucks, body lifts, facelifts and
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A STUNNING FRENCH CHATEAU WITH A REGAL AIR By M.C. SUSSMAN
It’s not often you find a piece of the Loire Valley on Long Island’s shores. A new French Chateau, completed this year on two acres in Sands Point, is a stunning exception. This 12,000 square foot stucco European villa with a cement limestone finish is a wow from the moment you pull up the driveway to the courtyard. Italian sandstone balustrades lead to the entry porch. The arched Italian hand forged wrought iron and glass double front doors hint at the opulence within. The 30-foot entry foyer, with its ornate domed 46-foot high ceiling, raised paneling and inset antique mirrors, is a jaw dropper. The creamy marble floor is laid in 36 by 36-inch slabs with an oval center medallion and a matching grand marble staircase to the upper and lower levels. An ornate plaster rosette frieze decorates the wraparound balcony with wrought iron railing topped with a mahogany banister. To one side is a palatial 1500 square foot ballroom with a trio of lavish crystal chandeliers suspended from the 30-foot ceiling with a curve of basket-weave moldings and columns of Emperador marble. The floor to ceiling travertine fireplace, copied from an Italian castle, was hand-carved with lion’s heads and lush flowers. 44 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
Hand-carved glass doors with Lalique-like handles lead to a five-star hotel-worthy powder room with rear lit green onyx on the walls and floor, a vanity with two sinks and a coffered ceiling with plaster rosette medallions. Each of the bathrooms are “works of art” with custom mosaic designs and marble finishes. The banquet-sized dining room and a cozy library have 12-foot ceilings and their own travertine fireplaces. he monumental sized kitchen has two 10-foot granite-topped center islands, a Wolf stove with nine burners and two grills, a bar, two dishwashers, two refrigerators plus an under counter refrigerator for cold drinks and a wine cooler. A separate butler’s pantry has matching Brazilian Bordeaux granite. There is a second powder room off the kitchen. The kitchen opens on to a family room with large arched windows and access to the backyard. Upstairs the commodious master suite has a hand carved travertine fireplace, a balcony and a boutique-sized his and hers closet and basket-weave moldings on the tray ceiling. A copper dome tops a master bath fit for a Trump hotel, with six arched and additional porthole windows above the Jacuzzi, enhanced with cove lighting in
the dome. The spa bath also boasts twin vanities with gold plated faucets. His and hers steam showers have glistening mosaic tile walls bursting with flowers. Opulent etched glass enhances the his and hers water closets. The lower level is a high-style playhouse of its own, with an â€œazul skyâ€? book matched marble floor from Saudi Arabia and 12 and a half foot ceilings. Amenities include a game room and a large home theater, a couples massage room, a sauna and lounge, a wine cellar with glass fabric walls and black mosaic glass tile in the cabana bathroom. The resort-style backyard features a 50 by 22-ft salt water pool with an intricate mosaic tile floor and walls, a spill over spa, LED lighting, fountains and 3000 square feet of patio on two levels. The home is outfitted with European tilt and turn mahogany windows, marble base moldings, 22 zones of radiant heat with individual controls in each room, surround sound, a Lutron lighting system and a four car garage with mahogany doors and room for lifts. Each of the family bedrooms has an ensuite bath and a balcony. The home was designed by Danny Khazai. SE For further information please contact Andrea Jablow at (516) 524-7743. SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 45
Gated new construction stone/stucco estate situated on over five rolling acres located in exclusive Dupont Estates. This 6 bedroom, 11 full bath, 12,000+ square foot Brookville masterpiece features 10 foot ceilings, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, 7 fireplaces, coffered ceilings and crown moldings throughout, his/hers custom baths and cherry paneled elevator. Full, finished lower level and audio/video automation system. Backyard entertaining at its best offers in-ground heated Gunite pool with attached hot tub, waterfall, Koi pond, meditation hut, full service cabana, tennis court, outside fire pit and four car garage. Jericho School District
Price Upon Request
Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
GRACEWOOD MANOR This Historic Grand Estate sited on over 31 acres of Rolling Hills and Verdant Lawns is located in The Prestigious Incorporated Village of Brookville on Long Islandâ€™s Gold Coast. Designed by Renowned Architect Roger Bullard for Henry Upham Harris in 1929. This 13,300 Square Foot Stone Mansion with heavily tiled Slate Roof is Majestically situated on the Extensive property. There are 30 rooms, 8 bathrooms and 9 fireplaces. The Elegant Entertaining rooms are of Grand Dimension with Irreplaceable Architectural Details. Numerous modern amenities include 800 amp electrical service, cool water air conditioning, and Onan emergency generator, security system, wine cellar, and computer networking. The Main Entrance is formed by stone walls and a charming Carriage House replicating the Main Residence, which features 1.5 car garage, powder room, living room, dining room and kitchen with second level featuring 3 bedrooms plus office and one full bath. Also included on the Estate is a greenhouse with 2 studio apartments. Conveniently located, moments from World Class Shopping, fine dining, golf courses and country clubs. Gracewood Manor is one of the remaining Privately owned Estates on Long Islandâ€™s North Shore.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 46 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
One of the finest colonial homes built in the Broadhollow gated community that enjoys the Jericho school district. This central hall colonial features 7 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half baths. An elegant, formal living room with floor to ceiling windows and a wood burning fireplace. The interior features high ceilings throughout, marble flooring, and gourmet kitchen. A Juliet balcony expands princess room and master bedroom. Gracious details and custom amenities abound with no expense spared. Walk out lower levels features a home theater, gym room, billiard room, open glass door exercise room, and sauna. Tennis court, Inground pool, generator, purified water filtration system complete and secure this estate for four-season living.
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Contact: Sandy Chang 516-495-0898
A WATERFRONT MASTERPIECE Enjoy western water views with amazing sunsets. Set on 6 waterfront acres on the Long Island Sound, this spectacular limestone mansion was inspired by Marie-Antoinetteâ€™s Le Petite Trianon in Versailles. A stunning architectural masterpiece, this 16,500 square foot Estate home was built using only the finest materials, with no expense spared. Features include 9 bedrooms, 9 full and 3 half baths, an amazing grand foyer entry with hand painted ceiling murals, an elegant formal living room, 2-story wood library with walls of windows, gourmet kitchen, two master suites, 4 guest suites with studies, a 12-seat theatre, and gym. Outdoors an inground gunite pool, limestone porch and patios with fabulous water views, and 7 car garage.
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 or Zach Elliott 516-695-1547 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 47
WATERFRONT PROPERTIES Welcome to “Windrift” located on the 605 acre Village of Centre Island, only 32 miles from Manhattan, a great alternative to the Hamptons! This prestigious location is convenient to the finest restaurants, shopping, public and private schools. Down a tree lined drive, this 7,700 square foot European Style Estate features 5 bedrooms and 6.55 baths of opulent luxury. This exceptional residence boasts 4 fireplaces and embodies classical architectural details throughout. Majestically set on 6 magnificent waterfront acres with unobstructed waterviews from every room. The verdant rolling lawn leads you to your own private beach. The lush acres include a Gazebo and a secluded garden with cascading waterfall. A wisteria covered Pergola ushers you to the heated gunite pool & Palladium style poolhouse. Wonderful for indoor/outdoor entertaining! The Tennis court completes the luxury lifestyle amenities in this sophisticated one of a kind home!
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Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Grand Colonial Brings You Luxury At Its Finest. The 17 Foot Entrance Hall Dazzles You as You Walk Through. Every Room is Grand in Size. This Home Boasts 5000+Square Feet, Large Eat in Kitchen, Maid’s Quarters, Den with Fireplace, Dining Room, Living Room, Grand Master Bedroom with Master Bath, 4 Large Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, Hardwood Floors Throughout, Outdoors the Flat Parklike Grounds are Breathtaking. Relax and Enjoy this Luxurious Backyard featuring an Inground Gunite Pool and Tennis Court.
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Contact: Brenden Burns 631-664-3564 48 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
A dramatic approach and electronic gates, on shy 3-acres, lead to this very private and newly constructed 8,000 square foot Brick Colonial estate in Laurel Hollow. The ambiance begins when you approach the Custom mahogany and wrought iron doors which welcome you into this grand 2-story entrance foyer with marble floors, elegant powder room and sweeping bridal staircase. The main level features 10-foot ceilings as showcased in the elegant Living Room with inviting fireplace, custom millwork and rich hardwood floors with walnut inlay. Palladian windows adorn the handsome Library with custom gas fireplace, enhanced with marble and floor-to-ceiling raised panel moldings. Formality finds its place in the tastefully designed Dining Room featuring coffered ceilings accented with raised panel molding. This home’s design is complete with gourmet Kitchen with center island, custom cherry cabinetry, granite counters, state of the art appliances and marble floors that seamlessly adjoin the breakfast area and an adjacent butler’s pantry w/au pair accommodations or maid’s room w/ full bath. The entertaining flow continues into an oversized family room with elegant French doors leading to breathtaking vistas of the gunite pool with fountains and waterfall. The sweeping bridal staircase escorts you to the palatial master suite with 11-foot tray ceilings, his and her walk-in closets, Juliette balcony and master bath with unique one-of-a-kind onyx vanities, Bain Ultra bath and steam shower. A guest room with en-suite bath, plus two bedrooms, with Jack and Jill bath with additional living space suitable for custom home theatre or teen retreat complete the upper level . Cold Spring Harbor SD #2. Beach and Mooring rights.
