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Publisher’s letter Welcome to the Summer 2011 issue of Shawn Elliott LUXURY magazine. It’s hot outside and our pages are even hotter! In this issue, we’ve expanded our profiles section to include an Architect’s Vision, along with our well-received Builder Showcase and Designer Spaces columns. Our first architect, Bernard J. Austin, is both a newcomer to the local architecture scene and an old timer: after years on the West Coast, the Lloyd Harbor native recently opened a Locust Valley office of the top-ofthe-line architectural firm Harrison Design Associates. Headquartered in Atlanta, Harrison also has offices in Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Austin is dedicated to designing the best of the best in our own backyard. Diving into the season, our feature on Summer Soirees takes a peak at outdoor entertaining in all its sumptuous glory, from beach themes and movie theaters to Mediterranean nights. We check out the finest of water features in our Liquid Luxury piece, from special swimming pools and fountains to rushing water falls combined with firepits. Away from home, yet close by, we sail off to the North Shore’s top of the line yacht clubs and take time out at three local day spas. Ready for a real vacation? In this issue we travel to the Caribbean on a fun-filled, relaxing weeklong cruise to pristine beaches in Grand Turk, St. Maarten and the Bahamas, plus a stroll around old San Juan. Closer to home, we check out North Fork wine country with Rothmann’s Steak House sommelier Jake Young as well as the “steak frites” at three of our favorite Gold Coast French restaurants. And, of course, our featured property. Our collection of the finest homes on the North Shore market pays special attention to a stately Upper Brookville 12,000 square foot mansion that has it all and is regally set on five gloriously manicured acres with a 15-car garage and the ultimate pool house. Enjoy Luxury, Summer 2011. Stay cool and happy reading!

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SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & E S TAT E S

Publisher’s letter Welcome to the Summer 2011 issue of Shawn Elliott LUXURY magazine. It’s hot outside and our pages are even hotter! In this issue, we’ve expanded our profiles section to include an Architect’s Vision, along with our well-received Builder Showcase and Designer Spaces columns. Our first architect, Bernard J. Austin, is both a newcomer to the local architecture scene and an old timer: after years on the West Coast, the Lloyd Harbor native recently opened a Locust Valley office of the top-ofthe-line architectural firm Harrison Design Associates. Headquartered in Atlanta, Harrison also has offices in Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. Austin is dedicated to designing the best of the best in our own backyard. Diving into the season, our feature on Summer Soirees takes a peak at outdoor entertaining in all its sumptuous glory, from beach themes and movie theaters to Mediterranean nights. We check out the finest of water features in our Liquid Luxury piece, from special swimming pools and fountains to rushing water falls combined with firepits. Away from home, yet close by, we sail off to the North Shore’s top of the line yacht clubs and take time out at three local day spas. Ready for a real vacation? In this issue we travel to the Caribbean on a fun-filled, relaxing weeklong cruise to pristine beaches in Grand Turk, St. Maarten and the Bahamas, plus a stroll around old San Juan. Closer to home, we check out North Fork wine country with Rothmann’s Steak House sommelier Jake Young as well as the “steak frites” at three of our favorite Gold Coast French restaurants. And, of course, our featured property. Our collection of the finest homes on the North Shore market pays special attention to a stately Upper Brookville 12,000 square foot mansion that has it all and is regally set on five gloriously manicured acres with a 15-car garage and the ultimate pool house. Enjoy Luxury, Summer 2011. Stay cool and happy reading!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

3. PUBLISHER’S LETTER 10. BUILDER SHOWCASE Ed Mayourian’s Quest for Everlasting Beauty

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12. ARCHITECTURAL VISIONS Bernard J. Austin Returns to the Gold Coast with Harrison Design Associates 14. DESIGNER SPACES Margreet Cevasco’s Sophisticated, Comfortable Decor 18. AT HOME WITH Cornelia Guest

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22. OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Starry Nights, Swanky Summer Soirees 28. WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Liquid Luxury 32. SAILING THE SOUND Gold Coast Yacht Clubs 34. GUILTY PLEASURES Bye, Bye Calgon -- Serene Day Spa Retreats

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36. SUMMER BLING Strappy Sandals 38. TRAVEL CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam 40. TOP SOMMELIER North Fork Vineyards

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42. DINING OUT Our Favorite French Restaurants 44. FEATURED PROPERTY Regal Georgian in Upper Brookville 46. ON THE MARKET Shawn Elliott’s Luxury Homes and Estates

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62. SPRING LAUNCH PARTY Extravaganza at Carlyle on the Green 64. THE GOOD LIFE

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

3. PUBLISHER’S LETTER 10. BUILDER SHOWCASE Ed Mayourian’s Quest for Everlasting Beauty

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12. ARCHITECTURAL VISIONS Bernard J. Austin Returns to the Gold Coast with Harrison Design Associates 14. DESIGNER SPACES Margreet Cevasco’s Sophisticated, Comfortable Decor 18. AT HOME WITH Cornelia Guest

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22. OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Starry Nights, Swanky Summer Soirees 28. WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Liquid Luxury 32. SAILING THE SOUND Gold Coast Yacht Clubs 34. GUILTY PLEASURES Bye, Bye Calgon -- Serene Day Spa Retreats

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36. SUMMER BLING Strappy Sandals 38. TRAVEL CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam 40. TOP SOMMELIER North Fork Vineyards

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COVER PROPERTY

42. DINING OUT Our Favorite French Restaurants 44. FEATURED PROPERTY Regal Georgian in Upper Brookville 46. ON THE MARKET Shawn Elliott’s Luxury Homes and Estates

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62. SPRING LAUNCH PARTY Extravaganza at Carlyle on the Green 64. THE GOOD LIFE

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BUILDER SHOWCASE

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“It was not a very good market in the early 90s,” recalled Mayourian, who is now 39, “But I knew that I had built the right house with the right touch.” A second home in Port Washington followed soon afterward. And then a third. Ed began to search for lots to buy and subdivide, and when lots were not available, he bought houses, knocked them down and built new ones. He partnered with Michael Boroumand to form Putnam Developers; the two have remained a By LINDA SASLOW team ever since. When Ed Mayourian was 10 years old, In the beginning, they built one house at a his father built a house in Old Westbury for time, but soon found that their system wasn’t his family. As he watched in fascination, the fast enough to compete with other respected seeds were planted for his own future career. Long Island builders. There was no choice but Nine years later, not yet even 20 years old, to become more aggressive—buying double Mayourian took the first step towards that lucra- lots, then larger parcels, sub-dividing them and tive career when he built a 2,400 square foot building homes. house in Roslyn, which he later sold for $370,000. One of Ed’s earliest successes was a neighbor-

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The unifying theme among all of his homes is their colonial style. “While ideas and tastes change, colonials will be appreciated today, and 100 years from now. They will have everlasting beauty.” hood within the Herricks school district, on land that was formerly a vegetable farm, which he purchased from the 95 year-old farmer, subdivided and built six modern colonial houses. He and sold them for between $600,000 and $780,000 each. From then on, Mayourian was unstoppable throughout the North Shore of Nassau County, he recalled with a chuckle. “I picked up lots that other builders were afraid to touch because they had problems or needed special attention,” he said. “Many times different governmental agencies became involved and the process was very complicated.” But not too complicated for Mayourian. Over the last decade, his projects have ranged from the highest end luxury homes, to mid-size twofamily houses, to starter homes and rentals. Whether building a custom 8,000 square foot Italian villa or a 2,400 square foot starter home,

Mayourian is proud of his colonial style homes with details that make them unique. He compared the spectrum of options among his homes to buying a Mercedes. “You can choose the top 550 model, or opt for a less expensive model,” he explained. “But in any Mercedes, all of the fine details are still there.” Building a home is much more complicated than putting together pieces of wood, Mayourian emphasized. “There are so many different ingredients that go into making a home appealing to the eye. When I build a home, my two top priorities are the floor plan and the exterior view of the house. Each home within a neighborhood has its own character, but there must be harmony among them.” The unifying theme among all of his homes is their colonial style. “One might be a Tudor, another a French chateau or an Italian villa,

and each has its own attitude,” he said. “But while ideas and tastes change, colonials will be appreciated today, and 100 years from now. They have everlasting beauty.” One of Mayourian’s proudest accomplishments is Boxwoods Way, in Manhasset, a neighborhood of six luxury homes between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet, which he considers architectural masterpieces. “People drove around taking pictures of those homes,” he recalled. “That really put us on the map.” Today, even in a challenging housing market, Mayourian has a number of ongoing projects and has become a master of juggling his various companies, along with his time and attention. On any given day, he may travel from Kings Point, where he is building a new subdivision of nine luxury homes on two to five acre lots, to

Glen Cove, where he just won approval to build nine homes, to Roslyn Harbor, where three high end homes will be built backing up to Engineers Golf Club, and on to Bayville, where he has just started building one house. “Being a builder is my passion,” Mayourian explained. “There’s such a feeling of accomplishment and creation. When you start with a piece of property and nothing is there, you go through all of the challenges to subdivide and are finally able to put a foundation on virgin ground. You are creating something for families to enjoy for years and years. I feel that pride with each house, whether it’s large or small.” As for the largest house he has built, it’s his own home in Brookville, where he lives with his wife Melissa and their three children, now nine, six and five. At more than 15,000 square feet, Mayourian admitted, “I went a little too crazy.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 11


BUILDER SHOWCASE

Putnam Development

“It was not a very good market in the early 90s,” recalled Mayourian, who is now 39, “But I knew that I had built the right house with the right touch.” A second home in Port Washington followed soon afterward. And then a third. Ed began to search for lots to buy and subdivide, and when lots were not available, he bought houses, knocked them down and built new ones. He partnered with Michael Boroumand to form Putnam Developers; the two have remained a By LINDA SASLOW team ever since. When Ed Mayourian was 10 years old, In the beginning, they built one house at a his father built a house in Old Westbury for time, but soon found that their system wasn’t his family. As he watched in fascination, the fast enough to compete with other respected seeds were planted for his own future career. Long Island builders. There was no choice but Nine years later, not yet even 20 years old, to become more aggressive—buying double Mayourian took the first step towards that lucra- lots, then larger parcels, sub-dividing them and tive career when he built a 2,400 square foot building homes. house in Roslyn, which he later sold for $370,000. One of Ed’s earliest successes was a neighbor-

ED MAYOURIAN

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The unifying theme among all of his homes is their colonial style. “While ideas and tastes change, colonials will be appreciated today, and 100 years from now. They will have everlasting beauty.” hood within the Herricks school district, on land that was formerly a vegetable farm, which he purchased from the 95 year-old farmer, subdivided and built six modern colonial houses. He and sold them for between $600,000 and $780,000 each. From then on, Mayourian was unstoppable throughout the North Shore of Nassau County, he recalled with a chuckle. “I picked up lots that other builders were afraid to touch because they had problems or needed special attention,” he said. “Many times different governmental agencies became involved and the process was very complicated.” But not too complicated for Mayourian. Over the last decade, his projects have ranged from the highest end luxury homes, to mid-size twofamily houses, to starter homes and rentals. Whether building a custom 8,000 square foot Italian villa or a 2,400 square foot starter home,

Mayourian is proud of his colonial style homes with details that make them unique. He compared the spectrum of options among his homes to buying a Mercedes. “You can choose the top 550 model, or opt for a less expensive model,” he explained. “But in any Mercedes, all of the fine details are still there.” Building a home is much more complicated than putting together pieces of wood, Mayourian emphasized. “There are so many different ingredients that go into making a home appealing to the eye. When I build a home, my two top priorities are the floor plan and the exterior view of the house. Each home within a neighborhood has its own character, but there must be harmony among them.” The unifying theme among all of his homes is their colonial style. “One might be a Tudor, another a French chateau or an Italian villa,

and each has its own attitude,” he said. “But while ideas and tastes change, colonials will be appreciated today, and 100 years from now. They have everlasting beauty.” One of Mayourian’s proudest accomplishments is Boxwoods Way, in Manhasset, a neighborhood of six luxury homes between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet, which he considers architectural masterpieces. “People drove around taking pictures of those homes,” he recalled. “That really put us on the map.” Today, even in a challenging housing market, Mayourian has a number of ongoing projects and has become a master of juggling his various companies, along with his time and attention. On any given day, he may travel from Kings Point, where he is building a new subdivision of nine luxury homes on two to five acre lots, to

Glen Cove, where he just won approval to build nine homes, to Roslyn Harbor, where three high end homes will be built backing up to Engineers Golf Club, and on to Bayville, where he has just started building one house. “Being a builder is my passion,” Mayourian explained. “There’s such a feeling of accomplishment and creation. When you start with a piece of property and nothing is there, you go through all of the challenges to subdivide and are finally able to put a foundation on virgin ground. You are creating something for families to enjoy for years and years. I feel that pride with each house, whether it’s large or small.” As for the largest house he has built, it’s his own home in Brookville, where he lives with his wife Melissa and their three children, now nine, six and five. At more than 15,000 square feet, Mayourian admitted, “I went a little too crazy.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 11


“Successful design should be informed by the past but must be of its own place and time.” — Harrison Design’s philosophy

Architectural Vision:

BERNARD AUSTIN OF HARRISON DESIGN ASSOCIATES’ LOCUST VALLEY OFFICE By M.C. SUSSMAN

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ernard Austin brings a unique perspective to his architectural portfolio. Raised on the Gold Coast, he is a son of Bernadette Castro, the former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and former CEO of Castro Convertibles, the megamillions pullout sofa company. Bernard grew up at Panfield, a grand 18 room, 15 bath, stucco English Tudor-style mansion on five acres overlooking Lloyd Harbor built in 1915 for Albert Milbank, the first mayor of the village. As a boy, Bernard liked to catapult paper airplanes into the eyepopping chandelier in the foyer. He developed an early appreciation for functional design: the upstairs bedroom doors have transom windows allowing for cross ventilation in the summer; the carved stone fireplaces in each room were used for heat when he was growing up. In high school shop class, Bernard developed a fondness for building furniture. But it wasn’t until his formal education in architecture began that he started to notice the incredible details that helped make the home purchased by his grandfather, Bernard Castro, so special, from the soaring 23-foot ceilings in the massive entrance hall and the intricately carved plaster ceiling and beam detailing in the living room to the wood paneling and barrel ceiling in the banquetsized dining room. After graduating from the Portledge School and Cold Spring Harbor High School, Bernard headed to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he met his wife, Alexandria. He went on to earn a Masters degree in architecture at the University of Oregon. After a brief stint working in Oyster Bay, the Austins settled in Santa Barbara. “At the time it felt right to forge out on our own,” he said. Working for a sole practitioner, he specialized in stately high-end residential design, particularly Spanish colonial and Mission Revival style homes. Not long after, Bill Harrison of Atlanta-based Harrison Design Associates teamed up with his boss. Bernard served as a lead project manager with the founding principal on significant projects from Los Angeles to Bend, Oregon. “Suddenly being connected to a firm from the Southeast concentrating on “very traditional, classical design, he was “flooded” with remind-

ers of Long Island, he said, with uncompromising dedication to quality, authentic detailing and the use of fine materials that last for generations. “What we do as a firm that is very unique is we really try to understand the historic precedents regardless of the style of architecture and take a real honest, severe approach to that,” he said. When the opportunity arose, Bernard headed home. In January, he opened a branch of Harrison Design Associates in Locust Valley and, at age 36, with his wife and four children, moved back into his mother’s home.

are amazing,” he said. Reconnecting with the local architectural and building community, Bernard said he is getting “a quick introduction into who the local artisans are who do this high end quality work” and the “trades that take the historic restorations and references seriously. “ New York is an epicenter for the quality of work that we do,” he added. To start, Bernard has been designing small remodels, additions and, in concert with Huntington-based developer Thomas Abraham of Abraham Little Neck Development, a nearly 10,000 square foot French-style cha-

These days the paper airplanes launched at the foyer chandelier are from Bernard’s four children, ages three to 12. What was once a reflecting pool in the front yard has been redone as a swimming pool. The home also has an indoor pool. It all seems to be “a natural fit.” The Gold Coast’s history -- and assortment of mansions from the early 1900s like Old Westbury Gardens, the Marshall Field Estate and Coe Hall, suit Bernard’s architectural bent and appreciation for historic detail. “If you take a 5 mile radius with Locust Valley in the center, the architectural resources

teau in Brookville with a steep pitched roof and ornate chimneys. He is also working on a pro bono project with the North Shore Land Alliance, restoring an historic home on two acres in Oyster Bay that might otherwise have become another knockdown. Bernard said that the essence of being a designer is engaging the client “in the process so they take ownership” and “feel they are integral” and can “make certain decisions” as changes come up. Because he grew up in the grand style his clients often seek to replicate, communication flows

naturally and easily. Bernard sometimes shows clients photos of details from Panfield, helping them decide on proportions or whether a certain balustrade is too dark or heavy for their own space. “My firm reinforces the understanding of historically correct details or precedents,” Bernard said. In the last few months he has been meeting with local real estate brokers to introduce them to Harrison Design Associates’ studio environment, their high end work across the country and the collaborative approach they take to design in Locust Valley. The resources of their Atlanta, Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C., Beverly Hills and Shanghai, China, offices extend to Long Island. “Quality control is something we do as a collective responsibility,” he said of the firm, which has close to 65 employees. “It is looking to details of homes and understanding things like scale and proportion and applying that to the vernacular,” he said, “and trying to understand the aura of that style or genre.” The point is to “hone in on the historic quality” and not to make a stately home look like it was just built. Bernard said his firm has helped clients “restore old homes from A to Z,” documenting them extensively and then gutting them completely, “so when we put them back they have the feeling of the old home.” With ground up renovations, he said, they may put plaster on the walls instead of drywall so that the acoustics are the way they had been. “There is the kind of person who wants to maintain the fact there is a gap in the floorboard and a slope in the floor,” he said, while others want “to jack up the house so it feels like it is new.” Perhaps because he grew up at Panfield, he said, his heart leaps when given “an opportunity on the restoration side.” More clients, however, opt for new construction. While the firm’s work is not always traditional, their modern design studio work “really grows out of understanding scale and proportion that is the backbone of a lot of the successful classical architecture,” Bernard said. Even in traditional homes, Bernard and his colleagues “are incorporating a lot of what modern families want,” from the way the rooms are laid out with a big, open kitchen family room, using radiant floor heating and other technological advances in homes “that have the timeless quality of design.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 13


“Successful design should be informed by the past but must be of its own place and time.” — Harrison Design’s philosophy

Architectural Vision:

BERNARD AUSTIN OF HARRISON DESIGN ASSOCIATES’ LOCUST VALLEY OFFICE By M.C. SUSSMAN

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ernard Austin brings a unique perspective to his architectural portfolio. Raised on the Gold Coast, he is a son of Bernadette Castro, the former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and former CEO of Castro Convertibles, the megamillions pullout sofa company. Bernard grew up at Panfield, a grand 18 room, 15 bath, stucco English Tudor-style mansion on five acres overlooking Lloyd Harbor built in 1915 for Albert Milbank, the first mayor of the village. As a boy, Bernard liked to catapult paper airplanes into the eyepopping chandelier in the foyer. He developed an early appreciation for functional design: the upstairs bedroom doors have transom windows allowing for cross ventilation in the summer; the carved stone fireplaces in each room were used for heat when he was growing up. In high school shop class, Bernard developed a fondness for building furniture. But it wasn’t until his formal education in architecture began that he started to notice the incredible details that helped make the home purchased by his grandfather, Bernard Castro, so special, from the soaring 23-foot ceilings in the massive entrance hall and the intricately carved plaster ceiling and beam detailing in the living room to the wood paneling and barrel ceiling in the banquetsized dining room. After graduating from the Portledge School and Cold Spring Harbor High School, Bernard headed to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he met his wife, Alexandria. He went on to earn a Masters degree in architecture at the University of Oregon. After a brief stint working in Oyster Bay, the Austins settled in Santa Barbara. “At the time it felt right to forge out on our own,” he said. Working for a sole practitioner, he specialized in stately high-end residential design, particularly Spanish colonial and Mission Revival style homes. Not long after, Bill Harrison of Atlanta-based Harrison Design Associates teamed up with his boss. Bernard served as a lead project manager with the founding principal on significant projects from Los Angeles to Bend, Oregon. “Suddenly being connected to a firm from the Southeast concentrating on “very traditional, classical design, he was “flooded” with remind-

ers of Long Island, he said, with uncompromising dedication to quality, authentic detailing and the use of fine materials that last for generations. “What we do as a firm that is very unique is we really try to understand the historic precedents regardless of the style of architecture and take a real honest, severe approach to that,” he said. When the opportunity arose, Bernard headed home. In January, he opened a branch of Harrison Design Associates in Locust Valley and, at age 36, with his wife and four children, moved back into his mother’s home.

are amazing,” he said. Reconnecting with the local architectural and building community, Bernard said he is getting “a quick introduction into who the local artisans are who do this high end quality work” and the “trades that take the historic restorations and references seriously. “ New York is an epicenter for the quality of work that we do,” he added. To start, Bernard has been designing small remodels, additions and, in concert with Huntington-based developer Thomas Abraham of Abraham Little Neck Development, a nearly 10,000 square foot French-style cha-

These days the paper airplanes launched at the foyer chandelier are from Bernard’s four children, ages three to 12. What was once a reflecting pool in the front yard has been redone as a swimming pool. The home also has an indoor pool. It all seems to be “a natural fit.” The Gold Coast’s history -- and assortment of mansions from the early 1900s like Old Westbury Gardens, the Marshall Field Estate and Coe Hall, suit Bernard’s architectural bent and appreciation for historic detail. “If you take a 5 mile radius with Locust Valley in the center, the architectural resources

teau in Brookville with a steep pitched roof and ornate chimneys. He is also working on a pro bono project with the North Shore Land Alliance, restoring an historic home on two acres in Oyster Bay that might otherwise have become another knockdown. Bernard said that the essence of being a designer is engaging the client “in the process so they take ownership” and “feel they are integral” and can “make certain decisions” as changes come up. Because he grew up in the grand style his clients often seek to replicate, communication flows

naturally and easily. Bernard sometimes shows clients photos of details from Panfield, helping them decide on proportions or whether a certain balustrade is too dark or heavy for their own space. “My firm reinforces the understanding of historically correct details or precedents,” Bernard said. In the last few months he has been meeting with local real estate brokers to introduce them to Harrison Design Associates’ studio environment, their high end work across the country and the collaborative approach they take to design in Locust Valley. The resources of their Atlanta, Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C., Beverly Hills and Shanghai, China, offices extend to Long Island. “Quality control is something we do as a collective responsibility,” he said of the firm, which has close to 65 employees. “It is looking to details of homes and understanding things like scale and proportion and applying that to the vernacular,” he said, “and trying to understand the aura of that style or genre.” The point is to “hone in on the historic quality” and not to make a stately home look like it was just built. Bernard said his firm has helped clients “restore old homes from A to Z,” documenting them extensively and then gutting them completely, “so when we put them back they have the feeling of the old home.” With ground up renovations, he said, they may put plaster on the walls instead of drywall so that the acoustics are the way they had been. “There is the kind of person who wants to maintain the fact there is a gap in the floorboard and a slope in the floor,” he said, while others want “to jack up the house so it feels like it is new.” Perhaps because he grew up at Panfield, he said, his heart leaps when given “an opportunity on the restoration side.” More clients, however, opt for new construction. While the firm’s work is not always traditional, their modern design studio work “really grows out of understanding scale and proportion that is the backbone of a lot of the successful classical architecture,” Bernard said. Even in traditional homes, Bernard and his colleagues “are incorporating a lot of what modern families want,” from the way the rooms are laid out with a big, open kitchen family room, using radiant floor heating and other technological advances in homes “that have the timeless quality of design.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 13


