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LETTER from the PUBLISHER We all strive to live well. We all strive for a life well lived. In this issue we bring you the best of what’s trending now, from cool man caves to classy home cocktail parties, living green walls that look awesome and make your home healthier and haute couture for pets. On the building front, we introduce Continental Pinewood Development Partner’s collection of 37 luxurious custom homes to be built at Barn & Vine on 50 acres in Bridgehampton. These fabulous, eco-friendly single family homes range from 5,800 to 7,200-square-feet and are priced from $2.75 to $4 million. Loaded with top-of-the-line features, they raise the bar for luxury and value. Further west, we take you to Oak Hill Estates in Dix Hills, where a new development of 23 manor homes in the $2 million to $2.5 million price range are being built on one-acre parcels. We spend a day with Rob Beer, president of RB Shore Development. Beer builds every home as if it were his own. The passion to do it best shows in his dazzling custom and spec projects. In November, LUXURY was privileged to select the five best rooms at the Design Showhouse at the Hempstead House, a benefit for Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. In this issue, we meet the winning designers and take a glance at the rooms that captured the spirit of the Guggenheim family, who once called the quintessential Gold Coast estate home. Our featured property is a post modern Sands Point stunner with a golf green and sandy beach on Long Island Sound. This spectacular 16,000-square-foot home is being sold fully furnished by the inimitable Roche Bobois, from the red leather arm chairs in the tea area to the Danse Cosmique and Gardien du Temple wire sculptures by Frederic Legros in the Grand Hall to the lacquered, custom-sized “Origami” dining room sideboard.


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New Custom-Tailored, Eco-Sensitive Homes at Barn & Vine and Oak Hill Estates

For Continental Pinewood Development Partners, quality is in the details. The threeyear-old collaboration between Hicksville-based Pinewood Development Corp. and Continental Ventures of New York City, brings together more than 50 years of luxury residential and commercial development and blends their custom-tailored signature styles while achieving environmentally sensitive designs. Uri and David Hason, the father and son team of Pinewood Development Corp., have a long history on Long Island, constructing more than 500 units including condominiums, townhouses like the Preserve at Woodbury, active adult communities like The Club at Melville and multi-family and single-family homes, which earned them numerous awards from the Long Island Builder Institute.



Continental Ventures, a Manhattan-based commercial development company, is known for its mid-rise mixed-use buildings and soaring towers in New York City, Toronto and Florida. “We always said we would love to develop Long Island,” says Jane Gol, president of Continental Ventures, who served as the planning commissioner for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a board director of IDB Bank in Manhattan. “We are likeminded in terms of development and in terms of developing environmentally-sensitive homes and condos.” One such collaboration is Barn & Vine, a collection of 37 new construction single family homes in the bucolic South Fork hamlet of Bridgehampton. Spread over nearly 50 acres, the development, which abuts the scenic Channing Daughters Vineyard, features eight unique home styles, ranging from 5,800 to 7,200 square-feet and priced from $2.75 to $4 million. The luxurious six- and seven-bedroom, 6.5 bath, cedar-shingled homes feature grand entry foyers that wow, open floor plans, custom cabinetry, coffered ceilings and crown moldings. The houses are loaded with highend fixtures, finishes and fittings. “Our product has set a new standard for luxury and value in the marketplace,” says David, vice president of Pinewood Development Corp., who joined his father’s company after graduating from Tulane University with a degree in economics.

“Every aspect of our homes is designed with impeccable detail and we offer the highest quality in our interiors and exteriors and a thoughtful design.” Each house has three levels of living space, top-of-the line kitchen appliances and stone countertops. French sliders that line the expansive double-height great room seem to flow into the landscape. For homes facing west, windows offer spectacular views of the surrounding vineyard. Each lush, designer-landscaped lot borders areas of untouched landscape, some 22 acres of which the developer dedicated to the Town of Southampton as a natural preserve. Home styles range from the traditional Hamptons gambrel and barn-style Sonoma to the Sweeping Gable and the classic Amagansett Courtyard. Eleven homes are under construction. Uri expects buyers to begin moving in next spring. Nearly 60 miles to the west in the wide and rolling affluent hamlet of Dix Hills in western Suffolk County, the developer recently broke ground on Oak Hill Estates. The luxury development comprises 23 new construction single family homes set on the former 40-plus acre Dix Hills Golf Course off of Half Hollow Rd. The “transitional” manor homes on one-acre parcels range from 5,000 to 6,000 square-feet and are priced at $2 to $2.5 million. “We maintain the beauty of the stately manor homes in the North Shore area, but tweak them to be

more modern,” David says. The six-bedroom, six-bath homes feature a gourmet kitchen package, a stone-topped work island, select white oak wide-plank floors, oversized windows and high-grade finishes with interiors designed by Mabley Handler of Water Mill. “It is so beautiful,” says Uri, who got his start in 1990 working as a hardwood flooring specialist for high-end builders in New York City. “I call it the Mona Lisa.” Located less than a mile north of Exit 50 of the Long Island Expressway and minutes from the Route 110 commercial corridor, Oak Hill offers three distinctive home styles brimming with amenities. Uri expects the first model will be completed by the summer of 2015. Homes in both developments are smart wired to regulate thermostats, control lighting

and arm a security system from afar. Through the home’s Wi-Fi system, the buyer can lock an unlocked door, turn up the air-conditioning or heat or flip a switch on exterior lighting all through the touch of an iPhone, iPad or Android device. “Even security cameras can be viewed in real or recorded time,” David says. “Buyers want to be able to monitor the most important aspects of their home from wherever they are.” While work continues on both projects, the development team is already setting their sights on several projects in Islandia, Oakdale and beyond. “We have built a design team,” says Continental Ventures’ Gol. “We are building and will continue to build and satisfy everything that the buyer wants and needs.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 17


DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE Winning Designers Redo the Guggenheim Look By M.C. SUSSMAN



In November, at the second annual Design Showhouse at the historic Hempstead House at the Sands Point Preserve, five designers -- Gabrielle Knable, Silvana Loccisano, a team including Joseph Murphy, Karin Krinsky and Keith Murphy of Safavieh Home Furnishings, Nadia Vee and Catherine Weinstock -- received awards from event sponsor Shawn Elliott. Their charge was to reinterpret how the fabulously wealthy Guggenheims would live in the 40-room, 50,000-square-foot stone mansion today. When Daniel and Florence Guggenheim moved into Hempstead House in 1917, the estate overlooking the Long Island Sound became their family home for nearly three decades. Following the show’s “Home of an American Renaissance Family” theme, the designers incorporated 21st-century style into a celebration of the Guggenheims’ lifestyle and achievements. Shades of blue reigned in the Grand Salon -- sky blue; ocean blue, indigo. Using furnishings from Safavieh’s exclusive Couture Collection, designers Joseph Murphy, Karin Krinsky and Keith Murphy of Safavieh Home Furnishings titled their space, “The Grand Salon: Exulting in the Gloriousness of Blue.” The expansive space, with 15-foot high

coffered ceiling, a massive crystal chandelier and windows overlooking the ocean was decked out in blues from designer striped and patterned rugs on the floor to a blue window seat beneath two-tier Gothic windows with leaded glass. The walls were glazed in shades of indigo topping wainscoting painted blue. A blue wing chair, a blue sofa and other upholstered pieces in rich velvets, crisp linens, zebra accents created the patina. On one wall, a huge mirror composed of dozens of smaller odd shaped frames fitted together like a puzzle. Glass tables helped define casual seating clusters in this warm, stylish living space. Designed for guys who want to “play like a king,” Silvana Loccisano’s game room was a deluxe man cave. The space was inspired by Harry Guggenheim’s race horse, Dark Star, the winner of the 1953 Kentucky Derby. Dark Star beat the favored horse, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr.’s Native Dancer. The horse theme included a framed painting of a horse on one wall. The centerpiece of the gold-hued room was a poker table with leather chairs with nailhead trim. Each back had a card suit cutout -- diamond, heart, spade and club. The green wall around the fireplace was faux painted with an alligator skin-like texture by decorative artist Arlene McLoughlin. A closet door was painted with

a “spade” and other playing card paintings hang on the walls. Silvana, owner of Glen Cove-based Bella Home, established her interior design business after graduating from the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design. She works one-on-one with clients to help them make the decisions that work for their home. Manhattan-based interior designer Catherine Weinstock of CW Design outfitted “Peggy’s Room” with personality. Her eclectic collection of contemporary art and unique furnishings -- some her own belongings and others from friends -- was a perfect fit for the room at Hempstead House where Daniel Guggenheim’s free-spirited niece often stayed when she visited from Paris. “She didn’t hire a designer to do her place,” Catherine said. “She lived in different places and collected art. Her place was a reflection of her.” This smaller room, with built-in shelves and a fireplace fronted by an artsy metal screen, demonstrated a “relaxed elegance” and emphasized the intersection of art and design and was a perfect fit for Catherine, who designs on an “intuitive level,” has a strong knowledge of history and art and has also had an “interesting life that brought me many places,” she said. The neutral space was emboldened by

splashes of color and pattern. Pale yellow floor-to-ceiling curtains framed the windows, but came alive with a funky cloudlike sofa made by a French furniture maker as homage to Jean Cocteau and a dresser with a muted rainbow of glass drawers that Catherine described as “a contemporary interpretation of Bauhaus style.” Among the art is a mushroom wall installation and a tall sculpture of a man with no head and four feet, created from plastic bags and two pairs of shoes. The inviting, informal gathering space was well suited for lively conversation. “I love what I do,” Catherine explained. “Each project is a new journey and a discovery process.” Using a multi-disciplinary approach to her work , Catherine feels she has done well when she creates “a space that looks like someone really lives there, not a stage set.” In designing Florence Guggenheim’s honey yellow master bedroom, Nadia Vee of GNR Designs in Great Neck tried to “bring out her feminine playful side” in a room blending neoclassical style, bold gilded furniture and gothic architecture. “I designed the room especially for Florence Guggenheim,” who had a simple childhood in Pennsylvania and “became one of the wealthiest women in the SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 21



world,” Nadia says. Florence, a philanthropist, had a passion for flowers and tropical plants. Flowers and birds were woven into the pattern of a silk and wool rug and several large plants added greenery to the space. “Every item has a story and history behind it,” Nadia says. The designer, a master of feng shui, tried to reflect Mrs. Guggenheim’s character. The gilded harp in the center of the room alluded to free concerts in Central Park sponsored by the Guggenheims in the 1920s. At the time, the harp was “a very popular musical instrument.” A sensual lace canopy draped from a crown on the wall behind Florence’s bed, which was covered with a gold bedspread. Flanking the window on the opposite wall were a pair of opulent, marble-topped, hand-carved, powerful gilded wood consoles, with a framed gold leaf mirror above each. A built-in fireplace was ornate. 22 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY

Set into an alcove framed by lace curtains were a sofa and two armchairs with small tables, a comfy spot for tea. Though commodious, the master bedroom had a skirted vanity table but no closet. According to Nadia, a servant would have brought the lady-of-the-house her clothes from closets downstairs. Emerald green walls with white, gold and black trim were the hallmark of the bedroom designed by Gabrielle Knable of GVK Interiors in Manhattan. Called “The True Heiress,” the room was “an ode to the complex nature of women,” Gabrielle says. The palette evoked power, money and strength and was “subtly, not overtly feminine.” Inspired by the Guggenheim daughter, Gladys, it was a space where in today’s world, the designer says, a daughter -- not a son -- would be groomed to take over the family enterprise. (Though Har-

ry Guggenheim, one of Daniel and Florence’s two sons, was chosen to succeed his father, biographer John H. Davis dubbed Gladys the “real successor” and “true heiress” who dedicated herself to the Guggenheim’s enterprise and philanthropic traditions.) Green books stood next to a large, gilded mirror on the mantel of the white fireplace. An emerald and white canopy flowed from the bed crown molding and framed the curved headboard. The bed linens were white with emerald trim and a pair of animal print pillows matched an animal print throw on a white settee. The rug had jagged golden lines. The art included large scale Diane Epstein photographs of St. Mary’s Basilica in Rome, which was erected over the Temple of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. Facing the bed was a painting by Fritz Scholder of a fragile, nude mystery woman. SE

And the winners are: Silvana Loccisano Bella Home 917-299-4441 www.SilvanasBellaCasa.com Gabrielle Knable GVK Interiors 646-229-3760 Gabrielle@GvkInteriors.com Joseph Murphy, Karin Krinsky and Keith Murphy Safavieh Home Furnishings 877-919-1010 safaviehhome.com Nadia Vee GNR Designs 516-707-7202 gnrdesigns.com Catherine Weinstock CW Design 917-574-2776 cwidny.com





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Curing the winter blues with a perfect cocktail party By LINDA SASLOW

Whether you invite a few friends to stop over for drinks and hors d’oeuvres before heading out to a local restaurant or host a 4-hour evening, throwing a cocktail party can be a fun and easy way to entertain. It’s important to let your guests know beforehand what to expect, suggests Corinne Futerman, the name behind Corinne’s Concepts in Catering. Whether you invite your guests with an e-vite, “snail mail” invitations or a more casual phone call, it’s easy to let them know the agenda for the evening. “If you say ‘join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres,’ that’s a tell-tale sign there’s no dinner,” she says. “But ‘come hungry’ suggests a longer evening and more food.” Whether it’s a Saturday night with a start time of 7 or 8 p.m., a mid-week cocktail party right after work or a Sunday afternoon—there are many perfect times to invite friends to join you to challenge those winter doldrums. Cocktails anyone? Drinks often are the first taste for your guests and should be ready when they arrive to help get your guests mingling. Michael Rozzi, executive chef 24 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY

at The 1770 House in East Hampton, is a big fan of winter cocktails. Nothing like a Manhattan, bourbon drink or glass of champagne to warm you up on a cold winter evening, he says. And a great shaken martini—maybe cranberry or apple—adds the “wow” factor to any bar. When planning your menu, don’t be afraid to experiment, suggests Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs. Small savory finger foods can be eaten in one or two bites make perfect hors d’oeuvres. Among Andrea’s winter favorites: spaghetti and meatball bites and mini short rib tacos. If you ask Michael, the New Year is a time for celebration; decadence belongs on the menu of a cocktail party. As Michael sees it, “It’s a great interactive opportunity for a cocktail party. If I were throwing a winter cocktail party,” he says, “I’d set up a buffet table with two great platters: one with seafood and the other with a cheese board.” Seafood is not just meant for summer, Michael emphasizes. “In January, when the waters are cold, the quality of shellfish is great.”