Contact: Paula M Johnson 516-661-1004
Fabulous 6 Bedroom, 6.55 Bath Elegant Brick Colonial Built By John Kean, Set On 2 Fantastic Acres. Formal Dining Room, Formal Living Room, And Billiard Room All With Fireplaces. Large Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen With Top-of-the-Line Appliances. Lower Level Has Play Area, Movie Theater, Bedroom, Full Bath And Kitchen Area. Outside Is Spectacular With Pool, Jacuzzi, Running Stream, Playground, Tennis Court, Golf Hole And 3 Car Garage. A Perfect Location In A Gated Community. CSH School District.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Lisa Paladino 917-363-1199
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Spectacular 13 room custom colonial on 2 secluded acres: formal dining room with fireplace, formal living room with French doors & fireplace. Custom cherry kitchen, granite counters, large center island, breakfast area, & adjoining butler’s pantry. Family room with fireplace & double set of French doors. Master suite with attached office, walk-in closets, & luxury master bath. 4 additional bedrooms plus 4.5 bathrooms. Outside features covered portico, blue stone patio, & in-ground salt water pool . Other highlights include a gym/bonus room, billiards room, 3 car garage, beach rights, & Cold Spring Harbor Schools.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
Laurel Hollow ‘HAREWOOD’’
A long, private driveway leads to “Harewood,” a magnificent Georgian-style brick center-hall colonial built in 1932. Set amidst 7.76 spectacular Gold Coast acres, this 7500 square foot mansion has been completely renovated. Oliver Cope, a prominent New York City architect, doubled the mansion’s original size, keeping true to period details while adding every modern amenity. This stately residence boasts seven bedrooms, five full baths, and three half baths. A lovely foyer leads to an oval reception room that features a fresco ceiling, detailed plaster moldings, and intricate millwork. In addition to a palatial-sized dining room, this beautiful home features a ballroom with five sets of French doors that open to a covered bluestone patio. The kitchen is outfitted with Zepsa custom cabinetry, has a large granite-topped center island, radiant heat, and a butler’s pantry. The sunny breakfast room overlooks lush lawns and the formal gardens. A wide arch off the kitchen leads to the family room with built-in cabinetry. Upstairs, the master suite occupies its own wing and features dressing rooms, a luxurious spa-like master bathroom, and French doors to a private balcony. There are two bedrooms with ensuite baths, as well as two additional bedrooms on the third floor. The lower level offers a playroom and personal gym. Outdoors, a sparkling heated in-ground pool, spa, limestone terrace, Roman neo-classic copper domed pool house with three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and sitting room with a fireplace make this home ideal for elegant outdoor entertaining. This landmark residence is complete with private beach and mooring rights.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761, Linda Carey 631-807-8015 50 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
LA COLLINE Builders Own! Superior Custom Brick & Limestone 11,000 Square Foot Colonial On 5 Manicured Acres with Inground, Gunite, Heated Pool, Magnificent English Gardens & Paved Bike/ Walking Trail. Exquisite Detail & Expert Craftsmanship Adorn This Home with 5 Spacious Bedrooms, Six Full & 4 Half Marble or Granite Baths. This Unbelievable Residence Features Custom Mahogany Windows & Doors, Quarter Sawn Oak Floors, High Ceilings, Hand Made Wall Panelings & Moldings Throughout. The Gourmet Eat in Kitchen Has Antique Pine Cabinets, Granite & Top Of The Line Appliances. A Beautiful Guest Wing Accessible Via Its own Private Entrance Has a Bedroom Suite, Eat In Kitchen with a Center Island, Top of The Line Appliances, Two Pantry Closets & French doors to Patio and Yard. A Full Finished, 5,000 sq ft Walkout Basement with Theatre, Gym, Office, Bedroom with Full Bath, Playroom & Half Bath Complete This Wonderful Masterpiece! Oyster Bay/East Norwich School District.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Elegant 8 bedroom Brick Colonial built by John Kean, set on 2+ gorgeous acres. Formal LR and DR, with gourmet eat-in-kitchen, huge entertainment room upstairs with wood paneled office. Fantastic details including spectacular Queen Anne parquet floors. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Jericho school district. Magnificent backyard country club setting with Pool, Cabana, Tennis court, and golf hole. Cabana has full grill, refrigerator, tv, ice maker, pizza oven, changing room and full bath.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Lisa Paladino 917-363-1199
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TIMELESS ELEGANCE & CHARM Magnificent, sprawling, sundrenched 10 year old Colonial in Mint+++ condition on 2.7 gorgeous park-like, pin drop quiet acres. Situated on Muttontownâ€™s most bucolic road with a four stall barn and private entrance to Preserve. Timeless Elegance and Charm abound. Features include high ceilings throughout, 7 en-suite bedrooms and 2 powder rooms, 4 fireplaces, 2 dens, a fabulous custom gourmet kitchen. There is a second Master on the main floor. Outdoors, enjoy the natural peacefulness & serenity of the property or relax in the inground pool. Located in the nationally acclaimed Jericho School District.
Contact: Suzanne Wehren 631-255-6097
Down A Private Country Lane, A Spectacular, One-of- A-Kind, 22- Acre Gold Coast Estate. An Equestrian Dream That Boasts A Bradley Delehanty Stately Manor House With Magnificent Craftsmanship & Details, 9 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, 6 Fireplaces, Grand Ballroom, Formal Living Room & Dining Room, Gourmet Kitchen, Office/Study and Family Room. A Fabulous Sun Filled Indoor Pool with Beautiful French Doors that Leads to a Captivating Setting of Park Like Grounds. Totally Renovated 3 Bedroom Guest House, Outdoor Inground Pool and Cabana on 8.23 Acres. Equestrian Enclave Includes 12 Stall Barn, 2 Bedroom Cottage, 4 Paddocks, Barn and 1/4 Mile Training Track With Close Proximity to Muttontown Nature Preserve. Ultimate Country Living At Its Best. Can be subdivided. The Brick Manor house may be sold separately on 8.23 acres in Syosset Schools.
Contact: Maria Siringo 516-316-8654 52 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Take the touch of class of the long island gold coast, put a dose of a painstakingly multi-million dollar, total interior/exterior restoration for over 4 years to include the highest museum quality craftsmanship & extensive artistic gold leaf painting & ceiling friscos throughout, a must see to appreciate. All original restored French doors and hardware. This estate, known as “Thornwood”, is a magical place. It reflects the elegance and style of a chateaux of the French Renaissance. It was built in 1929 and designed by noted architect Bradley Delehanty and is featured in the Gold Coast history books. This fortress contains a large master suite with an oversized onyx bathroom, 7 bedrooms, all with full baths completely refit , all fully tiled floor to ceiling and refit with all new high end fixtures and 4 half baths. High end state of the art hand finished gourmet kitchen with all new high end appliances, it also has a circular full service butler’s pantry leading to a formal dining room to accommodate large family celebrations, an exquisite bar area off the dining room and a paneled library restored to perfection, not to mention the large “famous” ballroom which can comfortably fit over 100 people. An exterior Tuscan screened porch, Koi pond, a Tuscan ranch pagola, as seen in French and Italian villas. A super laundry room with 2 stackable washers and 2 stackable dryers with built in cabinetry. Telephone, intercom, stereo touch pad systems throughout living area and each room. Exterior – all new drainage system to include 4 new drywells, waterproofing of entire foundation to its footings. New 2,000 gallon oil tank, 1,000 gallon propane tank. New 800 amp electric service, to include 400 amp 65kw general propane generator. All new plumbing, all new A/C units, 32 tons latest in technology, Buderas boilers/with a new hot water system and lots of storage with a finished attic and basement. Also note, National Grid just recently installed gas service to our property line. “Just bring your wardrobe…” The only thing missing to complete the restoration of “Thornwood” is new pool, a pool house and a new garage. There are a completed set of architectural and landscape renderings in place to build a 10 car garage, pool house with 2 full bathrooms, gym and racquetball court.
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Contact: Lisa Paladino 917-363-1199
THE LINKS Long driveway leads to this Cromwell Model featuring a Luxurious Master Suite on the main floor, Formal Living Room with wood burning fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Gracious Eat-inkitchen and Family Room. Upstairs to two ensuite bedrooms with a home office area. The lower level is finished and offers additional Family/Playroom Area, Gym, and lots of storage and egress to outdoors. There are wood floors, skylights galore, cathedral ceilings, marble and granite counters and baths. The Links is a full service, gated community with both indoor and outdoor pools, playground, tennis courts and a Club House with fitness center, raqcuetball courts, Library, card and party rooms and locker rooms for indoor pool/spa.
Contact: Judy Fruitbine 516-298-5382 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 53
LIVE THE GATSBY DREAM! “Eventide”, the historic 1934 Masterpiece designed by increasingly acclaimed architect John Russell Pope. Updated for 21st Century living, yet preserved, this 10,000 square foot Manor home is a perfect testament to withstanding the test of time! Extensive millwork, 13 foot ceilings and a formal brick-walled garden complete this splendid Estate. Grand entertaining rooms replete with peerless, breathtaking moldings are emblematic of a bygone era on 8+ acres. Value priced at $4,388,000. Own a piece of finite American History in the award winning North Shore School District, only 30 minutes from NYC.