DESIGNER SPACES

MARGREET CEVASCO Transitional with a Masculine Edge by JENNA KERN-RUGILE

Margreet Cevasco comes from a long line of creative people. As owner of Margreet Cevasco Design in Sea Cliff, she loves to share stories about her father, a writer and scholar, and her grandmother, a couture dress designer. And she’s thrilled that the creative gene is continuing in her offspring, a son who recently graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Cevasco’s biggest influence was her mother, Constance Cevasco, also an interior designer. “I absorbed much of her style,” she says. “When I did my first showcase, I looked at the finished room and thought, ‘This looks just as if my mother did it.’ When I showed her the room, she felt the same way.” 14 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Cevasco never planned to enter the interior design field. “I was a bit of a hippie type,” she laughs. But her mother had an inventive way of guiding her daughter toward the career that is now her passion. “In my mid twenties, I had a boyfriend with a really ugly apartment,” recalls Cevasco. “When I asked my mother to help redesign it, she said she didn’t have the time. She encouraged me to do it myself.” Cevasco took on the challenge, and was surprised to discover she “absolutely loved” the process. “I guess you could say it was in my DNA,” she says with a smile. The key to great design, says Cevasco, is an intangible quality: the artistic sensitivity a designer brings to the process. “I firmly believe that, although you can learn technique, you can’t learn talent,” she says. “My job is to take a client’s vision and transform it into a sophisticated, comfortable and livable space.” She was formerly a partner in CDXO Design, a now defunct Sea Cliff interior design firm. Cevasco calls her style “transitional,” with an emphasis on a more masculine look. “I never go for the frilly,” she says. “I love to

combine old and new in an eclectic mix that creates a sense of balance and comfort. I don’t want to be confined by a particular style or element.” Working out of a studio in her transformed garage, she typically creates the framework in neutral shades—mostly whites, creams, browns and grays--and then layers color on top, using artwork, upholstery and other elements to add splashes of color and interest. That technique also enables her designs to be altered seasonally—for example, adding deeper-colored pillows and weightier window treatments in winter. “If the basics are well chosen, accessories can be changed to make a huge impact,” she says A project she recently completed in Commack personifies her style--and it also has special meaning, since the homeowner was her mother’s client three decades ago. The project was Cevasco’s way of paying tribute to her mother, who passed away in 2006. The couple was downsizing from a large waterfront home in Fort Salonga to an upscale, three-bedroom condo in the Hamlet.

“You have to feel very comfortable with the person whom you allow to be part of the intimate experience of designing your home.” “It was a very emotional move for them,” says Cevasco. “It was important to them to keep as many of their treasured pieces as possible, but they had no idea how to incorporate them into their new home.” Cevasco repurposed many of the couples’ existing furnishings in new ways. For example, she moved the chandelier from their former dining room to the new home’s master bedroom; she hung the kitchen light fixtures in the bath; and she transformed the antique kitchen table into a desk for the home office. Neutral walls, wood floors and brown fabrics create a warm, comforting backdrop for the couples artwork and accessories, including an oversized Asian screen, a lion collection and some magnificent Chinese urns. “We discussed some fabric and color choices before they left for Florida for the winter, but they trusted me completely,”

says Cevasco. Her experience in model home staging and turnkey design made this project a perfect fit. “We’ve had several clients that have entrusted us to renovate and design their homes and have given us the freedom to make decisions and selections with minimal involvement from them,” she says. Clients describe the desired look and function, give Cevasco their wish list and requirements, and then she and her team present an overall design concept that includes palette, layout and some key furniture pieces. “Once the mood and feel of the space has been determined and agreed upon, they leave the details and headaches to us.” That level of trust is crucial, Cevasco says. “It’s all a matter of the relationship; you have to feel very comfortable with the person whom you allow to be part of the intimate experience of designing your home.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 15


DESIGNER SPACES

MARGREET CEVASCO Transitional with a Masculine Edge by JENNA KERN-RUGILE

Margreet Cevasco comes from a long line of creative people. As owner of Margreet Cevasco Design in Sea Cliff, she loves to share stories about her father, a writer and scholar, and her grandmother, a couture dress designer. And she’s thrilled that the creative gene is continuing in her offspring, a son who recently graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Cevasco’s biggest influence was her mother, Constance Cevasco, also an interior designer. “I absorbed much of her style,” she says. “When I did my first showcase, I looked at the finished room and thought, ‘This looks just as if my mother did it.’ When I showed her the room, she felt the same way.” 14 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Cevasco never planned to enter the interior design field. “I was a bit of a hippie type,” she laughs. But her mother had an inventive way of guiding her daughter toward the career that is now her passion. “In my mid twenties, I had a boyfriend with a really ugly apartment,” recalls Cevasco. “When I asked my mother to help redesign it, she said she didn’t have the time. She encouraged me to do it myself.” Cevasco took on the challenge, and was surprised to discover she “absolutely loved” the process. “I guess you could say it was in my DNA,” she says with a smile. The key to great design, says Cevasco, is an intangible quality: the artistic sensitivity a designer brings to the process. “I firmly believe that, although you can learn technique, you can’t learn talent,” she says. “My job is to take a client’s vision and transform it into a sophisticated, comfortable and livable space.” She was formerly a partner in CDXO Design, a now defunct Sea Cliff interior design firm. Cevasco calls her style “transitional,” with an emphasis on a more masculine look. “I never go for the frilly,” she says. “I love to

combine old and new in an eclectic mix that creates a sense of balance and comfort. I don’t want to be confined by a particular style or element.” Working out of a studio in her transformed garage, she typically creates the framework in neutral shades—mostly whites, creams, browns and grays--and then layers color on top, using artwork, upholstery and other elements to add splashes of color and interest. That technique also enables her designs to be altered seasonally—for example, adding deeper-colored pillows and weightier window treatments in winter. “If the basics are well chosen, accessories can be changed to make a huge impact,” she says A project she recently completed in Commack personifies her style--and it also has special meaning, since the homeowner was her mother’s client three decades ago. The project was Cevasco’s way of paying tribute to her mother, who passed away in 2006. The couple was downsizing from a large waterfront home in Fort Salonga to an upscale, three-bedroom condo in the Hamlet.

“You have to feel very comfortable with the person whom you allow to be part of the intimate experience of designing your home.” “It was a very emotional move for them,” says Cevasco. “It was important to them to keep as many of their treasured pieces as possible, but they had no idea how to incorporate them into their new home.” Cevasco repurposed many of the couples’ existing furnishings in new ways. For example, she moved the chandelier from their former dining room to the new home’s master bedroom; she hung the kitchen light fixtures in the bath; and she transformed the antique kitchen table into a desk for the home office. Neutral walls, wood floors and brown fabrics create a warm, comforting backdrop for the couples artwork and accessories, including an oversized Asian screen, a lion collection and some magnificent Chinese urns. “We discussed some fabric and color choices before they left for Florida for the winter, but they trusted me completely,”

says Cevasco. Her experience in model home staging and turnkey design made this project a perfect fit. “We’ve had several clients that have entrusted us to renovate and design their homes and have given us the freedom to make decisions and selections with minimal involvement from them,” she says. Clients describe the desired look and function, give Cevasco their wish list and requirements, and then she and her team present an overall design concept that includes palette, layout and some key furniture pieces. “Once the mood and feel of the space has been determined and agreed upon, they leave the details and headaches to us.” That level of trust is crucial, Cevasco says. “It’s all a matter of the relationship; you have to feel very comfortable with the person whom you allow to be part of the intimate experience of designing your home.” SE SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 15


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I N T E G R A T I O N

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Life Simplified

EnCom employs a building block approach to systems design that allows each system to be installed standalone or as part of an integrated system. Integration allows multiple systems to act as one providing unique and powerful responses to events. For example, an alarm signal from the fire system can call a central station, trigger audio systems to turn off, shut down HVAC fans, activate pathway lighting, and so on. Residential Services

Commercial Services

• Home Office • Home Theater • Media Rooms • Multi room Audio & Video • Home Automation • Home Phone & Intercom Systems • Structured Wiring • Camera Systems • Lighting Control

• Business Phone Systems • Conference Room Automation • Lighting Control Systems • Climate Control Systems • Energy Management Systems • CCTV Systems & Monitoring • Access Control Systems • Directory & Intercom Systems • Digital Signage Solutions • Fire Alarm Systems • Building Paging & Audio Solutions • Training room/Classroom Automation and AV Solutions

The Aesthetics of Control

Lighting, Climate, Sound, Video, Window Treatments

Superior sound and control that complements your decor.

With options like these and many more available at your fingertips you’ll find that taking control of your home is easy.

It’s not enough that our systems perform well, they must also have a superior look and feel that complements your decor.

Imagine watching an action movie with pulse pounding surround sound, the shades closed and appropriately dimmed lighting. Minutes later in the same room, you can be relaxing with a good book, your favorite music playing, shades comfortably open and soft lighting, all at the touch of a button, without leaving your seat.

Our Vantage keypads and controls are available in an array of finishes to meet the needs of any client.

You can choose to control you home from a touchscreen, personal computer, iPad, IPhone, Blackberry, Android device, in-wall keypad or any combination.

EnCom is unique in the industry with a full service interior design team, Long Island Design Center, who will find just the right solutions to meet the most demanding design challenges.

Ultra-thin speakers from KEF provide the great sound you have come to expect from this ward winning company while blending perfectly with today’s flat screen televisions.

Tel. (516) 612-3344 Email info@encomalliance.com www.encomalliance.com Valley Stream, New York 11580

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Chestnut manor • upper brookville, LI • Over 30 Interior Designers

September 10

thru

October 30

ADMISSION

hours

General Admission . . . . . . . . . . .$30. Senior Citizens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$28. Children (5-12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 7.

tues. thru Fri. . . . . . . .10:30AM - 4:00PM Sat. & sun. . . . . . . . . . . .11:30AM - 5:00PM Columbus Day . . . . . .11:30AM - 5:00PM

No Children under 5

Long Island Design Center was founded on the principle that a home’s design should reflect the personalities and lifestyles of its owners. The goal of our designers is to translate the client’s needs into solutions that are beautiful, functional and safe. The physical and visual aspects of your home and work environment are vital to your personal well being. This is why every element of a design, from the largest to the smallest detail, is thoughtfully blended to create harmony between you and your surroundings. Should you desire all new construction, a single room or a full remodel our talented staff has the resources to guide you through the process. Our vision and expertise allows us to create innovative design solutions that will give you a timeless, nurturing atmosphere for today and years to come.

last admission 1/2 hour before closing closed mondays EXCEPT COLUMBUS DAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011

Groups (20 min.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$26. sales tax included. tickets may be purchased at the door.

Beneficiary • mill neck manor school for the deaf

516•277•2156

www.designersshowcaseny.com

• FURNITURE

• RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL

• FABRICS

• ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REVIEW

• WINDOW TREATMENTS

• SPACE PLANNING

• WALL FINISHES, WALLPAPER AND WALL

• CONSTRUCTION CONSULTATION

• TREATMENTS

• CONSTRUCTION IMPLEMENTATION

• COLOR CONSULTATION

• CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

• MEDIA AND HOME THEATRE ROOMS

• KITCHEN DESIGN

• HOME STAGING

• BATHROOM DESIGN

email: mmillionaires@optonline.net

supporters

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Servicing the Metropolitan New York Area, Long Island, Westchester and Connecticut


coming

T H E

soon

O R D I N A R Y

Designers’ Showcase 2011 ®

P O W E R

O F

I N T E G R A T I O N

S Y S T E M S

B E C O M E

E X T R A O R D I N A R Y ™

Life Simplified

EnCom employs a building block approach to systems design that allows each system to be installed standalone or as part of an integrated system. Integration allows multiple systems to act as one providing unique and powerful responses to events. For example, an alarm signal from the fire system can call a central station, trigger audio systems to turn off, shut down HVAC fans, activate pathway lighting, and so on. Residential Services

Commercial Services

• Home Office • Home Theater • Media Rooms • Multi room Audio & Video • Home Automation • Home Phone & Intercom Systems • Structured Wiring • Camera Systems • Lighting Control

• Business Phone Systems • Conference Room Automation • Lighting Control Systems • Climate Control Systems • Energy Management Systems • CCTV Systems & Monitoring • Access Control Systems • Directory & Intercom Systems • Digital Signage Solutions • Fire Alarm Systems • Building Paging & Audio Solutions • Training room/Classroom Automation and AV Solutions

The Aesthetics of Control

Lighting, Climate, Sound, Video, Window Treatments

Superior sound and control that complements your decor.

With options like these and many more available at your fingertips you’ll find that taking control of your home is easy.

It’s not enough that our systems perform well, they must also have a superior look and feel that complements your decor.

Imagine watching an action movie with pulse pounding surround sound, the shades closed and appropriately dimmed lighting. Minutes later in the same room, you can be relaxing with a good book, your favorite music playing, shades comfortably open and soft lighting, all at the touch of a button, without leaving your seat.

Our Vantage keypads and controls are available in an array of finishes to meet the needs of any client.

You can choose to control you home from a touchscreen, personal computer, iPad, IPhone, Blackberry, Android device, in-wall keypad or any combination.

EnCom is unique in the industry with a full service interior design team, Long Island Design Center, who will find just the right solutions to meet the most demanding design challenges.

Ultra-thin speakers from KEF provide the great sound you have come to expect from this ward winning company while blending perfectly with today’s flat screen televisions.

Tel. (516) 612-3344 Email info@encomalliance.com www.encomalliance.com Valley Stream, New York 11580

Corporate Headquarters 27 Rockaway Avenue 27 Rockaway Avenue Valley Stream, New York 11580

L i v i n g

Phone: 516-612-3344 Fax: 516-612-3343

P e r f e c t i o n

Chestnut manor • upper brookville, LI • Over 30 Interior Designers

September 10

thru

October 30

ADMISSION

hours

General Admission . . . . . . . . . . .$30. Senior Citizens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$28. Children (5-12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 7.

tues. thru Fri. . . . . . . .10:30AM - 4:00PM Sat. & sun. . . . . . . . . . . .11:30AM - 5:00PM Columbus Day . . . . . .11:30AM - 5:00PM

No Children under 5

Long Island Design Center was founded on the principle that a home’s design should reflect the personalities and lifestyles of its owners. The goal of our designers is to translate the client’s needs into solutions that are beautiful, functional and safe. The physical and visual aspects of your home and work environment are vital to your personal well being. This is why every element of a design, from the largest to the smallest detail, is thoughtfully blended to create harmony between you and your surroundings. Should you desire all new construction, a single room or a full remodel our talented staff has the resources to guide you through the process. Our vision and expertise allows us to create innovative design solutions that will give you a timeless, nurturing atmosphere for today and years to come.

last admission 1/2 hour before closing closed mondays EXCEPT COLUMBUS DAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011

Groups (20 min.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$26. sales tax included. tickets may be purchased at the door.

Beneficiary • mill neck manor school for the deaf

516•277•2156

www.designersshowcaseny.com

• FURNITURE

• RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL

• FABRICS

• ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REVIEW

• WINDOW TREATMENTS

• SPACE PLANNING

• WALL FINISHES, WALLPAPER AND WALL

• CONSTRUCTION CONSULTATION

• TREATMENTS

• CONSTRUCTION IMPLEMENTATION

• COLOR CONSULTATION

• CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

• MEDIA AND HOME THEATRE ROOMS

• KITCHEN DESIGN

• HOME STAGING

• BATHROOM DESIGN

email: mmillionaires@optonline.net

supporters

516-256-7702 info@lidcinc.com © 2011 Mansions & Millionaires® Designers’ Showcase®

Servicing the Metropolitan New York Area, Long Island, Westchester and Connecticut


LIFESTYLE

Celebrities often visited her socialite parents at the 28-room home, with multiple rooms for entertaining family and friends on the first floor. Andy Warhol came for dinner when she was about five, Cornelia recalled, and went upstairs to see her. “He had two dachshunds and Jack Russell terriers,” she recalled and “told my mother he would rather stay upstairs with me.” They became pals and, in the 80s, his muse.   Her home is filled with his art, from her portrait to bold pop-art flowers to Elvis on the staircase landing. Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol each painted a portrait of her mother. John Singer Sargent did a portrait of her great grandmother,

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AT HOME ON THE GOLD COAST SOCIALITE CORNELIA GUEST By M.C. SUSSMAN

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own a long curved driveway in Old Westbury, Madonna, a seven-year-old pinto-colored donkey, was hanging out in the gravel courtyard in front of the socialite Cornelia Guest’s rambling, nearly 12,000 square foot family home, Templeton. Three of her motley menagerie of nine dogs -- some found on the street, others rescued from shelters - sniffed at a visitor’s legs. The informal greeting set the tone for the 15.5 acre country estate where the blond, blue-blooded Cornelia, though she also has a pad in Manhattan, travels frequently and did a stint in L.A., has lived nearly her entire life in shabby chic splendor, that slightly frayed old money style of 18 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

the horsey aristocratic set. Her grand yet cozy home is outfitted with an eclectic mix of vintage antiques and newer furnishings, with faded chintz and an abundance of animal prints among the upholstery, rugs, wall-towall carpeting and knickknacks. “I have always been a big animal lover,” Cornelia said. “I saved everything. If I found a dog on the street, if I found a pig, I brought it home.” Home since 1964 has been this modified and expanded Georgian colonial brick manor that was originally a  “cottage” on more than 100 acres belonging to her cousins, the Phipps family of Old Westbury Gardens. Cornelia, like her late mother, C.Z. Guest, the chic gardening columnist, has a green thumb. She got her love

of flowers from her father, Winston. A huge display of yellow orchids bloom in the marble-floored entry hall, flanked by elephant tusks that Cornelia, who does a lot of work for the Humane Society of New York and PETA, would rather not discuss. To one side of the entrance gallery is the living room, stately with museum quality art. Next to it is a sunroom with a billiards table and sliding doors leading to the Rose Garden. The original art studio, with its high ceilings and one of nine fireplaces, as a salon for entertaining. Beyond, a lattice gazebo decorated with ceramic elephant, swan and camel tables provides shade near the swimming pool. On the other side of the entrance

hall are the library, dining room and two large utilitarian chef’s kitchens with a bank of refrigerators and several sinks. The first functions as a pantry. Cornelia entertains frequently. Making parties for 300 to 500 is not a problem. A separate family breakfast room has banquette seating and two round tables. The staff uses a separate dining room. The library breathes old money with its forest green print wallpaper, the same shades as the painted faux marble moldings in the dining room and hallway. Family photographs and polo trophies abound.   The grounds at Templeton include three greenhouses, a walled rose garden in full pink blossom glory,

ornate topiaries and a magnificent double alley of towering Linden trees where Cornelia jumped horses over huge “earth logs.” Though she stopped riding about four years ago, the equestrian enclave still boasts a barn with 17 stalls as well as six paddocks. Also on the property are a tennis court, apartments for two caretakers, groom’s quarters, and a guest cottage. “It never occurred to me to move any place else,” Cornelia said, who 15 years ago bought out her brother Alexander’s share of their parents’ estate. Her father, Winston Frank Churchill Guest, was a world-class polo player, a cousin of Winston Churchill and an heir to the Phipps’ steel fortune.   

Mrs. Henry Phipps, with her father, then an infant, on her lap. The author Truman Capote, heart surgeon Dr. Christiaan Bernard and ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev used to come for the weekend.   “Jackie Kennedy and President Kennedy were friends of my parents,” Cornelia said, along with her godparents, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Fashion designers Oscar De La Renta, Yves St. Laurent and Halston were friends-- C.Z. Guest was once on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. At one point, when Cornelia brought her horses to Europe, she met Elton John and his husband, David Furnish and “we became wonderful friends,” she recalled.   Upstairs are four family bedrooms each with private baths, a laundry room and a suite of four smaller bedrooms for the help. The master suite includes a sitting room and fireplace and overlooks the rose garden. Framed in the master bath are photos of Cornelia with Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. In a room that serves as a closet Cornelia’s Manolo Blahniks mules and stilettos are lined up. Framed ribbons from Cornelia’s equestrian days are in the upstairs hallway along with photos of her father’s winning horses at Belmont. In the 1980s, Cornelia was dubbed the “Deb of the Decade,” a super debutante who became the first  ‘celebutante.” She went dancing at Studio 54 as well as more

staid society galas and appeared on the red carpet in Hollywood with Sylvester Stallone. Neither her acting career nor her relationship with the “Rocky” star took off. These days Cornelia, who never married, is working on a “seasonal lifestyle book” including entertaining, food, recipes and table settings, due to be published next spring. She also has a catering company, Cornelia Guest Events. Her personal and corporate client roster includes Donna Karan, Bulgari, Estee Lauder and the Humane Society of New York. “People just started asking me to bring my crew,” she said, including her private chef for 10 years, Colin Shanley, with whom she swaps ideas. “They came here and liked the way I entertained. It became a business.”  In the fields on her property, she grows lettuce, chard, radishes, cauliflower, leeks, berries and herbs, all organic. “ I don’t use any pesticides on my property,” Cornelia said.  In the orchard are apple, peach, apricot and fig trees.   Though her debutante days are past, Cornelia said that what she is doing now “is   what a debutante would do.”  “They follow in life whatever their dreams are,” she said, “but as we get older our dreams morph into different things,” which in her case includes crusading against pesticides, animal cruelty and slaughterhouses.   A vegan, she sells a “cruelty-free chocolate chip cookie” and has a “line of accessories coming out in the fall that are also cruelty free.” Cornelia is constantly busy. “It’s wonderful; I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Still, she said, it’s time to move on from her past. Templeton is on the market for $9.6 million, represented by Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates. “I am going to buy a farm someplace,” Cornelia said, planning to stay on Long Island to pursue the organic farming she loves and continue to entertain. “It’s time to do something a little different.”   SE For more information on the Templeton estate, call Sandy Binder of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates at 516-819-0000.