“Don’t be afraid to experiment,” suggests Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs. After all, who doesn’t love shrimp cocktail? Mini lobster rolls are sure to elicit “ohs and ahs” … Or oysters on the half shell served with caviar … Or get creative with bay scallop sashimi with truffles. On his cheese board, Michael suggests soft ripened cheeses, along with sliced figs, candied nuts, winter fruits and toasted bread. As an alternative, why not revisit the fondue craze from the 70s? What could be more divine than dipping pieces of bread into a lobster and sherry fondue served in a brass pot over a flame? For any cocktail party, Andrea says the rule of thumb is a variety of 8-12 passing hors d’oeuvres, with 12 pieces per person. If there’s no one to pass the hors d’oeuvres, a beautiful buffet table can do the trick. Using your space to its best advantage may mean re-arranging furniture so guests can move about easily. If possible, Corinne recommends setting up cocktails in one room with trays of hors d’oeuvres in different areas. But, if space is an issue, one table in the center of a room can beautifully display your menu choices. When choosing your serving pieces, Andrea suggests you “think out of the box for a more interesting presentation.” Demitasse cups or shot glasses are an eye-opening way to serve butternut squash or creamy tomato soup sips. After all, “greeting soups are a great entrance,” Andrea says. “They set the tone and warm up your belly on a cold winter night.” Creative serving may mean filling a large square glass vase with grilled pita and several

variations of hummus or tiny crock pots for lobster mac and cheese. Oversized martini glasses also make great serving pieces for many hors d’oeuvres. Garnishes on platters—whether carved vegetables, fresh herbs or flowers—can add pizazz to any serving tray. To create just the right mood, Corinne suggests you think about all of the senses working together. That means your favorite music, perfect lighting, delicious smells like cinnamon sticks, cloves and, of course, scented candles. Dessert is not a must for a cocktail party, but can be a perfect ending that will leave your guests with sweet memories of a great evening. Nothing like a hot chocolate shot and a warm chocolate chip cookie to send you on your way, says Corinne. The bottom line for hosting the perfect cocktail party is to be creative, relax and have as much fun as your guests! SE





Every guy needs a man cave to escape to: a private sanctuary for watching various football games simultaneously on multiple screens, a place to play poker or hit the flippers a la Captain Kirk on a “Star Trek” inspired pinball machine. A man cave is a haven, a quiet place to chill. It’s a refuge for beloved boy toys, from a stash of video game consoles to an oversized, curved flat screen television. It’s a spot to display James Bond memorabilia and a place to shoot pool on an antique billiards table. The exclusive man space can be an Alpinethemed bonus room with a roaring fireplace or a converted garage with space to show off an exotic car, motorcycle or sports memorabilia collection. A soundproofed basement man cave is a great spot for a touch screen jukebox or that old Victrola and record collection. It’s a man space for playing the drums or getting together with the band. A golf aficionado might outfit a man cave with a state-of-the-art virtual reality driving range or an indoor putting green. Away from the pressures of daily life, no man cave is complete without a comfy leather recliner, a full body massage chair, the latest hi-tech gadgets, a humidor, a wine cooler or a Sidebar Duo beer and liquor dispenser. Or whatever else floats his boat. SE — By M.C. SUSSMAN 28 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY




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Luxury pet care includes blueberry facials, cashmere and ‘pawdicures’ By L AU R I E N A DEL

A barking duet greets you inside TLC Doggy Day Spa in Syosset, an organic grooming salon and store that specializes in natural pet food. (www.tlcdoggydayspa. com) Recently, we found owner Seann Sackett on the phone booking a “pawdicure” for a client’s Havanase. “The increase in designer dogs means that people are holding their dogs more,” Seann says. “A good “pawdicure” keeps the dog’s nails from scratching her owner.” Some 10 pooches a day get groomed at TLC. “Pawdicures” with an oatmeal based conditioner revitalize a dog’s dry foot pads. Nails are trimmed, filed and sometimes polished, depending on the owner’s preference. Natural shampoos, oatmeal baths and hypo-allergenic grooming products help reduce itching and scratching. Long Island’s pet professionals spearheaded several hot trends in luxury pet care. American Pet Professionals, with more than 200 members nationwide, grew out of Long Island Pet Professionals, founded by Nancy Hassel in 2009 with 15 members, “People spend more on their pets, even during recession, than they will on themselves,” Nancy says. “They’ll buy special beds with orthopedic mattresses and their pets will get blueberry facials, mud scrubs and organic pawdicures.” Luxury pet care is growing in three main areas: natural pet food and nutritional products developed by veterinarians, 80 percent of whom are women; holistic treatments for pets that include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Reiki (Reiki is a traditional Japanese healing modality that promotes the body’s natural healing response.); and high end products that include pet fashion and furniture, organic grooming and even Pet Tunes, which are sound frequencies for dogs, cats, horses and birds. When Lauren Darr founded Pet Fashion Professionals in August 2013, about 100 designers immediately signed up. Requests for membership applications are coming in at a brisk pace. “Pet fashions go beyond the traditional George Clooney Halloween costume for a small dog,” Lauren says. “The new trend is fashion for large dogs, gerbils and even chickens.” Somewhere out there is a chicken dressed like Lady Gaga. (You cannot make this stuff

up.) As for cats, Lauren concedes fashion choices are limited to “whatever owners can get them to wear, mainly dresses and hats.” “Nothing says ‘I love you’ like cashmere,” says Margaret Konecky who repurposes old sweaters into one-of-akind luxury sweaters, pillows and bridal gowns for dogs and cats. An antique vintage gown with beading starts at $5000, but Margaret guarantees exclusivity. “You will never see two pets wearing the same garment,” she says. Sweaters start at $199 and there are matching neck warmers for $60 at www.theeleganthare.com. Grooming A-list “celebridogs” for nearly a quarter of a century, Argentine-born Jorge Bendersky (www.planetjorge.com) is on the cutting edge of canine styling. “Since pet fashion has grown so popular, my clients’ hairstyles have become simpler. There is less hair on the bodies, so as to complement the fashion,” Jorge says. Maintaining confidentiality is integral to his success but Jorge’s upscale client base includes film stars, supermodels and fashion designers, including Ralph Lauren. “I don’t know any more if the pets or the owners are the celebrities,” he says with a smile. Author of DIY Dog Grooming Secrets, Jorge has appeared on Animal Planet and TLC. House calls to Nassau and Suffolk County “celebridogs” start at $300. Dana Humphreys, a director of American Pet Professionals, says “Japanese-styled haircuts are the rage.” “Professional pet groomers just can’t get enough of the Asian-influenced styles for pets,” Ms. Humphreys says. The style “features a short hair body, with long hair on the face and legs. This look is unique and extremely appealing to many pet owners.” Jorge agrees. “Asian cuts give great looks and complement most outfits.” For curly hair dogs, “the most popular cut is always the teddy bear look,” Jorge says, easy to keep without sacrificing glamour.  Bows, feathers and a touch of color on a dog’s head are perfect for holidays and parties. Seasonal trends include temporary glitter tattoos for warm weather. Still, it is important for pet owners to curb their expectations. “I aim to please you but I will never prioritize style over a dog’s comfort and well-being,” Jorge says. “A happy dog is an easy dog.”

As more people seek holistic treatments for their own health issues, there has been a concomitant growth surge in holistic treatments for pets. Cheryl Schlaumess Berger (www.animalreikiforhealing.com) teaches animal Reiki classes and offers Reiki sessions for pets. Cheryl says, “More and more pet sitters offer Reiki, which has healing and stress reduction benefits.” Lisa Donato, a veterinarian, started checking out nutritional supplements when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “I became interested in helping my own patients and became certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese and western herbal medicine and cranio-sacral therapy,” says Dr. Donato, whose practice has grown 20 to 30 percent in the past three years. “The number one hot trend is acupuncture for pets,” she says. A fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, Dr. Donato makes house calls in Nassau and Suffolk County (www.veterinaryacupunctureandhealingarts.com). When Kramer, an 11-year-old Labradoodle in Port Washington, was recovering from stomach cancer surgery three years ago, Dr. Donato prescribed acupuncture every few weeks along with Chinese herbal medicine and a diet of organic home-cooked food. “It’s a miracle that he survived the surgery but the combination works incredibly well for him,” says Nadine Wolf, Kramer’s owner. “His energy is off the charts.” SE

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hen it comes to our furry friends, pampering knows no limits. Owners take pride and joy in taking care of and even spoiling their pets. From chic Ralph Lauren tartan doggy vests, Burberry sweaters and trench coats for chilly days to gem-studded collars and ribbons, high fashion and haute couture keep pups in style. Dog strollers, chaise lounges, chic dog house furniture and bed ramps provide ease and comfort. Doggy bottled water, fresh baked treats, massage and other spa treatments including a special “pawdicures” are de rigueur for our four-legged companions. Whether it’s a bone-shaped collar charm from Henri Bendel, a Gucci or Bottega Veneta collar, a fanciful hat or a Louis Vuitton leash, man’s best friend also might be man’s best dressed friend. SE —By M.C. SUSSMAN

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ROBERT BEER “My grandfather is my number one inspiration to this day,” said Robert, “and I always feel he’s looking down smiling at me because I’m carrying on his legacy.”

For Robert Beer, building homes is more than a business. It’s a calling. “I build every house as if I’m building for myself,” says Robert, president of RB Shore Development, a luxury homebuilder whose portfolio encompasses custom and spec houses. “I’m very passionate about what I’m doing.” His own home, which he purchased 15 years ago, bears witness to that zeal. Situated on about four acres in a Brookville enclave notable for its pristine properties and privacy, he transformed the once-dilapidated 4,000-square-foot house into a 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, 4½-bath residence where luxury, comfort and coziness coalesce to form a sprawling dwelling with contemporary interiors. Designed as a farm ranch, it boasts three floors for added living space.

In many ways, the house’s great room and master bedroom suite illustrate Robert’s trained eye for detail. The stylishly white kitchen, with top-of-the line appliances and Carrera marble countertops, shares a 16-foot vaulted ceiling with an airy family room furnished with ever-so-plush seating. Antique barn siding imbues the grand area with warmth and texture. Another 16-foot vaulted ceiling, with a hanging crystal chandelier, provides the wow factor in the master bedroom, akin to a peaceful hideaway. The en suite bathroom is a spa lover’s dream, with its freestanding tub, an electronic steam shower illuminated with LED lighting and a smattering of mood-inducing votive candles. The markings of the good life continue outdoors, which is dotted with a tennis court, in-ground pool, one-bedroom pool house, stone fireplace and hot tub – amenities that help make the house a welcoming place for family and friends. But now, with his daughter, Madison, 15, and son, Ryder, 12, living with their mother in Los Angeles, Robert spends much of his spare time on the coast. And it doesn’t look as though that will change anytime soon. Madison is on the fast-track to stardom, a path that began just two years ago when she started posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. Pop star Justin Bieber took notice, not only tweeting a link to Madison’s performance of Etta James’ “At Last” to his millions of followers, but connecting her to his big-league manager, Scooter Braun. Madison has since become Braun’s client and Bieber personally facilitated her recording contract with Island Records. So with his kids in California, Robert has put his Brookville manse on the market for $2.8 million. “My pool and the tennis court haven’t been used for two years,” says Robert, who is contemplating downsizing to a townhouse or moving to one of the luxe spreads he has built on spec. And like his current Brookville digs, those spec properties dazzle with architectural features and amenities. Among the

tom-built luxury market. Last December, his firm broke ground on a 6,100-square-foot home in East Hills’ Country Estates. Designed for a family with three boys, the house will feature an underground basketball court – as well as a spectator viewing area. Michael J. Wallin, Robert’s go-to architect, creates the exterior designs and the interior floor plans, while Robert guides clients throughout the development and construction process, as well as provides input on everything from the millwork to the door handles. “Tell me what your budget is, and I can create a specification sheet and estimate that matches it,” says Robert, whose projects have ranged anywhere from $180 to $500 per squarefoot, not including land prices.

“Tell me what your budget is, and I can create a specification sheet and estimate that matches it,” says Robert, whose projects have ranged anywhere from $180 to $500 per square-foot, not including land prices.

most noteworthy is a 7,200-square-foot shingle-style home situated on two acres in Old Westbury. Set against Old Westbury College’s polo fields, the $6.8 million residence encompasses six bedrooms, 6½ baths, a media room and a mahogany-paneled library. Its generously proportioned family room features a 17-foot long door opening, which leads to a patio and a negative edge pool abutting lush grounds. Robert also has carved out a name for himself in the cus-

Robert’s passion for the construction business is genetic. His maternal grandfather, Morris Sosnow, was a master builder, constructing tens of thousands of Long Island homes, from New Hyde Park to Wading River. A Jewish immigrant from Poland, who initially earned a living peddling fur coats, Sosnow became a developer in 1946, ultimately leaving his lasting imprint on the residential landscape on Long Island and beyond -- with subdivisions like East and West Birchwood in Jericho and Birchwood at Spring Lake in Middle Island, as well Birchwood Towers in Bay Terrace, Queens, the iconic Gramercy Park Towers in Manhattan and housing developments in Gainesville, Virginia and Baltimore. Before his death in 2000, Sosnow averaged 250 homes a year. He also developed many commercial properties, such as the Jericho Atrium. During school vacations and following his graduation from Boston University, Robert immersed himself in his grandfather’s business. From the bottom up, he learned the ins and outs of building, estimating and scheduling. To his grandfather’s enterprise, Robert brought youthful zest and innovation, including introducing a computer program that integrated scheduling with purchasing and reduced waste. After his grandfather’s business was sold 13 years ago to Kimco Realty, Robert hung out his own shingle. His entrepreneurial spirits, as well as his palate, have since led him to become a Red Mango franchise owner and a partner in Nisen Sushi, which has locations in Melville, Commack and Smithtown. “My grandfather is my number one inspiration to this day,” says Robert, “and I always feel he’s looking down smiling at me because I’m carrying on his legacy.”

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Eataly NYC, 200 5th Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets is a delightful gourmet food marketplace with bustling cafes, a focacceria, a gelateria and sit-down restaurants where Italian fare rules. Regularly scheduled cooking classes highlight different regions of Italy. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Eataly’s high-profile owners include Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali. 40 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY

From the High Line, stroll through Chelsea where the Rubin Museum, replete with Himalayan art, now occupies the stunning building that was formerly Barneys, a chic clothing emporium.