Contact: Suzanne Wehren 631-255-6097
Applegreen – Old Westbury
Built in 2003. Drive up to this grand 11,000 sq. ft. Brick Mansion surrounded by privacy trees on 5.25 acres. Grand foyer with sweeping staircase leads to a large and airy music room with French doors, arched doorways and Greek columns. The lush living room has beautiful hardwood floors and is centered with a marble fireplace. Banquet-sized dining room, gourmet chef’s kitchen with center island, and every top-of-the-line appliance for today’s modern cook including a double Sub Zero refrigerator. Mahogany paneled library with built-ins and handsome fireplace, a true retreat from today’s world. Family room with granite fireplace and French doors. Master Suite fit for King and Queen with sitting area, built-ins and tray ceiling. Beautiful master bath with Jacuzzi tub, large double sink and separate shower. Additional 4 bedrooms and 4 baths on the upper level, including large bonus room. Full finished basement with wine cellar, movie theater for eight, game room, gym and 2 bedrooms and bath. Country Club luxurious living complete with inground Gunite pool and all-weather Tennis court. Located in award-winning Jericho School District.
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 54 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Elegant English Manor House In Serene Setting Backing A Private Golf Club. Situated on over 4 Professionally Landscaped Acres. This 5 Bedroom Home has been Completely Refurbished From Head To Toe with Unique Historical Significance. 5 Full and 2 Half Baths. Elevator & Generator. Outdoors features include a Cottage/Poolhouse, Free Form Pool, Tennis Court. Too Much To Mention!
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
EXCLUSIVELY OURS! This Stunning Brick Colonial Sits on over Four acres in a Gated Neighborhood in the Jericho school district. Enter into a 22’ Foyer with Jerusalem Gold Stone Throughout the Entry and Main Floor Common Area, complete with Radiant Heat and a Winding Staircase Handcrafted in Wrought Iron and Mahogany. An Oversized Kitchen offers a Wolf 6 Burner Range, Two Dishwashers, Three Ovens, Walk In Pantry and is Flooded with Natural Light with French Doors leading to the Outside Entertainment Area. Silk Wall Coverings Drape the Dining Room Walls with Rich Oak Floors and A Gas Fireplace. The Living Room, Library, Gentleman’s Office and Family Room are on a Grand Scale with Detailed Ceiling Design and Wide Moldings. There are Seven Bedrooms. His and Her Baths ,Outfitted Closets and Private Balcony make the Master Suite quite special. Full Finished Lower Level with Soundproofed Theater Custom Embossed Leather Electrical Seating for 13, Billiard Room with Raised Paneling and 1000 Bottle Wine Cellar which is Temperature Regulated. Additionally, the home offers State-of-the-art Lutron and Crestron Systems, Generator, 4 Car Garage and Hotel-Like Yard with Pool. Reasonable Taxes.
Contact: Francine Eisenberg 516-449-8738 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 55
This Newly Constructed Brick Colonial is 8000 sq. ft of Custom Elegance in Old Westbury. Beyond a Gated Entry on a Quiet Cul de Sac, this Home Boasts Exceptional Design and Beautiful Architectural Details Throughout. Enter Through Grand Iron and Glass Doors to a Two Story Foyer Featuring a 20 ft Ceiling and Calcutta Gold with Mosaic Border Flooring. Superbly crafted with Exquisite Amenities, This Six Bedroom Home, Each with its Own Custom Bath, is a True Masterpiece. Some Amenities Include Gourmet Custom Kitchen with Double Sub-Zeros, Ten foot Island, Wolf Ovens and Incredible Calcutta Gold Countertops, Library with Mahogany Coffered Ceiling, Four Fireplaces, Spectacular Master Suite with Fireplace and Two Huge Closets. This One of a Kind Home has an incredible Lower Level with 11-12 foot Ceilings, Movie Theater, Gym, Bedroom, Two Egress Windows and 1 ½ Baths. Double Staircase Leads to Sprawling 3 ½ Acre Estate with Gunite Heated 20x60 Salt Water Pool, Jacuzzi, and Decoturf Tennis Court Complete this Amazing Country Club Backyard. Three Car Garage. Award Winning Jericho Schools.
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Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
UNSURPASSED ELEGANCE Enjoy the Splendor of Private Estate Living as you pass through the gated entry and discover a serene tree lined drive with pleasing views of 3.43 magnificently landscaped acres. This “flawlessly finished” Distinctive Custom Built Colonial, with slate roof, is located in the prestigious village of Old Westbury and is the epitome of perfection. Exceptional and unparalleled craftsmanship are evident throughout including, Custom moldings, Exquisite millwork and Impeccable details in every room. Highlights of this 7 Bedroom, 6 full and 2 half bath residence includes a grand chef’s custom kitchen and a perfectly sunlit Breakfast Area overlooking the breathtaking property, a grand master suite with an abundance of custom built-in closets, marble spa bath, fireplace and a sitting room with French doors to a romantic balcony. Other features of this Designer Showcase include a magnificent paneled office, wine cellar, gym and a glistening in ground gunite pool. Conveniently located, approximately 25 miles from Manhattan, and moments from world class shopping, fine dining, golf courses and country clubs. This home exemplifies extraordinary quality, architecture, and design. Wheatley School District.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 56 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
DRAMATIC CONTEMPORARY SPLENDOR IN OLD WESTBURY A Long Private Drive brings you to this Majestic, Dramatic, Custom Built Architectural Masterpiece designed by World Renowned Architects, Keller & Sangren. An Uncompromised Level of Distinctive Craftsmanship is evident throughout this home with its 30 ft Entry Foyer, Walls of Glass, Soaring Ceilings, and Open Floor Plan throughout. A Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen includes a large Center island with Granite Countertops, Pizza oven and a Sunlit Breakfast Area Overlooking the Expansive, Lush Two Acre Property. On the Second level, the Master Suite includes Sitting Room, Marble Spa Bath and its own Private Gym. A Spacious Lower level features a Golf Room, Movie Theater with Stage, and Two Private Guest Suites. Other Amenities include a Sparkling InGround Gunite Heated Pool with Jacuzzi, and a Pool House which replicates the Main Residence. Three Car Heated Garage with Mahogany Doors, Generator. Renowned Jericho School District.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
“BAGATELLE” The Long Gated Private Drive, Meticulously Surrounded By Towering Linden Trees, Offers Entry To This Gracious & Grand Historic Compound Overflowing With Exquisite Old World Architectural Details. This Grand Gold Coast Estate Was Lovingly Built In The Early 1900’s By The Renowned Architect, Thomas Hastings, Noted For The Design Of The New York Public Library, Built For His Own Personal Use. Designed With All The Grandeur & Splendor Of The Finest Mansions Of A Bygone Era. “Bagatelle” Offers Spacious & Elegant Principal Rooms Adorned With Irreplaceable Architectural Details Including 12th Century Paneling Imported From France, Also Included Are A Baronial Dining Room, Sun-Lit Breakfast Room With Hand Painted Mural On Canvas, 11 Fireplaces & Elevator In The Main Residence. Sited On Over 4+ Lush Acres Of Sprawling Lawns & Formal Gardens This Spectacular Estate Also Offers Tennis Court, Pool & 3 Brick Cottages. “Bagatelle”Will Always Be Remembered As The Home A Famous Architect Built For Himself. Award Winning Jericho School District.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 57
Set on 2.2 waterfront acres on the famed Gold Coast of Long Island, this Sands Point home is a Spectacular Offering. With 10000 square feet of exquisite living space, this masterpiece is impeccably designed and decorated to suit the highest expectations. Exquisite and luxurious throughout with breathtaking vistas of Long Island Sound and a fantastic view of Manhattan. Features include 7 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half baths, eat-in-kitchen with butler’s bar, solarium room, his and her dens, formal living and dining rooms, Master Suite with luxurious master bath, 2 sitting areas. Outdoor features include an inground gunite pool and pool house, 2 balconies with fabulous views, front porch and bluestone patios, 4 car garage with full basement. Beautifully landscaped property with unbelievable water views.
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 or Zach Elliott 516-695-1547
Magnificent iron gates open to a cobbled driveway and exquisite Chateau-inspired mansion located on 5 beautifully landscaped acres. Grand two-story entry foyer with coffered ceiling, winding staircase, and inlaid marble flooring leads to elegant formal dining room with field wainscot and a carved stone fireplace. Extraordinary two-story formal living room with Palladian windows overlooks the property’s courtyard, guest house and sparkling pool. The Library/office features cherry paneling and a stone fireplace. The chef’s kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry, incredible center island, commercial grade stainless steel appliances, graceful chandeliers, a butler’s pantry with additional storage and wine refrigeration, and has a sunny breakfast room overlooking the grounds. Adjacent is a cozy family room with a fireplace, which leads to a phenomenal custom media room. A master suite is located on the first floor and offers an expansive master bedroom with a fireplace, sitting area, intricately milled coffered ceiling, amazing dressing rooms, and a luxurious marble master bathroom with dual vanities and a tub for two for the ultimate spa experience. This fine residence features 7 additional bedrooms – each with its own private en-suite bathroom and walk-in closets, and 2 powder rooms. The lower level has a wine cellar, a pool room, a gym, a full bathroom, arcade room, and a dance floor. This remarkable property offers a marvelous outdoor entertaining area with blue stone courtyard, in-ground heated pool, and an unbelievable two-bedroom guest house with a full bath, granite kitchen, and a living and dining room with vaulted ceilings. This fine residence is the epitome of luxury living and is located in the Locust Valley school district.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 58 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Built for the New Millennium but with all the grace and charm of the ‘Great Gatsby’ era, this Mediterranean-style Villa sits majestically on 5 acres of exquisite landscaping with a gated entry abutting the Planting Fields Arboretum and boasts over 14,500+ square feet of living space. Enter this Fabulous Estate home into a grand 3-story marble floor foyer with twin floating staircases ascend to a landing with a fresco mural. The palatial Master Suite features a fireplace and kitchenette, There are 4 additional bedrooms with private baths on the second floor. Exceptional craftsmanship seen throughout in massive and intricate moldings, inlaid marble and hardwood floors, designer baths, marble and granite gourmet kitchen. Two attached 4-car garages, a 65 foot ballroom and a glass enclosed inground pool and spa opening to the patio and formal gardens. The third floor large cupola features a 360 degree observation deck to overlook the beautiful gardens and land. Completely finished 6500 square foot basement with two guest suites and more. Private elevator accesses 3 floors. A beautiful cul-de sac location on Long Island’s fabled North Shore Gold Coast just forty minutes from Manhattan and major airports.