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Celebrities often visited her socialite parents at the 28-room home, with multiple rooms for entertaining family and friends on the first floor. Andy Warhol came for dinner when she was about five, Cornelia recalled, and went upstairs to see her. “He had two dachshunds and Jack Russell terriers,” she recalled and “told my mother he would rather stay upstairs with me.” They became pals and, in the 80s, his muse.   Her home is filled with his art, from her portrait to bold pop-art flowers to Elvis on the staircase landing. Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol each painted a portrait of her mother. John Singer Sargent did a portrait of her great grandmother,

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own a long curved driveway in Old Westbury, Madonna, a seven-year-old pinto-colored donkey, was hanging out in the gravel courtyard in front of the socialite Cornelia Guest’s rambling, nearly 12,000 square foot family home, Templeton. Three of her motley menagerie of nine dogs -- some found on the street, others rescued from shelters - sniffed at a visitor’s legs. The informal greeting set the tone for the 15.5 acre country estate where the blond, blue-blooded Cornelia, though she also has a pad in Manhattan, travels frequently and did a stint in L.A., has lived nearly her entire life in shabby chic splendor, that slightly frayed old money style of 18 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

the horsey aristocratic set. Her grand yet cozy home is outfitted with an eclectic mix of vintage antiques and newer furnishings, with faded chintz and an abundance of animal prints among the upholstery, rugs, wall-towall carpeting and knickknacks. “I have always been a big animal lover,” Cornelia said. “I saved everything. If I found a dog on the street, if I found a pig, I brought it home.” Home since 1964 has been this modified and expanded Georgian colonial brick manor that was originally a  “cottage” on more than 100 acres belonging to her cousins, the Phipps family of Old Westbury Gardens. Cornelia, like her late mother, C.Z. Guest, the chic gardening columnist, has a green thumb. She got her love

of flowers from her father, Winston. A huge display of yellow orchids bloom in the marble-floored entry hall, flanked by elephant tusks that Cornelia, who does a lot of work for the Humane Society of New York and PETA, would rather not discuss. To one side of the entrance gallery is the living room, stately with museum quality art. Next to it is a sunroom with a billiards table and sliding doors leading to the Rose Garden. The original art studio, with its high ceilings and one of nine fireplaces, as a salon for entertaining. Beyond, a lattice gazebo decorated with ceramic elephant, swan and camel tables provides shade near the swimming pool. On the other side of the entrance

hall are the library, dining room and two large utilitarian chef’s kitchens with a bank of refrigerators and several sinks. The first functions as a pantry. Cornelia entertains frequently. Making parties for 300 to 500 is not a problem. A separate family breakfast room has banquette seating and two round tables. The staff uses a separate dining room. The library breathes old money with its forest green print wallpaper, the same shades as the painted faux marble moldings in the dining room and hallway. Family photographs and polo trophies abound.   The grounds at Templeton include three greenhouses, a walled rose garden in full pink blossom glory,

ornate topiaries and a magnificent double alley of towering Linden trees where Cornelia jumped horses over huge “earth logs.” Though she stopped riding about four years ago, the equestrian enclave still boasts a barn with 17 stalls as well as six paddocks. Also on the property are a tennis court, apartments for two caretakers, groom’s quarters, and a guest cottage. “It never occurred to me to move any place else,” Cornelia said, who 15 years ago bought out her brother Alexander’s share of their parents’ estate. Her father, Winston Frank Churchill Guest, was a world-class polo player, a cousin of Winston Churchill and an heir to the Phipps’ steel fortune.   

Mrs. Henry Phipps, with her father, then an infant, on her lap. The author Truman Capote, heart surgeon Dr. Christiaan Bernard and ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev used to come for the weekend.   “Jackie Kennedy and President Kennedy were friends of my parents,” Cornelia said, along with her godparents, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Fashion designers Oscar De La Renta, Yves St. Laurent and Halston were friends-- C.Z. Guest was once on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. At one point, when Cornelia brought her horses to Europe, she met Elton John and his husband, David Furnish and “we became wonderful friends,” she recalled.   Upstairs are four family bedrooms each with private baths, a laundry room and a suite of four smaller bedrooms for the help. The master suite includes a sitting room and fireplace and overlooks the rose garden. Framed in the master bath are photos of Cornelia with Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. In a room that serves as a closet Cornelia’s Manolo Blahniks mules and stilettos are lined up. Framed ribbons from Cornelia’s equestrian days are in the upstairs hallway along with photos of her father’s winning horses at Belmont. In the 1980s, Cornelia was dubbed the “Deb of the Decade,” a super debutante who became the first  ‘celebutante.” She went dancing at Studio 54 as well as more

staid society galas and appeared on the red carpet in Hollywood with Sylvester Stallone. Neither her acting career nor her relationship with the “Rocky” star took off. These days Cornelia, who never married, is working on a “seasonal lifestyle book” including entertaining, food, recipes and table settings, due to be published next spring. She also has a catering company, Cornelia Guest Events. Her personal and corporate client roster includes Donna Karan, Bulgari, Estee Lauder and the Humane Society of New York. “People just started asking me to bring my crew,” she said, including her private chef for 10 years, Colin Shanley, with whom she swaps ideas. “They came here and liked the way I entertained. It became a business.”  In the fields on her property, she grows lettuce, chard, radishes, cauliflower, leeks, berries and herbs, all organic. “ I don’t use any pesticides on my property,” Cornelia said.  In the orchard are apple, peach, apricot and fig trees.   Though her debutante days are past, Cornelia said that what she is doing now “is   what a debutante would do.”  “They follow in life whatever their dreams are,” she said, “but as we get older our dreams morph into different things,” which in her case includes crusading against pesticides, animal cruelty and slaughterhouses.   A vegan, she sells a “cruelty-free chocolate chip cookie” and has a “line of accessories coming out in the fall that are also cruelty free.” Cornelia is constantly busy. “It’s wonderful; I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Still, she said, it’s time to move on from her past. Templeton is on the market for $9.6 million, represented by Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates. “I am going to buy a farm someplace,” Cornelia said, planning to stay on Long Island to pursue the organic farming she loves and continue to entertain. “It’s time to do something a little different.”   SE For more information on the Templeton estate, call Sandy Binder of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates at 516-819-0000.

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ment with more than 850 units and a golf course out East. After five years in the field, Robert became involved with project management, estimating scheduling, accounting, implementing a computer system with cost engineering, putting out purchase orders and “knowing exactly how many two-by-fours are on a job at any one time.” When his grandfather passed away 10 years ago, Robert started spot building higher end custom homes in Roslyn and Southampton with his brotherin-law. The family business was sold to Kimco and he went on his own. Recently Robert built a custom $5 million dollar home in Brookville and a $4 million spread in Muttontown. He is in the midst of putting up a spec home in Country Estates in Roslyn and plans to break ground in another one in October. Many of the custom homes he builds are Hamptons shingle style. “Once you plant yourself in an area, it snowballs because opportunities become available,” he says. Very involved in design and detail, Robert works with Huntington-based architect Michael J. Wallin, www.themansionmaker.com. “His attention to detail and curb appeal is incredible,” Robert says. When Robert worked in the family business, “we built everything what you see is what you get.” Now it’s a different ball game. “Custom building is a lot more hand holding,” he says, working with a sophisticated clientele, that “knows what they want.” He builds three to four

homes a year, ranging from 4,500 to 10,000 square feet, doing everything from land development to handing the house buyer the keys to the finished house. Proficient at scheduling with lead times and overlaps, each home takes Robert eight to 12 months to build. He also has longstanding subcontractors who help him “build a quality product in a timely manner.” Besides building, Robert has used his eye for design and fine living as a restaurateur. He is a partner in the high end, strikingly contemporary Nisen Sushi restaurants in Commack and Woodbury. Last Spring he opened a Red Mango yogurt franchise in Wheatley Plaza, with others coming up in Manhasset, Rego Park and Miami. He is also looking to open a Segafredo espresso bar cafe along Northern Boulevard. Robert says his building business “didn’t skip a beat” during the downturn. “My grandfather taught me well,” he said. I would never be where I am today without having that life lesson of learning the business from the ground up.”

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Sights-N-Sounds custom home theaters is Long Island’s premier design and installation specialists.

Robert Beer

We are your one-stop-shop for high-end audio/video products, custom installations, and superior service. At Sights-N-Sounds you can find both consumer brand names as well as professional home audio/video equipment. Please feel free to visit us at our flagship showroom in Seaford.

LUXURY HOME BUILDER

You may also want to consider protecting your new toys with a state-of-the-art home security system from Sights-N-Sounds. We offer a wide variety of options to keep your family, and your belongings safe.

“There’s no place like home…theater!” ™ I

I

ROBERT BEER & FAMILY have been building quality, luxury homes for over 60 years making them a great choice for

I

Home Theater Home Automation Multi-Room Audio and Video Security Systems

helping your family to build a new home. RB Shore Development specializes in New Construction, Land Development, Renovations, Landscaping, Sports Courts, Pools, Cabanas, and much more. If you’re thinking of building or renovating a home and want to learn more, consider what RB Shore Development can do for you today, from concept to completion.

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“I build every house as if I am building for myself,” says Robert, whose website is Builtbybeer.com. “I have very good taste that caters to a certain clientele.” Robert Beer, owner of R.B. Shore Development of Woodbury, says his claim to fame is his maternal grandfather. Morris Sosnow, the co-founder of Birchwood Park homes, later named the Birchwood Organization, was one of the biggest real estate developers on Long Island and a competitor of William Levitt, builder of Levittown. Starting in 1946, when the veterans returned from World War II, Sosnow built tens of thousands of middle-class affordable homes, among them Birchwood East and Birchwood West communities in Jericho that transformed the area into a bustling, sought-after suburb. Birchwood also constructed colonials, capes, splits and ranches from New Hyde Park to Plainview, East Meadow, Mineola and Westbury as well as the Water’s Edge complex in Bay Terrace. They were pioneers in building large communities of condominiums and townhouses around nine-hole golf courses and built developments in Holtsville, Oak dale, Farmingdale, Medford Commack, Middle Island and Coram. To this day, people tell Robert that they live in homes his grandfather built. Sosnow also constructed the Jericho Atrium offices and helped develop the Crossways at Woodbury. When Robert finished college he went to work for the family business and “learned the business from the ground up,” working in the field on a develop-

ment with more than 850 units and a golf course out East. After five years in the field, Robert became involved with project management, estimating scheduling, accounting, implementing a computer system with cost engineering, putting out purchase orders and “knowing exactly how many two-by-fours are on a job at any one time.” When his grandfather passed away 10 years ago, Robert started spot building higher end custom homes in Roslyn and Southampton with his brotherin-law. The family business was sold to Kimco and he went on his own. Recently Robert built a custom $5 million dollar home in Brookville and a $4 million spread in Muttontown. He is in the midst of putting up a spec home in Country Estates in Roslyn and plans to break ground in another one in October. Many of the custom homes he builds are Hamptons shingle style. “Once you plant yourself in an area, it snowballs because opportunities become available,” he says. Very involved in design and detail, Robert works with Huntington-based architect Michael J. Wallin, www.themansionmaker.com. “His attention to detail and curb appeal is incredible,” Robert says. When Robert worked in the family business, “we built everything what you see is what you get.” Now it’s a different ball game. “Custom building is a lot more hand holding,” he says, working with a sophisticated clientele, that “knows what they want.” He builds three to four

homes a year, ranging from 4,500 to 10,000 square feet, doing everything from land development to handing the house buyer the keys to the finished house. Proficient at scheduling with lead times and overlaps, each home takes Robert eight to 12 months to build. He also has longstanding subcontractors who help him “build a quality product in a timely manner.” Besides building, Robert has used his eye for design and fine living as a restaurateur. He is a partner in the high end, strikingly contemporary Nisen Sushi restaurants in Commack and Woodbury. Last Spring he opened a Red Mango yogurt franchise in Wheatley Plaza, with others coming up in Manhasset, Rego Park and Miami. He is also looking to open a Segafredo espresso bar cafe along Northern Boulevard. Robert says his building business “didn’t skip a beat” during the downturn. “My grandfather taught me well,” he said. I would never be where I am today without having that life lesson of learning the business from the ground up.”

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Unforgettable SUmmer SoireeS By LINDA SASLOW

Extravagant or casual but definitely fun, the best summer parties are memories in the making. When the invitations arrived for a summer “James Bond” party on the Gold Coast, guests were instructed to come nattily dressed in keeping with the secret 007 agent theme. That evening, while various James Bond flicks provided the background entertainment – pretty women and Aston Martins guaranteed --- on an outdoor flat screen TV, guests sipped martinis and munched on foie gras, jumbo shrimp and other ‘fancy’ hors d’oeuvres that James Bond would have definitely enjoyed if he were there. At a Labor Day party at a North Shore home last summer, guests felt like they had been transported to a European beach as they stepped onto the tennis court that had been covered with 2,000 tons of sand. Party furnishings included 50 lounge chairs, a barbecue pit, and a painted bar. Taking center 22 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

stage was a mermaid statue holding a seashell filled with champagne on ice. Every 15 minutes, a parade of waiters brought trays of sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, accompanied by oversized signature cocktails. For many savvy Long Islanders, summer entertaining today means not only backyard barbecues, but creative and splashy new concepts that make their outdoor parties sizzle and become unforgettable events. At Chez-zam Event Group, headquartered in Syosset, the motto is “If you can imagine it, we can produce it; and if you can’t… use our imagination!” “Part of what we do is help you choose a concept and then build it into a theme,” explained Christine Mammes of Chez-zam. “We can turn your backyard into a Cirque theme party, a tented Moroccan Magic blowout, a New Age Spa…the list goes on and on.” Daniele Messina, of Messina Market & Caterers, with locations in

East Norwich and Manhasset, is also a fan of theme parties. A theme can create a vibe that everyone gets into,” he explained. “If a client is looking to throw an outdoor party with a theme, we ask what they and their guests are into, and once we get the flavor, we can create a party around it.” Unique theme parties catered by Messina Market have included a summer Mardi Gras which featured a menu of Cajun foods supplemented by lighthearted drinking games, and one of Daniele’s favorites: a Frank Sinatra party. “We dressed the tables with red and white checkered tablecloths, and served food from that era, like meatballs and spaghetti, chicken parmesan and home baked cannolis,” he recalled. “All of the waiters wore long aprons, slicked back their hair, and the music playing throughout the evening was from the era of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.” Andres “Echo” Diaz also known as MC Echo of the Echo Agency of New

York has been creating parties and events that are stress free and unforgettable. He creates the most talked about affairs for every occasion. You can’t miss the enthusiasm in Larry Scott’s voice when he recounts the Labor Day Moulin Rouge party that was created and orchestrated by his firm, Lawrence Scott Events. “There were 250 guests dressed in a colorful blend of Moulin Rouge and Pirates of the Caribbean,” he said. He created a brothel ambiance with the help of a red velvet tent adorned with torches, hanging chandeliers and old-fashioned swings with grapevine. The entertainment included contortionists and burlesque dancers. The menu featured lobster tails, paella and marinated skirt steak. Theme parties can be great fun, but you have to know your crowd, cautioned Chris Robbins, of Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs, with locations in Locust Valley, Bridgehampton and Manhattan.

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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING:

Unforgettable SUmmer SoireeS By LINDA SASLOW

Extravagant or casual but definitely fun, the best summer parties are memories in the making. When the invitations arrived for a summer “James Bond” party on the Gold Coast, guests were instructed to come nattily dressed in keeping with the secret 007 agent theme. That evening, while various James Bond flicks provided the background entertainment – pretty women and Aston Martins guaranteed --- on an outdoor flat screen TV, guests sipped martinis and munched on foie gras, jumbo shrimp and other ‘fancy’ hors d’oeuvres that James Bond would have definitely enjoyed if he were there. At a Labor Day party at a North Shore home last summer, guests felt like they had been transported to a European beach as they stepped onto the tennis court that had been covered with 2,000 tons of sand. Party furnishings included 50 lounge chairs, a barbecue pit, and a painted bar. Taking center 22 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

stage was a mermaid statue holding a seashell filled with champagne on ice. Every 15 minutes, a parade of waiters brought trays of sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, accompanied by oversized signature cocktails. For many savvy Long Islanders, summer entertaining today means not only backyard barbecues, but creative and splashy new concepts that make their outdoor parties sizzle and become unforgettable events. At Chez-zam Event Group, headquartered in Syosset, the motto is “If you can imagine it, we can produce it; and if you can’t… use our imagination!” “Part of what we do is help you choose a concept and then build it into a theme,” explained Christine Mammes of Chez-zam. “We can turn your backyard into a Cirque theme party, a tented Moroccan Magic blowout, a New Age Spa…the list goes on and on.” Daniele Messina, of Messina Market & Caterers, with locations in

East Norwich and Manhasset, is also a fan of theme parties. A theme can create a vibe that everyone gets into,” he explained. “If a client is looking to throw an outdoor party with a theme, we ask what they and their guests are into, and once we get the flavor, we can create a party around it.” Unique theme parties catered by Messina Market have included a summer Mardi Gras which featured a menu of Cajun foods supplemented by lighthearted drinking games, and one of Daniele’s favorites: a Frank Sinatra party. “We dressed the tables with red and white checkered tablecloths, and served food from that era, like meatballs and spaghetti, chicken parmesan and home baked cannolis,” he recalled. “All of the waiters wore long aprons, slicked back their hair, and the music playing throughout the evening was from the era of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.” Andres “Echo” Diaz also known as MC Echo of the Echo Agency of New

York has been creating parties and events that are stress free and unforgettable. He creates the most talked about affairs for every occasion. You can’t miss the enthusiasm in Larry Scott’s voice when he recounts the Labor Day Moulin Rouge party that was created and orchestrated by his firm, Lawrence Scott Events. “There were 250 guests dressed in a colorful blend of Moulin Rouge and Pirates of the Caribbean,” he said. He created a brothel ambiance with the help of a red velvet tent adorned with torches, hanging chandeliers and old-fashioned swings with grapevine. The entertainment included contortionists and burlesque dancers. The menu featured lobster tails, paella and marinated skirt steak. Theme parties can be great fun, but you have to know your crowd, cautioned Chris Robbins, of Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs, with locations in Locust Valley, Bridgehampton and Manhattan.

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Dazzling Touches to Accessorize a Summer Party As with a wardrobe, a summer party is enhanced by the right accessories. Here are some ideas to add panache to your summer soiree. LUCITE DANCE FLOOR OVER A POOL Like skimming over azure waters in a glass bottom boat, it’s the ultimate thrill to dance over a pool on a transparent floor that changes colors by the second. The secret to creating that majestic dance floor is all in the lighting. Or toss some dry ice into the pool and it transforms into a smoky Jacuzzi— further enhancing the dance experience. PJ McBride Tents (631) 643-2848 Stamford Tent Company (203) 324-6222 AN OUTDOOR THEATER Not into dancing? “One of the coolest things to do at a large party is to show a movie,” said Chris Robbins, of Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs. “If your friends love getting dressed up, having a Hawaiian luau is a fabulous idea,” he said. “But with a theme, you’re asking an extra effort on behalf of the guests.” Not all guests want to play along. “Before making a decision, think about who’s coming and what’s best for the group, Chris adds. “The best party is the sum of a group of guests.” Chris starts by asking his clients what the evening is all about. “It could be a great summer barbecue or something more unique. The most important first step is to understand your guests and to come up with the most sensible plan.” According to Chris, one of the latest trends in outdoor entertainment is rolling out the red carpet for a “screening party” for a movie or TV premiere. Bring in a movie screen or flat screen TV, add some throw pillows or beach chairs for seating, and you’ve got a fabulous party. Even an old time favorite, like Casablanca, can set the mood 24 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

for the evening. Serve a menu of Moroccan food, and you’ve created an exciting theme party. If two hours are too long to hold your guests’ attention, a 45-minute premiere of a TV pilot, shown two weeks before it airs, might be a perfect choice for summer party entertainment. When planning the menu for an outdoor party, the possibilities are limitless. Food choices could be made to be consistent with a specific theme, or just to please the palate. Summer menus range from old fashioned barbecue favorites, to more gourmet or exotic variations… and everything in-between. For hosts who want to throw a party without hiring a caterer, Chris suggested creating a menu that includes some foods which can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature. “This way, you can be part of the party and won’t be stuck cooking all night.”