Long Island may offer ‘the good life,’ but Manhattan never ceases to beckon. From world-class restaurants to cultural attractions, unparalleled entertainment and limitless shopping, “the city” provides boundless ways to spend an enjoyable day. Here are some suggestions for places to visit on a Manhattan foray. Pick and choose from the following or plan a more ambitious trip to include extra museums and eateries. If you’re truly an early bird and can brave the cold, start your day standing outside during the NBC Today Show taping at the Today Plaza located in Rockefeller Center. Broadcasting starts at 7 a.m., but arrive before 6 a.m. to pass through security on 48th Street and secure a good spot. If you like to walk and relish the idea of

enue between 23rd and 24th streets is a delightful gourmet food marketplace with bustling cafes, a focacceria, a gelateria and sit-down restaurants where Italian fare rules. Regularly scheduled cooking classes highlight different regions of Italy. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Eataly’s high-profile owners include Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali. To enjoy a quieter lunch with outstanding views of Central Park and a dollop of culture, visit the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle (madmuseum. org). Stroll through the exhibits of exquisite jewelry, glass and furnishings created by American artists before heading upstairs to their restaurant, Robert (robertnyc.com). Appetizers include a butternut squash and


seeing the city from above, check out the High Line (thehighline.org). Vistas include the Meatpacking District, Chelsea and the Hudson River. Originally built in the 1930s as an elevated freight railway the 30-foot high structure was once abandoned. In 2009, it was revitalized and turned into a “park in the sky,” stretching from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues. Warm up with a hot cup of java and sweeten the day with a baked goodie at Blue Bottle Coffee on the High Line at West 15th Street. Or stop by Melt Bakery, also on West 15th Street for scrumptious chocolate cookies. From the High Line, stroll through Chelsea where the Rubin Museum, replete with Himalayan art, now occupies the stunning building that was formerly Barneys, a chic clothing emporium. Not far away, Eataly NYC, 200 5th Av-

asparagus salad with Bhutanese red rice or decadent Foie Lollipops. Pastas abound, filled with edamame, ricotta and lemon and thyme beurre blanc or gnocchi with baby kale, goat cheese and pancetta. Main courses range from branzino to the Hudson Valley duck breast. Among the stores atThe Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center are upscale boutiques such as Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Tourneau. Top- tier restaurants Masa and Per Se also call this complex home. In the mood for an afternoon delight? Stop for a sweet encounter at Serendipity3 (serendipity3.com) 225 East 60th Street, where the big draw is the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. On chillier days, opt for the Serendipitous Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream, grated orange, cinnamon

and shaved French chocolate. For a grand finale that holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive ice cream sundae, order the $1,000 Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae 48 hours in advance. This delectable treat starts with three scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanil-

starts at 5 p.m. and ticket holders need to arrive at 30 Rockefeller Plaza no later than 3:40 p.m. (Free tickets can be reserved at www.showclix.com/event/thetonightshowstarringjimmyfalllon.) Though admission is not guaranteed, standby tickets also are available before 9 a.m. the day of the taping under the NBC Studios marquee on the 49th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. For dinner, head to the Lower East Side. At Dirty French in the Ludlow Hotel (180 Ludlow Street, (212) 254-3000, dirtyfrench. com.) glittering chandeliers and a woodbeamed ceiling form the backdrop for this restaurant created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. The culinary experience features enhanced classic French bistro fare with starters like tuna tartar, crepe Indochine or the Salmon Maison. For the main course, seafood lovers will savor the brook trout with sesame and dried apricots or porgy with green tomato and Cajun spices. Carnivores might share the chicken and crepes; indulge in the Duck


la beans, covered in 23 karat, edible gold leaf and drizzled with ultra-pricey Amedei Porceleana chocolate, covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate and candied fruits from Fauchon in Paris, gold dragnets and chocolate truffles. Topping it off is a tiny glass bowl of Grande Passion caviar, infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. The over-the-top sundae is served in a $350 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet, which the customer gets to take home. Entertainment options abound. Although the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., taping

a l’Orange or the lamb saddle. Top off the meal with a lemon tart with almonds and toasted meringue or chocolate ganache cake with pistachio yogurt. Among the must-see shows on Broadway are long-running winners like “The Lion King,” the highest grossing Broadway production. Savor Long Island’s own Idina Menzel in “If/Then,” returning to Broadway after her Tony Award-winning performance in “Wicked,” or Hugh Jackman in “The River.” Or take in a grand performance at the Metropolitan Opera, a concert at Lincoln Center or an off-Broadway play. SE SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 41



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Now is the perfect time to consider the cosmetic surgery procedure that you have been dreaming of, and to get into your best possible shape for the holiday season. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg is thrilled to announce his new, state of the art, cosmetic surgery center and spa in Woodbury. Dr. Greenberg has been on the forefront of cosmetic plastic surgery for years and now he has expanded his practice to a brand new facility that is over 9,000 square-feet. Located on Crossways Park Drive in Woodbury, his new facility is conveniently located by several major highways. It includes a beautiful ambulatory surgical center, a med-spa, and injection center and a modern, spacious waiting room. Diet and exercise are the best ways to help stay healthy and keep in shape, but supplementing a healthy lifestyle with cosmetic surgery procedures will leave you in the best shape that you can be in…healthy and beautiful, both inside and out! Let Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., be your guide. This nationally known plastic surgeon has appeared in many magazines, on television, as well as hosting his own radio shows. He is often a featured speaker at many women’s groups, temples, country clubs and medical seminars. Dr. Greenberg is Board certified and a perfectionist who strives for beautiful, natural-looking results. He was voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon on Long Island for 2014 by the Long Island Press as well as a Platinum Winner in the Hampton’s Dan’s Papers Best of the Best Contest for Cosmetic & Laser Treatments. Dr. Greenberg has also hired a new associate Ari S. Hoschander, M.D., who

is available to provide a full array of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, including pediatric plastic surgery, breast reconstruction, treatments of skin cancer, as well as body and extremity reconstruction. Using only the latest technology and most current procedures, Dr. Greenberg can meet the needs of anyone from today’s top movie star to the ‘soccer mom’ next door. Breast augmentation, breast lifts and breast reductions provide beautiful, natural looking results. Combining these procedures with liposuction, tummy tuck, body lift, facelift, eyelid lift or other non-surgical services is most effective. Regardless of which procedures you select, the focus of Dr. Greenberg is to make his patients as happy and as beautiful as they can be by turning back

Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg is thrilled to announce his new, state of the art, cosmetic surgery center and spa in Woodbury. Dr. Greenberg has been on the forefront of cosmetic plastic surgery for years and now he has expanded his practice to a brand new facility that is over 9,000 square-feet. the hands of time in a caring, safe and supportive environment. The latest techniques have been perfected to offer Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck and facelift patients a truly “rapid recovery.” Minimal swelling and bruising, coupled with a notably decreased recovery time, have resulted in proven patient satisfaction. Recognizing the need for patients to quickly return to their normal activities, “rapid recovery” ensures both excellent results and faster recovery time. Dr. Greenberg offers complimentary consultations at his new Woodbury location as well as his Southampton and Park Avenue offices. To schedule an appointment, you can call 516-364-4200 or email docstg@aol.com. You can also visit his website at www.GreenbergCosmeticSurgery.com

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From living green walls that help you breathe to etiquette-friendly bracelets that let you know when your cell phone is ringing, and gadgets that fly, luxury surveyed the market to cherry-pick the best of what’s trending now. 1. Bridging the gap between the convenience and comfort of at-home fitness with the energy and motivation of a group fitness class is the Peloton Cycle. Geared to “Spin” addicts, this state-of-the-art cycling wonder provides frictionless magnetic resistance and a near-silent belt drive. A water resistant, HD touch screen tablet that is Wifi and Bluetooth- enabled streams live or on-demand classes straight to your bike at a monthly service charge of $39. 

2. A phone on the table is, well, rude. Missing important phone calls due to an unfindable phone at the bottom of a handbag is decidedly frustrating. Now style-conscious moms and ladies who lunch can stay connected and not be disrupted. Beacon and Lively’s comfortably chic bracelet shoots a beam of light across your wrist signaling someone important is trying to reach you. It can be custom color-coded to suit your needs: a red light for your significant other; a blue light for the babysitter. 3. For the guys, celebrated designer Michael Bastian teamed up with computer giant HP to launch the MB , a 44 mm stainless steel “smart watch” that provides email and text notifications plus real-time



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alerts for weather, sports and stocks. “It needed to be a link, not a replacement, to your phone, so a lot of extraneous features could be eliminated to make the experience and function of the watch more intuitive and streamlined for the wearer,” Bastian says. 4. Looking to rent a private island for your wife’s special birthday or daughter’s Sweet 16? In the market for a trip to Los Angeles including red-carpet access to the Oscars? SMARTFLYER, a new breed of travel concierge, is based on creative, one-of-a kind experiences with unique, customized itineraries crafted for the leisure or corporate traveler. Its worldwide team of travel experts have unparalleled industry connections. All

you have worry about is what to pack. 5. If you’d rather travel by road, get on the wait-list for the Tesla Model X crossover. Tesla’s most family friendly design boasts seating for seven passengers with easy access to third row seating. Every model comes standard with functional Falcon wing doors and dual-motor all wheel drive. 6. Looking for a little breathing room? Try going green. Vertical gardens or Living Walls protect your home from toxins and save energy by creating a natural sheet of insulation. The lush plantings also provide significant health benefits by removing formaldehyde, VOC solvents, carbon monoxide and many other


harmful pollutants. Michael Maderash, principal designer for Kokobo Greenscapes, says the trend ranges from “starting small with a 3 X 3 square in a kitchen filled with basil and mint for homemade mojitos to a 6,000 square-foot rooftop garden as an entertaining centerpiece.” 

Charlotte Tilbury, the celebrated artist behind A-list faces like Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez. And no shoulder should be without a “Bucket Bag,” the ultimate marriage of form and function that is blessing fashion runways for spring.

7/8. Accessories have never been so much fun. For him, get in line for a Nixie, a wrist-mounted drone camera that leaps into the air to snap an action “selfie” before landing right back on your wrist. Or, try a Skully, a motorcycle helmet with head-up displays such as road layouts, GPS mapping and rear camera viewed fighter pilot style.

11. And, for the kid in all of us: Aim high with a 14 megapixel camera drone that snaps pictures or records high definition video seen live on your smartphone. The autonomous f light system allows the drone to hover in place or stay on course, providing time to focus. A rechargeable battery provides 25 minutes of f light time while built-in firmware prevents the copter from f lying into restricted airspace. SE

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PAMPERED IN PAR ADISE On a small metal platform perched high above the Costa Rican rainforest, there’s barely room for me and a few others, but apparently plenty of space for my fear of heights. Below, the leafy treetops form a lush green blanket that harbors a hidden world teeming with life: howler monkeys; vibrantly–colored scarlet macaws that send streaks of color across the greenery as they flit from branch to leafy branch; sloths hanging languorously in the trees; and much more. Arenal, Costa Rica’s most active volcano looms in the distance.


Our guide instructs me to cross my ankles, bend my knees and lean back. I do as asked and then gravity takes over. I’m suddenly careening through the rainforest on a zipline. All that separates me from falling into the wilderness are metal locks and cables on the harness strapped to my body. Seconds after an initial surge of adrenaline, I’m loving the experience. I feel the rush of air against my face, break into a smile and let out a “wooo-hoooo” as a whir of panoramic images appears before me. The second

platform rushes into view and soon my feet are firmly on the high structure. I’m exhilarated at the prospect of 12 more zipline platforms to go. Back at my hotel, I luxuriate in a warm soak in tranquil thermal pools as the muscle tension melts away. Later, I gently fall asleep with visions of Arenal outside my window. Located in Central America, about the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica encompasses 12 microclimates, from dense tropical forests to shimmering beaches and

By LINDA TAGLIAFERRO cool cloud forests. Eco-tourism reigns in this politically stable country. Onequarter of Costa Rica’s territory includes national parks and other pristine areas. About five percent of the earth’s plant and animal species call Costa Rica home. An astounding 1300 species of orchids thrive here, as do over 800 types of birds. Direct flights from New York take about five hours to San Jose, the capital or Liberia, in the Guanacaste region, on the Pacific Coast. Many visitors drive several hours to further destinations.


I spent one adventure-packed week in this ecological gem. It’s impossible to see the whole country in that short time; and getting from one area to another often involves circuitous routes. I stayed on the Pacific coast, exploring the Arenal area and Manuel Antonio National Park’s lush expanses. There, I took a one-mile guided walk through trails surrounded by a rainforest where iridescent blue morpho butterflies flitted lazily and hidden howler monkeys made gruff sounds like deep-voiced dogs barking in the distance. As most of the wildlife in rainforests reside in the canopy and never descends to the ground, our guide set up a telescope to show us slumbering sloths high in the treetops, iguanas hidden within towering branches, and raucous monkeys. Eventually, the shady trail ended and revealed a stunning white sand beach where we swam in sapphire-blue, warm waters before heading back. SE

Costa Rica offers highadrenaline activities including surfing and canyoning, but visitors don’t have to sacrifice luxury. Numerous decidedly upscale venues promise to pamper you after your daily adventures. Here’s a sampling of the superior services you’ll receive at several venues.

Los Sueños Resort & Marina www.lsrm.com Some of the most luxurious long-term rentals in twoor-three bedroom condos or houses can be found at Los Sueños, an 1100-acre community with a private 600-acre rainforest reserve. The marina offers full and half-day fishing trips for marlin, wahoo and more. For a charge, condos and house guests can use spa, restaurants and tour desk at the Los Sueños Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort on the property.

The Springs Resort and Spa www.thespringscostarica.com With unparalleled views of Arenal, this upscale resort features a series of landscaped pools with water from natural, hot mineral springs, perfect for unwinding after an active day and a 14,000-square-foot spa featuring treatments with botanical ingredients and therapeutic volcanic clays harvested on-property. The concierge can arrange horseback riding tours, hiking, kayaking, fishing, waterfall rappelling and more. Stay at the 2060-square-foot Presidential Villa; or follow in the footsteps of actor Will Smith and his family by renting a combination of the villa and the Palm Bunglalow for a total of 3000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space with three buildings connected by covered walkways and gardens. The center building has a Great Room, full kitchen and dining area and features a heated infinity pool. Adjoining buildings include master bedrooms with marble-lined baths, Jacuzzis and indoor and outdoor garden showers. Villa guests also enjoy access to the resort’s hot springs and pools.