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Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349
EPITOME OF LUXURY LIVING Upper Brookville Contemporary Splendor Heralded by Regal Entrance Gates, the Impressive and Dramatic Residence, sited on 5 plus Glorious Acres, is located on one of the Most Prestigious Streets on the Gold Coast Enjoy this magnificent Estate, showcasing walls of Glass, Soaring Ceilings, Sparkling In-Ground Pool and Separate Pool House. This home Exemplifies quality, charm and architectural excellence throughout. Perfect for the Most Discerning Buyer. Truly the Epitome of Luxury Living.
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Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
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This Magnificent Grand Colonial Built To Absolute Perfection & Located In The Lindenmere Section of South Merrick, Offers Living At Its Finest. Featuring 6 Bedrooms and 5 Full Bathrooms, There Is Space To Accommodate Everyone. Enter This Home From A Stone Patio Through An Incredible Grand Foyer With Imported Crystal Chandelier Leading Into The Main Living Space. Entertain In The Large Designer Kitchen With Custom Cabinetry, Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, and A Large Granite Island. The Spacious Living Room Features A Wood-Burning Fireplace, High-End Light Fixtures & Elegant Window Treatments. Make Your Way Through The Butler’s Pantry Into The Formal Dining Room With French Doors, Gorgeous Window Treatments, Tray Ceiling, Crown and Chair Rail Moldings. The Lower Level Features An Incredible Entertaining Space With Full Bar & Room For Everyone. Offering 6 Very Large Bedrooms, The Master Suite Is The Crown Jewel Of This Home. Located On Its Own Private Level It Features 2 Huge Walk-In Closets, A Remote-Controlled Gas Fireplace, Hardwood Floors and Vaulted Ceilings. The Elegant Master Bath Features An Ultra Tub, Heated Towel Warmers, Mahogany Vanity, Radiant Heated Marble & Onyx Tile Floors, & Smart Shower. Outside, The Resort Style Backyard With 10’ Deep Heated In-Ground Pool With New Pavers, Granite and Stainless Steel BBQ and New Specimen Plantings Throughout. Featuring A Brand New PYLE TFT LCD Monitoring System, This Home Has Full Video Surveillance With The Ability To View Cameras From Any Smart Phone Or Tablet. The Home Additionally Offers Built In Speakers Throughout Controlled By The Same System As Well As Chair Rail Moldings, Crown Dental Moldings, Fine Millwork, and Elegant Window Treatments. Located In Merrick Schools, District #25 JFK High School, Merrick Avenue Middle School, & Lakeside Elementary School.Price Upon Request
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737
South Bellmore Waterview
Newly Constructed, This One Of A Kind Custom Colonial Offers Haute Living At Its Finest In Every Last Detail! Showcasing 4 Large Bedrooms With Brazilian Cherry Floors and Huge Walk-In Closets And 3 Amazing Bathrooms, This home Has It All! Featuring Magnificent Vaulted 9½ Foot Coffered Ceilings with Meticulous Millwork Throughout The Entire House, Master Crafted Crown & Chair Rail Moldings, Imported Wrought Iron Railings, And High-End Designer Bathrooms. An Incredible Granite Kitchen Featuring Custom Walnut Cabinetry, Stainless Steel Viking Gas Range, Sub Zero Refrigerator, Imported Ceramic Tile, Venetian Plastered Walls Throughout, Teak Wood Doors To Every Room & Imported Steel Front Doors With Frosted Glass Inlays. Vaulted Loft Overlooking The Living Room, Dining Room, And Kitchen. The Home Has Been Beautifully Decorated With High-End Light Fixtures And Elegant Window Treatments. The Lower Level Features A Magnificent Custom Media Room And Beautiful Entertaining Space With Beautifully Crafted Mahogany Built-Ins. Lower Level Is A Walkout To A Resort Style Paved Backyard Featuring An In-Ground Heated Pool, Complete Outdoor Kitchen And Covered Cabana. This New Home Has A Brick Exterior With Custom Slate Roof, Copper Gutters, Video Surveillance & Home Security System. The Exterior Features A Radiant Heated Tastefully Paved Driveway With Specimen Plantings In The Front And Paved Balconies With Water Views Overlooking The Pristine East Bay In The Rear Yard. Tiled Large Two Car Garage and So Much More. This Home Is Located In The Award Winning School District #7.
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Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 60 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
South Bellmore Waterfront
Ideally Located On One of the South Shore’s Widest Canals & On The Presitigious East Bay Peninsula, This Tastefully Renovated Home Offers It All! Enter Through The Grand Foyer with Imported Chandelier & Make Your Way Into A Large Granite Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances; The Perfect Chef’s Kitchen. Beautiful Bay Windows Overlook The Water, Letting The Sun Pour In & Elegant Vaulted Ceilings Throughout. Featuring 5 Large Bedrooms And 3 Full Bathrooms, With Elegant Fixtures and Moldings. Entertain in the Oversized Formal Dining Room With Water Views. This Home Has All New Anderson Palladium Windows and Doors As Well As A Monitored Alarm System In Addition to Survellance Cameras for Added Security. This Home Has A New Bulkhead and Floating Boat Slip As Well As A Private Outdoor Patio From Kitchen As Well As The Master Suite. This Fine Waterfront Property Also Features Central Air Conditioning, In-Ground Sprinklers, Large 2 Car Garage, Wood Burning Fireplace, & Is Located In School District #7
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Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111
South Bellmore Waterfront
This Large Colonial Built On Oversized Property is Ideally Located On A Private Cul-de-sac Sits On One Of The Most Desirable Waterways Of Long Island’s South Shore. Featuring 4 Large Bedrooms & 2.5 baths, A Spacious 2 Car Vaulted Ceiling Garage, Elegant Stucco & Stone Façade, This Home Offers A Comfortable Lifestyle. Enter The Property Through The Professionally Landscaped Grounds With A Custom Brick Driveway To The Crab Orchard Stone Path Leading To The Imported Steel And Glass Entry Doors Which Open Into The Grand Foyer. The Sprawling Floor Plan Offers Both Wood And Marble Floors; Large Tinted Windows With Breathtaking Waterviews; Granite Kitchen With High-End Appliances & Gas Range Including Cherry Cabinets And Custom Mosaic Back Splashes. A Spacious Open Concept Living Room And Dining Room Space, Family Room With Vaulted Ceiling, Surround Sound And Wood Burning Fireplace. An Elegant Powder Room And Laundry Room w/ Brand New Washer/Dryer Complete The First Floor. The Hotel-Like Master Bedroom w/ Private Spa Like Bath w/ Radiant Heated Floor. The Master Offers Floor To Ceiling Windows With Priceless Water Views A Dressing Area & Plenty Of Closets. Three Additional Bedrooms Are Designed With Large Windows, Extensive Storage & One w/ A Gas Fireplace. An Additional Full Bath Upstairs Services The 3 Bedrooms. The Full Basement Has A Playroom, Workout Area & Extensive Storage. The Oversized Resort Like Rear Yard Surrounds You In Privacy Features A New Timber Tech And Glass Deck, Automatic Sunbrella Awning, A 2nd Deck Cantilevered Along The 106’ Of Bulkhead With Floating Dock, Gas Connection To BBQ & Exterior Surround Sound. This Bellmore Waterfront Home Is Ideally Located At The Mouth Of East Bay And Enables Access To The Jones Beach Inlet Within Minutes. Additional Features Include A New Central Air Conditioning, Ducts And Compressor, New Gas/Hot Water Heating System, New Architectural Roof, Central Vacuum, Monitored Security System, Solid Copper Garage Doors And More. Bellmore Schools #7--Grand Ave Middle School; Kennedy High School.