And if the menu revolves around a cookout, Chris suggested, “Involve your guests in the process; give them jobs. Place a cocktail in one hand and in the other, a fork for turning a steak on the grill. Barbecuing is a lot more fun when it’s a communal event.” Fancy food or not, the quintessential summer party is still a fabulous backyard barbecue, said Jen Klainberg, catering sales manager at Bernard’s Market & Cafe in Glen Head. Their version is “consistently one of the most popular menus for summer parties.” More than the alltime favorites of hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon, it also includes options like marinated grilled shrimp, lobster, barbecued ribs, teriyaki flank steak, and chicken or beef kebobs. At a recent Buffalo Bill Gala catered by Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs, a Wyoming-style barbecue menu featured black-eyed pea crusted Snake River salmon medallions, surf & turf fajita style, western-style chicken lasagna, and concluded

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LANDSCAPE LIGHTING From crystal chandeliers adding sparkle and drama to a party tent to whimsical lanterns dangling from slender branches, proper illumination is critical to create the right mood at any outdoor party. Chris Robbins advises that if you’re putting in your own lighting, use dimmers and scatter several up-lights in the bushes. “There’s nothing worse than a spotlight shining in your eyes at night,” he said. Fusion Lighting (516) 626-2255 Matt Murphy Lighting Design (631) 287-7026 “Fun” Accessories and Getting Wet For a more casual party—a carnival, picnic or informal barbecue—fun accessories add pizzazz and provide a great finishing touch. Your guests may love helping themselves to treats from a sno-cone, popcorn or cotton candy machine. Others may volunteer to help drop the hosts into a 550-gallon dunk tank. You might be soaked, but you’ll come up smiling, the highlight of a carnival that guests will always remember. Inflatables n More (516) 308-2383 www.inflatablesnmore.com PROPS To create extra drama in a summer party, you don’t need to invite Lady MacBeth. Special and unique props can do the trick. Christine Mammes, of Chez-zam explained, “It could be fireworks, live exotic animals, even a live camel on which guests can ride. We’ve got a 30,000 square foot warehouse, where we build and store props and costumes. We can

even bring some special effects to make it snow in your backyard on a 95 degree day!” Chez-zam (516) 682-4888 www.chezzam.com THREE-DIMENSIONAL THEME CAKES A sweet finish to a memorable evening is a fabulous dessert. If it can double as a work of art, even better! At La Bonne Boulangerie, and Dortoni Bakery, “children” of Messina Market Caterers, everything is baked to order. Check out their web site (www.messinamarket.com) to feast your eyes on some creative options for 3-D theme cakes, from A to Z! This “Chianti, Bread & Pizza” theme cake kept the Frank Sinatra theme going right to the end of the party! Dortoni Bakery (516)796-3033 La Bonne Boulangerie (516) 624-8900 OUTDOOR KITCHENS For the savviest of entertainers, there’s nothing like having your own outdoor kitchen, equipped with storage cabinets, granite countertops and a built-in barbecue grill. Creative options can be added—like a pizza oven, deep fryer, wok station and smoker—to make your outdoor kitchen one-of-a-kind. Scott Lucia and Diana Limnos, co-owners of Outdoor Living Made Easier, with a high-end showroom in Northport, are eager to help design and create a custom outdoor kitchen for the most discriminating homeowner. Outdoor Living Made Easier (631) 239-6480 www.OLME.com --- LINDA SASLOW

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Dazzling Touches to Accessorize a Summer Party As with a wardrobe, a summer party is enhanced by the right accessories. Here are some ideas to add panache to your summer soiree. LUCITE DANCE FLOOR OVER A POOL Like skimming over azure waters in a glass bottom boat, it’s the ultimate thrill to dance over a pool on a transparent floor that changes colors by the second. The secret to creating that majestic dance floor is all in the lighting. Or toss some dry ice into the pool and it transforms into a smoky Jacuzzi— further enhancing the dance experience. PJ McBride Tents (631) 643-2848 Stamford Tent Company (203) 324-6222 AN OUTDOOR THEATER Not into dancing? “One of the coolest things to do at a large party is to show a movie,” said Chris Robbins, of Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs. “If your friends love getting dressed up, having a Hawaiian luau is a fabulous idea,” he said. “But with a theme, you’re asking an extra effort on behalf of the guests.” Not all guests want to play along. “Before making a decision, think about who’s coming and what’s best for the group, Chris adds. “The best party is the sum of a group of guests.” Chris starts by asking his clients what the evening is all about. “It could be a great summer barbecue or something more unique. The most important first step is to understand your guests and to come up with the most sensible plan.” According to Chris, one of the latest trends in outdoor entertainment is rolling out the red carpet for a “screening party” for a movie or TV premiere. Bring in a movie screen or flat screen TV, add some throw pillows or beach chairs for seating, and you’ve got a fabulous party. Even an old time favorite, like Casablanca, can set the mood 24 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

for the evening. Serve a menu of Moroccan food, and you’ve created an exciting theme party. If two hours are too long to hold your guests’ attention, a 45-minute premiere of a TV pilot, shown two weeks before it airs, might be a perfect choice for summer party entertainment. When planning the menu for an outdoor party, the possibilities are limitless. Food choices could be made to be consistent with a specific theme, or just to please the palate. Summer menus range from old fashioned barbecue favorites, to more gourmet or exotic variations… and everything in-between. For hosts who want to throw a party without hiring a caterer, Chris suggested creating a menu that includes some foods which can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature. “This way, you can be part of the party and won’t be stuck cooking all night.”

And if the menu revolves around a cookout, Chris suggested, “Involve your guests in the process; give them jobs. Place a cocktail in one hand and in the other, a fork for turning a steak on the grill. Barbecuing is a lot more fun when it’s a communal event.” Fancy food or not, the quintessential summer party is still a fabulous backyard barbecue, said Jen Klainberg, catering sales manager at Bernard’s Market & Cafe in Glen Head. Their version is “consistently one of the most popular menus for summer parties.” More than the alltime favorites of hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon, it also includes options like marinated grilled shrimp, lobster, barbecued ribs, teriyaki flank steak, and chicken or beef kebobs. At a recent Buffalo Bill Gala catered by Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs, a Wyoming-style barbecue menu featured black-eyed pea crusted Snake River salmon medallions, surf & turf fajita style, western-style chicken lasagna, and concluded

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LANDSCAPE LIGHTING From crystal chandeliers adding sparkle and drama to a party tent to whimsical lanterns dangling from slender branches, proper illumination is critical to create the right mood at any outdoor party. Chris Robbins advises that if you’re putting in your own lighting, use dimmers and scatter several up-lights in the bushes. “There’s nothing worse than a spotlight shining in your eyes at night,” he said. Fusion Lighting (516) 626-2255 Matt Murphy Lighting Design (631) 287-7026 “Fun” Accessories and Getting Wet For a more casual party—a carnival, picnic or informal barbecue—fun accessories add pizzazz and provide a great finishing touch. Your guests may love helping themselves to treats from a sno-cone, popcorn or cotton candy machine. Others may volunteer to help drop the hosts into a 550-gallon dunk tank. You might be soaked, but you’ll come up smiling, the highlight of a carnival that guests will always remember. Inflatables n More (516) 308-2383 www.inflatablesnmore.com PROPS To create extra drama in a summer party, you don’t need to invite Lady MacBeth. Special and unique props can do the trick. Christine Mammes, of Chez-zam explained, “It could be fireworks, live exotic animals, even a live camel on which guests can ride. We’ve got a 30,000 square foot warehouse, where we build and store props and costumes. We can

even bring some special effects to make it snow in your backyard on a 95 degree day!” Chez-zam (516) 682-4888 www.chezzam.com THREE-DIMENSIONAL THEME CAKES A sweet finish to a memorable evening is a fabulous dessert. If it can double as a work of art, even better! At La Bonne Boulangerie, and Dortoni Bakery, “children” of Messina Market Caterers, everything is baked to order. Check out their web site (www.messinamarket.com) to feast your eyes on some creative options for 3-D theme cakes, from A to Z! This “Chianti, Bread & Pizza” theme cake kept the Frank Sinatra theme going right to the end of the party! Dortoni Bakery (516)796-3033 La Bonne Boulangerie (516) 624-8900 OUTDOOR KITCHENS For the savviest of entertainers, there’s nothing like having your own outdoor kitchen, equipped with storage cabinets, granite countertops and a built-in barbecue grill. Creative options can be added—like a pizza oven, deep fryer, wok station and smoker—to make your outdoor kitchen one-of-a-kind. Scott Lucia and Diana Limnos, co-owners of Outdoor Living Made Easier, with a high-end showroom in Northport, are eager to help design and create a custom outdoor kitchen for the most discriminating homeowner. Outdoor Living Made Easier (631) 239-6480 www.OLME.com --- LINDA SASLOW

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WATER FEATURES color of the water. “We built the gas operated granite and bluestone fireplace, co-mingling fire and water together. The water re-circulates from the pool in a waterfall, adding a magnificent ambiance to the backyard.” Using the healing power of water, Laura Cerrano of Feng Shui Long Island http://www.fengshuili. com/laura-cerrano-feng-shui.html tries to create balanced energy spaces for both residential and commercial properties. When re-directed properly, water produces feelings of tranquility that “makes people feel luxurious”. To create an even more special ambiance, she adds fire pits or barbecues. Clients “like to utilize both fire and water, balancing serenity with passion,”

Liquid Luxury By MARY ELLEN WALSH

When Jennifer Piel and her husband wanted a backyard oasis with a “wow” effect for their Woodbury home, they hired award-winning designer Robert Drucker to handcraft a free-form pool with grotto waterfall. Waterfalls and fountains --either freestanding or alongside a pool -- add that pièce de résistance, a dramatic focal point to a front entrance or backyard oasis. “I love our backyard,” says Piel, who has been enjoying their luxury dream yard for the past three years. “Everyone’s at our house for barbecues and get-togethers.” Made of European tiles, the surface of their pool was intricately designed as a coral reef including a dramatic waterfall--a rock-faced, natural stone grotto-- that creates a kaleidoscope of colors at night with fiber optic lighting. Piel and her guests can swim under the waterfall into a cavern area. “I feel like I’m in an exotic resort somewhere,” says Piel, not on the Island. “At night, it’s amazing. First the pool turns green, or purple, while the waterfall is red. It changes automatically every few minutes.” 28 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Across the North Shore, homeowners like the Piels are adding magnificent waterscapes with over-the-top waterfalls, fountains, Koi ponds, hot tubs, bathing rocks and swimming pools. Backlit after the sun goes down with fiber optics, LED lighting and exciting fire features, the reflective waterways become dramatic nighttime presentations. Drucker, owner and designer from All Island Gunite Pools (a division of the All Island Group in Farmingdale www.AllIslandGroup.com ), has been designing pools throughout Long Island for decades. Competing with top designers around the world, he won four 2010 International Awards of Excellence from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals--one of which was for the Piel’s pool. The haute-style aqua art is also functional and eco-conscious. Drucker utilizes energy efficient lighting and pumps with “built-in brains” that automatically shut off with any blockage. Additionally, using solar piping and a computer, he has developed “a way to harness the sun to heat the pool, creating a natural stone heat

Waterfalls and fountains —either freestanding or alongside a pool —add that pièce de résistance, a dramatic focal point to a front entrance or backyard oasis.

swimming pools, waterfalls, Koi fish ponds, spillover spas, fountains and Jacuzzis from Manhattan to Montauk. For a glamorous Sands Point home, Vitelli is working on an intricately designed negative-edge pool with a 26-foot long waterfall cascading off the roof and into a spa. More than just building a focal point, creating a backyard oasis is a collaborative artistic process. Vitelli steers clients towards contemporary or more natural aesthetics, “depending on where the setting for the waterfall or pool is within the terrain of the property,” whether it’s flat or hilly. “The natural waterfalls look great if we can actually build into the natural hill of the property,” Vitelli says. Sheer, descendant waterfalls simulating rain can be added to pools or built into the walls of entranceways. Through Sea Crystal Pools, Dee Snider, the Long Island singer-songwriter best known as the frontman for the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, opted for a natural landscape with a waterfall that that utilizes waterfall moss rock, boulders and abundant shrubbery surrounding a bluestone patio. Sea Crystal Pools won a 2008 Long Island Pool and Spa Association Design Award for their custom design at Snider’s home. Striking that balance of perfect symmetry between the natural setting and craftsmanship requires a collaborative effort. “We sit down and discuss designs with our clients,” says Joe Piscitelli head designer of Paul’s Nursery in Old Brookville, Owned by the Aureliano family, Paul’s is an exclusive landscape design center

exchanger,” he says. “Clients love bluestone but it gets very hot.”

FLAMING FOUNTAINS Mixing elements with sophisticated pizzazz, Craig Bonawandt, owner of Huntington-based Haven Pools -- www.havenpools.com -- and landscape artist Frank Esposito combined water and fire in a breathtaking display. They designed an ultra chic, see-through custom stone 48” wide firebox with a gas burning fireplace and cascading water fountain for a waterfront estate in Asharoken. “We’ve seen an increase in requests for fountains and other fixtures in the past few years,” says Bonawandt, whose family-owned gunite pool company has been crafting award-winning pools and backyard settings for 43 years. “Adding fire pits and fireplaces is the latest in elegant backyard landscaping.” Glass walls line the vertical walls of the Asharoken pool and spa, surrounded by a bluestone and brick terrace, with breaktaking water views of Northport Bay. Making it even more dramatic, laminar jets stream into the pool and LED lighting change the

she says, while bringing people together to socialize. “Water is soothing while fire represents energy.” For a more classic look, last year Rosemarie and Lou Casagrande of Rockville Centre added a spa waterfall that cascades into their rectangular pool and adds the soothing sounds of trickling water. Made of Italian imported ceramic tile, the setup also includes an elegant planter with an elephantshaped shrub. “I love that clean spa look,” says Rosemarie who enjoys the combination of dimensional artistry with functionality. Not only does it suit her aesthetic taste, it’s also a special place for her three children to swim. “It’s very relaxing and peaceful sitting out by the pool and hearing the sound of the water as well as feeling it on your skin as you swim .” The Casagrandes worked with custom pool builders Jim Vitelli and Dave Kocis, owners of Islandia-based Sea Crystal Pools ( www.seacrystalpools.com ). Since 1971, the pool experts have been designing, installing and renovating water features including SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 29


WATER FEATURES color of the water. “We built the gas operated granite and bluestone fireplace, co-mingling fire and water together. The water re-circulates from the pool in a waterfall, adding a magnificent ambiance to the backyard.” Using the healing power of water, Laura Cerrano of Feng Shui Long Island http://www.fengshuili. com/laura-cerrano-feng-shui.html tries to create balanced energy spaces for both residential and commercial properties. When re-directed properly, water produces feelings of tranquility that “makes people feel luxurious”. To create an even more special ambiance, she adds fire pits or barbecues. Clients “like to utilize both fire and water, balancing serenity with passion,”

Liquid Luxury By MARY ELLEN WALSH

When Jennifer Piel and her husband wanted a backyard oasis with a “wow” effect for their Woodbury home, they hired award-winning designer Robert Drucker to handcraft a free-form pool with grotto waterfall. Waterfalls and fountains --either freestanding or alongside a pool -- add that pièce de résistance, a dramatic focal point to a front entrance or backyard oasis. “I love our backyard,” says Piel, who has been enjoying their luxury dream yard for the past three years. “Everyone’s at our house for barbecues and get-togethers.” Made of European tiles, the surface of their pool was intricately designed as a coral reef including a dramatic waterfall--a rock-faced, natural stone grotto-- that creates a kaleidoscope of colors at night with fiber optic lighting. Piel and her guests can swim under the waterfall into a cavern area. “I feel like I’m in an exotic resort somewhere,” says Piel, not on the Island. “At night, it’s amazing. First the pool turns green, or purple, while the waterfall is red. It changes automatically every few minutes.” 28 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Across the North Shore, homeowners like the Piels are adding magnificent waterscapes with over-the-top waterfalls, fountains, Koi ponds, hot tubs, bathing rocks and swimming pools. Backlit after the sun goes down with fiber optics, LED lighting and exciting fire features, the reflective waterways become dramatic nighttime presentations. Drucker, owner and designer from All Island Gunite Pools (a division of the All Island Group in Farmingdale www.AllIslandGroup.com ), has been designing pools throughout Long Island for decades. Competing with top designers around the world, he won four 2010 International Awards of Excellence from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals--one of which was for the Piel’s pool. The haute-style aqua art is also functional and eco-conscious. Drucker utilizes energy efficient lighting and pumps with “built-in brains” that automatically shut off with any blockage. Additionally, using solar piping and a computer, he has developed “a way to harness the sun to heat the pool, creating a natural stone heat

Waterfalls and fountains —either freestanding or alongside a pool —add that pièce de résistance, a dramatic focal point to a front entrance or backyard oasis.

swimming pools, waterfalls, Koi fish ponds, spillover spas, fountains and Jacuzzis from Manhattan to Montauk. For a glamorous Sands Point home, Vitelli is working on an intricately designed negative-edge pool with a 26-foot long waterfall cascading off the roof and into a spa. More than just building a focal point, creating a backyard oasis is a collaborative artistic process. Vitelli steers clients towards contemporary or more natural aesthetics, “depending on where the setting for the waterfall or pool is within the terrain of the property,” whether it’s flat or hilly. “The natural waterfalls look great if we can actually build into the natural hill of the property,” Vitelli says. Sheer, descendant waterfalls simulating rain can be added to pools or built into the walls of entranceways. Through Sea Crystal Pools, Dee Snider, the Long Island singer-songwriter best known as the frontman for the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, opted for a natural landscape with a waterfall that that utilizes waterfall moss rock, boulders and abundant shrubbery surrounding a bluestone patio. Sea Crystal Pools won a 2008 Long Island Pool and Spa Association Design Award for their custom design at Snider’s home. Striking that balance of perfect symmetry between the natural setting and craftsmanship requires a collaborative effort. “We sit down and discuss designs with our clients,” says Joe Piscitelli head designer of Paul’s Nursery in Old Brookville, Owned by the Aureliano family, Paul’s is an exclusive landscape design center

exchanger,” he says. “Clients love bluestone but it gets very hot.”

FLAMING FOUNTAINS Mixing elements with sophisticated pizzazz, Craig Bonawandt, owner of Huntington-based Haven Pools -- www.havenpools.com -- and landscape artist Frank Esposito combined water and fire in a breathtaking display. They designed an ultra chic, see-through custom stone 48” wide firebox with a gas burning fireplace and cascading water fountain for a waterfront estate in Asharoken. “We’ve seen an increase in requests for fountains and other fixtures in the past few years,” says Bonawandt, whose family-owned gunite pool company has been crafting award-winning pools and backyard settings for 43 years. “Adding fire pits and fireplaces is the latest in elegant backyard landscaping.” Glass walls line the vertical walls of the Asharoken pool and spa, surrounded by a bluestone and brick terrace, with breaktaking water views of Northport Bay. Making it even more dramatic, laminar jets stream into the pool and LED lighting change the

she says, while bringing people together to socialize. “Water is soothing while fire represents energy.” For a more classic look, last year Rosemarie and Lou Casagrande of Rockville Centre added a spa waterfall that cascades into their rectangular pool and adds the soothing sounds of trickling water. Made of Italian imported ceramic tile, the setup also includes an elegant planter with an elephantshaped shrub. “I love that clean spa look,” says Rosemarie who enjoys the combination of dimensional artistry with functionality. Not only does it suit her aesthetic taste, it’s also a special place for her three children to swim. “It’s very relaxing and peaceful sitting out by the pool and hearing the sound of the water as well as feeling it on your skin as you swim .” The Casagrandes worked with custom pool builders Jim Vitelli and Dave Kocis, owners of Islandia-based Sea Crystal Pools ( www.seacrystalpools.com ). Since 1971, the pool experts have been designing, installing and renovating water features including SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 29


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Centre Island – John Hunt started sailing when he was ten or eleven years old. A resident of Centre Island, his parents belonged to the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club overlooking Oyster Bay. “I joined the club’s junior sailing program and soon I couldn’t wait to get out on the water,” he says. Even at that tender age, he loved the regattas in which they competed against other yacht clubs on Long Island Sound.” “It was an incredibly rich way to grow up.” Now 45 years old and a resident of Manhattan, Hunt maintains his own membership at the prestigious club where he moors his 32-foot ketch. “The club is my second home. I have lifelong friends here because we grew up sailing together,” he says, adding that he and his friends find in Seawanhaka “a culture of inspiring people.” “You aspire to rise to that level,” Mr. Hunt says. When it comes to luxury, nothing compares to the classic elegance of passing a summer afternoon at a North Shore yacht club. Whether you are sitting on the veranda enjoying a cocktail while you feast your eyes on a panorama of white sails against blue water or you are manning the helm of your own boat, membership in a yacht club offers you a lifestyle that blends history, tradition, sportsmanship, and access to fellow sailors with a passion

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As Mole said to River Rat in Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel The Wind in the Willows, “There’s nothing , absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.” Whether your boat is a 16-foot one-design Sparkman and Stevens designed for “Thirsty Thursday” races in Manhasset Bay, or a million-dollar custom ocean-going yacht, it must claim your heart, your energy, and oodles of disposable income. While membership in an exclusive yacht club is considerably less expensive than a comparable country club, it has been said that a boat is like a hole in the water into which one pours money. If you have to ask how much it costs, you probably cannot afford it. But at the end of the day, your boat is like a love affair: not necessarily good for you but something that adds an irreplaceable excitement to your life. As John Hunt puts it, “Literally, when I finish my job, I go to my apartment, collect my mail and go to see my boat. Even if I don’t leave the mooring, cooking dinner and sitting underneath the stars is just stunning.” For more than a century, membership in an elite Gold Coast yacht club was considered a passion of the upper class. Teddy Roosevelt and Nobel laureate Elijah Root were members of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. John “Jock” Whitney and John Philip Sousa belonged to Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. In the 19th century, the term “Corinthian” referred to “a welldressed nineteenth-century Englishman of high social standing and wealth” and “a sporting rake; a fast man; a licentious libertine.” Today, the term Corinthian refers to the highest values of sportsmanship among amateurs. “You compete with your whole heart,” says Dan Brown, Commodore of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington. He believes that Corinthian values hone such character traits as “independence, self-sufficiency, loyalty, respect for the leader, and honor.” The club, founded in 1891, celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. Its mission, says Brown, is “to advance the art and sport of sailing through camaraderie and racing with like-minded people.” The heart of Manhasset Bay’s sailing structure are the children’s programs which get boys and girls as young as 5 years old onto the water. “Our goal is to create lifelong sailors, some of whom will become world-class,” he says. Andrea Watson’s children grew up sailing in Manhasset Bay’s junior programs. “On Friday nights we would get shrimp cocktail and vichyssoise and eat on the dock while the kids were on the water.” Her kids have lifelong friends from the program. Now single, she joins friends at the club for dinner. “It’s my second home,” Watson says, describing the yacht club as “one big circle of sailing people. People who are 80 years old still get together with people

whom they have been sailing with for years.” Founded in 1872 by William Swan, a prominent citizen of Oyster Bay, Seawanhakav Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island takes pride in its history. Among the dozens of silver cups, dishes, and trophies on display are two Olympic gold and one silver medal won by members of the club. On display in the wood-paneled bar stands a replica of the Seawanhaka Cup, started in 1895. After the Americas Cup, started in 1844, the Seawanhaka Cup is the second oldest sailing trophy in continuous competition. “We are a Corinthian club: we promote the strengths and joys of team and match racing,” says Ian McMurdy, a past Commodore and the club’s

Founded in 1872 by William Swan, a prominent citizen of Oyster Bay, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island takes pride in its history. Among the dozens of silver cups, dishes, and trophies on display are two Olympic gold and one silver medal won by members of the club.