Parador Resort & Spa www.hotelparador.com Surrounded by Manuel Antonio National Park, this upscale hotel and spa lies minutes away from the rainforest’s exotic biodiversity and shimmering beaches, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and parasailing. The resort’s 12 verdant acres feature nature trails and dramatic cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean. Parador also offers on-premises tours led by experienced naturalists. Their Mystery of the Night tour provides glimpses of nocturnal creatures including Costa Rica’s famed green tree frogs. Parador’s lavish two-bedroom, three-bath penthouse has two balconies, one with a Jacuzzi and 360-degrees views of Manuel Antonio and a kitchen where a gourmet chef can prepare dinner for you and yours. The resort also has four restaurants. SE



Zephyr Palace www.zephyrpalace.com Rent an entire hilltop mansion or just one of its seven themed suites, one with its own gym. With panoramic views of the rainforest below and the Nicoya Gulf, the well-appointed mansion includes access to amenities at its sister property, Villa Caletas, with its Serenity Spa, gourmet restaurants, infinity pool and amphitheater with picture postcard-worthy sunsets. A one-and-a-half hour ride from the San Jose airport, the mansion features a shuttle to the private beach below and a concierge to arrange day trips.



Q & A: Real Estate Law

Buying or selling a luxury home is an important and often complex transaction for both buyers and sellers. To help alleviate unnecessary stress when dealing with distressed properties, we asked three top Long Island residential real estate lawyers to provide guidance. What are the risks associated with buying from a “distressed” seller? How do you protect your clients?

Lori Wasserstein, Esq.

Glenn Riegler, Esq.

Asaf A. German, Esq.:

When purchasing property from a distressed seller, a buyer must understand the risks associated with the purchase of distressed properties.

How do you know a property is “distressed” or owned by a person who lacks sufficient funds to pay the property’s operating expenses and present financial debt.  The answer may be obvious: the property is marketed as “distressed,” the property is in foreclosure, the seller is in bankruptcy or owes more on their mortgage than the property is worth.  The seller may be upfront about it. If not, what are telltale signs of distress?

Risks associated with buying a property from a distressed seller may include potential issues such as housing and building violations, open building permits, missing certificates of occupancy/compliance, unpaid real estate taxes as well as judgments and liens that may be attached to the property. Distressed sellers are not discriminatory. Property owners from the luxury home market to more modest homes can fall into a distressed situation. This may be due to financial hardship, medical reasons, divorce or other life altering events.

Risk 1: The seller may not have the funds to maintain the condition of the property. The purchaser should be prepared to accept the property “as is” and budget to perform all needed repairs after the closing. Risk 2: Most distressed sellers have other judgments/ violations that have been filed against the property that require payment at closing. The total of these judgments may exceed the purchase price. If the seller does not have the funds to payoff these judgments the transaction may be cancelled. A buyer should run a judgment search before going to contract. Risk 3: Foreclosure proceedings may have begun against the seller’s property. If the foreclosure action is too far along, the seller may no longer be able to sell the property and must cancel the transaction. The buyer must be prepared to be patient and wait for the distressed seller to be able to deliver clear title or be fully informed of the associated risks. While we cannot predict every risk imaginable there are certain steps that can be taken to minimize the risks. We suggest: Order a judgment/lien search before signing contracts. Include language in the contract of sale providing a specific date, allowing the buyer to cancel the transaction. Monitor expenditures. Even if funds are spent on inspections, bank fees and attorneys, these sums may be lost if the transaction cannot ultimately close. The ultimate goal for the buyer is to complete the transaction and own the home. As real estate attorneys, it is our job to make that happen while protecting the buyer. Lori Wasserstein, Esq. is a partner at Santucci & Wasserstein, LLP. She has been a general practice attorney for more than 20 years specializing in Real Estate transactions. Her website is www.santucciwasserstein.com. Lori can be reached at 516-933-1515 or via email at Lori@ sandwattorneys.com.


1. The seller is asking for a price below apparent market value. 2. Property in serious disrepair.   3. Property taxes are delinquent.   4. Tenants may be complaining about the property or owner. 5. Mechanics’ liens filed. Improvements made cannot pay for them. 6. Seller has numerous judgments or tax liens.. As attorneys, we must manage our client’s expectations from the beginning. Buying distressed property is not like buying non-distressed property.  There are always hurdles and bumps in the road to closing, and the odds the transaction will fail altogether are greater due to financial and psychological stress on the seller and/or the seller being in serious default under its mortgage loan. Therefore, attorneys should thoroughly explain to the client the basics of distressed sale, short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy process.  Discussing the likely scenarios that may play out among buyer, seller and seller’s lender are key so that clients are prepared to endure greater uncertainties, longer delays, and incur more expenses. With distressed properties, contingencies need to be thought out which will allow buyer to terminate the transaction if certain conditions are not met, such as a time limit to close or if the premise deteriorates beyond what was originally contracted for.  A complete building inspection is critical. The buyer should have the right to full access to the building to complete such an inspection. In 2000, Glenn S. Riegler, Esq. and David H. Berkowitz started Riegler & Berkowitz, a boutique law firm specializing in various areas of the law including, but not limited to, residential and commercial Real Estate transactions, personal injury, criminal, DWI, traffic, civil and commercial litigation. Glenn can be reached at griegler@rblegal.com or 631-608-4114. His website is www.rblegal.com. His offices are located at 532 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 111, Melville.

The primary element a client must consider when purchasing any distressed home, condominium/ townhouse, cooperative or vacant land is hiring a skilled, experienced, local and accessible real estate attorney. I built my practice around the phrase “Knowledge is Power.” A key to protecting a client purchasing a distressed property or buying from a distressed seller is knowing what to look for with respect to potential issues and how to resolve those issues immediately. A knowledgeable real estate attorney will know when an issue may be insurmountable and when it may be in the client’s best interest to find another property instead of wasting valuable time and money. Problems to overcome when purchasing a distressed property may include tax liens attached to the sellers’ property exceeding the sales price of the property or missing certificates of occupancy that can take months to secure when the purchaser is anxious for a “quick closing.” Purchasing from a distressed seller can also be difficult when the actual legal owner of the property is an estate and the court issued estate state paperwork is not in order. Lengthy estate proceedings may be necessary, delaying a transaction and preventing any closing for months. Asaf A. German, Esq. is the senior attorney in the law firm of Asaf A. German, P.C. with offices in Woodbury, Manhasset and Smithtown. He has successfully represented and consummated thousands of real estate transactions for luxury home buyers and sellers. An innovative leader in the local real estate field, he also presents real estate lectures to agents and attorneys about current market conditions and problem solving solutions. Asaf can be reached at Agerman@germanpc.com





It’s a contemporary home lover’s dream come true. At 88 Old House Lane, a modern statue stands sentry at the gated entry, welcoming visitors down a circular concrete tile and grass driveway to a spectacular new 16,000-square-foot post-modern architectural home on a shy four-acre Sands Point lot with a golf green, private beach and stunning views of the Long Island Sound. A yellow Ferrari, included in the purchase price (available on request) is strategically parked out front. On the front lawn is a whimsical sculpture of a couple playing chess. A square window in the massive wood front door provides a glimpse inside this sprawling yet minimalist, eco-friendly, low maintenance synthetic-walled, flat-roofed home.

Soaring ceilings and open floor plan elicits an immediate ‘Wow!’ Light pours through floor to ceiling windows, illuminating striking pieces of avant-garde art. Neutral Italian porcelain tile floors with radiant heat run throughout the great room. The super-sized eight-bedroom, ninefull-and-four-half bath post-modern resort home is being sold fully furnished, with contemporary decor by Roche Bobois. “I’m telling my builders to build furnished,” said Shawn Elliott, the listing broker. “It’s a turnkey situation.” The great room has multiple seating clusters, a large rectangular formal dining table and a more casual round table. Four orange lounge chairs form a circle near the back windows overlooking the Sound.

To one side is a Ferrari red billiards room, a dreamy man cave with a fully equipped bar with a granite countertop and three fullsize wine refrigerators accommodating 450 bottles. An open river rock fireplace divides the great room from a sunken den. Behind it is a sleek, minimalist Eggersman kitchen with hidden Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, a Miele built-in microwave and cappuccino maker. With a breakfast bar overlooking a sunken den and the backyard and Long Island Sound beyond, the kitchen is a natural space for guests to hang out. Based on days gone by when kitchens were hidden from the formal areas of fancy homes, behind this show kitchen is a second, working kitchen with double Gaggenau oven and cook-

top, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances. A glass wall in the sunken den overlooks the lower level spa. The dramatic two-story space includes a 50-foot indoor pool, fountain, hot tub and a kitchen with dining bar. Behind the indoor pool area is a sauna, steam room and a Zen-inspired massage room with blue LED lighting. Glass sliders open to a terrace with an outdoor kitchen. An entertainment mecca, the lower level also has a seating area overlooking a half basketball/full racquetball court and a fully-equipped gym with water views. A home theater with couch seating shares space with a $100,000 golf/media simulator that allows players to virtually play any resort course in the world. Suspended cable floating staircases



bracket the great room. An elevator near a side entrance also provides access to the lower and upper levels. Overlooking the great room is a lounge with a clear surround and a library. The six second-floor bedrooms include a master suite with a floating fireplace, his-and-hers closets and bathrooms. Hers has a soaking tub and a heated, self-cleaning toilet. Remote control shades open to reveal a long terrace overlooking the lawn and the Sound. A second master suite also has a roof deck. A bridge links the master suite to the children’s wing. Next to an rooftop organic garden and a rooftop lounge is a tee box for golfers aiming for a green ninety yards 56 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY

away on the lawn below. A sculpture enveloping three hammocks also beckons. This sumptuous home features a five-car heated garage. Included in the deal is a golf cart to traverse the lawn to the sandy beach. The home’s state-of-the-art mechanicals include closed loop geothermal heating and cooling and a “smart house” audio visual system. The house is on track to be the largest LEED-certified environmentally sensitive residence in the country. The buyer of this ultimate turnkey home will also receive the services of a driver, a housekeeper and a private chef for a year. Price available on request. Call Shawn Elliott at (516) 695-6349. SE





23 Luxury homes to be built to your custom specifications. The Oak Hill development in Dix Hills offers the finest level design and construction. Home sizes range from approximately 5,000 to To inquire about more information on Oak Hill please call Shawn Elliott at (516) 695.6349Â or (516) 364.4663 Ext. 111 Email: Oakhill@shawnelliott.com

6,500 square-feet on one-acre parcels. Oak Hill is located in Half Hollow School District #5. Prices start just below $2 million.

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Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185










Price Upon Request For information please contact Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

OLD WESTBURY— NEW CONSTRUCTION— COMPLETION 2015 All Brick Center Hall 6200 Sq Ft Colonial On 2+ Flat Acres In New Gated Development Of 16 Homes (Hidden Pond). 7 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths. Designer Gourmet EIK w/Professional Appliances plus Breakfast Area. High Ceilings, Oak Floors Throughout, Magnificent Finishes, Granite/Marble. Full Finished Basement w/9’ Ceilings: Home Gym, Media Room, Wine Room, Game Room, Bedroom/Office, Full Bath. 3 Car Garage. Gunite Inground Pool, Stone Patios, Full Landscaping, IGS + So Much More. Still Time To Customize

$4,900,000 Contact Barbara Bucovetsky 516-428-2016 Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



OLD WESTBURY—New Construction. The Ultimate In Luxury Living In Prestigious Hidden Pond Enjoy this Spectacular 7100 square foot 6 Bedroom, 5 Full and 3 Half Bath Shingle and Stone Hampton Style Masterpiece Built by RB Shore Development. Situated on 2 Gated Acres of Professionally Landscaped and Manicured Property, This Residence Showcases A Gambrel Roof, Copper Gutters and a Courtyard Driveway with Belgium Block Curbs and Aprons. An Inviting In-Ground Negative Edge Pool, Overlooks Approximately 500 Breathtaking Acres of Equestrian Property and Vistas of the Polo Fields. Wraparound Masonry Patios, Trellis Shade Structures and an Outdoor Built in BBQ showcase the Exquisite Attention to Detail Employed throughout the Exterior as well as the Interior of this “Superb” New Construction. Highlights include an Expansive Open Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen Featuring Marble Countertops, Center Island and Professional Appliances plus a Glass Filled Sunlit Breakfast Room with Soaring TowerVaulted Ceiling. The Kitchen opens to Warm and Inviting Family Room and a Handsome Mahogany Library. The Luxurious Master Suite with Romantic Fireplace, includes a Radiant Heated Marble Spa Bath and Custom California Style Closets. Other Prime Features Include: Coffered Ceilings, Extensive Hand Crafted Mill Work, Wide Planked Wood Floors, Generator, Wiring for Today’s Technology, plus a Full 3500 Square Foot Finished Lower Level offering a Great Room, Media Room, Bedroom with Full Bath and Outside Walkout Access. This prestigious Residence Exudes an Unparalleled Execution of Style, Grace and Exceptional Quality. Gold Coast Luxury Living at its Best. Jericho Schools.

Price Upon Request

Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743

NEW CONSTRUCTION – French Chateau With A R egal A ir In Sands Point Enjoy This Exquisite Palatial Estate Sited On 2 Glorious Gated Acres Showing The Finest European Craftsmanship With The Use Of Unparalleled Imported Materials. Meticulous Highlights Include 30 Ft Entry Foyer, Opulent Marble Staircase, Plaster Moldings, 22 Zones of Radiant Heat, Ballroom With 30 Ft ceiling and Fireplace. A One of a Kind Onyx Lounge-Like Powder Room, Chef’s Kitchen, Master Suite Fit For Royalty. Spectacular Lower Level With Luxurious Home Theater. Complete Smart House With iPad in Every Room. Resort-Like Salt Water Mosaic Tiled Pool. This Estate Is Truly An Architectural Masterpiece and Exemplifies the Epitome of Luxury Living.

$9,995,000 For A Private Viewing Please Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185





This new, waterfront, modern, architectural 15,000 sq ft home has it all. Just shy of 4 Acres featuring a Private Beach, this eight bedroom, nine-full and four-half bath post modern resort is located in prestigious Sands Point. As you enter the driveway, the views of picturesque Long Island Sound will take your breath away. The Eggersman kitchen is sleek with a minimalist design. Behind it, a second working kitchen incorporates Sub Zero, Miele and Gaggenau appliances. The billiard room is designed in Ferrari red with a full bar. Steel floating staircases with mahogany treads lead to the upper level, which features a master suite with a fireplace, his & her baths and closets, a sitting room, and upstairs lounge overlooking the great room, and the family bedrooms. This home boasts Italian porcelain tile floors throughout, as well as an elevator to all floors, Lutron lighting and a complete smart house system... It is much more than just AV. Lower level is a Mecca of entertainment; it begins with a sitting area overlooking a basketball court, a home theater that doubles as a $100,000 golf simulator. The indoor pool has a hot tub, 20 foot ceilings, a full spa area including a sauna, a steam room and a massage room with LED lighting. A roof deck offers spectacular views of the Long Island Sound and a tee box with a 90 yard shot to the golf green on the lawn. There is a par 3 and putting green. Just beyond the gate is a private beach. 5 car garage, House comes fully furnished by Roche Bobois. Enjoy a housekeeper, driver and chef for a year.