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Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 61
South Merrick Waterfront MAGNIFICENT WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Magnificent Oversized Waterfront Property, Totally Rebuilt In 2007 With Every Possible Amenity, Showcasing Panoramic Views Of South Merrick’s Most Desirable Waterfront. This 5 Bedroom, 6 Full & 2 Half Bath Trophy Home Features A Grand 16’ Entry Foyer Which Opens To A Masterpiece Of Architecture, Craftsmanship & Entertaining Splendor! Gorgeous Radiant Heated Marble/Onyx Floors Throughout The Main Floor, Incredible Designer Kitchen With Huge Granite Island & Countertops, Sub Zero, Miele Cappuccino Machine, Warming Drawer, Stainless Steel Double Sink, Dual Refrigerator, Custom Moldings, Window Treatments & Elegant Lighting Fixtures. Cherrywood Floors Throughout The Second Floor With Imported Custom Wrought Iron Balcony Overlooking The Entry Foyer. Each Bedroom Has A Private Bathroom With Walk-In Closets & Bay Views. Large Master Suite Features Fireplace, Prestigious Walk-Out Water View Balcony, Dual Spacious Walk-In Closets & An Elegant Marble Bathroom Features Ultra Soaker Tub For Two, Elegant Shower In Addition To His & Her Water Closets.All Rooms Feature Large Windows Looking Out To This Resort Style Backyard With The Most Incredible Oversized Heated In-Ground Gunite Pool & Wet Bar/Kitchen Surrounded By Elegant Pavers & Trex Deck. 96’ Bulkhead, A Private Floating Dock & 22,000 Lb Capacity Boatlift Can Accommodate A 40’ Boat, Wave Runners & All The Water Toys. A Spacious Walk-Out Lower, Ground, Level Features Pella Windows, Cabana, Custom A Full & Half Bath, Fitness Center & Incredible Sound Proof, 12 Seat Home Theatre, 2 Laundry Rooms, Two Car Garage With The Ability To House 4 Cars, 2 Gas Fireplaces, This Home Has Everything You Can Imagine & More! Paved Circular Driveway With Specimen Plantings. Award Winning School District #25.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111
Located In The Mandalay Bay Section Of Wantagh, This Waterfront Home Offers 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Bathrooms. Completely Renovated To The Highest Standards, The Expanded Kitchen Offers Elegant Quartz Countertops, Cherry Cabinetry, Stainless Steel GE Café Line Appliances, Glass Tile Backsplash and Large Windows Overlooking One Of The South Shores Widest Canals. Polished Hardwood Floors Flow Throughout & Vaulted Ceilings Make For An Incredibly Open Feel. Large Master Bedroom With Views Of The Water, New Travertine Tile Bathrooms, Huge Lower Level Entertaining Area With A Private Office As Well! Large Windows and Sliders Lead Off the Lower Level Onto A New Slate Tile Patio Surrounding The Brand New Heated Fiberglass Pool & Outdoor Dining Area. Lie On The Lawn & Enjoy The Sun Or Pull Up A Lounge Chair On The Exotic Wood Deck Overlooking The Water. Offering A Private & Large Floating Dock All Within Minutes To The Open Bay! This Home Features New Pavers, Specimen Plantings, Westerly Exposure, Very Close To Wantagh Park & Marina, All Within Wantagh School District #23.
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Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 62 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Massapequa Waterfront-Nassau Shores
Masterfully Crafted, This One of A Kind Waterfront Brick Colonial Offers Over 4000 Square Feet of Living Space Built With The Finest Touch. Enter The Grand Foyer With Radiant Heated Marble Floors & Mosaic Tile Inlay, With Grand Bridal Staircase and Fine Chandelier. Prepare In This High-End Designer Kitchen With All Stainless Steel Appliances, Sub Zero, Imported Granite Countertops, Dual Sink & Oven, & Gas Stove. Entertain In This Very Inviting Large Formal Dining Room With Chandelier & Thick Crown and Chair Rail Moldings & Make Your Way Into The Formal Living Room Overlooking The Bay! The Great Room Of This Home Also Features A Gas Fireplace, Views of The Water, & Plenty Of Room For Everyone! The First Floor Also Features A Private Study, Nursery, or Guest Bedroom. Make Your Way Upstairs Into The Master Suite To Find An Incredible New Master Bath With Ultra Tub, Private Water Closet, Marble Tile, Dual Sinks & Gorgeous Vanity’s. This Incredible Master Suite Offers Water Views From All Windows, A Private Terrace, and 2 Huge Walk-In Closets. Polished Hardwood Floors Run Throughout The 2nd Floor Into the Additional Bedrooms Upstairs. Every Bathroom Throughout This Home Is Meticulously Built Using The Finest Granite or Marble Available & High-End Designer Vanities. Resort Style Backyard With Outdoor Kitchen, Pavers, Private Beach, Boat Slip, & Breathtaking Views! Central Vacuum, Radiant Heat Throughout, 2 Car Garage, Video Surveillance, Oversized Lot, Close To Peninsula Golf Club, Massapequa School District #23.
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Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111
Massapequa Waterfront - Bar Harbour
Located in The Prestigious Section of Bar Harbour, This Majestic Georgian Brick Colonial Was Built To Absolute Perfection & Offers 4 Very Large Bedrooms With 2 Full & 2 Half Bathrooms. Situated On One Of The Largest and Highest Elevated Lots In The Community, This Home Is A Symbol of Fine Living and Strength. As You Approach This Home, You Will Find Yourself Walking Through Imported White Marble and Past Specimen Plantings To The Grand Entrance Of This Waterfront Home. Make Your Way Into The Grand Foyer With Elegantly Tiled Floors Leading To The Large Formal Dining Room, Oversized Living Room, Great Kitchen, Or Den. Entertain Comfortably In A Very Large Living Room With A Full Bar and Drink Service & Windows Looking Out To the Waterfront. The Great Room Offers A Large Wood Burning Fireplace, Sliders To The Outdoors and More. Formal Dining Room Offers Plenty of Table Space For All Guests and Polished Hardwood Floors. A Very Spacious Kitchen & Dining Area With Sub Zero Refrigerator, Dual Oven, Gorgeous Wood Cabinetry & Open Plan Make This The Perfect Chef’s Kitchen! Make Your Way Outside Onto The Crab Orchard Stone Patio With Built In BBQ, Large Yard, 100’ Bulkhead, 2 Floating Docks, & Westerly Exposure. This Home Features A Very Large2 Car Garage, Private Office Suite, Belgian Block Driveway, Private Terrace, A Completely Finished Basement, Radiant Heated Bathrooms. In Massapequa School District #23.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 63
Baldwin Harbor Waterfront
Situated In The Heart Of Baldwin Harbor & An Oversized Property With 450’ Feet Of Luxurious Waterfront Exposure, This Waterfront Home Completely Rebuilt in 1999 Offers The Ultimate Lifestyle. Featuring 4 Large Bedrooms and 3 Full Plus 1 Half Bathroom, This Home Also Offers A Large Granite Kitchen With Top Of The Line Appliances Which Flows Into An Elegant Formal Dining Room Making For The Optimal Entertaining Floorplan. Sliding Doors Lead From The Kitchen To The Outdoor BBQ & Waterfront Deck As Well As To The Trex Deck And Pool Area With Incredible Waterfront Views. This Home Features A Private Family Room With Doors Leading To The Pool. Make Your Way Upstairs Through Polished Oak Floors With Ebony Wood Inlay Throughout. Find Yourself In The Large Master Suite With Private Terrace, Large Walk In Closets, An Incredible Granite Bathroom With Steam Shower, Jacuzzi Tub and Radiant Heated Floors Found Throughout The Entire House! This Home Features Central Vacuum, Built In Speakers, Large 2 Car Garage, Attic Storage, All Utilities Are Located Underground & Out Of Sight! Offering An Incredibly Rare & Private Piece of Baldwin Harbor.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111
West Babylon Waterfront
This Custom Brick Waterfront Colonial In “The Landings” at W. Babylon Features 3 Large Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms In Addition To A Bonus Room. Large Granite Kitchen With Plenty Of Cabinetry, Stainless Steel Appliances and Gas Range Make Cooking A Breeze For An Entertainer. Have A Dinner Party In The Elegant Dining Area Or Make Your Way Into The Living Room With Wood Burning Fireplace, Vaulted Ceilings, Skylights, Gleaming Hardwood Floors & Lots Of Space! Oversized Windows and Sliding Doors Give Easy Access To The Heated In-Ground Pool With Paved Patio, Bulkhead, and Boat Launch All While Letting In Plenty Of Natural Sunlight. Large Master Suite With 2 Walk In Closets, Vaulted Ceilings, Private Waterfront Terrace, & A Very Large Master Bathroom With Light Marble and Jacuzzi Tub. The Resort Style Backyard Offers Docking Ability Within Minutes To The Great South Bay, Boat Port, 2 Platforms Of Decks For Entertaining & Located On A Cul-De-Sac. This Home Also Offers a 1.5 Car Garage, Paved Driveway, Central Air Conditioning, Minutes To the Bergen Point Golf Course, Babylon Village, Argyle Park & Lake, All Located Within W. Babylon School District #2.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737 Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 64 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
South Bellmore Waterfront
This Tastefully Renovated Waterfront High-Ranch in South Bellmore Offers 4 Large Bedrooms & 3 Full Baths. Vaulted Ceilings with Polished Hardwood Floors Throughout. Sub Zero Refrigerator, Stainless Steel Appliances With Granite Countertops, Cherry Cabinets, and 6 Burner Stove Top. This Home Offers Large Bedrooms w/ a Private Balcony and Full Bathroom in Master Suite. Radiant Heated Floors Throughout The Lower Level and Kitchen Incredibly Spacious Family Room w/ Wet Bar and Wine Cooler For All Affairs! A Brand New Pool, Jacuzzi, 60’ Bulkhead With Private Floating Dock Makes This Home With Outdoor Speakers and Security Cameras an Incredible Home. Located in Bellmore School District #7.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Seth Levy 516-528-1737
Immaculate, custom-built center hall colonial located on 2 beautifully landscaped acres. Expansive two-story entry foyer, classic formal living room with adjoining library/office, elegant dining room, huge family room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and Florida room with blue stone floors and wall-to-wall windows overlooking lush lawns, water fountain, and mature plantings. Custom cherry kitchen cabinetry with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and adjacent mudroom with laundry area. Large, airy landing leads to master suite comprised of dual walk-in closets, master bathroom, and private sitting room that could be used as a nursery, home office or gym. Three additional bedrooms, large hall bath, and powder room. Gleaming hardwood floors and moldings throughout. Great open floor plan and exquisite property ideal for entertaining. Complete with Cold Spring Harbor school district and deeded Laurel Hollow beach and mooring rights.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
Magnificent center hall colonial located on private ½ acre in Country Pointe, a desirable gated community with phenomenal country club amenities. Grand foyer and elegant formal living room with two-story ceilings, palatial-sized dining room, and incredible great room with fireplace and eat-in kitchen featuring high-end professional stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, granite counters, and enormous center island. Master suite with dual walk-in closets and spa-like master bath with designer fixtures. 4 additional large bedrooms, two full baths with luxury fittings, tasteful powder room, and a loft/office that could be converted to a 5th bedroom. Tall ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, and exquisite custom moldings throughout. Community pool, tennis, playground, clubhouse with restaurant, and optional golf course membership. Half Hollows Hills school district. $1,595,000
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
“CELEBRATE NATURE” Enjoy country sophistication on this serene 10 acres with walking paths, koi ponds, bridges, and waterfalls. With Louis Comfort Tiffany specimen plantings, these wonderful woodland gardens and 11 levels of waterfalls have won several architectural landscaping awards. Access the beach from your own property or take a short walk to the Village Beach. This 7,800 square foot 1948 Colonial was totally redone in the 1980’s and 1990’s and retains the character of yesteryear. With 85 windows, you are surrounded by panoramic views. From the Conservatory, watch the sun glow on Cold Spring Harbor at sunrise and sunset. There are a total of 17 rooms, with 7 bedrooms, including 2 master suites, and 6 full baths. Other features are 3 fireplaces, 24 closets, custom built-ins, 8 zones for heat and central air, indoor swim spa, outdoor teak hot tub, and propane generator. With 2 separate driveways, you can access the property from either Laurel Hollow or Sunset Roads. Located in the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor School District #2, this is “A Place to Hang Your Heart”!