historian. Founded on Swan’s yacht Glance that was moored in the southwest corner of Oyster Bay, Seawanhaka moved to its present clubhouse in 1892. A three-story Victorian, it maintains a stately presence on a manicured hillock overlooking Oyster Bay. A picture that hangs in the main dining room shows people arriving at the club in a horse and buggy while others crowded the widows’ walks to watch the yachts. Cell phones and Blackberries must be turned off on the premises. No exceptions. And the social code is strict. “People don’t talk about what they do professionally. And it is not polite to ask how someone did in a regatta.” McMurdy says. Tucked between two commercial marinas, North Shore Yacht Club in Port Washington, founded in 1871, is the Island’s oldest. “This is one of the best-kept secrets on Long Island Sound,” says Mary Lu Dempsey, a past Commodore who chairs the membership committee. North Shore Yacht Club offers a full agenda of activities, including an annual moonlight regatta to Connecticut in which the winner has to make breakfast for everyone else. “North Shore Yacht Club introduced sailing to the common person. Before that, you had to be JP Morgan to afford a boat and hire a crew,” says Commodore Mario Ruffino. “Our members are everyone from multimillionaires to gas station operators, but not one Indian chief.” Joining a yacht club is by invitation only. “If you live around Port Washington, you know someone who is a member. And if you want to get out on a boat, skippers are always looking for crew. Just ask,” says Brown. There is no bias, unless... “If you don’t sail, we discriminate,” he says with a smile. “Our religion is sailing.” SE

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YACHT CLUBS

Classic Elegance

on the

LONG ISLAND SOUND By LAURIE NADEL

Centre Island – John Hunt started sailing when he was ten or eleven years old. A resident of Centre Island, his parents belonged to the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club overlooking Oyster Bay. “I joined the club’s junior sailing program and soon I couldn’t wait to get out on the water,” he says. Even at that tender age, he loved the regattas in which they competed against other yacht clubs on Long Island Sound.” “It was an incredibly rich way to grow up.” Now 45 years old and a resident of Manhattan, Hunt maintains his own membership at the prestigious club where he moors his 32-foot ketch. “The club is my second home. I have lifelong friends here because we grew up sailing together,” he says, adding that he and his friends find in Seawanhaka “a culture of inspiring people.” “You aspire to rise to that level,” Mr. Hunt says. When it comes to luxury, nothing compares to the classic elegance of passing a summer afternoon at a North Shore yacht club. Whether you are sitting on the veranda enjoying a cocktail while you feast your eyes on a panorama of white sails against blue water or you are manning the helm of your own boat, membership in a yacht club offers you a lifestyle that blends history, tradition, sportsmanship, and access to fellow sailors with a passion

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As Mole said to River Rat in Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel The Wind in the Willows, “There’s nothing , absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.” Whether your boat is a 16-foot one-design Sparkman and Stevens designed for “Thirsty Thursday” races in Manhasset Bay, or a million-dollar custom ocean-going yacht, it must claim your heart, your energy, and oodles of disposable income. While membership in an exclusive yacht club is considerably less expensive than a comparable country club, it has been said that a boat is like a hole in the water into which one pours money. If you have to ask how much it costs, you probably cannot afford it. But at the end of the day, your boat is like a love affair: not necessarily good for you but something that adds an irreplaceable excitement to your life. As John Hunt puts it, “Literally, when I finish my job, I go to my apartment, collect my mail and go to see my boat. Even if I don’t leave the mooring, cooking dinner and sitting underneath the stars is just stunning.” For more than a century, membership in an elite Gold Coast yacht club was considered a passion of the upper class. Teddy Roosevelt and Nobel laureate Elijah Root were members of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. John “Jock” Whitney and John Philip Sousa belonged to Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. In the 19th century, the term “Corinthian” referred to “a welldressed nineteenth-century Englishman of high social standing and wealth” and “a sporting rake; a fast man; a licentious libertine.” Today, the term Corinthian refers to the highest values of sportsmanship among amateurs. “You compete with your whole heart,” says Dan Brown, Commodore of Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington. He believes that Corinthian values hone such character traits as “independence, self-sufficiency, loyalty, respect for the leader, and honor.” The club, founded in 1891, celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. Its mission, says Brown, is “to advance the art and sport of sailing through camaraderie and racing with like-minded people.” The heart of Manhasset Bay’s sailing structure are the children’s programs which get boys and girls as young as 5 years old onto the water. “Our goal is to create lifelong sailors, some of whom will become world-class,” he says. Andrea Watson’s children grew up sailing in Manhasset Bay’s junior programs. “On Friday nights we would get shrimp cocktail and vichyssoise and eat on the dock while the kids were on the water.” Her kids have lifelong friends from the program. Now single, she joins friends at the club for dinner. “It’s my second home,” Watson says, describing the yacht club as “one big circle of sailing people. People who are 80 years old still get together with people

whom they have been sailing with for years.” Founded in 1872 by William Swan, a prominent citizen of Oyster Bay, Seawanhakav Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island takes pride in its history. Among the dozens of silver cups, dishes, and trophies on display are two Olympic gold and one silver medal won by members of the club. On display in the wood-paneled bar stands a replica of the Seawanhaka Cup, started in 1895. After the Americas Cup, started in 1844, the Seawanhaka Cup is the second oldest sailing trophy in continuous competition. “We are a Corinthian club: we promote the strengths and joys of team and match racing,” says Ian McMurdy, a past Commodore and the club’s

Founded in 1872 by William Swan, a prominent citizen of Oyster Bay, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Centre Island takes pride in its history. Among the dozens of silver cups, dishes, and trophies on display are two Olympic gold and one silver medal won by members of the club.

historian. Founded on Swan’s yacht Glance that was moored in the southwest corner of Oyster Bay, Seawanhaka moved to its present clubhouse in 1892. A three-story Victorian, it maintains a stately presence on a manicured hillock overlooking Oyster Bay. A picture that hangs in the main dining room shows people arriving at the club in a horse and buggy while others crowded the widows’ walks to watch the yachts. Cell phones and Blackberries must be turned off on the premises. No exceptions. And the social code is strict. “People don’t talk about what they do professionally. And it is not polite to ask how someone did in a regatta.” McMurdy says. Tucked between two commercial marinas, North Shore Yacht Club in Port Washington, founded in 1871, is the Island’s oldest. “This is one of the best-kept secrets on Long Island Sound,” says Mary Lu Dempsey, a past Commodore who chairs the membership committee. North Shore Yacht Club offers a full agenda of activities, including an annual moonlight regatta to Connecticut in which the winner has to make breakfast for everyone else. “North Shore Yacht Club introduced sailing to the common person. Before that, you had to be JP Morgan to afford a boat and hire a crew,” says Commodore Mario Ruffino. “Our members are everyone from multimillionaires to gas station operators, but not one Indian chief.” Joining a yacht club is by invitation only. “If you live around Port Washington, you know someone who is a member. And if you want to get out on a boat, skippers are always looking for crew. Just ask,” says Brown. There is no bias, unless... “If you don’t sail, we discriminate,” he says with a smile. “Our religion is sailing.” SE

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These days, while a restorative bath is still an effective mode of decompression, most of us are hankering for more comprehensive pampering.

GUILTY PLEASURES: SERENITY AT THE DAY SPA Remember the vintage television commercial in which a harried homemaker appealed to a fragrant bath product for peace and tranquility? “Calgon, take me away…,” she pleaded, as traffic, her boss, the baby and the dog wrecked havoc on her sensibilities. For women, the phrase became part of the national lexicon – a collective appeal for serenity amid the chaos of daily life. These days, while a restorative bath is still an effective mode of decompression, most of us are hankering for more comprehensive pampering. So while there’s a time and a place for warm, sudsy water immersion, the 21st century offers a tempting array of more sophisticated body and facial indulgences, treatments that are calming and curative. Best of all, the quest for such bliss leads us outside the confines of our frenzied homes. Enter the Day Spa The day spa is a recent cultural phenomenon. In the 1850s, New York’s Saratoga Springs became a popular destination for the weary -- a place to rejuvenate. The area was replete with naturally carbonated springs, each with its own unique 34 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

The spa offers a serene and most welcome respite from the bustle of activity in the massive complex. Trained estheticians provide skin care services such as facials, waxing, tinting, makeup artistry and nail care. And whether one has worked out or not, the massage and body services promise relaxation and revitalization. Inquire about their signature massage, which is customized after a brief personal consultation. The session typically begins with aromatherapy inhalation, a warm foot cleanse, then deep tissue, trigger point, relaxation or muscle therapy – any of which recondition and rebalance one’s weary body. About Face Of course, when it comes to well being, the face must not be neglected. Although it’s nestled within a historic Victorian house situated just south of West Main Street in Oyster Bay, Blue Water Spa is a hidden treasure trove of technologically advanced facial treatments. Founded over three years ago, owner/esthetician Rachel Lozina said she has over ten years of experience in the field. And her facility “is results oriented… We have built a following because when people walk out, they see results.” Blue Water Spa, she added, offers services that cannot be found elsewhere on Long Island. One such example is the Intraceutical Hyperbaric Oxygen Facial, favored by Madonna, Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Fergie and Naomi Campbell. This treatment com-

bines a skin-healing cocktail of vitamins A, C and E, green tea and aloe vera, and the administration of hyperbaric oxygen (a level higher than atmospheric pressure oxygen). The results: visibly glowing, hydrated, refreshed and radiant skin. As a bonus, the calm and peaceful ambiance at this intimate facility enables guests to depart feeling composed, soothed and at ease. All of these outstanding day spa choices, just a short drive from our homes, beg the question: Who would ever need Calgon to take them away again? SE

DAY SPAS BLUE WATER SPA 21 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, 516 584-6800 LIFE TIME FITNESS 350 Robbins Lane, Syosset 516 822-1777 RED DOOR SALON 7917 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury 516 364-6780 VIANA HOTEL & SPA 3998 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury 1 888 780-8273

By CLAUDIA GRYVATZ COPQUIN

mineral content purporting a variety of health benefits (Edgar Allan Poe and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were frequent visitors.) But it wasn’t until 1910 that the nation’s first day spa opened. Located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of New York City, Elizabeth Arden opened the first Red Door Salon, offering manicures, facials and other signature services. Today, there are 31 Red Door Spas across the country, including three well established locations on Long Island (Bellmore, Garden City and Woodbury). Of course, with so many clamoring for restorative nurturing, those three just don’t suffice! Several newer day spas have sprung up recently on our shores, offering unique aesthetics as well as a diverse menu of treatments. Here, three excellent options: Check In at Viana Hotel & Spa One doesn’t necessarily need be a tree-hugger to appreciate the spa at Viana, the new boutique hotel in Westbury. However, those who are environmentally conscious will attain instant peace of mind upon entering Long Island’s only green hotel. According to owner Alan Mindel, the

hotel was constructed using recycled materials, including the steel, insulation, roof and concrete. The in-room heating/cooling system uses water instead of air, and carpets and wallpapers are made of recycled materials. Sustainable wood bamboo flooring is used throughout. And in keeping with a spirit of good karma, the hotel was designed and decorated following the principles of feng shui. The positive chi (energy) flows from the lobby to the downstairs spa, where guests are greeted warmly by Wendy Dima, the director. The Zeninspired state-of-the-art spa provides a tranquil oasis for the frazzled. Once whisked into the changing room, guests are offered slippers, a plush robe and towels. A full menu of salon services, facials, massage therapy and body treatments are available. Try the detoxifying Earth & Sea Mud Wrap, a hydrating and firming wrap of powerful vegetable extracts followed by a buttery moisturizer application. Viana’s own private label spa products are available for purchase, and guests can also use the steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna and heated pool.

Mind & Spirit Fitness Both heated and outdoor pools can be found at Life Time Fitness, the new luxurious uber-gym which opened in February in Syosset. The two story, 112,000 square foot facility is touted as a “comprehensive healthy way of life destination” and it certainly delivers with an incredible array of sports and athletic areas and equipment, family recreation and professional fitness services. Over 100 innovative group fitness classes are offered weekly, plus certified personal trainers, registered dietitians and nutrition planning experts. There are yoga and dedicated Pilates studios, 400-plus pieces of state-of-the-art cardio, resistance and free-weight training equipment, a state-of-the-art cycle theater with large video screens, a rockclimbing cavern, full-size basketball/volleyball courts, and a child-care center -- all under one roof. And then of course, there’s the spa. Open to members and non-members alike, “When you book an appointment, you get full access to the facilities for the day,” said Ali Yanez, the national director of LifeSpa, including dropping off the kids at their in-house child care center. SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 35


These days, while a restorative bath is still an effective mode of decompression, most of us are hankering for more comprehensive pampering.

GUILTY PLEASURES: SERENITY AT THE DAY SPA Remember the vintage television commercial in which a harried homemaker appealed to a fragrant bath product for peace and tranquility? “Calgon, take me away…,” she pleaded, as traffic, her boss, the baby and the dog wrecked havoc on her sensibilities. For women, the phrase became part of the national lexicon – a collective appeal for serenity amid the chaos of daily life. These days, while a restorative bath is still an effective mode of decompression, most of us are hankering for more comprehensive pampering. So while there’s a time and a place for warm, sudsy water immersion, the 21st century offers a tempting array of more sophisticated body and facial indulgences, treatments that are calming and curative. Best of all, the quest for such bliss leads us outside the confines of our frenzied homes. Enter the Day Spa The day spa is a recent cultural phenomenon. In the 1850s, New York’s Saratoga Springs became a popular destination for the weary -- a place to rejuvenate. The area was replete with naturally carbonated springs, each with its own unique 34 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

The spa offers a serene and most welcome respite from the bustle of activity in the massive complex. Trained estheticians provide skin care services such as facials, waxing, tinting, makeup artistry and nail care. And whether one has worked out or not, the massage and body services promise relaxation and revitalization. Inquire about their signature massage, which is customized after a brief personal consultation. The session typically begins with aromatherapy inhalation, a warm foot cleanse, then deep tissue, trigger point, relaxation or muscle therapy – any of which recondition and rebalance one’s weary body. About Face Of course, when it comes to well being, the face must not be neglected. Although it’s nestled within a historic Victorian house situated just south of West Main Street in Oyster Bay, Blue Water Spa is a hidden treasure trove of technologically advanced facial treatments. Founded over three years ago, owner/esthetician Rachel Lozina said she has over ten years of experience in the field. And her facility “is results oriented… We have built a following because when people walk out, they see results.” Blue Water Spa, she added, offers services that cannot be found elsewhere on Long Island. One such example is the Intraceutical Hyperbaric Oxygen Facial, favored by Madonna, Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Fergie and Naomi Campbell. This treatment com-

bines a skin-healing cocktail of vitamins A, C and E, green tea and aloe vera, and the administration of hyperbaric oxygen (a level higher than atmospheric pressure oxygen). The results: visibly glowing, hydrated, refreshed and radiant skin. As a bonus, the calm and peaceful ambiance at this intimate facility enables guests to depart feeling composed, soothed and at ease. All of these outstanding day spa choices, just a short drive from our homes, beg the question: Who would ever need Calgon to take them away again? SE

DAY SPAS BLUE WATER SPA 21 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, 516 584-6800 LIFE TIME FITNESS 350 Robbins Lane, Syosset 516 822-1777 RED DOOR SALON 7917 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury 516 364-6780 VIANA HOTEL & SPA 3998 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury 1 888 780-8273

By CLAUDIA GRYVATZ COPQUIN

mineral content purporting a variety of health benefits (Edgar Allan Poe and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were frequent visitors.) But it wasn’t until 1910 that the nation’s first day spa opened. Located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of New York City, Elizabeth Arden opened the first Red Door Salon, offering manicures, facials and other signature services. Today, there are 31 Red Door Spas across the country, including three well established locations on Long Island (Bellmore, Garden City and Woodbury). Of course, with so many clamoring for restorative nurturing, those three just don’t suffice! Several newer day spas have sprung up recently on our shores, offering unique aesthetics as well as a diverse menu of treatments. Here, three excellent options: Check In at Viana Hotel & Spa One doesn’t necessarily need be a tree-hugger to appreciate the spa at Viana, the new boutique hotel in Westbury. However, those who are environmentally conscious will attain instant peace of mind upon entering Long Island’s only green hotel. According to owner Alan Mindel, the

hotel was constructed using recycled materials, including the steel, insulation, roof and concrete. The in-room heating/cooling system uses water instead of air, and carpets and wallpapers are made of recycled materials. Sustainable wood bamboo flooring is used throughout. And in keeping with a spirit of good karma, the hotel was designed and decorated following the principles of feng shui. The positive chi (energy) flows from the lobby to the downstairs spa, where guests are greeted warmly by Wendy Dima, the director. The Zeninspired state-of-the-art spa provides a tranquil oasis for the frazzled. Once whisked into the changing room, guests are offered slippers, a plush robe and towels. A full menu of salon services, facials, massage therapy and body treatments are available. Try the detoxifying Earth & Sea Mud Wrap, a hydrating and firming wrap of powerful vegetable extracts followed by a buttery moisturizer application. Viana’s own private label spa products are available for purchase, and guests can also use the steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna and heated pool.

Mind & Spirit Fitness Both heated and outdoor pools can be found at Life Time Fitness, the new luxurious uber-gym which opened in February in Syosset. The two story, 112,000 square foot facility is touted as a “comprehensive healthy way of life destination” and it certainly delivers with an incredible array of sports and athletic areas and equipment, family recreation and professional fitness services. Over 100 innovative group fitness classes are offered weekly, plus certified personal trainers, registered dietitians and nutrition planning experts. There are yoga and dedicated Pilates studios, 400-plus pieces of state-of-the-art cardio, resistance and free-weight training equipment, a state-of-the-art cycle theater with large video screens, a rockclimbing cavern, full-size basketball/volleyball courts, and a child-care center -- all under one roof. And then of course, there’s the spa. Open to members and non-members alike, “When you book an appointment, you get full access to the facilities for the day,” said Ali Yanez, the national director of LifeSpa, including dropping off the kids at their in-house child care center. SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 35


Summer Bling!

Expose Those Toes By Jiayang Fan SUMMER heels are an exercise in the balance between elegance and athleticism. Whether you plan on globetrotting or strolling the beach, these hot weather footwear picks will help you keep the beat and beat the heat. Time to toss the vintage, retro-vibe and avian (how did we ever think

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feather stilettos were a good idea?) and usher in a high-definition palette. High-voltage cobalt (word on the street is that it’s the new black), berry brights and bold stripes are animating everything from slingbacks to patent leather peep-toe. You don’t need to be on a safari to be fashionably fierce. For a walk on the wild side, jazz up your ensemble with animal print sandals, fab wedge or jelly flip-flops, crocheted espadrilles or platform pumps. Channeling coastal summer goddess? Wear painterly prints beneath a quiet, monochrome skirt. And if you simply want to inject some subtle texture into your look, pick a pair that stress details: studs, suede, turquoise, stones coins, grommets—you name it —guilty pleasures harm neither souls nor soles. Then again, this season is not all about volume. Jildor’s Larry Bienenfeld confides that rich camel neutrals, wedges, and flats are summer must-haves. Whether it’s calfskin slingbacks, multiple ankle straps, or booties, keeping them in the nude family remain perennially stylish and versatile. Which might be one of the reasons wedges are making a resounding comeback. Summer dresses or winter tights both love them and why wouldn’t they? Classic espadrille wedges can spell classic preppy or boho charm. Of course, even if you

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really want to give your heels a break, you don’t need to give up style. Grecian gladiators are still keepers and instantly spruce up any outfit (This season, keep an eye out for those with sculptural knots or beaded flourishes for a quirky spin on a quintessential). So- whether you are wearing crazy color or calm, collected cream, punctuating an outfit with zesty florals or signaling sophistication in stark neutrals, ground rules first- go for a pedicure. ASAP. SE

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Summer Bling!

Expose Those Toes By Jiayang Fan SUMMER heels are an exercise in the balance between elegance and athleticism. Whether you plan on globetrotting or strolling the beach, these hot weather footwear picks will help you keep the beat and beat the heat. Time to toss the vintage, retro-vibe and avian (how did we ever think

PRADA TRIPLE ANKLE STRAP SANDALS BLUEFLY.COM

LOLA CRUZ SUEDE BEADED SANDAL SHOPTHESHOEBOX.

BASHA WEDGE DELMAN SHOPTHESHOEBOX.COM

THIS PRADA CLASSIC COMES WITH A STRAPPY LEATHER UPPER AND DOUBLE STRAPS OVER TOE WITH GOLDTONE BUCKLE DETAILING. LEATHER LINED, WITH REAR ZIP CLOSURE AT HEEL.

THE SUEDE BEADED SANDAL IS A FLAT SUEDE T-STRAP SANDAL WITH BEAUTIFUL BEADWORK. SMALL SUEDE WRAPPED WEDGE HEEL.

THE BASHA BY DELMAN IS A SUEDE LACE UP SANDAL WITH JUTE WRAPPED WEDGE HEEL.

STUART WEITZMAN AIRFORCE PUMP SHOPTHESHOEBOX.COM THE AIRFORCE BY STUART WEITZMAN IS A LEATHER PLATFORM SANDAL EMBELLISHED WITH GOLD STUD DETAILING. ZIPPER CLOSURE AT BACK AND STACKED HEEL.

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THE “LIV” HAS SILVERTONE STUD AND INTRICATE GROMMET DETAILS. LIGHTLY PADDED LEATHER LINING AND SOFTLY ROUNDED OPEN TOE.

feather stilettos were a good idea?) and usher in a high-definition palette. High-voltage cobalt (word on the street is that it’s the new black), berry brights and bold stripes are animating everything from slingbacks to patent leather peep-toe. You don’t need to be on a safari to be fashionably fierce. For a walk on the wild side, jazz up your ensemble with animal print sandals, fab wedge or jelly flip-flops, crocheted espadrilles or platform pumps. Channeling coastal summer goddess? Wear painterly prints beneath a quiet, monochrome skirt. And if you simply want to inject some subtle texture into your look, pick a pair that stress details: studs, suede, turquoise, stones coins, grommets—you name it —guilty pleasures harm neither souls nor soles. Then again, this season is not all about volume. Jildor’s Larry Bienenfeld confides that rich camel neutrals, wedges, and flats are summer must-haves. Whether it’s calfskin slingbacks, multiple ankle straps, or booties, keeping them in the nude family remain perennially stylish and versatile. Which might be one of the reasons wedges are making a resounding comeback. Summer dresses or winter tights both love them and why wouldn’t they? Classic espadrille wedges can spell classic preppy or boho charm. Of course, even if you

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really want to give your heels a break, you don’t need to give up style. Grecian gladiators are still keepers and instantly spruce up any outfit (This season, keep an eye out for those with sculptural knots or beaded flourishes for a quirky spin on a quintessential). So- whether you are wearing crazy color or calm, collected cream, punctuating an outfit with zesty florals or signaling sophistication in stark neutrals, ground rules first- go for a pedicure. ASAP. SE

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TRAVEL

Luxury on the Water

CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN --By M.C. SUSSMAN

From the balcony of our stateroom on the cruise ship, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, the newest ship on the Holland America line, the tropical waters became ever more turquoise and soothing as we headed south from our embarkation point in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida towards the eastern Caribbean. My mother and I, still reeling from the passing a few months earlier of my father, her husband of 64 years, and the demise of my 30-year marriage, thought a week at sea last March would be healing and just the lift we both needed. Besides, as refugees from a brutal winter, we craved the warm sunshine, sea breezes and white sandy beaches promised by a cruise to Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos; Phillipsburg, St. 38 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, a trip of 2219 nautical miles at a leisurely speed of between 15.8 and 20.5 knots under the stewardship of Captain Jonathan Mercer.