Price Upon Request

Contact Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

BROOKVILLE Built by The Worrell Group, this magnificent 7,000+ square foot stone and masonry stucco manor home is situated in Brookville on 2 professionally landscaped acres. Featuring 5 bedrooms and 5 ½ baths, this stately new construction to be built represents the ultimate in luxury living, and features extraordinary craftsmanship, exceptional design, and exquisite architectural detail throughout. Entrance foyer with stone floor, raised panel moldings, and arched paneled entries to formal living and dining room. Formal living room with custom millwork and carved stone fireplace. Formal dining room with custom trim ceiling and paneled walls. Family room features a coffered ceiling and stone fireplace. Gourmet kitchen features beautifully milled cabinetry, center island, professional grade appliances, and butler’s pantry. Library with coffered ceiling and French doors. Master bedroom with double stepped ceiling and marble fireplace, and a luxurious marble master bath with steam shower and Bain Ultra freestanding air tub. 10 foot ceilings first floor, 9-11 foot ceilings second floor, and custom millwork throughout. 400 amp service, 4-zone air conditioning, high efficiency gas boiler, security system, and central vacuum system. Exterior features blue stone stoops and patios, stone retaining walls, sprinkler system, and underground utilities. Complete with Jericho schools

Price Upon Request Contact John Messina 516-241-0761


4500 square foot colonial-style home to be built on a professionally landscaped acre with amazing pond views. Mahogany front door with sidelights and two-story entry. Master suite with large balcony overlooking the pond, walk-in closets, and spa-like master bathroom. Four additional bedrooms with large walk-in closets, three full bathrooms, and tastefully appointed powder room. Second master bedroom with en suite bathroom on main floor. Coffered ceiling in great room with fireplace. Large formal dining and living rooms. Custom kitchen featuring white cabinetry, beautiful counter-tops, stainless steel Thermador pro-style appliances, and a butler’s pantry. Designer faucets and fixtures throughout. 10’ ceiling height on first floor and 9’ ceilings in basement. Hardwood flooring and exquisite mill-work, three car garage, energy efficient HVAC. Syosset School district.

Price Upon Request Contact John Messina 516-241-0761

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185







New Construction underway and to be completed by December 2014. 13,000 sq ft., Including a 5000 sq ft Lower Level. This Brick Colonial is One of 12 Estates on 2.5 Acres in a Multi-Million Dollar Gated Private Community. Designed by One of The North Shores Premiere Architects with Attention to the Amenities Our Customers are Requesting. Included are a Court Yard Entrance, High Ceilings on Three Levels, Elevator, Custom Crown Moldings, Radiant Heated Floors, Wine Cellar and IG Heated Pool. An Enormous Master Suite With His and Her Private Baths, Huge Walk In Closets and Balcony Plus Four Additional En Suite Bedrooms. Can Customize Exterior Brick Color Now. Call for Appointment to View Plans and Location. Locust Valley Schools.


OLD WESTBURY—NEWLY CONSTRUCTED Location, Location! Sequestered On a Private Road , Accessing both the LIE and Northern State, While Insuring the Integrity of Your Privacy. This Five Bedroom, Five and a Half Bath Brick Colonial , Balanced on Two Flat Acres. Completed Spring 2015 with A Fully Finished Lower Level including Movie Theatre, Wine Cellar, Bar, Bed, Bath. Some Home Features ;Elevator, Modern Kitchen, Family Room, Library, Main Floor Guest Room and Bath, Formal Dining Room, Formal Grand Salon and Elevator. East Williston SD. Offered at $5,285,000.00 Please Call or Text Ryan or Francine for Preview

Price Upon Request

Contact Francine Eisenberg 516-449-8738 or Ryan Gallagher 631-335-3207


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185


BROOKVILLE 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

BROOKVILLE— European Inspired Colonial Prominently Sited on 2 Gated Acres of Beautifully Landscaped Property, This Gated Architectural Masterpiece With Outstanding Custom Finishes Throughout, Offers Six Bedrooms And Six And One Half Baths, Plus Amenities That Will Surpass Every Expectation. A Few Highlights Include A Chef’s Kitchen Adorned With A Carrara Marble Center Island, Coffered Ceiling, Formal Dining Room, Formal Living Room, Sun Room, Four Fireplaces, Handsome Paneled Library, And A Magnificent Finished Lower Level With Sliding Doors To The Expansive Rear Property. Permit For Pool Is In Place. This Residence Represents The Ultimate In Luxury Living On The Gold Coast. Jericho Schools

$3,099,000 Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



BROOKVILLE— The R anch on Fire L ane #3 “Builder’s Own” Spectacular Gated Sprawling Farm Ranch resting on 3.29 Premium Captivating Flat Useable Acres Offering Extreme Privacy and Luxury. The Magnificent Grand Custom Kitchen Features Elegant Carrara Marble Countertops and an Oversized Carrara Marble Center Island Opening To A Sunlit Warm and Inviting Family Room with Custom Built-ins and Soaring Ceilings Overlooking the Expansive and Professionally Landscaped Property. A Main Floor Master Suite offers His & Her’s Designer Closets and Radiant Heated Floor in Bath Creating a Spa-like Tranquil Experience with Your Private Hot Tub on a Romantic Private Deck. Other Amenities include Surveillance Cameras, Russound Audio Throughout, Free Form Beach Entry Heated Gunite Pool with Waterfalls and LED Lighting, Red Har-tru Tennis Court. Poolhouse includes Bath, Outside Shower, Locker Room, Kitchen and Washer/Dryer. This Chic Residence Also Offers Slate Roof and 3 Car Garage. Enjoy the Superb Architectural Design and Execution Throughout. Country Club Living at its Best in the Award Winning Jericho Schools.

Price Upon Request For A Private Viewing Please Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743

CENTRE ISLAND—Waterfront Property 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 water front acres with unobstructed waterviews from every room. The verdant rolling lawn leads you to your own private beach. The lush acres include a Gazebo, secluded garden with cascading waterfall, a wisteria covered Pergola ushers you to the heated Gunite pool & Palladium style pool house. Wonderful for indoor/ outdoor entertaining! The Tennis court completes the luxury lifestyle amenities in this sophisticated one of a kind home! www.519CentreIslandRd.isnowforsale.com

Price Upon Request Contact Fran Mazer 516-857-0111


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185




HEAD OF HARBOR Situated on 2 manicured acres in beautiful Head of the Harbor this spectacular home offers exquisite attention to detail. The 8,000 square foot exceptional 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath residence offers old world millwork, professional interior design and a bonus room above a three-car garage. Enter the stunning grand foyer, which leads to the magnificent living room with detailed molding throughout. Enjoy breakfast in the solarium, which is off of the state of the art kitchen. The master bedroom suite features a luxurious Jacuzzi bath, steam shower and a high tech two level walk-in closet for the most discerning owner. The lower level and backyard is outfitted for serious entertaining with a 3-D theatre, wine cellar, professional bar, gym and a 45 foot waterslide. Included is a separate cottage with 3 bedrooms, a bath and additional two-car garage.

$5,449,000 Contact Suzanne Wehren 631-255-6097 or Ryan Gallagher 631-335-3207

LATTINGTOWN—Northway Estate - The Epitome Of Gold Coast Lifestyle Northway’, a stately estate home set on 5.4 Manicured North Shore Acres. This meticulously restored, graceful 8 Bedroom Federal-style 1898 Center Hall Colonial was used to film “The Money Pit”. Totally Redone, this Sophisticated 14 000 square foot, 8 Bedroom Mansion is Only Minutes from Manhattan. Boasting Fine details throughout with Ceiling Medallions, Crown Moldings, Wood Floors, 8 Fireplaces including one in Entry Foyer, Baronial Dining Room which seats 28, a Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, Media Room with an imported 500 yr old French Fireplace, and a Wine Wall. With its own Wing, the Master Bedroom Suite boasts a Palatial Dressing Room, Master Bath featuring Jerusalem Stone Vanities, Fireplace, and Office. The Lower Level includes a Gym, Fireplace, Guest Suite or Staff Quarters, & Panty. Outdoors enjoy the Heated Inground Salt Water Pool and an 800 square foot Pool House with Kitchen, Bluestone Patio, Fountain, Gazebo, and 6 Car Garage set on Private Manicured Grounds

Price Upon Request Contact Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



LAUREL HOLLOW This Fantastic 6 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath Elegant Contemporary Is Situated In A Cul-De-Sac On 2 Beautiful Acres. The Home Has Been Completely Renovated & Updated With Top-Of-The Line Appliances, The Finest Furnishings and Decor. Oversized Master, Mahogany Closets & Bath. Includes Lutron Lighting, Camera & Security System. Property Features Playground, Tennis, Basketball Court, Pool, Jacuzzi, 3 Car Garage, Cold Spring Harbor School District, Gated Community. Must See!

$2,995,000 Contact Lisa Paladino 917-363-1199

LAUREL HOLLOW—‘H arewood’’ 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 period details and every modern amenity. 7 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 3 1/2 half baths. Foyer leads to oval reception room with fresco ceiling, detailed plaster moldings, and intricate millwork. Palatial-sized dining room, and ballroom with five sets of French doors that open to a covered bluestone patio. Kitchen features large granite-topped center island, radiant heat, and butler’s pantry. Sunny breakfast room overlooks lush lawns and formal gardens. Wide arch off kitchen leads to family room with built-in cabinetry. Master suite wing with dressing rooms, luxurious spa-like master bathroom, and French doors to private balcony. 2 bedrooms with en suite baths, and 2 additional bedrooms on the third floor. Lower level with playroom and personal gym. Sparkling heated in-ground pool, spa, limestone terrace, Roman neo-classic copper domed pool house with 3 bedrooms, 2 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.

$7,650,000 Contact John Messina 516-241-0761


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185




LLOYD HARBOR Waterfront fieldstone manor home built in 2000. Set on 4.17 professionally landscaped acres, this home features a dramatic entrance with fireplace. Palatial-sized formal dining room & expansive formal living room with spectacular water views. Amazing chef’s kitchen with breakfast area and adjacent family room. Master suite with water views, luxurious master bath, and dual dressing rooms. 3rd floor with additional storage area and bonus room. 6 additional large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and very large closets. Two half baths. Lower floor with gaming room, kitchen, laundry area, and music room. Heated gunite pool with large terrace. Private beach rights and Cold Spring Harbor schools.

$9,888,888 Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

MUTTONTOWN A Charming Vintage 1908 Farmhouse Fully Updated And Expanded. New Wood And Natural Stone Baths And Countertops, Hardwood Floors Throughout. Professional Kitchen With Built-Ins, And A Wonderful Screened Porch Overlook A Beautifully Landscaped Yard With Gardens, Patios And In ground Heated Pool. One Of A Kind Home- Not To Be Missed! Jericho Schools.

$1,495,000 Contact Zach Elliott 516-695-1547

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



OLD WESTBURY This Magnificent Custom Brick Estate sits on 4+ acres in prestigious Old Westbury. The 6000 sq ft main residence offers 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, Master bedroom suite with jacuzzi and 2 balconies overlooking beautiful grounds. Large open rooms for entertaining, brand new kitchen and appliances, full finished basement with media room. This extraordinary property also includes a large Guest House with an impressive pool area with a grand 3-tier waterfall, swim-up bar that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining. Sports court, Pond, Horse Barn with stables, detached garage. This Unique property also has the potential to be divided into 2 separate lots as it was grandfathered in under Old Westbury zoning. Truly a one of a kind!!

$2,688,000 Contact Lisa Paladino 917-363-1199 or Michael Clay 516-864-9459

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.

$8,800,000 Contact Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185




OLD WESTBURY— E xtraordinary Estate in Old Westbury Enjoy this Dramatic and Flawlessly Finished 9200 Sq Ft Gated Estate Sited on Shy 4 Acres (original Vanderbilt Estate) with Unparalleled Craftsmanship and Details throughout. Abundance of Windows and French Doors offer Spectacular Views of the Artfully Landscaped Grounds. Grand Main Floor Master Retreat Offers a Fireplace, Spa Bath and large Walk In Designer Closets. Distinguishing Features of this Gracious Residence also Includes Grand Entry Foyer, Banquet Size Dining Room, Venetian Plaster Walls, plus an Expansive Chef’s Kitchen with Adjacent Sunlit Breakfast Room. Lower Level offers Media Room, Wine Cellar, Cedar Closets, plus Informal Room for Entertaining and Relaxation. Other Amenities are Sparkling Pool, Tennis Court, Sports Court, 3 Car Garage. Truly A Masterpiece. Jericho SD #5.

Price Upon Request Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743

OLD WESTBURY—The Atlantis Meets Old Westbury The Atlantis Meets Old Westbury. Close Your Eyes and Envision Living in Paradise. This Luxurious & Private Gated Mediterranean Villa has it All. Features include a Richly Designed Floor Plan, Oversized Rooms and an Indoor Pool Surrounded by Floor to Ceiling Fish Tanks. Attention to Detail Throughout. The Fabulous Master Bedroom Suite with Balcony Overlooks the Outdoor Stone Grotto with Pool. Please contact Shawn Elliott for a private showing.

Price Upon Request Contact Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



OLD WESTBURY— M agnificent R enovated Estate In Old Westbury Enjoy this Magnificently Renovated 10,000 Square Foot Estate set amidst 2 Private Gated Acres in the Prestigious Village of Old Westbury. This Gracious and Grand 20 Room Residence with 10 Fireplaces, Outstanding Large Principal Rooms with Impeccable Details and Millwork also offers a new State-of-the-Art Kitchen. Eight Bedrooms with Private Baths include a Lavish Master Suite with Superb His & Her Dressing Rooms and Separate Spa Baths. This Estate also offers a Separate Apartment with a Private Entrance and Breathtaking Trellised Grounds Highlighted with Exquisite English Gardens.

Price Upon Request Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743


Unparalleled Contemporary Mansion An Incredible Opportunity awaits you to Complete a 17,450 Square Foot Residence with a 6,500 Square Foot Lower Level that will become an “Oasis” for Entertaining. Brilliantly Created by Renowned Architect Steven Holl, This “One of a Kind” Home Exceeds All Expectations and is Sited on 7 Private Acres. The Concept includes a Two-Story Art Gallery, Home Theater, Gym and Artistically Designed Outdoor Spaces. 2 “2” Acre Separate Deeded Parcels are also Available for Purchase with Approved Plans & Architectural Drawings. Jericho School District.