Contact: Ira Gross 516-313-7282 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES 65
This 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Updated Beauty Sits On An Oversized Unique Lot That Rests On The Canal. Sail Home And Dock On Your Own 25 Ft Bulkhead. Once Inside, Bask In The Overabundance Of Natural Light That Showcases The Fine Hardwood Floors. The Massive Master Suite Features A Gigantic Walk-In Closet & Spa-Like Bathroom. Maintained Masterfully And Ready To Move In!
Contact: Brenden Burns 631-664-3564
Located on over 4.5 beautiful acres, this magnificent residence has an entry foyer, formal living room with fireplace and built-ins, formal dining room with bay window, spectacular family room with soaring cathedral ceiling and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, library/home-office, and a mud-room off the garage. The spacious eat-inkitchen features commercial grade stainless steel appliances, a center island, and granite counters. The master suite has a large walk-in closet, luxurious spa-like marble bathroom with a soaking tub, and overlooks lush gardens and a sparkling in-ground gunite pool. There are three large additional bedrooms and 3.5 additional baths with custom vanities and high-end fixtures. French doors lead from the family room to a covered patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining. Home also features a finished basement with tile flooring, closet, full bathroom, and a 3 car garage. Locust Valley Schools.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761
“FIVE CHIMNEYS” OLD WESTBURY NEW YORK
Muttontown STERLING RIDGE
This spectacularly renovated, mid 1930’s center-hall brick “Colonial Revival” manor has been home to three generations of one family. Set on 2.37 lush acres, on a quiet cul-de-sac, this elegant 5200+ square foot residence has been completely renovated in a timeless, transitional style with every modern amenity. A formal entry foyer leads to a paneled library/family room with antique burled doors and a palatial-sized dining room with fireplace. Amazing hand-painted doors open to reveal a magnificent formal living room with fireplace, two sets of French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. A beautiful kitchen with glazed cabinetry, large center island, and granite counters has dual sinks, high-end stainless steel appliances, and is open to a butler’s pantry complete with an additional prep sink and dishwasher, tall pantry cabinetry and a temperature-controlled wine refrigerator. There are four expansive bedrooms with their own private bath. The first master bedroom features French doors, fireplace, a private balcony, and an opulent spa-like master bath. The first and second master bedrooms can be used as a two room, two bath suite. The East Wing on the second floor of the residence consists of four multi-purpose rooms that could be used as a home office, gym, play or crafting room, with a center hall and a full bath. The East Wing has a staircase to the kitchen wing and a first floor barrier-free bathroom and laundry room. Outdoors, an in-ground pool and cabana, covered and open patios offer myriad entertaining options. Syosset School District.
Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 66 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
“ELEGANCE OF YESTERYEAR” One of the finest properties in Old Westbury provides the brilliant setting for this impressive 8650 sq. foot, 9 Bedroom Country Colonial Estate located on 12+ glorious, rolling and pastoral acres in Jericho School District. Originally part of the magnificent former E.D. Morgan Estate, this restored residence delicately blends old world charm, character and the elegance of gracious living. The fine design, boundless luxury and superb details are evident throughout the home. A separate 2-story building accommodates a 3000 sq. ft. Sports Complex and Entertainment Center that contains an incredible Basketball Court, Billiard Room, Gym and numerous amenities. The property also highlights an enchanting Pool setting and Cabana House, a 4 Bedroom Expanded Ranch, a 3 Bedroom Cottage, and 3 Golf Greens. This extraordinary Estate is the eloquence of yesterday, here today and will satisfy the most discriminating connoisseur.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000
Oyster Bay Cove
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN BY STUART NOROFSKY Exterior Designed As Contemporary, Interior As Classic As A Traditional Masterpiece. 5 Bedrooms & 5 Full Baths, With Master Suite On The Main Level. The Eat-In-Kitchen Boasts Stainless Steel Appliances, Cherry Wood Cabinets & Granite Countertops. Patio Leads To Deck, Hot Tub & In-ground Gunite Pool With Waterfall On 2.5 Acres. In Addition, Property Features A Newly Renovated 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage With Two Skylights & Total Privacy. Enjoy A Swim At Your Own Private Beach! For A Private Showing Please Contact Ira Gross at 516-313-7282.
Contact: Ira Gross 516-313-7282
Oyster Bay Cove
LOVELY PROPERTY! Stately Circular Drive Leads To This Magnificent 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath Colonial Located In Prestgious Oyster Bay Estates! Radiant Heated Floors In The Entry Hall Accentuates The Sweeping Bridal Staircase! Oversized, Open Eat-in-Kitchen!Spectacular Wood Floors & Custom Woodwork Throughout! Whole House Audio! New Basement!New CAC System!
Contact: Andrea Costello 516-457-6451 Michele Gort 516-526-9936
A Serene Tree-Lined Drive Enhances The Privacy Of This Majestic Custom Built Brick Colonial Sited On 2+ Magnificent Acres In The Heart Of Roslyn. Enjoy Unobstructed Views From This Elegant Home. The Epitome Of Quality Enhances This 5900 Sq ft Residence Filled With The Finest Materials And State-Of-The-Art Amenities, Open Floor Plan Showcasing Soaring Ceilings, Expansive Chefâ€™s Kitchen And Great Room.
This Cypress Model (Largest Model In Eagle Chase) Boasts A Master Bedroom Suite On The Main Level Plus 2 Additional Bedrooms Upstairs. Other Features Include a Grand Entry Foyer, Den, Enormous Great Room with Gas Fireplace. Upstairs Loft, 2.5 Baths, Partially Finished Basement with Family Room, Cedar Closet And Storage. 2 Car Garage, Pool, Tennis, Gated Community.
Contact: Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743
Contact: Andrea Costello 516-457-6451 Michele Gort 516-526-9936
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New To Market! Just Listed! Expanded Farm Ranch, Great Location In Country Estates Sits On Landscaped property with Trex Deck and Bluestone Patio. Beautiful 5 Bedroom, 4 Full Newer Baths. All Spacious Rooms, Oversized Granite EIK , Hardwood floors, New Windows, Family Room with Fireplace, Master Bedroom Suite With Fireplace. Full Finished Basement With High Ceilings, Features Bedroom, Bath, Gym and Room For Play. Two Car Garage. Part of East Hills Park & Rosyln SD.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
The beauty & dignity of Long Island’s “Gold Coast” come to life in this architectural treasure amidst 3+ Acres of private, pristine and lush serenity! Sequestered beyond it’s gated estate entry, this 8,100 square foot brick Center Hall Colonial exudes luxury and opulence. Its overall design is enhanced by exquisite mill work, mahogany flooring, specialized mosaic appointments and state of the art amenities. This 9-year young beauty is masterly crafted with over 10’ ceilings and spacious sunny rooms of utter refinement and traditional grandeur! Spectacular IG Pool with a waterfall and Jacuzzi, Hard Tennis Court, complete the canvas of an incredible lifestyle, and make this residence a personal showcase for the most discerning buyer.
Contact: Reena Khera 516-263-8918
Set At The End Of One Of The Most Desirable Cul-De-Sacs In Old Westbury, This 7,500+ Square Foot David Chotan Contemporary Of Soaring Ceilings And Walls Of Glass Offers Dynamic Living On 2.14 Luxuriously Private Acres. Cross The Belgium Block Courtyard And Decorative Pool With Fountain To Double Entry Doors, And An Inviting Marble Entry Foyer Opens To Entertaining, Over-Sized Principle Rooms With Impressive Views Of The Back Grounds. Upstairs, Set In Its Own Wing, The Vaulted Ceiling Master Bedroom Has A Free-Standing Fireplace, Fabulous Bath Area, Loft Office/Library, And Private Sundeck. Across A Catwalk Are Three Generous-Sized Family Bedrooms (One En Suite; One With A Loft; All With Terrace). The Lower Level Is Finished With A Media Room, Playroom, Half Bath, Cedar Closet, And Cabana Bath With Access Out To The Back Grounds Featuring A Country Club In-Ground/Heated Gunite Pool, Separate Hot Tub Deck, All-Weather Tennis Court, Flower Gardens, And Lit Practice Green With Sand Trap. A Feel Good Home In The Renowned Jericho School District.