The fun was in the journey as well as the destinations. From the hasslefree embarkation to the moment we set sail -- after the mandatory lifeboat drill-- the options were plentiful,  the food bountiful, the $3 million collec-

tion of onboard artwork astounding, and the cocktails ever flowing. Mom played bridge while I headed for the fitness center to work out. Our pristine stateroom on the deluxe Verandah deck, and particularly the balcony, was a sanctuary from the whirl of activity. Ashore on Grand Turk, we watched an encounter with stingrays, caught some rays of our own (the sun variety) and walked on a pristine sandy beach.  In San Juan, we decided to briefly visit the 465-year-old neighborhood of Old San Juan, established as a military fort and now a charming, pastel-hued example of antique architecture with steep, narrow streets  paved with a blue tinted stone known as adoquine.  Then we hiked the shoreline, following the

Spanish-built city wall that dates from the 1630s, from the harbor towards El Morro Fort, a six-level citadel that rises 140 feet above the sea, surrounded by  18-foot walls.  In St. Maarten, we joined a bus excursion to the French side of the Island, and explored Marigot on foot. Back in Philipsburg on the Dutch side, we wandered the shopping streets and the boardwalk. While at sea, we sunbathed by the outdoor pool on the Lido Deck, or read on the lounge chairs on a quieter deck one flight up, enjoying the sunshine and  sea breezes. The Nieuw Amsterdam also has an indoor/outdoor pool at the other end of the Lido Deck that attracted young families and was outfitted with private cabanas. The culinary options were plentiful, from the casual Lido buffet for breakfast including omelette and Belgian waffle bars, lunch and a midnight snack. Fine dining in the Manhattan Dining Room included two formal evenings and four course meals.  Even fancier, for a premium, was a dinner including lobster tails, lamb skewers and filet mignon at the crystal-bedecked private Pinnacle Grill  and at the Tamarind Pan Asian restaurant, tuna sashimi and a mango cloud souffle.   Italian fare like veal Milanese could be had at Canaletto’s.  Pizza slices were available all day on the Lido deck, along with a nightly barbecue. Mom couldn’t let a day pass without an ice cream cone from the Lido The culinary parlor; I was partial to the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. options were During the day, there were plentiful, from the hands-on culinary classes in the Culinary Arts Center, a state casual Lido buffet of the art kitchen theater, and a for breakfast Digital Workshop to learn to edit including omelette your cruise photos as part of a technology at sea educational and Belgian waffle program. Not to be missed, a daily dose bars, lunch and a of relaxation and pampering at midnight snack. the ship’s Greenhouse Spa. After a great massage, I snoozed  on Fine dining in the stone loungers, enjoyed a Manhattan Dining Rainforest shower with changing Room included colored lights and the sounds of thunder and birds chirping, two formal as well as getting soaked lying evenings and four on a rack amid the swirling waters of an oversized whirlpool. course meals. One evening we tried Sunset Tai

Chi; another we played Bingo in the Showroom at Sea; nearly every day we hit the Signature shops, sampling complimentary liquors, checking out the sandals, cover-ups, tee shirts and baubles. Classical music aficionados could listen to the Adagio Strings in the Explorer’s Lounge and there was dancing in the Queen’s Lounge, Northern Lights and Ocean Bar. I preferred the excitement of trying my luck, albeit unsuccessfully, with slots and Blackjack at the Casino. Cocktails were served in a dozen lounges. After dinner, in the Piano Bar, we sang along with Daryl Lockhart at the piano, playing classics by James Taylor, Elton John, the Beatles and Billy Joel and games like “Name That Tune.” Later we enjoyed the nightly live Broadway-style shows, stand up comedian Chris Bliss, comedy magician Andy James, and musical entertainment in the Showroom at Sea.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until our final day at sea that we discovered the spacious Crow’s Nest, arguably the ship’s best kept secret, tucked away on the top level at the bow of the ship. Here we found the Internet cafe/ coffee bar, an extensive reading library and a relaxing lounge with banquette seating wrapping the bow.  Folksy, mellow musical entertainment by guitarist Matt Murphy added to the ambiance.   Our last stop was at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s dreamy private island retreat in the Bahamas. After strolling the beach, mom snoozed on a lounge chair under a palm tree. With the Nieuw Amsterdam anchored in the distance, I swam laps in the calm, clear, warm, azure waters, encountering  brightly colored tropical fish.  Fellow passengers rented private beach cabanas with porches and hammocks for the day, floated in inner tubes or went horseback riding. It was paradise.  Did we really have to go home? SE

SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 39


TRAVEL

Luxury on the Water

CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN --By M.C. SUSSMAN

From the balcony of our stateroom on the cruise ship, the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, the newest ship on the Holland America line, the tropical waters became ever more turquoise and soothing as we headed south from our embarkation point in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida towards the eastern Caribbean. My mother and I, still reeling from the passing a few months earlier of my father, her husband of 64 years, and the demise of my 30-year marriage, thought a week at sea last March would be healing and just the lift we both needed. Besides, as refugees from a brutal winter, we craved the warm sunshine, sea breezes and white sandy beaches promised by a cruise to Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos; Phillipsburg, St. 38 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, a trip of 2219 nautical miles at a leisurely speed of between 15.8 and 20.5 knots under the stewardship of Captain Jonathan Mercer.

The fun was in the journey as well as the destinations. From the hasslefree embarkation to the moment we set sail -- after the mandatory lifeboat drill-- the options were plentiful,  the food bountiful, the $3 million collec-

tion of onboard artwork astounding, and the cocktails ever flowing. Mom played bridge while I headed for the fitness center to work out. Our pristine stateroom on the deluxe Verandah deck, and particularly the balcony, was a sanctuary from the whirl of activity. Ashore on Grand Turk, we watched an encounter with stingrays, caught some rays of our own (the sun variety) and walked on a pristine sandy beach.  In San Juan, we decided to briefly visit the 465-year-old neighborhood of Old San Juan, established as a military fort and now a charming, pastel-hued example of antique architecture with steep, narrow streets  paved with a blue tinted stone known as adoquine.  Then we hiked the shoreline, following the

Spanish-built city wall that dates from the 1630s, from the harbor towards El Morro Fort, a six-level citadel that rises 140 feet above the sea, surrounded by  18-foot walls.  In St. Maarten, we joined a bus excursion to the French side of the Island, and explored Marigot on foot. Back in Philipsburg on the Dutch side, we wandered the shopping streets and the boardwalk. While at sea, we sunbathed by the outdoor pool on the Lido Deck, or read on the lounge chairs on a quieter deck one flight up, enjoying the sunshine and  sea breezes. The Nieuw Amsterdam also has an indoor/outdoor pool at the other end of the Lido Deck that attracted young families and was outfitted with private cabanas. The culinary options were plentiful, from the casual Lido buffet for breakfast including omelette and Belgian waffle bars, lunch and a midnight snack. Fine dining in the Manhattan Dining Room included two formal evenings and four course meals.  Even fancier, for a premium, was a dinner including lobster tails, lamb skewers and filet mignon at the crystal-bedecked private Pinnacle Grill  and at the Tamarind Pan Asian restaurant, tuna sashimi and a mango cloud souffle.   Italian fare like veal Milanese could be had at Canaletto’s.  Pizza slices were available all day on the Lido deck, along with a nightly barbecue. Mom couldn’t let a day pass without an ice cream cone from the Lido The culinary parlor; I was partial to the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. options were During the day, there were plentiful, from the hands-on culinary classes in the Culinary Arts Center, a state casual Lido buffet of the art kitchen theater, and a for breakfast Digital Workshop to learn to edit including omelette your cruise photos as part of a technology at sea educational and Belgian waffle program. Not to be missed, a daily dose bars, lunch and a of relaxation and pampering at midnight snack. the ship’s Greenhouse Spa. After a great massage, I snoozed  on Fine dining in the stone loungers, enjoyed a Manhattan Dining Rainforest shower with changing Room included colored lights and the sounds of thunder and birds chirping, two formal as well as getting soaked lying evenings and four on a rack amid the swirling waters of an oversized whirlpool. course meals. One evening we tried Sunset Tai

Chi; another we played Bingo in the Showroom at Sea; nearly every day we hit the Signature shops, sampling complimentary liquors, checking out the sandals, cover-ups, tee shirts and baubles. Classical music aficionados could listen to the Adagio Strings in the Explorer’s Lounge and there was dancing in the Queen’s Lounge, Northern Lights and Ocean Bar. I preferred the excitement of trying my luck, albeit unsuccessfully, with slots and Blackjack at the Casino. Cocktails were served in a dozen lounges. After dinner, in the Piano Bar, we sang along with Daryl Lockhart at the piano, playing classics by James Taylor, Elton John, the Beatles and Billy Joel and games like “Name That Tune.” Later we enjoyed the nightly live Broadway-style shows, stand up comedian Chris Bliss, comedy magician Andy James, and musical entertainment in the Showroom at Sea.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until our final day at sea that we discovered the spacious Crow’s Nest, arguably the ship’s best kept secret, tucked away on the top level at the bow of the ship. Here we found the Internet cafe/ coffee bar, an extensive reading library and a relaxing lounge with banquette seating wrapping the bow.  Folksy, mellow musical entertainment by guitarist Matt Murphy added to the ambiance.   Our last stop was at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s dreamy private island retreat in the Bahamas. After strolling the beach, mom snoozed on a lounge chair under a palm tree. With the Nieuw Amsterdam anchored in the distance, I swam laps in the calm, clear, warm, azure waters, encountering  brightly colored tropical fish.  Fellow passengers rented private beach cabanas with porches and hammocks for the day, floated in inner tubes or went horseback riding. It was paradise.  Did we really have to go home? SE

SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 39


Many Americans are accustomed to drinking big, fruit-forward wines from warm climates, with high alcohol content and big mouth-feel. Long Island wines are more subtle and complex, resembling oldworld wines with a bit of age. “They are very dry, softer. You have to kind of sit back and enjoy the nuances of them.”

VINES AND WINES:

EXPLORING NORTH FORK WINE COUNTRY WITH A MASTER SOMMELIER By SUSAN MORRIS NOVICK

Inside the posh environs of Rothmann’s Steakhouse in East Norwich sits a trove of fine wine from around the world. French bordeaux, Italian brunello, Argentinian malbec, New Zealand pinot noir, California cabernet and other treasures stock the 800-bottle wine cellar, each selected to complement Rothmann’s specialty prime dry-aged beef. “A glass of wine is a journey,” said Jake Young, 37, the Sommelier and Wine Director of Rothmann’s awardwinning wine cellar for the past five years, and the recipient of an Advanced Sommelier degree from the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. “The wine speaks for itself and tells the story about where it’s from.”     In recent years, Mr. Young has added several Long Island wines to his list, so that patrons sipping 40 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

a fine merlot are imaginatively transported, not to some faraway place, but to the North Fork vineyard where it was made. The North Fork of Long Island is a young wine region; its oldest vineyard, Castillo di Borghese (formerly the Hargrave Vineyard) in Cutchogue, was planted in 1973.  What began as one 17-acre winery has since grown to 3,000 acres of vineyards cultivated by over 50 wine producers. Now, as the vines mature and a much-heralded 2010 vintage comes to market, critics and connoisseurs are taking notice.     “People need to be educated about Long Island wines,”  Mr. Young said. Many Americans are accustomed to drinking big, fruit-forward wines from warm climates, with high alcohol content and big mouth-feel.

Long Island wines are more subtle and complex, resembling old-world wines with a bit of age. “They are very dry, softer. You have to kind of sit back and enjoy the nuances of them,” he said. Richard Olsen-Harbich, the winemaker at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, is a 30-year veteran of the Long Island wine industry and wrote the North Fork of Long Island appellation into existence in 1986. “I see the vines getting older and we’re growing up with them,” said Mr. Olsen-Harbich, noting that the deeper the roots, the more expressive of the terroir the wines will be. “The breath of the sea is in these wines; that slight, saline, mineral kind of quality and freshness,” he said.   Several grape varieties thrive in Long Island’s cooler, coastal cli-

blends, combining, for example, cabernet franc and merlot. “That’s where the single notes really become great music,” he said. In 1999, Prince Marco and Princess Ann Marie Borghese moved from Philadelphia to Cutchogue to assume the ownership and stewardship of the original Hargrave Vineyard, renaming it Castelo di Borghese in honor of the Prince’s Tuscan heritage. Sitting at a rustic table overlooking the 85-acre vineyard, Mrs. Borghese marveled that the entire North Fork wine region is smaller than the average vineyard in California. Castello di Borghese produces between 6000 and 8000 cases of wine a year, on par with many other North Fork vineyards.  Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are its signature wines.   Mrs. Borghese supports the artisanal, locavore spirit of Long Island’s industry by participating in New York City’s farmers markets year-round. “You feel the nuance of somebody’s hand in that bottle of wine, the grooving of the fields and watching the grapes arrive,” she said. “It may be a bit more expensive, but where else can you get something that’s fresh, handmade and good?” she asked.   The subtlety of Long Island wines make them exceptionally food-friendly because they don’t overpower what’s on the dish,  Mrs. Borghese said. She specializes in food and wine pairing dinners, suggesting a Borghese Sauvignon Blanc Estate wine as the perfect summer accompaniment for “a fabulous little fish,” sautéed in butter

and sprinkled with garden herbs and a squeeze of lemon.  “I want to taste the lightness, the brightness, the delicacy and the nice fruit of the wine,” she said.   The newest vineyard on the North Fork is Sparkling Pointe in Southold, the only winery in New York State that specializes exclusively in sparkling wine. Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, the owners, are releasing their 2007 sparkling wine this year, the first created from the vineyard’s own fruit.   Following the strict traditions of the “methode champenoise,” Gilles Martin, their winemaker, crafts five styles of sparkling wine from the 29acre harvest of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. As in Champagne, France, the grapes are hand-harvested, pressed as whole clusters, blended, and then aged for 3 to 8 years in the bottle. Sparkling Pointe’s modern, state-ofthe-art wine production facility, completed in 2009, is a gleaming stainless steel showplace and adjoins a grand tasting room with Venetian chandeliers and vineyard views.   Tours and tastings at North Fork vineyards have raised the profile of Long Island wines, many of which are now represented on local wine lists like Rothmann’s. After five years of building relationships with his regular customers here, Jake Young looks forward to introducing them to new wines and expanding their palates.   “What I love about the wineries out here is that the wine has a story and a sense of place,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about personal taste. I’m here to put the glass of

wine that you’ll enjoy most with that meal in your hand.” To that end, Jake Young’s personal company, VinoSOS, helps wine collectors organize and manage their wine collections and seek and source hard to find cult wines. He also works with top chefs to create and execute multi-course wine tasting dinners in clients’ homes. SE  

WHERE TO FIND LONG ISLAND WINES ________________________

Rothmann’s Steakhouse 6319 Northern Blvd. East Norwich, NY 516.922.2500 www.rothmannssteakhouse.com

Bedell Cellars 36225 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 631.734.7537 www.bedellcellars.com

Castello Di Borghese 17150 County Road 48 Cutchogue, NY 631.734.5111 www.castellodiborghese.com

Sparkling Pointe 39750 County Road 48 Southold, NY 631.765.0200 www.sparklingpointe.com

mate, including reds like merlot and cabernet franc, and whites like sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Local winemakers like Mr. Olsen-Harbich no longer look to California or France for guidance, but instead are working to reveal the unique character of Long Island wine. “The way to make really good wines here is to not copy somebody else,”   Mr. Olsen-Harbich said.   That independent streak is reflected in Bedell Cellars’ pioneering use of sustainable viticulture, using cover crops, composting and the minimization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in its vineyards; as well as the use of indigenous yeast in the fermenting process. In developing the best of his 80-acre harvest, Mr. Olsen-Harbich looks to experiment further with varietal SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 41


Many Americans are accustomed to drinking big, fruit-forward wines from warm climates, with high alcohol content and big mouth-feel. Long Island wines are more subtle and complex, resembling oldworld wines with a bit of age. “They are very dry, softer. You have to kind of sit back and enjoy the nuances of them.”

VINES AND WINES:

EXPLORING NORTH FORK WINE COUNTRY WITH A MASTER SOMMELIER By SUSAN MORRIS NOVICK

Inside the posh environs of Rothmann’s Steakhouse in East Norwich sits a trove of fine wine from around the world. French bordeaux, Italian brunello, Argentinian malbec, New Zealand pinot noir, California cabernet and other treasures stock the 800-bottle wine cellar, each selected to complement Rothmann’s specialty prime dry-aged beef. “A glass of wine is a journey,” said Jake Young, 37, the Sommelier and Wine Director of Rothmann’s awardwinning wine cellar for the past five years, and the recipient of an Advanced Sommelier degree from the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers. “The wine speaks for itself and tells the story about where it’s from.”     In recent years, Mr. Young has added several Long Island wines to his list, so that patrons sipping 40 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

a fine merlot are imaginatively transported, not to some faraway place, but to the North Fork vineyard where it was made. The North Fork of Long Island is a young wine region; its oldest vineyard, Castillo di Borghese (formerly the Hargrave Vineyard) in Cutchogue, was planted in 1973.  What began as one 17-acre winery has since grown to 3,000 acres of vineyards cultivated by over 50 wine producers. Now, as the vines mature and a much-heralded 2010 vintage comes to market, critics and connoisseurs are taking notice.     “People need to be educated about Long Island wines,”  Mr. Young said. Many Americans are accustomed to drinking big, fruit-forward wines from warm climates, with high alcohol content and big mouth-feel.

Long Island wines are more subtle and complex, resembling old-world wines with a bit of age. “They are very dry, softer. You have to kind of sit back and enjoy the nuances of them,” he said. Richard Olsen-Harbich, the winemaker at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, is a 30-year veteran of the Long Island wine industry and wrote the North Fork of Long Island appellation into existence in 1986. “I see the vines getting older and we’re growing up with them,” said Mr. Olsen-Harbich, noting that the deeper the roots, the more expressive of the terroir the wines will be. “The breath of the sea is in these wines; that slight, saline, mineral kind of quality and freshness,” he said.   Several grape varieties thrive in Long Island’s cooler, coastal cli-

blends, combining, for example, cabernet franc and merlot. “That’s where the single notes really become great music,” he said. In 1999, Prince Marco and Princess Ann Marie Borghese moved from Philadelphia to Cutchogue to assume the ownership and stewardship of the original Hargrave Vineyard, renaming it Castelo di Borghese in honor of the Prince’s Tuscan heritage. Sitting at a rustic table overlooking the 85-acre vineyard, Mrs. Borghese marveled that the entire North Fork wine region is smaller than the average vineyard in California. Castello di Borghese produces between 6000 and 8000 cases of wine a year, on par with many other North Fork vineyards.  Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are its signature wines.   Mrs. Borghese supports the artisanal, locavore spirit of Long Island’s industry by participating in New York City’s farmers markets year-round. “You feel the nuance of somebody’s hand in that bottle of wine, the grooving of the fields and watching the grapes arrive,” she said. “It may be a bit more expensive, but where else can you get something that’s fresh, handmade and good?” she asked.   The subtlety of Long Island wines make them exceptionally food-friendly because they don’t overpower what’s on the dish,  Mrs. Borghese said. She specializes in food and wine pairing dinners, suggesting a Borghese Sauvignon Blanc Estate wine as the perfect summer accompaniment for “a fabulous little fish,” sautéed in butter

and sprinkled with garden herbs and a squeeze of lemon.  “I want to taste the lightness, the brightness, the delicacy and the nice fruit of the wine,” she said.   The newest vineyard on the North Fork is Sparkling Pointe in Southold, the only winery in New York State that specializes exclusively in sparkling wine. Tom and Cynthia Rosicki, the owners, are releasing their 2007 sparkling wine this year, the first created from the vineyard’s own fruit.   Following the strict traditions of the “methode champenoise,” Gilles Martin, their winemaker, crafts five styles of sparkling wine from the 29acre harvest of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. As in Champagne, France, the grapes are hand-harvested, pressed as whole clusters, blended, and then aged for 3 to 8 years in the bottle. Sparkling Pointe’s modern, state-ofthe-art wine production facility, completed in 2009, is a gleaming stainless steel showplace and adjoins a grand tasting room with Venetian chandeliers and vineyard views.   Tours and tastings at North Fork vineyards have raised the profile of Long Island wines, many of which are now represented on local wine lists like Rothmann’s. After five years of building relationships with his regular customers here, Jake Young looks forward to introducing them to new wines and expanding their palates.   “What I love about the wineries out here is that the wine has a story and a sense of place,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about personal taste. I’m here to put the glass of

wine that you’ll enjoy most with that meal in your hand.” To that end, Jake Young’s personal company, VinoSOS, helps wine collectors organize and manage their wine collections and seek and source hard to find cult wines. He also works with top chefs to create and execute multi-course wine tasting dinners in clients’ homes. SE  

WHERE TO FIND LONG ISLAND WINES ________________________

Rothmann’s Steakhouse 6319 Northern Blvd. East Norwich, NY 516.922.2500 www.rothmannssteakhouse.com

Bedell Cellars 36225 Main Road Cutchogue, NY 631.734.7537 www.bedellcellars.com

Castello Di Borghese 17150 County Road 48 Cutchogue, NY 631.734.5111 www.castellodiborghese.com

Sparkling Pointe 39750 County Road 48 Southold, NY 631.765.0200 www.sparklingpointe.com

mate, including reds like merlot and cabernet franc, and whites like sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Local winemakers like Mr. Olsen-Harbich no longer look to California or France for guidance, but instead are working to reveal the unique character of Long Island wine. “The way to make really good wines here is to not copy somebody else,”   Mr. Olsen-Harbich said.   That independent streak is reflected in Bedell Cellars’ pioneering use of sustainable viticulture, using cover crops, composting and the minimization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in its vineyards; as well as the use of indigenous yeast in the fermenting process. In developing the best of his 80-acre harvest, Mr. Olsen-Harbich looks to experiment further with varietal SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 41


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Sumptuous with red walls, crystal chandeliers, sleek but comfy banquettes and booths, oversized lampshades, wood tables, and a sexy creamy white marble bar, Sage Bistro Moderne is a showstopper in a strip mall, from the ambiance and decor to the delicious fare and splendid service. Start the festivities dipping apples and toast into a tasty fondue appetizer of creamy French fromage. The Truffle Honey Brie Cheese fondue is perfect for sharing. Then soothe your conscience with the signature Sage Bistro Salad of mixed greens with feta cheese, plum tomatoes and roasted pignoli nuts in a basil balsamic vinaigrette. Or pretend you are in Paris and sample the Escargots a la Bourguignonne --snails with garlic herb butter sauce. For the main course, what’s a bistro without Steak Frites, served with French fries and herbed butter. Other fine choices are the pignoli nut crusted tuna, served with vegetable ratatouille and escarole in a Provencale sauce or boeuf bourguignon, a beef stew in a red wine sauce with persal onions, mushrooms and carrots served with mashed potatoes. More American options with a slight twist, like Mac’ n’ Cheese with grilled chicken, ham, green peas, and leaks in a light cream sauce, are available. Burgers, steak sandwiches, and lobster rolls, served with French fries and greens, cover the bases. The dessert menu beckons with sweet temptations like chocolate crepes with vanilla sauce and glazed strawberry or the lemon creme brulee, a lemon custard topped with caramelized sugar and almond bisque. To top it all off, a cup of French joe, with Grand Marnier and whipped cream. 42 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

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islaNd favorite. come exPerieNce the BAR FRITES 400 Wheatley Plaza Greenvale (516) 484-7500 barfrites.com At Bar Frites, George and Gillis Poll’s tony French Bistro venture at Wheatley Plaza, the tin ceiling, hanging globe lamps, menus written on mirrors and subway tile walls ooze with atmosphere and bring in the chatty crowds like those at Cipollini, the brothers’ trendy Italian bistro in the Americana Manhasset. Bar Frites, which has a covered courtyard for outdoor seating, is a notch more casual than Bryant and Cooper, the Poll brothers signature steakhouse in nearby Roslyn, or Toku, their pan Asian winner, also at the Americana Manhasset. For starters, there is “Le Bar a Huitres,” offering oysters, of course, plus Littleneck Clams, crabmeat or shrimp cocktails. Noteworthy among the Hors d’oeuvres are a Red and Golden Beet Salad with baby arugula, pecans, haricots verts, goat cheese and a tangerine vinaigrette and tuna tartare with avocado cream. Entrees include Moules Frites -- mussels and French Fries -- plus a selection of fish including grilled Branzino with baby arugula and radicchio or Sauteed Skate with broccoli rabe, or a Nicoise Salad with seared tuna. Steak Frites, a juicy New York strip steak with French Fries beckons. But meat lovers can also select from Steak au Poivre, Colorado lamb Tbones, and for the Sunday plat du jour, braised rabbit. Bucatini Bolognese, a pasta combination of veal, pork and beef that had been braised for six hour is also on the menu. Leave room for dessert: mini profiteroles, cream puffs stuffed with ice cream and served with a pitcher of hot fudge sauce, or the warm apple tarte on top of creme anglaise topped with vanilla ice cream. For the chocolate obsessed, the luscious molten chocolate cake does the trick.