Price Upon Request Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7743


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185




UPPER BROOKVILLE Behind an Elegantly Gated Entry lies a magnificent Stately Georgian Brick Colonial Situated on over Five Lush Upper Brookville Acres. As you enter the World of Extreme Luxury you are greeted and awed by the Double Bridal Staircase, the 20’ Ceilings, the Detailed Moldings, the Imported and Exquisite Materials and Finishes. The Warm & Inviting Gourmet Kitchen with Custom Exotic Granite, State-of-the-Art Appliances, leads to a Formal Dining Room with Floor to Ceiling Windows & French Doors, inviting the outdoors inside. You will continue to Marvel at the Workmanship shown at the rich details in the Library, Proposed Movie Theatre, Five Fireplaces & Great Room with Mahogany Built-Ins, Luxurious Bar & Hand Painted Ceilings. As you retreat to the Master Suite you will enjoy a Dual Fireplace, Walk-In Closets, Onyx Bath with Jacuzzi & Shared Fireplace, as well as a Custom Crafted 1,000 Sq Ft Closet and Dressing Room. There are Six Additional Bedrooms each with its own bath; and a terrace overlooking the Exquisite Grounds. This Resort like Property has an oversized In-Ground Heated Gunite Pool, Built-In Barbeque & Granite & Sandstone Patio. The One of a Kind Pool House has an Open & Airy Living Area with French Doors that welcomes you to the pool, designed with Full Gourmet Eat-In-Kitchen, Limestone Floors & Breakfast Nook. Take a nap Pool Side in the Bedroom Suite with Full Bath. The Custom Built Carriage House can accommodate Fifteen Exotic and Classic Automobiles, features Granite Floors, and a Three Bedroom, One and a Half Bath Servant Quarters with Separate Entrance. Price Upon Request.

Price Upon Request Contact Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

UPPER BROOKVILLE Gated Community Upper Brookville 7300 Sq. Ft. Palatial Brick Colonial Of Luxury Living. Open Floorplan W/ Soaring Cathedral Ceilings, Banquet Dining Room, Formal Living Room W/Fplc With Walls Of Windows Overlooking An Ig Gunite Pool Situated On 2.24 Flat Serene Acres In The Village Of Upper Brookville, One Of Long Island’s Elite Locations.30 Minutes To Manhattan

$2,295,000 Contact Zach Elliott 516-695-1547

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185





“Kean Designed” 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bath Center Hall Colonial Features 2 Story Spacious Guest Suite With Elevator (Handicapped Accessible) Large Eik With Granite. Large Rooms, Great Flow! Award Winning Country Club Backyard Oasis, Waterfalls, Heated Salt In Ground Pool With Spa, Custom Cabana Spectacular!.

Located in the Exclusive Gated Community of “Hunting Hollow Farms” this Pristine colonial offers everything! From the private club house with pool, tennis & gym to your very own custom sports court, steps away from out-door dining with several entertaining areas. Situated on an acre this 5 BR colonial offers a sun lit Open floor plan great for entertaining, extra large eat in kitchen with granite center island, Banquet Sized Dining room, expansive Den with wood burning fire place, Sun Room, Billiards Rooms, spa like bathrooms, Extra large Master suite w/sitting room& gas Fire place. Lower level features beautiful den with joining game room well lit with over-sized windows!

$1,088,000 Contact Andre & Michelle La Barbera 631-258-8044

$1,299,999 Contact Andre & Michelle La Barbera 631-258-8044


MELVILLE—“Post Modern Elegance”

This magnificent brick Georgian center-hall colonial was built in 1938 and is set amidst 2 private acres with 380 feet of Lloyd Harbor waterfront. This stately Gold Coast home boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 2 half baths. A lovely entry foyer with a period crystal lead chandelier leads to a large formal living room with fireplace, sun room, and gracious formal dining room with field paneling. Library features stunning walnut paneling, beautiful mill work, and attached powder room. Custom kitchen outfitted with country French cabinetry with full bath overlooks the harbor with spectacular views. Upstairs, the master suite has a fireplace, ample closet space, private balcony, and en suite master bathroom. There are two bedrooms with en suite baths, as well as two additional bedrooms on the same floor with a full hall bath. Huge basement with lots of storage and outside entrance. Outdoors this grand residence offers a large multi-level patio, ideal for elegant outdoor entertaining, and is immaculately landscaped with mature plantings. Gleaming hardwood floors and exquisite mill work throughout. Charming period details such as circular front and back staircase, leaded windows, slate roof, original shutters and hardware, and copper gutters make this home a landmark property. Complete with a 3-car garage, deeded dock, private beach, and Cold Spring Harbor school district.

Fabulous Post Modern 5 Bdrm, 5.5 Bath, Gourmet Granite Eik With Top Of The Line Appliances, Beautiful Landscaped Property Leads To Custom Free-Form Pool. Walk Out Lower Level, Wide Open Floor Plan, Great For Entertaining. Property Positioned On Quiet Cul-De-Sac.

$1,749,000 Contact Andre & Michelle La Barbera 631-258-8044 or Brenden Burns 631-664-3564


Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



MELVILLE Nassau/Suffolk Border.”RALPH LAUREN RETREAT” Immaculate 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Colonial On Private Cul-De-Sac In Tuxedo Hills. Great Flow For Entertaining. Private California Feel. Shows Spacious, Metro Living.. must see

$978,000 Contact Andre & Michelle La Barbera 631-258-8044


OLD WESTBURY—“Next Door” Originally owned by W.R. Grace Jr.’s daughter in the 1940’s, this majestic estate is located on 2 private, Gold Coast acres in the prestigious enclave of Old Westbury. This stately colonial features 6 large bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 3 powder rooms. A wide bluestone walkway with beautiful landscaping leads to the grand entrance of this incredible home. It features an expansive formal living room with columns, fireplace, and wall-to-wall windows with a magnificent view of lush lawns and mature plantings. Formal banquet-sized dining room with fireplace and built-in cabinets is ideal for elegant entertaining. Custom eat-in kitchen with timeless fixtures and fittings and professional-grade stainless steel appliances, includes a Garland double stove. Lovely enclosed sun room with vaulted ceiling, bluestone floor, and a mudroom entry is located off the kitchen. Butler’s pantry features second sink, dishwasher and refrigerator. Large family room adjacent to kitchen. Huge master suite features master bedroom with sitting area and fireplace, walk-in closets with dressing area, balcony, marble master bathroom, and private home gym. Large bedrooms with ample closets and tastefully appointed full bathrooms. Outdoors features a bluestone patio, sparkling in-ground pool, covered patio with an outdoor kitchen, spectacular pergola colonnade with specimen plantings, and a horse stable. This landmark property has been renovated with every modern amenity and is complete with renowned East Williston school district.

$2,895,000 Contact John Messina 516-241-0761


Hamlet On Olde Oyster Bay Plainview Magnificent 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Colonial Featuring Master On Main, Center Isle Kitchen, Granite, Stainless Steel Appliances, Built Ins, 2 Fireplaces, Surround Sound, Mill Work, Designer Wall Coverings, Soaring Ceilings, Panoramic Windows, Wood Floors, Central Air, Gas Heat, Full Basement, 2 Car Garage, Very Private Yard & More! Located In Gated Luxury Community Boasting Resort Amenities! A Gem!!


PLAINVIEW Spectacular 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Colonial Built in 2009 in the Heart of Plainview. Stainless and Granite Center Isle Kitchen, Family Room with Fireplace, 9 ft Ceilings, Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Mouldings, High Hiats, Finished Basement, 2 Zone Heat, Central Air, Gas, Porch, Alarm System, 1 Car Garage with Interior Access. Oversized Lush Landscaped Yard with Paver Patio and Brick Fireplace. A Must See!!

$869,000 Contact Fern Altman 516-524-3387

Contact Fern Altman 516-524-3387

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185




Masterfully Crafted, This Newer Construction Waterfront Colonial Offers 5 Bedrooms & 3.5 Bathrooms With Over 4,300 Square Feet Of Living & Entertaining Space. Featuring Hardwood Floors Throughout, Wraparaound Porch, Walls Of Windows, & Breathtaking Views Of Mill Neck Creek & The Bayville Bridge. Throughout This Fine Home You’ll Find Vaulted Ceilings, Millwork and High-End Finishes As Well As Radiant Heated Floors In The Kitchen & Bathrooms. Magnificent Kitchen With Gas Cooking & Granite Countertops As Well As Stainless Steel Appliances. Entertain Guests During A Dinner Party In The Formal Dining Room Or Living Room With Pass Thru Gas Fireplaces. Private Master Suite With Fireplace and Full Bathroom With Unobstructed Views Of The Water. This Home Boasts Large Bedrooms Throughout, Laundry Upstairs, Full Crawlspace, 2 Car Garage, Central Air, In-Ground Sprinklers, Heated In-Ground Pool With Waterfall and LED Lighting & More!


Spectacular Hampton Style Colonial

Price Upon Request

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

Enjoy This Stunning “Builder’s Own” Custom Built Hampton Style Colonial. Featuring Magnificent Attention To Detail And Use Of The Highest Quality Materials Throughout. Large Guest Suite On Main,Expansive Gourmet Chef’s Eat-in-Kitchen With Granite Counter Tops, Sunlit Breakfast Nook, Warm & Inviting Great Room With Fireplace. Professionally Landscaped Property, & Sparkling In Ground Pool.Wheatley Sd

$1,599,000 Contact Andrea Jablow 516-524-7723

MUTTONTOWN Gorgeous Two Story Entry Colonial On A Quiet Cul-De-Sac, Private Country Setting With Serene Pond Views, Inviting State of the Art Kitchen, Living Room With Fireplace, Spacious Master Suite, Finished Basement With High Ceiling, HD Surround Sound Home Theater, Naturally Cool Passive Wine Cellar. Professionally Landscaped Blue Stone Patios, Specimen Plantings, Gas Heat Central VAC, Alarm, Shows Beautiful! Jericho SD


Contact Batul Morbi 516-859-8037

UPPER BROOKVILLE Set on 5.65 bucolic acres, this magnificent residence features a dramatic two-story foyer with a scrolled iron, double bridal staircase and great room with floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows with fireplace. Elegant formal living room with fireplace, and large formal dining room with wainscot and exquisite mill work. Chef’s kitchen with custom-fitted cabinetry, commercial-grade appliances, lovely breakfast area overlooking lush lawns, and cozy adjacent family room. Master suite with luxurious master bath. 5 additional bedrooms and en suite bathrooms, and two powder rooms. Beautifully landscaped property with plenty of room for a pool and tennis court.

$8,950,000 Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

MUTTONTOWN Gorgeous Colonial In The Stone Hill Community On A Cul-De-Sac Location, Two Story Entry, Hardwood Floors, State Of The Art Kitchen Leading Into Den With Fireplace, Dining Room Plus Office, 3 En Suite Bedrooms, Master Suite/Sitting Room, Bonus Room And Loft, Moldings/ Coffered Ceilings, Full Basement With High Ceilings And Outside Entrance. Beautiful Patio With Awnings and Professionally Landscaped. Syosset SD


Contact Batul Morbi 516-859-8037


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Completely Renovated With The Finest Materials, This 4 Bedroom, 4 ½ Bath Home Has It All, Located In Bellmore School District #7, This Home Boasts An Incredible Rear Yard With Outdoor Kitchen With Natural Gas, Sink, & Refrigerator. Paver Patio, Landscape Lighting, Its Own Private Beach & Trex Pier Leading To A 40’ Floating Dock With Underwater Lights For Over 2 Boats & Brand New Vinyl Bulkhead. This Home Offers Wide Open Space With Granite & Hardwood Floors, Large Granite Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances, With Custom Cabinets, & Large Doors Leading Outside. Entertain In The Spacious Formal Dining Room Or The Family/Media Room. Radiant Heat on The First Level, As Well As Central Vacuum. Incredible Master Suite with Enormous Bathroom With Jacuzzi Tub, Private Shower, Pantry Area, All With Magnificent Water Views. The Master Suite Overlooks The Water With Cathedral Ceilings, Tall Ceilings, & Tons of Space. Very Large Full Walk Out Basement & Huge Finished Loft/Attic Offers Even More Space. A Brand New State of The Art Alarm System, Multi-Room Home Audio System, & Seven Camera Remote Accessible Surveillance System Offer Additional Luxuries, Custom Built Iron Doors, Fully Gated Property, 2 Gas Fireplaces, Three Car Garage With Lift, Brand New Gas Burner, 4 Zone Central Air Conditioning, & Stainless Steel Outdoor Railings. This Home Is So Unique It Even Boasts Its Own Waterfall In The Front Yard!

Newly Constructed, This Incredible Resort Style Home Offers Living At Its Finest. Boasting 5 Large Bedrooms With A Heated In-Ground Spa Pool With Custom Waterfall & Lighting, Outdoor Cabana & Kitchen, This Property Also Boasts A Fire Pit, Custom Travertine Tiles, Pavers Throughout & Brand New Bulkhead With Private Floating Dock. This Magnificent 5000+ Square Foot Home Boasts a Brick Exterior With Paver Driveway & Specimen Plantings Throughout The Property. Enjoy The Comforts Of Radiant Heat Throughout This Home As Well As A Grand Entry Foyer With Imported Doors & Chandelier. Entertain In This Open Floor Plan With Granite Kitchen & Stainless Steel Appliances. Decorated and Custom Built With Fine Millwork, Window Treatments, & Ambiant Lighting Throughout. Incredible Lower Level Entertainment Area With Billiards Parlor, Entertainment Center, Access To The Large 2 Car Garage & Rear Yard. Surveillance System, Full Alarmed, Exterior Landscape Lighting, All Located In Bellmore School District #7.

Price Upon Request

Price Upon Request

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

BELLMORE WATERFRONT Premier South Bellmore Bayfront Splanch With 4 Large Bedrooms 2 1/2 Bathrooms, & Incredible Views. Large Formal Dining Room, Living Room, Basement, Views Of Jones Beach, Large Family Room With Wood Burning Fireplace and Large Windows Overlooking The Waterfront. Gas Cooking Kitchen With French Doors Leading To This Resort Style Backyard. Featuring A 2 Car Garage, Large Property, Central Vacuum & Air, As Well As Being Located on The Exclusive Jason Court Cul-De-Sac All Bellmore School District

Price Upon Request Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

BELLMORE WATERFRONT Welcome to Legion Street in South Bellmore, One of the South Shore’s Most Exclusive & Rare Waterfront Properties. This Nautical Bay Front Home offers Magnificent Views of Jones Beach offering easy access to some of Long Island’s Most Exclusive Waterfront Destinations all on an Oversized 15,600 Square Foot Lot. With Jones Beach Theater, Fire Island & The Nautical Mile only minutes away via Boat. This 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Full Bathroom Renovated Splanch features an Open Floor-Plan with Water Views from Most Rooms. Enter this property through a Paved Circular Driveway with Specimen Plantings and Covered Porch. Make your way into the Entry Foyer with Easy Access to the Large Formal Dining Room, Granite Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances and Fine Cabinetry and into the Large Living Room with Wood Burning Fireplace and Incredible Water Views. Enter the Living On its own Private Floor to Floor to Ceiling Windows. The Spacious 2nd Floor offers Large Bedrooms with Polished Hardwood Floors, Including a Magnificent Master Suite with Private En-Suite and Large Closets. The Master also features a Private Teak Wood Deck Overlooking the In-Ground Heated Pool & 85 Foot Private Beach, Palm Trees & More. All with the Exclusivity of having no neighbor on one side of this property. Entertain in this Resort Style Backyard with Breathtaking Views. This home features a Finished Basement, Huge Bonus Room, Central Air Conditioning & Vacuum. All Opulent Amenities, Permit for Pier, Gas & Oil Setup, & Comfortable Living all located in Bellmore School District #7.