Contact: Jack Rossinsky 516-606-2451 68 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & ESTATES
Gracious Stucco Manor Home with Courtyard Entry. 6 Bedrooms, 6.55 Baths. Quiet, Serene Location surrounded by Mature Specimen Trees. Elegant Interior, Breathtaking Fixtures, Elaborate Mouldings, Millwork and Architectural Details. Top-Of-The-Line Amenities. Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen with DCS Gas Range, Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Granite Counter, Custom Cabinetry, Breakfast Area and Fireplace. Large Formal Dining Room, Living Room with Fireplace, and Cherry Library. Luxurious Master Bedroom Suite with Gas Fireplace, Marble Bath and Steam Shower. Expansive Family Room with Cherry Entertainment Center, Fireplace, and French Doors leading outside to the Mahogany Deck and Tiered Paved Patios. Private 800 Sq. ft. Bedroom Suite and Full Bath Over the 3 Car Heated Garage. Full Finished Lower Level with 9ft. Ceiling, Gym, Entertainment Center, Wine Storage Room, 1.5 Baths and Outside Entrance. Whole House Water Filtration; and Music/Sound System. CAC, CVAC. 2.4 Acres of Professionally Designed Irrigated Landscape & Perennial Gardens. Gunite Pool & Spa. Cold Spring Harbor Schools.
Contact: Marla Fischl Casadei 631-875-3433
STONE ARCHES Completely redone sprawling ranch in prestigious Stone Arches. Situated on 2 flat acres on a private cul-de-sac, this home has 6 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. Large granite/wood gourmet eat-in kitchen expertly appointed with every amenity, a true cook’s delight! Open floor plan with soaring ceilings that allow light and openness. Dual fireplace leading into the family room, full finished basement with bedroom, full bath, and media room. Park like property and a gunite heated pool with sun-drenched exposure. Jericho School District.
Price Upon Request
Contact: Cheryl Goldman 516-902-0017 Francine Eisenberg 516-449-8738
Magnificent Estate on Shy “5 Acres” with Smart Technology including Infrared Cameras. Gourmet “Susan Serra” Kitchen with “Paris Ceramics” Tiles. Grand Circular Foyer, Two Story Cherry Library, Master Bedroom with Office, Verandah, His/Her Closets, 5 Fireplaces, Radiant Heat, 10’ Ceilings, Coffered Ceilings in Dining Room, Full Basement with 11’ Ceilings. Spectacular Heated Gunite Infinity Negative Edge Pool with Waterfall and Spa Surrounded by Bluestone Patio and Pergola, 3.5 Car Garage. Famed Jericho Schools.
Contact: Reena Khera 516-263-8918
Plainview HAMLET ON OLDE OYSTER BAY Spectacular 5 Bedroom 3.5 Bath Colonial Featuring Exquisite Appointments & Designer Finishes Including Extensive Mouldings & Millwork, Coffered Ceilings,Granite Countertops and Gleaming Wood Floors. Equipped with Central Air,Gas Heat, Fireplace,Private Fenced Yard,2 Car Garage and Impressive Finished Basement with Media Room, Billiards Room, Office & A Family Room. Located in Secure Gated Community Offering Fabulous Restaurant,State of the Art Gym,Teen Room,Card Rooms,Beauty Salon,Indoor & Outdoor Pools,Lake, Putting Green,Playground,Basketball Ct &Tennis Cts.
ROLLING HILLS Majestic 7 Bedroom & 6.5 Bath Home In Rolling Hills. Situated On 1.17 Acres, Cul De Sac Location. Enormous Master Bedroom Suite On The Main Floor. All Large Room Sizes. Great Flow for Entertaining! Tremendous Full Finished Basement. Country Club Backyard with Newly Marble Dusted Inground Gunite Pool. Great Home for a Large Family. Walt Whitman Elementary School, Syosset School District!
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Contact: Fern Altman 516-524-3387
Woodbury THE GATES OF WOODBURY Magnificent, Brick, French Normandy Colonial in The Gates of Woodbury On The Most Desirable Street. This Home Sits on One Manicured, Landscaped, Deep Acre with Heated,Gunite, In-Ground Pool. This Shy 5000 sq. ft. Home with 6 Bedrooms and 4.5 Baths is Completely Renovated & Features Open Floor Plan with Large Room Sizes, Rutt kitchen, Gorgeous Woodworking Throughout, Antique Hardwood Floors, Family Room with Fireplace that Opens to Living Room With Unbelievable Wet Bar Inc Fridge and Dishwasher, Main Level Bonus Rm with 18 ft ceilings, Great for Theater or Play. Room for Office, Gym or Additional Bedroom on the 2nd Floor. Basement and Three-Car Heated Garage Complete This Move In Home. Syosset School District!
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
Spacious 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath Center Hall Contemporary Colonial in Rolling Hills 1! Amazing Light. Very Large Room Sizes and Great Flow For Entertaining. Master Bedroom Suite with Trex Balcony Overlooking Country Club Backyard with Heated, Gunite New Salt Water Pool, Built in Gas BBQ & Custom Built Trex Deck. Full Finished Basement with Hi Ceilings, Separate Glass Enclosed Gym, Bedroom, Bath, Office & Huge Play Area. 3 Car Heated Garage. Newly Painted Outside. Syosset SD.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
One Of A Kind, 7 Bedroom, 4.5 Updated Baths Manor House with 5800 Sq. Ft. Of Living Space. Updated To Include Todayâ€™s Amenities While Maintaining Its Old World Charm. Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen with Breakfast Room, Sun Room, Library with Fireplace, Formal Living Room with Fireplace & Master Bedroom Suite with Fireplace, Third Floor Fabulous Playroom. Large Rooms With Quality & Architectural Details Throughout. Hardwood Floors. New Windows. Situated on 1.17 Beautiful Acres with Gunite, Heated Pool & Remarkable Gardens & Plantings. Located In Cul-De-Sac. 3 Car Garage. Syosset School District.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
10 Yr. Young Custom 4 Bedroom, 5 Bath Colonial with 9ft. Ceilings. Family Room With Fireplace. Gorgeous Kitchen & Baths. Master Bedroom Suite with Fireplace. Radiant Heat In Entrance, Kitchen & MasterBath. Full Finished Walk-Out Basement. Parklike 1.17 Acre With Outside Kitchen and Koi Pond, Surround Sound Inside and Out. A Must See! Syosset School District.
Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111
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CCFA Board Trustee Nelson DeMille and Sandy DeMille
CCFA National President, Rick Geswell, Executive Director, Edda Ramsdell and Event Chairman, David Honigstock
Nassau County Legislator, Judi Bosworth and Dr. Jay Bosworth
Sandy DeMille and CCFA Trustee, Nelson DeMille
Presenting Sponsor, NBTY executives and spouses
Felicia Weitz, Charles Koppelman, Corey Friedman and Gerri Koppelman
Man of the Year, Stu Lubow and Comedian, Paul Reiser
Board Trustees Lori and Howard Fensterman (far right) and guests
COMEDY on TAP at CCFA FUNDRAISER By M.C. SUSSMAN
The chronic digestive diseases Crohn’s & Colitis are nothing to chuckle about. But at “Laugh ‘Til It Stops Hurting,” the Spring event and a fundraiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Long Island Chapter, laughter was certainly the best medicine. The more than 200 donors who attended the “mission critical event” at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury received a dose of first rate humor. The star-studded evening, attended by bestselling author Nelson DeMille, began with a sumptuous Strolling Dinner party with a Scotch tasting, an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres including mini hamburger and cheeseburgers sliders, tuna sashimi, pigs in blankets and potato pancakes along with stations where sushi, carved turkey and roast beef, pasta and risotto, duck wraps, crudite and calamari were served. Headlining the entertainment was Paul Reiser, the seasoned actor, writer, musician and stand-up comedian who appeared in such films as “Diner,” “Beverly Hills Cop” (I and II) and “The Thing About My Folks,” and won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his starring role in the NBC television comedy series, “Mad About You.” In his routine Reiser poked fun at himself, recalling how he looked in the mirror and suddenly realized he was aging. He joshed about his two sons, and got laughs for his riff on his wife’s obsession with playing “Words with Friends” and “Angry Birds” games on her smart phone.
With local stand-up comic Rob Bartlett as the master of ceremonies, honors went to ‘Man of the Year’ Stuart Lubow, a founder of and chairman, president and CEO of Community National Bank. Alix Della Penna, 16, who has suffered from ulcerative colitis since age 7, received the Children’s Legacy Award. In 2010 Alix ran the Las Vegas half marathon, raising nearly $9000 to help find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American raises funds for research and education about the life-changing and sometimes life-threatening digestive diseases. Chapter president Mitchell A. Carron, Spring Event chairman David Honigstock, and National CCFA president and CEO Rick Geswell also greeted the crowd. A silent auction included Judith Ripka baubles, sports memorabilia and a shopping spree at the Americana Manhasset. Among the highlights of a live auction were four tickets to ‘The Lion King’ including a limousine service and a backstage tour, a dinner for eight at Rao’s restaurant and swimming lessons with Olympic Gold medalist Ryan Lochte. Afterwards, a luscious dessert buffet included make your own sundaes, molten chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, creme brûlée, lemon chiffon pie, and sugar free cheesecake. The perfect way to end a fun evening with a smile. SE
Sandy Zeluck, Perry Weitz, Corey and Amy Friedman
Michael Dubb, Steve Soviero, Ray Quartararo, James Pappas, Anthony Nastasi
CCFA President Mitch Carron and Laurie Carron
Alix Della Penna, Children’s Legacy Award recipient with her parents, Gina and Michael
Laugh MC, Board Trustee, Rob Bartlett
Susan Gomberg, Chapter Development Director
Harvey and Gail Gross
David Honigstock and Melissa Jaffe
The Nagin Family
Delores and Victor Hitami
Fran Nagin with Paul Reiser
Guests of Jones Lang LaSalle
At the Live Auction
Anthony Nastasi and Edda Ramsdell
Mitch Carron and Donna Drake, host of Live it Up
Stephen and Lori Tyree
Louis Ottemo, Stephen Tyree and friend
The comedians, Matt Nagin and Paul Reiser
Edda Ramsdell, Jamie Pappas and Nelson DeMille
The DeMilles, the Ramsdells, and from CCFA, National, Judi Brown
Man of the Year, Stuart Lubow
Honoree, Stu Lubow
Seeing and being seen
CCFA loves and thanks our volunteers!