BISTRO CITRON 362 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576 516-403-4400 A bit of Paris’ Left Bank occupies Roslyn Village, Huntington and Port Washington. In Roslyn, it’s Bistro Citron, overlooking the Roslyn Duck Pond. In Huntington, it’s Bistro Cassis and on Main Street in Port Washington, P’tite Framboise. The foldout menus and casual yet intimate ambiance are similarly Gallic at all three North Shore cafes. At Bistro Citron, French doors open onto a sophisticated bar. As you make your way to the two level dining room, admire the Art Nouveau sconces, intricately designed stained glass ceiling, white marble tables, tile floor, black leather banquettes and booths. Or opt for the serene view, and quieter space, at a pondfront table at the back of the dining room. To start, the Soupe a l’Oignon pleases with a hearty broth and bubbly cheese; the escargots à la Bourguignonne, or baked snails, are cooked with a garlic herb butter. Another tasty appetizer is the Tarte a la Tomate with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. For the main course, choose a French wine to go with classics like Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse, herb crusted rack of lamb in rosemary jus or the Fricasée de Coquille et de Gambas with shrimp, scallops, oyster mushrooms, sweet corn, potatoes and leeks with truffle sauce. Other good choices: pan seared tuna with fennel salad and a citrus balsamic reduction and Cabillaud Basquaise, a pan roasted black cod, served with parsley butter sauce with cockles, tomato, chorizo, over spinach. Dessert is to be shared, not skipped. Try the apple tart with vanilla ice cream, indulge in a creme brulee, or lap up the Crepes Nutella, thin French pancakes with chocolate, nuts and whipped cream. You’ll go home full and satisfied, with a smile. SE

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Sumptuous with red walls, crystal chandeliers, sleek but comfy banquettes and booths, oversized lampshades, wood tables, and a sexy creamy white marble bar, Sage Bistro Moderne is a showstopper in a strip mall, from the ambiance and decor to the delicious fare and splendid service. Start the festivities dipping apples and toast into a tasty fondue appetizer of creamy French fromage. The Truffle Honey Brie Cheese fondue is perfect for sharing. Then soothe your conscience with the signature Sage Bistro Salad of mixed greens with feta cheese, plum tomatoes and roasted pignoli nuts in a basil balsamic vinaigrette. Or pretend you are in Paris and sample the Escargots a la Bourguignonne --snails with garlic herb butter sauce. For the main course, what’s a bistro without Steak Frites, served with French fries and herbed butter. Other fine choices are the pignoli nut crusted tuna, served with vegetable ratatouille and escarole in a Provencale sauce or boeuf bourguignon, a beef stew in a red wine sauce with persal onions, mushrooms and carrots served with mashed potatoes. More American options with a slight twist, like Mac’ n’ Cheese with grilled chicken, ham, green peas, and leaks in a light cream sauce, are available. Burgers, steak sandwiches, and lobster rolls, served with French fries and greens, cover the bases. The dessert menu beckons with sweet temptations like chocolate crepes with vanilla sauce and glazed strawberry or the lemon creme brulee, a lemon custard topped with caramelized sugar and almond bisque. To top it all off, a cup of French joe, with Grand Marnier and whipped cream. 42 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

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islaNd favorite. come exPerieNce the BAR FRITES 400 Wheatley Plaza Greenvale (516) 484-7500 barfrites.com At Bar Frites, George and Gillis Poll’s tony French Bistro venture at Wheatley Plaza, the tin ceiling, hanging globe lamps, menus written on mirrors and subway tile walls ooze with atmosphere and bring in the chatty crowds like those at Cipollini, the brothers’ trendy Italian bistro in the Americana Manhasset. Bar Frites, which has a covered courtyard for outdoor seating, is a notch more casual than Bryant and Cooper, the Poll brothers signature steakhouse in nearby Roslyn, or Toku, their pan Asian winner, also at the Americana Manhasset. For starters, there is “Le Bar a Huitres,” offering oysters, of course, plus Littleneck Clams, crabmeat or shrimp cocktails. Noteworthy among the Hors d’oeuvres are a Red and Golden Beet Salad with baby arugula, pecans, haricots verts, goat cheese and a tangerine vinaigrette and tuna tartare with avocado cream. Entrees include Moules Frites -- mussels and French Fries -- plus a selection of fish including grilled Branzino with baby arugula and radicchio or Sauteed Skate with broccoli rabe, or a Nicoise Salad with seared tuna. Steak Frites, a juicy New York strip steak with French Fries beckons. But meat lovers can also select from Steak au Poivre, Colorado lamb Tbones, and for the Sunday plat du jour, braised rabbit. Bucatini Bolognese, a pasta combination of veal, pork and beef that had been braised for six hour is also on the menu. Leave room for dessert: mini profiteroles, cream puffs stuffed with ice cream and served with a pitcher of hot fudge sauce, or the warm apple tarte on top of creme anglaise topped with vanilla ice cream. For the chocolate obsessed, the luscious molten chocolate cake does the trick.

BISTRO CITRON 362 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576 516-403-4400 A bit of Paris’ Left Bank occupies Roslyn Village, Huntington and Port Washington. In Roslyn, it’s Bistro Citron, overlooking the Roslyn Duck Pond. In Huntington, it’s Bistro Cassis and on Main Street in Port Washington, P’tite Framboise. The foldout menus and casual yet intimate ambiance are similarly Gallic at all three North Shore cafes. At Bistro Citron, French doors open onto a sophisticated bar. As you make your way to the two level dining room, admire the Art Nouveau sconces, intricately designed stained glass ceiling, white marble tables, tile floor, black leather banquettes and booths. Or opt for the serene view, and quieter space, at a pondfront table at the back of the dining room. To start, the Soupe a l’Oignon pleases with a hearty broth and bubbly cheese; the escargots à la Bourguignonne, or baked snails, are cooked with a garlic herb butter. Another tasty appetizer is the Tarte a la Tomate with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. For the main course, choose a French wine to go with classics like Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse, herb crusted rack of lamb in rosemary jus or the Fricasée de Coquille et de Gambas with shrimp, scallops, oyster mushrooms, sweet corn, potatoes and leeks with truffle sauce. Other good choices: pan seared tuna with fennel salad and a citrus balsamic reduction and Cabillaud Basquaise, a pan roasted black cod, served with parsley butter sauce with cockles, tomato, chorizo, over spinach. Dessert is to be shared, not skipped. Try the apple tart with vanilla ice cream, indulge in a creme brulee, or lap up the Crepes Nutella, thin French pancakes with chocolate, nuts and whipped cream. You’ll go home full and satisfied, with a smile. SE

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maiNe loBsters aNd great wiNe have Become a

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6319 NortherN Boulevard, east Norwich, New York 11732 516-922-2500 | www.chasrothmaNNs.com


Upper Brookville By M.C. SUSSMAN

Magnificence

FEATURED PROPERTY

This majestic wellappointed residence was built in 2000, with the wings to each side added about four years later. Its beauty is timeless.

Beyond a majestic pair of wrought iron gates and down a specimen tree-lined driveway is a grand 15,000 square foot Georgian colonial of estate proportions. Fit for royalty, it is graciously set on five and a half manicured acres bordered by 200 trees. Italian bronze statues complement the extensive landscaped gardens surrounding the front courtyard. To one side of the driveway, a detached brick carriage house with granite floors and mirrored walls serves as the ultimate garage: a car palace with space for 15 Bentleys, Aston Martins, Ferraris or whatever your pleasure, in an unrivaled air controlled space. Upstairs is a three bedroom, two bath apartment. Entry to the mansion is via massive double oak doors with brass-inset portholes. They open onto a breathtakingly elegant, domed two-story 44 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

foyer with a double bridal staircase capped with a hand-hewn marble railing. A bridge at the top of the stairs overlooks a formal living room with dramatic, oversized arched floor to ceiling windows. An eye-popping crystal chandelier hangs from the foyer’s domed center rotunda.   To one side of the foyer is an office/ library suite with a gas fireplace overlooking the sweeping lawns to both the front and rear of the house. Down the hall two five-star hotel worthy guest bedrooms each boast its own fireplace and marble bath. Room service? Optional. A dramatic ballroom/solarium laced with arched floor to ceiling windows is the perfect spot for a design studio or to relax and gaze beyond the granite back terrace with balustrade surround to a stone fountain on the lawn.

Holding center stage on the property is a classically-styled, blue-tiled 50-foot in-ground pool and spa set into a limestone patio. Beyond, the stylish pool house boasts a plantation style porch with whirring ceiling fans and four sets of twin columns. Tucked inside its French doors and brick facade is a stunning one bedroom abode. The full kitchen has creamy wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances, a living room, bedroom and granite and tumbled marble bath with dual vanities. The perfect getaway, perhaps, just steps from home.   In the main house, the  kitchen has opulent marble countertops with layered edges. Amply-sized and functional, it’s intimate enough for a family dinner yet outifitted to prepare a banquet. Among the amenities are two dishwashers, Subzero refrigerator

and freezer, a wine cooler, warming drawer, trash compactor and an eight burner stove and grill. The breakfast area overlooks the rear grounds; the dining room is to the front of the mansion. Next to it, a casual living room with a fireplace provides intimate seating. The wow factor can be found in the party-sized family room, its soaring tray ceiling handpainted with a mural of Tuscany. Ornate Corinthian columns distinguish the entertainment area from the massive built-in wood bar area.   Upstairs, filling the wing to one side of the bridge, double French doors lead through a foyer with marbleized columns to the master suite and its balcony facing the rear grounds. A double-faced fireplace opens to both bed and bath. The latter has a whirlpool tub for two, twin vanities,

oversized steam shower and his and hers toilets; hers with bidet, of course. Beyond is her boutique-sized closet, a virtual clothing shop with extensive hanging racks for clothes and built in cubbies for shoes and handbags. His space includes two large walk-in closets to call his own. Three family bedrooms, each with its own bath, occupy the other side of the upstairs. A music system operates throughout the house. Game room and gym can be found in the fully finished, carpeted basement, along with a laundry room, staff quarters and storage closets. This majestic well-appointed residence was built in 2000, with the wings to each side added about four years later. Its beauty is timeless. SE

Price upon request. Shawn Elliott, 516-695-6349.

Pool by All Island Gunite

SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 45


Upper Brookville By M.C. SUSSMAN

Magnificence

FEATURED PROPERTY

This majestic wellappointed residence was built in 2000, with the wings to each side added about four years later. Its beauty is timeless.

Beyond a majestic pair of wrought iron gates and down a specimen tree-lined driveway is a grand 15,000 square foot Georgian colonial of estate proportions. Fit for royalty, it is graciously set on five and a half manicured acres bordered by 200 trees. Italian bronze statues complement the extensive landscaped gardens surrounding the front courtyard. To one side of the driveway, a detached brick carriage house with granite floors and mirrored walls serves as the ultimate garage: a car palace with space for 15 Bentleys, Aston Martins, Ferraris or whatever your pleasure, in an unrivaled air controlled space. Upstairs is a three bedroom, two bath apartment. Entry to the mansion is via massive double oak doors with brass-inset portholes. They open onto a breathtakingly elegant, domed two-story 44 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

foyer with a double bridal staircase capped with a hand-hewn marble railing. A bridge at the top of the stairs overlooks a formal living room with dramatic, oversized arched floor to ceiling windows. An eye-popping crystal chandelier hangs from the foyer’s domed center rotunda.   To one side of the foyer is an office/ library suite with a gas fireplace overlooking the sweeping lawns to both the front and rear of the house. Down the hall two five-star hotel worthy guest bedrooms each boast its own fireplace and marble bath. Room service? Optional. A dramatic ballroom/solarium laced with arched floor to ceiling windows is the perfect spot for a design studio or to relax and gaze beyond the granite back terrace with balustrade surround to a stone fountain on the lawn.

Holding center stage on the property is a classically-styled, blue-tiled 50-foot in-ground pool and spa set into a limestone patio. Beyond, the stylish pool house boasts a plantation style porch with whirring ceiling fans and four sets of twin columns. Tucked inside its French doors and brick facade is a stunning one bedroom abode. The full kitchen has creamy wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances, a living room, bedroom and granite and tumbled marble bath with dual vanities. The perfect getaway, perhaps, just steps from home.   In the main house, the  kitchen has opulent marble countertops with layered edges. Amply-sized and functional, it’s intimate enough for a family dinner yet outifitted to prepare a banquet. Among the amenities are two dishwashers, Subzero refrigerator

and freezer, a wine cooler, warming drawer, trash compactor and an eight burner stove and grill. The breakfast area overlooks the rear grounds; the dining room is to the front of the mansion. Next to it, a casual living room with a fireplace provides intimate seating. The wow factor can be found in the party-sized family room, its soaring tray ceiling handpainted with a mural of Tuscany. Ornate Corinthian columns distinguish the entertainment area from the massive built-in wood bar area.   Upstairs, filling the wing to one side of the bridge, double French doors lead through a foyer with marbleized columns to the master suite and its balcony facing the rear grounds. A double-faced fireplace opens to both bed and bath. The latter has a whirlpool tub for two, twin vanities,

oversized steam shower and his and hers toilets; hers with bidet, of course. Beyond is her boutique-sized closet, a virtual clothing shop with extensive hanging racks for clothes and built in cubbies for shoes and handbags. His space includes two large walk-in closets to call his own. Three family bedrooms, each with its own bath, occupy the other side of the upstairs. A music system operates throughout the house. Game room and gym can be found in the fully finished, carpeted basement, along with a laundry room, staff quarters and storage closets. This majestic well-appointed residence was built in 2000, with the wings to each side added about four years later. Its beauty is timeless. SE

Price upon request. Shawn Elliott, 516-695-6349.

Pool by All Island Gunite

SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 45


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 inground heated Gunite pool with attached hot tub, waterfall, Koi pond, mediation hut, full service cabana, tennis court, outside fire pit and four car garage. Jericho School District

$12,000,000

Lattingtown

OLD TAPPEN PRESERVE Rare opportunity to purchase a gate- secured 14- acre compound with pond. The compound contains 2 fraternal twin 9,000 sq ft 13 year young brick mansions, each with a large stone waterfall and Koi pond at entrance. On more than five acres each, both mansions have large pools, patios, tennis courts and 4 car garages. Interiors have high ceilings, marble baths, oak built-ins and open floor plans. Finished walk out lower levels boast saunas, media rooms and gyms. The estate has private beach and golf privileges ½ mile away. Mansions can be also sold separately. Old Tappen Preserve is ideal for residential or corporate use.

$12,999,000

Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

Contact: Suzanne Wehren 631-255-6097

Centre Island

LAST NEW CONSTRUCTION ON CENTRE ISLAND Enjoy the opportunity to live in this magnificent Mediterranean style home with your own 240- foot dock. From its clay roof to its copper gutters, leaders and wrought iron balconies, no expense has been spared! Enjoy the finest of amenities with master bedroom suite on the main level and breathtaking views! Western exposure with glorious sunsets, perfect for dining and entertaining in this flawless setting. Gazebo, cottage and 3-car garage. Infinity pool to be built will complete this masterpiece.

$7,777,777

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282 46 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Old Westbury

TEMPLETON: A CELEBRATED GOLD COAST ESTATE Fifteen plus magnificent acres are the setting for this sprawling brick Georgian Manor Estate in a prime location. Truly an exceptional, unparalleled Gold Coast jewel. A horticulturalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delight with stately trees, broad stretches of beautiful lawns bordered by evergreens, specimen plantings and botanic gardens with award- winning rose gardens and ornate topiaries. Featured amenities include pool, tennis court, 3 greenhouses and cottages. The renowned equestrian enclave includes a 17 stall barn, paddocks and caretaker cottage. Utilizing every natural advantage plus Wheatley School District, this estate is nothing short of perfection. Can be subdivided. Private showing by appointment only

$9,695,000

Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-000 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 47

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Shawn Elliott


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 inground heated Gunite pool with attached hot tub, waterfall, Koi pond, mediation hut, full service cabana, tennis court, outside fire pit and four car garage. Jericho School District

$12,000,000

Lattingtown

OLD TAPPEN PRESERVE Rare opportunity to purchase a gate- secured 14- acre compound with pond. The compound contains 2 fraternal twin 9,000 sq ft 13 year young brick mansions, each with a large stone waterfall and Koi pond at entrance. On more than five acres each, both mansions have large pools, patios, tennis courts and 4 car garages. Interiors have high ceilings, marble baths, oak built-ins and open floor plans. Finished walk out lower levels boast saunas, media rooms and gyms. The estate has private beach and golf privileges ½ mile away. Mansions can be also sold separately. Old Tappen Preserve is ideal for residential or corporate use.

$12,999,000

Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

Contact: Suzanne Wehren 631-255-6097

Centre Island

LAST NEW CONSTRUCTION ON CENTRE ISLAND Enjoy the opportunity to live in this magnificent Mediterranean style home with your own 240- foot dock. From its clay roof to its copper gutters, leaders and wrought iron balconies, no expense has been spared! Enjoy the finest of amenities with master bedroom suite on the main level and breathtaking views! Western exposure with glorious sunsets, perfect for dining and entertaining in this flawless setting. Gazebo, cottage and 3-car garage. Infinity pool to be built will complete this masterpiece.

$7,777,777

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282 46 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Old Westbury

TEMPLETON: A CELEBRATED GOLD COAST ESTATE Fifteen plus magnificent acres are the setting for this sprawling brick Georgian Manor Estate in a prime location. Truly an exceptional, unparalleled Gold Coast jewel. A horticulturalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delight with stately trees, broad stretches of beautiful lawns bordered by evergreens, specimen plantings and botanic gardens with award- winning rose gardens and ornate topiaries. Featured amenities include pool, tennis court, 3 greenhouses and cottages. The renowned equestrian enclave includes a 17 stall barn, paddocks and caretaker cottage. Utilizing every natural advantage plus Wheatley School District, this estate is nothing short of perfection. Can be subdivided. Private showing by appointment only

$9,695,000

Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-000 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 47

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Luxury Spring Listings

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott


Oyster Bay Cove

Newly built, this distinctive Mediterranean Villa nestled on 2 totally private acres. Exquisitely designed throughout for the most discerning audience. The finest of amenities run through this unique home. Stunning entry door leads you to over 5,000 square feet of living space and every step takes you to a new living experience. Master craftsmanship and woodwork must be appreciated. Pictures do not do justice to this custom gourmet kitchen. A must see! Putting green is just but the beginning in this award winning landscaping. Fantasize outdoors and enjoy built in surround sound and cap it off with a swim at your own private beach.

Offering at $2,958,000

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282

Old Westbury

Down a long private gated driveway lies this circa 1900 5 bedrooms, 5.555 bath brick estate, located on 16 flat useable acres with in-ground pool. Over 10,000 square feet of endless opportunity and potential right in the heart of Old Westbury! The gated entry foyer with its floating bridal staircase leads to a formal living room, dining room, library, eat in kitchen with butler’s pantry and a cozy breakfast nook. Other features include 6 fireplaces, hardwood floors and full basement. This fine home also offers a separate guest wing or maid’s quarters.