Price Upon Request Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111 76

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185



BELLMORE WATERFRONT We Invite You To This Magnificently Renovated 4 Bedroom and 3 Bathroom Waterfront Home In Bellmore. This Private Waterfront Home Situated On A Large Property With An Incredibly Serene Lagoon Offers Magnificent Water Views and Sunsets. Located Minutes To The Open Bay, This Renovated Property Boasts Cathedral Ceilings, Fine Millwork, Custom Granite Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Gas Cooking & More. The Expanded Master Suite Boasts Incredible Water Views, Large Closets, and An State Of The Art Master Bathroom. Enjoy Scenic Water Views From Nearly Every Room In The House, With The Master Bedroom, Formal Dining Room, and Lower Family Room All With Sliding Doors Leading Directly To The Waterfront Backyard. Enjoy Some of The South Shore’s Finest Waterfront Destination Via Access From This Home. Boasting A Private Floating Dock To Accommodate All The Boats, Jet Skis, and Water Toys, As Well As A Paver Lower Patio and Raised Wood Decking. Additionally Featuring Central Air Conditioning, Central Heat, A Cul De Sac Style Street, 2 Car Garage, Western Exposure, All Located In Bellmore School District #7.

Price Upon Request


HEWLETT HARBOR Welcome To Richards Lane in Hewlett Harbor, A Truly Magnificent & Newly Constructed 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Center Hall Colonial, Built To Absolute Perfection. Boasting Over 5100 Square Feet of Living Space & Built Using The Finest Materials and Craftsmanship, This Home Boasts Incredible Millwork Throughout, Coffered and Trey Ceilings With Ambient Lighting As Well As Radiant Heated Floors. Boasting A Designer Chef Style Kitchen With Granite Countertops, Large Granite Island, Mahogany Cabinetry, Glass Tile Backsplash & All Top Of The Line Appliances. Magnificent Formal Dining & Entertainment Center With Full Wet Bar. Boasting All Custom Bathrooms, Large Bedrooms, Magnificent Master Suite, With Brazilian Cherry Floors Upstairs. Central Air Conditioning, Central & Radiant Heat, As Well As A Cultured Stone and Stucco Exterior With A Paved Circular Driveway. Located Near The Renowned Seawane Club and In Hewlett-Woodmere School District #14.

Price Upon Request Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

HEWLETT HARBOR This Completely Renovated 4500 Square Foot 8 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath Home Is One Of The Harbor’s Finest Properties. Boasting Hardwood Floors & Cathedral Ceilings Throughout, A Large Chef Style Kitchen With Imported Granite, Stainless Steel Appliances & Gas Cooking. A Large Formal Dining Room, Perfect For Entertaining Flows Into The Spacious Living Room With Large Windows Overlooking The Rear Yard With Custom Deck. The Lower Level Features An Elegant Family Room With Custom Millwork And Fireplace. Make Your Way Into The Fully Finished Basement Featuring A Full Entertainment Center With TV, Billiards, Foosball, Darts, & More! The Upper Level Of This Home Boasts 5 Bedrooms With Private Bathrooms, Hardwood Floors & Oak Bannister Overlooking The Formal Living Room. Boasting A Circular Driveway, Paver Entrance, Sports Court, Large Backyard, 2 Car Garage & Located Near The Seawane Golf Club In Hewlett-Woodmere School District #14.

Price Upon Request Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

MASSAPEQUA WATERFRONT Nassau Shores Prestigious Brand New 6500 Square Foot Waterfront Brick Colonial on Oversized Property with Its Own Private Beach, Boat Slip, & Views Of The Open Bay. Magnificent grand Foyer With Bridal Staircase, High End Chandelier and Wrought Iron Railings, Additionally Featuring A Brand New Designer Kitchen With Cherry Cabinetry, Gas Range, & Large Baths with Imported Marble and Granite Throughout. Featuring Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors, Private Terraces All With Unobstructed Water Views, & An Incredible Formal Dining Room. With Fine Millwork and Moldings Throughout. Brand New Paved Circular Driveway, Video Surveillance, Large 2 Car Garage, Central Air Conditioning, Central Vacuum, All In Massapequa Schools #23

Price Upon Request Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185





Welcome To Bayview Avenue In The Biltmore Shore’s Community of Massapequa, An Exquisite 5 Bedroom & 4 Renovated Bath Waterfront Home Built Using The Finest Materials & Craftsmanship. Boasting an Open Floor Plan, This Custom Home Features A Chef Style Kitchen With Imported Granite Countertops, Cherry Cabinetry, 4 Range Viking Gas Burner With BBQ Grill, Dual Zone Wine Cooler & Cathedral Ceilings. Additionally Offering Hardwood Floors Throughout, Central Air Conditioning, Central Heat, A Large Den With Wood Burning Fireplace & Lower Wet Bar. This Waterfront Home Offers A 3 Tiered Timbertech Composite Deck, PVC Fencing, 90’ of Bulkhead With Private Boardwalk & Exterior Lighting. Additionally Offering A 2 Car Garage With Loft Large Side & Rear Yard, & Membership Rights To The Biltmore Beach Club. All Located in Massapequa School District #23.

This 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Waterfront Colonial In Massapequa Is Truly A Designer Showcase Home. Offering The Finest Millwork & Moldings Throughout, Coffered Ceilings & Trey Ceilings, This Home Features Features Oak Hardwood Floors, Granite Kitchen With A 6 Range Gas Viking Burner, Farm Sink, & High End Stainless Steel Appliances. A Magnificent Living Room With Gas Fireplace Overlooks The Water With Private Floating Dock, Shore Power, & Covered Brick Patio & More. This Magnificent Family Room Offers Radiant Heated Tiled Floors, Coffered Ceilings, Gas Fireplace, Stone Mantle, & Sliding Doors To The Rear Yard. Boasting An Incredible Master Suite With New Bathroom, Private Terrace, Large Personal Office & Walk In Closets. 3 Additional Bedrooms Are Located Upstairs With A Travertine Tile Custom Bathroom & Cathedral Ceilings Throughout. Boasting A 1 Car Garage, Heated Private Office With Radiant Heated Floors & Private Entrance. Boasting A Covered Porch, Paver Driveway, Minutes To The Open Bay, Located in Massapequa School District #23.

Price Upon Request

Price Upon Request

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

MASSAPEQUA PARK WATERFRONT Bar Harbour Built With The Finest Materials & Craftsmanship, This Tastefully Renovated Waterfront Brick Colonial Is Ideally Located In The Prestigious Community of Bar Harbour, Within The Incorporated Village of Massapequa Park. Offering 4500 Square Feet of Fine Living Space, This Unique Property Offers Unobstructed Views Of The Open Bay, While Maintaining Exclusive Access At The Mouth Of The River. Enter This Georgian Brick Colonial Through A Masterfully Crafted Slate Pathway, Into the Spacious Grand Foyer With 20’ Ceilings, Grand Staircase, & Access To Every Meticulously Decorated Room. Head Upstairs Into Two Large Master Suites, Both With Full Bathrooms & Private Terraces Overlooking The Backyard & Water. This Home Boasts a Finished Basement With Gym or Theatre Area As Well As Private Office. Radiant Heated& Hardwood Floors, Central Vacuum, Central Air Conditioning, Cathedral Ceilings, Surveillance System, This Home Has It All. This Is Every Boaters Dream, Featuring a Resort Like Backyard With Outdoor Kitchen, BBQ, Heated In-Ground Gunite Pool With Attached Hot Tub, Jet Ski Lift, & A Large Area of Grass Perfect For Any Summer Garden. This Fine Waterfront Home Also Features A Large 2 Car Garage, Westerly Exposure, All on an over 11,000 Sq. Ft. Waterfront Lot In Massapequa School District #23

Price Upon Request

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

MERRICK Masterfully Crafted By The Finest Builders, This 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath Marble Home Offers Haute Living At It’s Best! An Incredible Open Floorplan Is Perfect For Entertaining Guests Or Simply Relaxing, A Double Wood Burning Fireplace Warms This Home From Both The Living Room and Family Room On Either Side. Boasting The Finest Marble & Granite From Many International Quarries, The Material In This Home Is Beyond Top Of The Line. Cathedral Ceilings & Skylights Throughout Let In Warm Natural Light & A 3 Car Garage Can Accomodate All The Toys. This Unique and Rare Double Size Property Features 2 Lots, Boasting 200’ Feet of property. Make Your Way Through The Private Gardens With Elegant Wrought Iron Gate, Specimen Plantings, & Entrance From Two Streets. Offering Gas Heat and Cooking, Radiant Heated Floors & Central Air Conditioning, All Located In Merrick School District #25.

Price Upon Request Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111


Bryan Siegel, Home Lending Consultant/Office: 212-559-4454/Mobile: 917-923-5147/bryan.siegel@citi.com/NMLS#: 460185




A Truly Incredible Waterfront Paradise In The Heart of South Merrick. Located On 2 Waterfront Lots, The Resort Style Home Boasts An In-Ground Gunite Swimming Pool, Multi-Purpose Sports Court, Outdoor Cabana, Bar & Entertaining Area, Hot Tub, Private Floating Dock With Jet Ski Lifts & More! Situated On A 26,000 Square Foot Lot & Boasting Over 4,500 Square Feet Of Living Space With Direct Views Of Jones Beach Theatre & Tower, This 6 Bedroom 4 Full Bath Home Has It All. Make Your Way Into The Magnificent Entry Foyer With Cathedral Ceilings, Wood Burning Fireplace, All Leading Into The Formal Dining Room & Renovated Kitchen. This Renovated Kitchen Features Granite Countertops With Stainless Steel Appliances, 6 Range Gas Burner, Wine Cooler, Warming Drawer & Views Of The Water. The Lower Level Boasts A Private Home Entertainment Theatre With Surround Sound & Ambient Lighting, A Chic Billiards Parlor, Fitness Center, 3 Car Climate Controlled Garage & More. Featuring Large Bedrooms & An Incredible Master Suite With Water Views, This Home Has It All Only Minutes To The Open Bay, & Some Of The South Shore’s Finest Waterfront Destinations, All Located In Merrick School District #25.

Price Upon Request


OCEANSIDE WATERFRONT Welcome to Greentree Drive, A Magnificent 3,500 Square Foot 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Waterfront Colonial With Direct Bay Views. Boasting An Oversized Kitchen With Mahogany Cabinets, Imported Granite Countertops, 6 Range Wolf Burner & Grill, French Pattern Ivory Travertine Tile Pillar. Featuring Glass Tile Bathrooms, Radiant Heated Floors Throughout, Mahogany Doors, Private Terrace Off Master Suite, Huge Closet Spaces, Central Vacuum, High-End Wall Coverings, Security Cameras, 2 Car Heated Garage, LED Lighting Throughout, Outdoor Kitchen With Granite Countertops, IPE Wood Deck, Private Floating Dock, Private Pier With 15,000 Lb. & 25,000 Lb. Boat Lifts, Shore Power, Unobstructed Bay Views With East, South, & Western Exposure. Located In Oceanside School District #15.

Price Upon Request

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111

Contact Seth Levy 516-528-1737 or Phil Schonfeld 516-795-9111



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5 1 0 2 F O T S E B THE POLL RESTAURATEURS BROTHERS Gillis and George Get It Right, Again and Again By M.C. SUSSMAN

When it comes to restaurateurs on Nassau County’s North Shore, Gillis and George Poll have a commanding lead. The brothers own a string of winners, which “bring an urban sophistication to Long Island” and keep diners coming back to their restaurants week after week, night after night. In Roslyn, there’s Bryant and Cooper, their flagship operation, and nearby Hendrick’s Tavern. The bistro Bar Frites is at Wheatley Plaza in Greenvale. At the Americana Manhasset, there are Toku Modern Asian, Cipollini Trattoria and Bar and, for those who want to grab a quick bite on the go, Cipollini Pronto. The Poll brothers also own Majors, a more moderately priced steak house in East Meadow. In March, the Poll Brothers are expanding to Westchester. The family style Italian restaurant in the Ridge Hill Shopping 82 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY

Center in Yonkers will be called Angelo’s. Three other deals for restaurants in Nassau County are pending, says Gillis. What’s the secret to their success? “My philosophy is to give our customers the best quality,” Gillis explains. “We never cut corners.” They assemble “a wonderful staff -- the best we can establish” and make sure each restaurant is “a sharp-looking place.” Making sure the food is good keeps the restaurants hopping. “Some restaurateurs think the customer doesn’t know,” he says. “I believe the customer does know and recognizes when you do it the right way -- the food, the design and the staff. They do know and they will come if you do it with the highest standards.” On a Saturday night, the brothers serve more than 3000 meals, including 600 to 700 at Hendricks alone. The restaurants are busy even on Mondays, serving 150-200

meals at each location, with the numbers growing as the week goes on. Lunchtime also is hopping at the Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza. “People use our places all the time,” Gillis says, a home away from home. “It doesn’t have to be for a special event, if they want steak that night or sushi.” And businesses and groups entertain at their restaurants. Gillis and George look at spaces, decide on concepts, develop and tweak menus and do the build-outs with designers and contractors together. George handles the wines and Gillis takes care of staffing. (A third brother, Dean, owns The Boathouse in Central Park and the newly renovated Gallagher’s in the theater district.) The restaurateurs filet their own lemon sole and butcher their own steaks. Gillis, the eldest, was introduced at age 12 to the restaurant business by his father.