The scotch tasting
NBTYâ€™s Jeff Schneider
Board Trustee, David Ripka and friends
Barry Ganz (r) and guest
Our Favorite Waterfront Restaurants on the North Shore By M.C. SUSSMAN
ground, tennis and basketball courts. Sit at the tiki bar or on the patio, sip a Soundview Sunset (vodka, Chambord, cranberry juice and pineapple juice) and for starters, enjoy stuffed figs with goat cheese and almonds or fish tacos with pineapple salsa. The Soundview Salad in a cucumber wrapped bowl includes gorgonzola cheese, poached pear and candied walnuts, with optional grilled chicken or salmon toppings. Grilled mahi mahi and tilapia piccata are among the entrees.
PRIME RESTAURANT 117 New York Avenue Huntington (631) 385-1515 restaurantprime.com “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay,” goes the Otis Redding song. You might want to hum it while sitting on the dockside terrace at Prime, the swank Huntington restaurant on Huntington Harbor and a premier destination restaurant for boaters that also includes a boardwalk, a Cabana Bar and Prime’s Floating Dock. The separate, more casual, dockside menu features a raw bar with little necks, oysters, king crab legs and Sushi rolls include the Montauk Roll -- a spicy tuna roll with tempura crunch topped with lobster. Among the salad choices are cobb, beet and spinach. Sandwiches winners include curried chicken salad with grape chutney or lump crab salad sandwich, both served with chips. For grill lovers, “black label” burgers, chicken and sirloin skewers, Atlantic salmon, and filet mignon can’t be beat. While you dine, a full time dock master tends the more than 300-feet of dock space. LOUIE’S OYSTER BAR & GRILLE 395 Main St. Port Washington (516) 883-4242 When Louie’s first opened its doors in 1905, the only way to get there was by boat. It was built on a floating barge anchored in Manhasset Bay. These days, you can tie up your watercraft by the dock, or you can use the front door, pass through the dining rooms to the open air deck to sip a cocktail, nibble on a shrimp BLT slider or a seared tuna flatbread, hobnob with the North Shore crowd or stroll out to the gazebo for a quiet moment. Under the awning on the veranda, dine on sweet oysters on the half shell, tender seafood salad, steamers, or thick and flakey broiled scrod as you enjoy the view or watch the sunset. 74 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY
THE JOLLY FISHERMAN
WALL’S WHARF 18 Greenwich Ave Bayville (516) 628-9696 Wear shades and sunscreen and dig your toes into the sand at a beach table overlooking the Long Island Sound at Wall’s Wharf in Bayville. The view and the food are both scrumptious at this more than 60-year-old casual waterfront establishment, which also has a two-level deck and indoor dining. The staff is friendly. Among the hits are the baked stuffed clams, fresh seafood, homemade chowders and lobster bisque. Salad choices
are plentiful, from fried shrimp to citrus grilled salmon or sesame seared ahi tuna salad. You can also go the burger, quesadillas, wraps or nacho platter route. SOUNDVIEW OF GLEN COVE 111 Lattingtown Road Glen Cove, NY 11542 (516) 945-3800 The setting is idyllic for lunch or dinner. Operated by Jamie Scott of Bayville’s Mill Creek Tavern, this Gold Coast American fare restaurant shares Stanco Park on the Glen Cove waterfront with an 18 hole golf course, a fabulous play-
& STEAK HOUSE 25 Main Street Roslyn (516) 621-0055 Overlooking the serene Roslyn Duck Pond, the Jolly Fisherman & Steak House is a perennial favorite, especially with its refreshing light blue, art deco decor and, for a welcome change, acoustics and seating arranged to be able to have an audible conversation even when it’s packed. From the homemade nut bread and mini corn muffins to the salad dressings, everything at this third generationrun restaurant is homemade. The menu offers a large selection of fin and shellfish as well as prime aged meats. Try the crispy shrimp dumplings, savor the lobster bisque and enjoy the twin chick lobsters and every morsel of the macadamia nut-crusted salmon with a banana fritter and a double stuffed baked potato on the side. For dessert, the banana cream pie and hot fudge sundaes are hard to resist. You’ll be back, year after year. SE
THE GOOD LIFE
SAFE SUN FUN B Y PAU L A G A N Z I L I C ATA
I’m a virgin. I’m planting my very first vegetable garden this summer. It’s one of many outdoor activities I’m enjoying, while practicing safe sun. It’s not just me who is seeing the world through UV-protected lenses. Celebrities seem to be segueing from a savage tan to taming the sun. Whenever I see a photo of Angelina Jolie outside, she’s wearing a fabulous floppy hat, protecting her lovely fair skin. Madonna knows that fair is in vogue. Even Jennifer Lopez, known for her epidermal glow, is L’Oreal’s spokesperson for its new line of sunscreen, Sublime Sun. The color of JLo’s dewy radiance today pales compared to the Bain de Soleil girl of yesteryear. One just needs to see a picture of the Tanning Mom – a toastedfaced, New Jersey woman who was brought up on charges for taking her five-year old daughter into a tanning booth with her – to see how unattractive a deep dark tan can be. But I grew up in the 70s, during an era when the goal of every teenage girl was a tan, courtesy of a good bake on the beach. My girlfriends fried to a golden brown: heads angled up toward the sun, a reflector beneath the chin, bronzed bodies all in a row
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glistening in baby oil…and pale Paula. How many summers did I suffer through shouts of ‘Yo, Milk!’? I could almost hear my skin sizzling under the hot sun, only to burn and peel. Eventually, I gave up and simply stayed out of the sun as diligently as a Twilight vampire. I started coming out of the shade years later when we bought our house and I discovered gardening. Initially, I chose to block out ultraviolet rays with my outfit, preferring clothing’s cotton to sunscreen’s chemicals. In stark contrast to my neighbor who gardens barefoot, wearing only shorts and a halter top, I’d be dressed in baggy jeans, an oversized sweatshirt and a big straw hat. But who cared what I looked like, Mother Nature was having her way with me. It happened gradually, similar to the way my azalea bush colors from green to fuchsia in early spring. I was outside…and loving it. Kneeling in my flowerbeds planting impatiens, hovering over hydrangea bushes carefully pruning, spending hours watering and weeding. It was simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating watching the blooms grow. Eventually I shed some clothes, segued to SPFs... and showed some skin. Why? I became a widow and entered the dating scene after a twenty-five year absence. Skin was essential. After months of dating, I met someone. I suspected I was falling, but when I found myself sitting on the beach with him, I knew I’d fallen in love. “Are you OK?” Billy kept asking during that first beach date, trying to gauge my comfort level. With the umbrella firmly in place, I was guaranteed shade, Billy adjusting the angle as the sun crossed the sky. When we took a walk along the shore, I wore nothing but SPF 30 on whatever areas my bikini didn’t cover, and a baseball cap. When we played ball by the ocean, I tossed the hat. There was nothing between the sun and me except Neutrogena sunscreen. We spent the whole day at the beach – playing backgammon, walking, people-watching. And those waves! There had been warnings about the surf. I don’t remember any point in the water when I wasn’t laughing with delight, the waves high and frequent. At one point – with the sun on my face, the sound of the surf, the squeals of other bathers bobbing up and down in the waves – I realized I’d become one of the sun’n’fun bunch. The beach became one of our rituals. “I can still hear your laughter riding the waves!” Billy often says about that first beach date. Now a regular at the beach, I can’t help but compare the sun gear of yesteryear and today. There are more umbrellas, children are constantly coated in sun block, and there are as many baby tents and canopies as there are seashells. Adults spray on sunscreen or slather on tanning lotions, baby oil is history, the letters SPF have become part of the beach scene. And I love the sun ‘n fun fashions. At a Florida resort on a recent vacation, I couldn’t help but notice all the sexy ‘cover-ups’ – clearly a misnomer. A sheer black embroidered tunic; a pink tasseled pareo wrap triangle cover-up tied loosely around the waist; a transparent short sarong wrap, a crocheted sleeveless mini dress. When I was a kid, cover-ups covered – they were white terry cloth, as thick as a towel and had sleeves. My favorite was a white terry cloth cape, the bottom scalloped like bat wings, with little bat ears on the hood. Coming-out of the shade has been fun. There have been hiking trails, biking trips – even camping. And all along, I’ve practiced safe sun. I let sunscreen work its magic – everywhere, every time. After all, I’m spending more time in the sun, especially in light of my vegetable patch. There’ll be über local produce this summer – homegrown eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, red-leaf lettuce, broccoli and peppers. When Billy and I designed the vegetable garden we had to make sure the plants would get enough sun so they would grow. Apparently the same is true for people; we all need sun to grow. SE
Our latest issue is all about creating beautiful outdoor living spaces at home