When the brothers went on their own, it was their mother, Alexandra, “who helped make it happen,” Gillis says. “She took a chance and gave us the means to get the ball rolling.” “It was a long haul,” Gillis says, recalling the days when they had a jeep and a fish truck to travel. “Now its Mercedes and Bentleys. Step by step, the overnight success is only a lifetime, a 30year overnight success.” By bringing Manhattan to Long Island with a variety of venues and cuisines, Gillis and George’s clientele don’t have to go the city as much. The restaurateurs dine in their eateries on a regular basis, opting for Toku if they’re in the mood for Asian or Bryant and Cooper for steak, just like their clientele. They don’t play favorites: Gillis put it this way: “They are all like our children. We love them all the same.” SE

Here’s a look at the Poll Brothers’ North Shore restaurants: Americana Manhasset 2110C Northern Boulevard (516) 627-7172

1305 Old Northern Boulevard Roslyn (516) 621-1200

Location, location, location. Cipollini Trattoria and Bar opened in 2005 on the south side of the ultra-fashionable Americana Manhasset and has been hip and hot from the first moment. Cipollini has a Manhattan-style ambience, casual and sophisticated, and draws a chi-chi crowd for both lunch and dinner. From the sidewalk cafe with tables shaded by umbrellas or warmed by outdoor heaters, to the indoor white marble bar, Cipollini’s is the place to see and be seen. The crowd is energetic; the noise level loud. Inside the long, narrow dining room, the decor is casual yet chic, with dark wood paneling and wood floors, massive framed mirrors on the walls and spiffy oversized lampshades hanging from the high ceilings. Cipollini’s offers  southern Italian and Mediterranean specialties and a wood-burning pizza oven. The tuna tartar appetizer is awesome, the signature dish is a savory whole roasted branzino and the chicken salad -- a favorite among the ladies who lunch -is swell, too. Wine by the glass comes in a small carafe, with enough to fill two glasses. Service is attentive and diners are never rushed. It’s a wonderful dining spot to come back to over and

The Poll Brothers’ newest winner, Hendrick’s Tavern, on the landmark 1740 restored estate home of Hendrick Onderdonk, has a clubby, urban style with two bar areas, three private dining rooms, a VIP bar for cocktail parties and a ballroom for large, catered affairs. The main dining room exudes comfortable elegance with wood-paneled walls and burgundy leather banquettes, classic photographs and antique mirrors. The menu boasts the same dry-aged and prime steaks as the family’s nearby flagship, Bryant and Cooper, as well as a raw bar, comfort foods like mac and cheese and chicken wings, filet mignon sliders and panko-crusted avocado. Starters include a Maryland crab cake or a sashimi-style Ahi tuna poke and kale salad. Fish lovers can choose from Chatham cod, grilled branzino or seared Norwegian salmon. Sides range from lobster fried rice to homemade ‘tator’ tots and sweet corn on the cob. For dessert, don’t miss the white chocolate cloud cake reminiscent of an oversized ring ding or indulge in a sticky bun with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. To finish up guilt free, enjoy a heaping fruit platter with pineapple, grapes, melons and berries.

Americana Manhasset 2014 Northern Blvd Manhasset (516) 627-8658 Sophisticated and sleek, Toku Modern Asian is a gem. It fits right in with shops like Prada, Chanel and Hermes, its neighbors at the Americana Manhasset. The menu is varied; the food is fresh, flavorful and well prepared. The stunning decor is modern yet comfortable. The ambiance, the service and the delicious, beautifully-presented dishes are all winners. The cuisine at this swanky dining star is predominantly Japanese with influences from China, Korea and South East Asia, designed by owners Gillis and George Poll to include their favorites with a unique twist. Hence, the menu, which is designed for sharing, reflects “the best of the best.” Anything goes, from traditional appetizer, entree and dessert to ordering sushi exclusively or sharing various appetizers and skewers. Among the winners are the Asian Caesar salad with crunchy wontons, cashews and ginger aioli, the tasty calamari salad and the crisp tuna spring rolls. Western entrees have an Asian kick, such as braised short ribs with pad Thai noodles, sweet soy marinated skirt steak with wok sautéed bok choy and Chilean Sea Bass with Maitake mushrooms, Asian salsa and black bean sauce. Among the house rolls are the Pacific King with king crab, avocado, Asian pear, wasabi-avocado crème and the Americana featuring Maine lobster tail tempura, asparagus and spicy sauce. Top the meal off with a Fuji Tatin, a roasted Fuji apple tart with a calvados reduction, a warm brownie with green tea Chantilly creme or be good and opt for a delicious seasonal exotic fruit plate.

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2 Middle Neck Road Roslyn (516) 627-7270

A classic bistro, Bar Frites holds court in the midst of Wheatley Plaza in Greenvale with a covered outdoor dining area that’s packed on good weather days. Appetizers range from homemade chicken noodle soup to boneless wok seared frog legs to macaroni made with mornay sauce, emmenthal and gruyere cheeses. Among the slider choices are Asian salmon burgers and petite filet mignon served with lettuce, tomato and sweet garlic aioli on an onion roll. Main course options include a variety of fish, such as whole crispy black bass chinois or grilled filet of branzino. Steak frite aficionados can choose from hanger steak, prime sirloin or filet mignon, with french fries and a choice of sauce: chimmichurri, peppercorn, bordelaise, béarnaise, Roquefort or maitre’d butte. Or, for an entree, try the brasserie meat loaf, lamb T-bones or the omelette du jour.

No matter the night, no matter the season, Bryant and Cooper’s unparalleled fare draws the “in” crowd to the dark paneled dining room. Among the perennially popular starters at the granddaddy of the Poll brothers’ restaurants are the grand cold seafood platter, stone crabs - fresh in season from Joe’s in Miami and tuna tartar. Dive into their signature salad -- jumbo shrimps chopped into 1/2 inch pieces, string beans, beefsteak tomatoes, onions, crumbled bacon and pimentos, dressed with a dash of red vinegar and olive oil. For the main course, there’s the exceptional porterhouse for two or more, a succulent sirloin, velvety 10 oz. filet mignon, jumbo three to four pound lobsters and fresh, grilled fish, with fresh vegetables on the side. For dessert, opt for crème brulee, cheesecake or a fresh fruit platter.

For dessert, savor the crème brulee, molten chocolate cake or the profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

CIPOLLINI PRONTO American Manhasset 2110 Northern Boulevard Manhasset (516) 627-6270 This is the place to go for a cup of joe and a melt-in-your-mouth brownie or a quick lunch, packed for takeout, or enjoyed at the white marble communal high table with 12 stools. Tucked into the walkway around the corner from Cipollini at the Americana Manhasset, lots of umbrella tables outside make Pronto a great choice in nice weather. The winning choices go beyond the Tuscan tomato soup and shrimp salad, tuna wraps, baguette sandwiches, paninis with roast turkey or Brie and pancetta. There’s ready-to-go grilled salmon, white bean salad and hot dishes like stuffed peppers and tomatoes and spanakopita. SE



KEEPS GETTING STRONGER His voice is his trademark. Andres Diaz, known as Echo, really does make echo sounds with his voice. Fans of the energetic actor, dancer entertainer and owner of a boutique full service event company is a party planner and event producer, in his own words, “from start to finish.” Born on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Echo is the son of a hospital and a factory worker from Puerto Rico. With nearly three decades of success in the entertainment and music business, Echo dominates Long Island’s private events scene. He’s been a night club promoter, a concert producer, an emcee, a singer, a dancer, an actor, a creative director, an event producer, a brand marketing consultant, a social media strategist and a break dancer. He’s perfected the art of keeping a crowd up, children as well as adults, providing “high energy, chic and classy entertainment,” Echo says. Working with a good looking team of male and female dancers, he sings and plays great music. The Echo Agency, based in Deer Park, produces and story boards events from concept to finish. Included in their services are event design and consulting, lounge and lighting production and audio visual ideas. The agency also provides extra entertainment services from games to live musicians, models and full blown bands. 84 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY


They work their magic on product launches, red carpet events, golf outings, concerts, charity events and fashion shows. Echo’s career path was serendipitous. In college, one of his classmates was working with a DJ company looking to create a new image. Echo was just the guy to take them to the next level in energy and entertainment. From 1985 to 1993, he was one of the pioneers in mobile entertainment, part of the original Hart to Hart Productions, creating a multi-million dollar, multi-state entertainment company. During the next 13 years, Echo went on to establish Fantasy Music and Entertainment, a multi-million dollar and a multi state office entertainment company that was a major presence on the social and corporate event scene. Later, Echo created his eponymous boutique operation, becoming a sought after emcee for social events and grand openings of night clubs from Long Island to Manhattan. At The Echo Agency where he serves as chief executive and president, Echo’s clients turn to him again and again, Besides entertaining, Echo produces their parties and events, including scouting locations and finding venues for his clients. A star party planner was born. SE

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The Diabetes Research Institute’s 16th annual Fall into Fashion Event, one of Long Island’s most anticipated social events, drew 325 guests to the Garden City Hotel in November. The luncheon and fashion show raised $234,000 to support research focused on finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Guests enjoyed a creatively prepared luncheon menu, watched a runway presentation of classically beautiful designs from St. John’s 2015 resort collection and participated in a raffle for spa day gift certificates, jewelry and the grand prize, a $2,500 St. John shopping spree at the Americana Manhasset. Honorees Betsy and Shawn Elliott emceed a live auction featuring tickets to see Neil Diamond at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center and a private dinner for 12 prepared by Larry Scott Caterers. “Since we have been involved, we’ve discovered many of our closest and dear friends have been struggling for years with diabetes,” Shawn Elliott said. “Witnessing firsthand the hard work and devotion of the scientists at the DRI we know a cure for diabetes will certainly become a reality.” The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide funding to enable the Diabetes Research Institute to try to find a cure for diabetes. Located at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Institute is a world leader in cure-focused research. For more information, please visit DiabetesResearch.org. SE


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Last October, two years, two phases and five million dollars later, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island celebrated its master renovation. At the Project Design 2014 Gala, more than 700 guests toured the New Hyde Park facility with Ryan Serant, Master of Ceremonies of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Listing New York.” More than 45 leading interior designers nationwide renovated 42 bedrooms, five common areas, four kitchens, a fitness center, a meditation room and laundry rooms.

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The Designer Showcase Gala marked the largest redesign in Ronald McDonald House of Long Island’s 28-year history. Attendees viewed the newly designed areas, participated in a silent auction and enjoyed cocktails, fine dining and dancing. Raising more than $500,000, the event ensured programs and services at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island will continue to provide a warm and supportive environment along with accommodations for families dealing with a child undergoing treatment in local hospitals, regardless of financial circumstances. For more information, please visit rmhlongisland.org. SE By JAMIE DARDASHTIAN

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the good life

I was sitting on a burgundy velvet art deco barrel chair in the living room of my junior one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, facing my 32” flat screen HDTV when it dawned on me that this is my man cave. The sum of my macho is contained in every inch of that relatively small TV. Clearly the barrel chair would be kicked out of the cave immediately, along with my videos of the Mary Tyler Moore show, seasons 1 through 3. I just returned home from working a charity fundraiser honoring Robert De Niro and Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire, where the young Hollywood elite doled out big bucks for such auction items as a BMW driving school package, a Brioni shopping spree – valued at $100,000 and the ringside seat to the World Title boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri with a starting bid of $50,000. So, admittedly, I was feeling a little emasculated in my man cave, wondering what kinds of toys some of the guests such as Orlando Bloom, Edward Norton and Joel McHale had in theirs. They’ve probably spent a pretty penny enjoying the toys that come with the good life. Was it envy or just the Y chromosome that had me rethinking my setup? I canvassed a few of my deep-pocketed friends to help me find my inner frat96 SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY


boy and tell me what toys they play with, or want to play with, that I should consider for myself. Bob Saget, who I suspect spends more time making people laugh than shopping at Hammacher Schlemmer, admitted he’s not that materialistic but when pressed he told me, “Since my childhood and obsession with James Bond paraphernalia, all I’ve been interested in is having a jet pack that doesn’t backfire. Once I learned who Iron Man was my radar went off–must not backfire.” Great idea! I checked out a few and found I could fly using an X-Jetpack for around $10,000. Although more upscale ones like The Martin Jetpack don’t even bother to list the price, so of course, those are the ones to get. “Must not backfire!” As for inside the man cave, Bob offered, “I’d assume it’s packed all up with full flat screens, voice-activated cardiovascular and fitness equipment and a huge bed. Oh yeah, with a breathtaking clear three-story slide that allows me to zoom into the room with a woman lying back on me as we sail

through the roof inside the tube–arriving safely through some kind of gravity defying braking system–onto the huge bed.” Who knew there was a place for women in the cave? Had it not been for an extremely cute dog act, Comedian Tom Cotter could have won a million dollars on America’s Got Talent, I wasn’t sure if I should re-open that wound by asking what he would have bought with the windfall that was just a bark away. But Tom was cool about it and shared his list, which, he confessed, also works for a tree house. Tom’s cave would have a maid (“French, preferably”) and a stripper pole that I presume is for the French lass and not him. He’d also go for a humidor with illegal Cuban cigars, a bacon Jerky dispenser and the Panasonic Real Pro Ultra Massage Chair EP-MA73. For $8,000, it makes a dollar-a-minute Swedish massage seem like a tease. This throbbing, vibrating throne provides a fullbody massage with multi-directional rollers that simulate hot-stone therapy and also replicate a masseuse’s tech-

niques. Not to mention, it also works on hands, legs and feet! All that by just sitting alone! The only way I can trick out my barrel chair is if I hang a magazine rack over an arm to hold TV Guides. Perhaps it’s best Tom came in second on America’s Got Talent -- he would have blown through that million dollars in one cave decorating session. Angelo, who owns Sal e Pepe’s restaurant in Newtown, CT, didn’t hesitate to confide he planned to buy the Bentley Continental Drop Top, a $250,000 model of conspicuous consumption. I’m sure he’s ignoring the fact that he needs to sell about 55,555 of his cannelloni dishes to make that dream come true. But it was food for thought as I mulled over his car choice since I’d park the 014 Lamborghini Aventador in my own man cave. It’s a tad higher at $548,800. I won’t tell my 2007 Toyota Yaris I have this vision. I’m taking this all under advisement as I sip a glass of red wine and contemplate adding a Keg-O-Rator to the cave–let’s face it, beer is the way to go and for only $500 I get cold brewskies on tap. Do they actually say “brewskies”? That will be on my next round of questions for the boys. Oh, and I’ll need a drone to put Season 2 of the Mary Tyler Moore show in my Samsung DVD player. SE

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LUXURY Best of 2015 Issue  

Sands Point Modern Architectural Masterpiece, Entertaining at Home, Design Showhouse, Robert Beer, Costa Rica, Pet Bling and more

LUXURY Best of 2015 Issue  

Sands Point Modern Architectural Masterpiece, Entertaining at Home, Design Showhouse, Robert Beer, Costa Rica, Pet Bling and more