$8,950,000

Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

Old Westbury

Nestled on a double cul-de-sac on a quiet street is our newest contemporary. This 5-bedroom beauty with 6 full baths, and 2 half baths offers high ceilings and is flooded with light. Immaculate limestone floors have been appointed throughout the main floors. Master suite has custom marble spa bath and closets galore. It also boasts a fireplace, privacy loft and glass doors leading to a private sun deck. A huge granite island is the center of the cherry wood kitchen complete with finest appliances inclusive of wine cooler, refrigerator drawers and 2 sinks. There are 3 en suites bedrooms upstairs and a second children’s den. The lower level is an oasis in itself with an 8-seat movie theater, loaded kitchen, guest room and service bedroom with full bath. No expense spared on the exterior of this gem. Italian brick tile surround the in-ground heated pool with cascading waterfalls. Brilliant color from the hundreds of perennials surrounding the outside entertainment area livens the landscape, which also includes a built-in barbecue area, chiminea, cutting garden and tennis court. All this on 2 acres in Wheatley Schools. Very reasonable taxes make this a winner.

$3,895,000

Contact: Francine Eisenberg 516-449-8738 Madalyn Bottone 516-672-3517 48 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Upper Brookville CHESTNUT HILL

Through the gated entry, a long private drive leads to a beautiful brick courtyard to this traditional French Country Manor home on 5+ impeccably maintained acres of serenity. This well-appointed enclave abounds with exceptional detail, quality craftsmanship and luxury amenities. Features include 2- story foyer with greeting room, banquet-sized dining room, gourmet chef’s kitchen and mahogany library with fireplace. Expansive bedroom suite includes a sitting area with fireplace, his/hers closets, plus 6 additional bedrooms each with a full bath and radiant heat floors. An elevator leads to a spacious lower level chock full of amenities including a recreation room, entertainment area with a wet bar, fireplace, radiant heated floors, home theatre, gym, maids room with full bath, sauna and bowling alley. The eat-in kitchen, living room, dining room and library surround a fabulous indoor pool area with radiant heated floors. Outdoors, the elegance continues from the patio to a heated in-ground Gunite pool and tennis court. All set on over 5 private meticulously landscaped acres!

$12,888,000

Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 49

Luxury Spring Listings

Luxury Spring Listings

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott


Oyster Bay Cove

Newly built, this distinctive Mediterranean Villa nestled on 2 totally private acres. Exquisitely designed throughout for the most discerning audience. The finest of amenities run through this unique home. Stunning entry door leads you to over 5,000 square feet of living space and every step takes you to a new living experience. Master craftsmanship and woodwork must be appreciated. Pictures do not do justice to this custom gourmet kitchen. A must see! Putting green is just but the beginning in this award winning landscaping. Fantasize outdoors and enjoy built in surround sound and cap it off with a swim at your own private beach.

Offering at $2,958,000

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282

Old Westbury

Down a long private gated driveway lies this circa 1900 5 bedrooms, 5.555 bath brick estate, located on 16 flat useable acres with in-ground pool. Over 10,000 square feet of endless opportunity and potential right in the heart of Old Westbury! The gated entry foyer with its floating bridal staircase leads to a formal living room, dining room, library, eat in kitchen with butler’s pantry and a cozy breakfast nook. Other features include 6 fireplaces, hardwood floors and full basement. This fine home also offers a separate guest wing or maid’s quarters.

$8,950,000

Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349

Old Westbury

Nestled on a double cul-de-sac on a quiet street is our newest contemporary. This 5-bedroom beauty with 6 full baths, and 2 half baths offers high ceilings and is flooded with light. Immaculate limestone floors have been appointed throughout the main floors. Master suite has custom marble spa bath and closets galore. It also boasts a fireplace, privacy loft and glass doors leading to a private sun deck. A huge granite island is the center of the cherry wood kitchen complete with finest appliances inclusive of wine cooler, refrigerator drawers and 2 sinks. There are 3 en suites bedrooms upstairs and a second children’s den. The lower level is an oasis in itself with an 8-seat movie theater, loaded kitchen, guest room and service bedroom with full bath. No expense spared on the exterior of this gem. Italian brick tile surround the in-ground heated pool with cascading waterfalls. Brilliant color from the hundreds of perennials surrounding the outside entertainment area livens the landscape, which also includes a built-in barbecue area, chiminea, cutting garden and tennis court. All this on 2 acres in Wheatley Schools. Very reasonable taxes make this a winner.

$3,895,000

Contact: Francine Eisenberg 516-449-8738 Madalyn Bottone 516-672-3517 48 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Upper Brookville CHESTNUT HILL

Through the gated entry, a long private drive leads to a beautiful brick courtyard to this traditional French Country Manor home on 5+ impeccably maintained acres of serenity. This well-appointed enclave abounds with exceptional detail, quality craftsmanship and luxury amenities. Features include 2- story foyer with greeting room, banquet-sized dining room, gourmet chef’s kitchen and mahogany library with fireplace. Expansive bedroom suite includes a sitting area with fireplace, his/hers closets, plus 6 additional bedrooms each with a full bath and radiant heat floors. An elevator leads to a spacious lower level chock full of amenities including a recreation room, entertainment area with a wet bar, fireplace, radiant heated floors, home theatre, gym, maids room with full bath, sauna and bowling alley. The eat-in kitchen, living room, dining room and library surround a fabulous indoor pool area with radiant heated floors. Outdoors, the elegance continues from the patio to a heated in-ground Gunite pool and tennis court. All set on over 5 private meticulously landscaped acres!

$12,888,000

Contact: Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 49

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Luxury Spring Listings

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott


Brookville

Brookville

Charming English countryside character. Gracious flowing rooms are richly detailed and reflect a certain warmth and designer taste. Luxurious master suite with den + four beautiful bedrooms. Two level acres of flowering gardens and lush greenery provide an estate presence. Jericho School District.

Situated amidst an enclave of luxury homes and estates, this extraordinary 7,000 square foot home reflects a lifestyle of uncompromising quality, luxury and designer elegance. Effortless flowing rooms with glass walls blend scenic views in to living space. Stunning kitchen, sumptuous master suite + 6 bedrooms. Two exquisite acres with solar heated pool. Jericho Schools. Price Reduced.

$1,695,000

Contact: Faith Kanen 516-993-3929

$1,999,000

Contact: Faith Kanen 516-993-3929

Centre Island

Impressive designer brick home sitting on three lush landscaped acres with water views. Totally renovated in 2011 with the finest architectural details and craftsmanship. Grand foyer with soaring ceiling opens to spectacular ballroom with alabaster fireplace. Fabulous hand painted murals, gold leaf coffered ceilings and Brazilian rosewood inlay floors. Gourmet eat-in-kitchen with mahogany cabinets and beautiful granite countertops . This incredible home has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths with master suite situated on the first floor. Private Guest quarters and full finished basement. Spacious patio that leads down to a heated In ground pool gunite pool and waterfall. Great for entertaining!

$2,999,000

Contact: Howard Helphant 516-297-0600 Maria Siringo 516-316-8654 Brookville

Cold Spring Harbor

A sense of style and luxurious comfort define the essence of this impressive brick colonial. A grand marble gallery opens to a 3-story living room with fireplace, dining room with marble floor, den with built-ins plus a huge game room. Regal master suite with fireplace plus 4 additional bedrooms. Nestled on two quiet acres. Jericho Schools District. Price Reduced

Tucked away on two secluded tranquil acres sits a spectacular 13 room colonial custom built in 2005. Dramatic two story marble entry with inlaid floor leads to a lovely formal dining room with custom built-ins and fireplace.  Formal living room features beautiful moldings, French doors, and a fireplace.  Amazing designer kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite counter tops, large center island, and a sunny breakfast area surrounded by windows overlooking lush lawns.  Adjoining butler’s pantry offers wine refrigeration and ample storage.  Adjacent comfortable family room has a coffered ceiling, fireplace, and a double set of French doors.  Expansive master suite with attached office features a tray ceiling, walk-in closets, and luxury master bath. There are 4 additional bedrooms, 4 additional full bathrooms with custom wood vanities topped with marble, and a tasteful powder room. Outside, a covered portico, bluestone patio, and sparkling in-ground salt-water pool are tailor-made for outdoor entertaining. Other highlights include a fully equipped gym/bonus room with sound system, billiards room, gorgeous mill work and deep moldings throughout, 3 car garage, beach rights, and Cold Spring Harbor Schools

$1,699,000

Contact: Faith Kanen 516-993-3929

$2,795,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Lloyd Harbor

Set amidst 3 manicured acres and adjacent to a nature preserve in the prestigious Fort Hill Estates section of Lloyd Neck sits the “None Such” Estate, a 10,000 square foot Hamptons- style waterfront colonial with spectacular western sunset views from every room. Features 11 rooms, with two-story foyer, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room with French doors, intricately cherry-paneled library with fireplace, and extraordinary custom-made bar. Chef’s kitchen features custom cabinetry, granite counters, 2 large center islands, professional-grade appliances, & butler’s pantry. Adjacent is great room with an exposedbeam vaulted ceiling. Expansive bedroom suite with fireplace, balcony, separate dressing areas, walk-in closets, and luxurious marble master bathroom. 4 additional large bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, & 3 guest bathrooms. Finished lower level provides an amazing multi-use space with gym, juice bar, full bathroom with steam shower, studio, storage, and workshop. Private property with in-ground Gunite pool, multi-level blue stone patios, & steps to the beach. 3-car garage, 115 feet of waterfront bulkhead, private beach and mooring rights, and Cold Spring Harbor schools.

$5,995,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 50 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Dix Hills

COUNTRY POINTE

Dix Hills NEW CONSTRUCTION – STILL TIME TO CUSTOMIZE!

Luxurious expanded brick ‘Vanderbilt Model’ colonial in the gated community of Country Pointe. Custom EIK w/granite countertops, stainless Viking appliances, extended den with fireplace gleaming oak floors, expanded living room w/fireplace. All master-sized bedrooms, bonus room with surround sound media ready. Park-like private backyard free form salt water in-ground pool with stone waterfalls! Pond with Waterfall! Mahogany deck with pergola and Viking BBQ cook center.  Full finished basement with 9-foot ceilings, full bath, recreation area and office.  Country club amenities also included at The Greens, golf, tennis, clubhouse, gym, indoor/outdoor pools, restaurant and more.

Renowned British architect/owner creates a masterful design with Hamptons- style craftsmanship. 5,000+ square feet nestled on one acre in prime North Dix Hills. Rich details and architectural excellence. Features include mahogany door and porch, extensive millwork, moldings and hardwood floors. Choices still available for custom cabinetry, granite, tile and more! Home is pre-wired for smart house technology; ready for buyer’s upgrades. Grand loft sitting area leads to master bedroom with oversized walk-in closets. Luxurious European tile, three additional master-sized bedrooms, two full baths and additional bonus room or 6th bedroom available. Other amenities include main level, library, family room with fireplace, maid’s room/office with full bath, ample laundry room, huge walk up attic with windows and full basement. Possible opportunity to

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

$1,195,000 – 1,395,000

$1,895,000

purchase “As Is”. Half Hollow Hills School District

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

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Shawn Elliott


Brookville

Brookville

Charming English countryside character. Gracious flowing rooms are richly detailed and reflect a certain warmth and designer taste. Luxurious master suite with den + four beautiful bedrooms. Two level acres of flowering gardens and lush greenery provide an estate presence. Jericho School District.

Situated amidst an enclave of luxury homes and estates, this extraordinary 7,000 square foot home reflects a lifestyle of uncompromising quality, luxury and designer elegance. Effortless flowing rooms with glass walls blend scenic views in to living space. Stunning kitchen, sumptuous master suite + 6 bedrooms. Two exquisite acres with solar heated pool. Jericho Schools. Price Reduced.

$1,695,000

Contact: Faith Kanen 516-993-3929

$1,999,000

Contact: Faith Kanen 516-993-3929

Centre Island

Impressive designer brick home sitting on three lush landscaped acres with water views. Totally renovated in 2011 with the finest architectural details and craftsmanship. Grand foyer with soaring ceiling opens to spectacular ballroom with alabaster fireplace. Fabulous hand painted murals, gold leaf coffered ceilings and Brazilian rosewood inlay floors. Gourmet eat-in-kitchen with mahogany cabinets and beautiful granite countertops . This incredible home has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths with master suite situated on the first floor. Private Guest quarters and full finished basement. Spacious patio that leads down to a heated In ground pool gunite pool and waterfall. Great for entertaining!

$2,999,000

Contact: Howard Helphant 516-297-0600 Maria Siringo 516-316-8654 Brookville

Cold Spring Harbor

A sense of style and luxurious comfort define the essence of this impressive brick colonial. A grand marble gallery opens to a 3-story living room with fireplace, dining room with marble floor, den with built-ins plus a huge game room. Regal master suite with fireplace plus 4 additional bedrooms. Nestled on two quiet acres. Jericho Schools District. Price Reduced

Tucked away on two secluded tranquil acres sits a spectacular 13 room colonial custom built in 2005. Dramatic two story marble entry with inlaid floor leads to a lovely formal dining room with custom built-ins and fireplace.  Formal living room features beautiful moldings, French doors, and a fireplace.  Amazing designer kitchen features custom cherry cabinetry, granite counter tops, large center island, and a sunny breakfast area surrounded by windows overlooking lush lawns.  Adjoining butler’s pantry offers wine refrigeration and ample storage.  Adjacent comfortable family room has a coffered ceiling, fireplace, and a double set of French doors.  Expansive master suite with attached office features a tray ceiling, walk-in closets, and luxury master bath. There are 4 additional bedrooms, 4 additional full bathrooms with custom wood vanities topped with marble, and a tasteful powder room. Outside, a covered portico, bluestone patio, and sparkling in-ground salt-water pool are tailor-made for outdoor entertaining. Other highlights include a fully equipped gym/bonus room with sound system, billiards room, gorgeous mill work and deep moldings throughout, 3 car garage, beach rights, and Cold Spring Harbor Schools

$1,699,000

Contact: Faith Kanen 516-993-3929

$2,795,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Lloyd Harbor

Set amidst 3 manicured acres and adjacent to a nature preserve in the prestigious Fort Hill Estates section of Lloyd Neck sits the “None Such” Estate, a 10,000 square foot Hamptons- style waterfront colonial with spectacular western sunset views from every room. Features 11 rooms, with two-story foyer, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room with French doors, intricately cherry-paneled library with fireplace, and extraordinary custom-made bar. Chef’s kitchen features custom cabinetry, granite counters, 2 large center islands, professional-grade appliances, & butler’s pantry. Adjacent is great room with an exposedbeam vaulted ceiling. Expansive bedroom suite with fireplace, balcony, separate dressing areas, walk-in closets, and luxurious marble master bathroom. 4 additional large bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, & 3 guest bathrooms. Finished lower level provides an amazing multi-use space with gym, juice bar, full bathroom with steam shower, studio, storage, and workshop. Private property with in-ground Gunite pool, multi-level blue stone patios, & steps to the beach. 3-car garage, 115 feet of waterfront bulkhead, private beach and mooring rights, and Cold Spring Harbor schools.

$5,995,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 50 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Dix Hills

COUNTRY POINTE

Dix Hills NEW CONSTRUCTION – STILL TIME TO CUSTOMIZE!

Luxurious expanded brick ‘Vanderbilt Model’ colonial in the gated community of Country Pointe. Custom EIK w/granite countertops, stainless Viking appliances, extended den with fireplace gleaming oak floors, expanded living room w/fireplace. All master-sized bedrooms, bonus room with surround sound media ready. Park-like private backyard free form salt water in-ground pool with stone waterfalls! Pond with Waterfall! Mahogany deck with pergola and Viking BBQ cook center.  Full finished basement with 9-foot ceilings, full bath, recreation area and office.  Country club amenities also included at The Greens, golf, tennis, clubhouse, gym, indoor/outdoor pools, restaurant and more.

Renowned British architect/owner creates a masterful design with Hamptons- style craftsmanship. 5,000+ square feet nestled on one acre in prime North Dix Hills. Rich details and architectural excellence. Features include mahogany door and porch, extensive millwork, moldings and hardwood floors. Choices still available for custom cabinetry, granite, tile and more! Home is pre-wired for smart house technology; ready for buyer’s upgrades. Grand loft sitting area leads to master bedroom with oversized walk-in closets. Luxurious European tile, three additional master-sized bedrooms, two full baths and additional bonus room or 6th bedroom available. Other amenities include main level, library, family room with fireplace, maid’s room/office with full bath, ample laundry room, huge walk up attic with windows and full basement. Possible opportunity to

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

$1,195,000 – 1,395,000

$1,895,000

purchase “As Is”. Half Hollow Hills School District

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

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Shawn Elliott


Shawn Elliott

East Hills

Garden City

Old Westbury

Last one left in Swan Court cul-de-sac! This newly designed home offers access to the amenity-stocked Park at East Hills and its pools, tennis courts and more, and is located in the award-winning Jericho School District. This 6,000 square foot, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bath state of the art eat- in kitchen, access to porch. Energy efficient home with 4 zone heating, central air conditioning, 10 foot ceilings in unfinished basement. High vaulted ceilings, radiant heat, call for a list of amenities. Don’t miss this beautiful home!

Walk into a beautifully maintained A.T. Stewart historical Victorian with large front and back porches. Sitting on a deep 1/2 acre plus park like property, this home features 10 foot ceilings, wood floors, large windows, lots of historical architectural details including 3 magnificent fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3rd floor guest/servant quarters. Registered with the Nassau County Film Office, this very special house has been featured in fashion spreads, a major motion picture and several Biography Channel films. Garden City Schools. A very special home!

Through the gated entry a long private drive leads to a beautiful Brick Georgian Colonial. Enjoy the Great Gatsby lifestyle from the 60- foot indoor lap pool to its impeccable maintained 2 lush acres of magnificent, award- winning landscaping. Fantasize outdoors with southern exposure on the bluestone terrace overlooking gazebo, Har-Tru tennis count and horse corral. Inside, enjoy 5 fireplaces, limestone and hardwood floors throughout, oversized master suite with his/hers bath and closet plus an additional 6 bedrooms and 9.5 baths. The elevator takes you from top floor to spacious lower level; entertainment area with wet bar; Relax in the hot tub and sauna after a hard day at work.

Contact: Chery Goldman 516-902-0017

$1,249,999

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282

$2,399,000

Glen Cove

Private lane leads to this serene waterfront oasis overlooking the Long Island Sound. Situated on ‘Tween Waters’ rare western waterfront of tidal pond with a backyard adjacent to 204 acre preserve with trail to pristine sandy beach heaven. This beautifully designed 6800 square foot, 8 Bedroom & 6.55 Bath Home features an open flow floor plan, which boasts natural sunlight & keeps the view of the Sound in sight at all times. An entertainer’s dream equipped with a kitchen fit for a chef, banquet size dining room, home theatre & in-ground pool. Historical elements plus tons of room for extended stay or weekend guests. 3300 square foot walkout basement. Can’t recreate for this amazing price of $2,699,999.

$2,699,999

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Hewlett Bay Park

Great Gatsby home built in 1913! Old world charm with all the amenities for today’s modern lifestyle. Grand entry foyer, formal living room, dining room, library and ballroom. Sunlit enclosed porch, six bedrooms and six and one half baths. 11,000 square feet of living space, Beautiful two acres of landscaped property. Convenient to all! Also for rent at $12,000.

$2,999,000

Contact: Cheryl Goldman 516-902-0017

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Huntington Bay IN THE HAMLET OF BAY HILLS Beautiful colonial with impeccable details. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops. Spectacular year round water views from every room. Open, sunny, spacious floor plan: an entertainers delight! Incredible master suite with sitting area. Private loft above 2 car garage offers studio/office/guest retreat. A member of prestigious Bay Hills Beach Association.

$1,399,000

Contact: Linda Carey 631-807-8015

$2,395,000

Starting at $1,340,000

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

Laurel Hollow

Finely built custom contemporary in prestigious Harbour Ridge gated community. Over 5,100 square feet of open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. Dramatic two story marble entry hall, formal living room, formal dining room, den with fireplace, state of the art gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Second floor includes master suite, four additional bedrooms and two full baths, an upper den. Finished basement, quality craftsmanship. Property set on two lush landscaped acres. Beach and mooring rights.

Spectacular new construction defines luxury living and is set on over two private and professionally landscaped acres. This custom-built 5,900 sq ft. center hall colonial comes complete with beautiful custom moldings, large EIK with custom wood kitchen cabinetry, large center island, granite countertops, custom designed backsplash, and professional grade appliances, 5” Brazilian cherry floors, marble and granite bathrooms, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, high ceilings throughout, 3 car garage.

$1,749,000

Huntington Bay

Amazing water view location with incredible views of Huntington Bay and the Long Island Sound! This newly renovated 7,000+ sq. ft. contemporary home is set on 1.65 private and beautifully landscaped acres. This exceptional residence has been designed with an open floor plan and boasts a large formal dining room and expansive formal living room with fireplace. There is an incredible master suite with stunning panoramic views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, a spa-like master bathroom, 4 additional bedrooms, 5 additional full bathrooms, and a powder room. The gourmet custom kitchen features granite counters, top of the line appliances, and a lovely breakfast area. This magnificent home offers a phenomenal home office, gleaming hardwood floors throughout, and a 4-car garage. A huge blue stone patio with pergola, built-in barbecue, spectacular heated in-ground pool, and unbelievable vistas, make this home ideal for outdoor entertaining. Nathan Hale Beach Association.

ONLY 4 LEFT! A 24 hour gated enclave of 29 private estate homes. Custom craftsmanship rich in detail and architectural appointments by renowned builders “The Horizon Group” located in the heart of Long Island Gold Coast and the exemplary Syosset School District. Classic front façade with choices of stone and stucco, stone and brick or brick. Spacious bedrooms and up to 4.5 baths. Breathtaking two story foyer, first floor ceiling height 10’, oversized family room with gas fireplace! Gourmet cooks center island kitchen with choice of cabinetry, stainless steel appliances. Stately master suite with valet closets and lavish European tile baths. Full basement with 8’ ceilings and some available with walk out egress. Floor plan ranging from 3,500 to 7,000 on oversized private lushly landscaped lots. Models open Sat/Sun from 12 to 4…Starting at $1,340,000

LAUREL HOLLOW

Contact: Batul Morbi 516-859-8037

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 52 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

$4,399,000

Jericho – The Horizon

Laurel Hollow Immaculate brick center hall colonial built in 2005, set on 2.5 spectacular acres. Expansive master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, sitting area, private balcony, and spa-like marble master bathroom. Additional 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Banquet-sized formal dining room with coffered ceiling, and large formal living room. Chef’s eat-in-kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry, granite counters with center island, and professional-grade stainless steel appliances. Entertainment system in family room with an incredible billiards room adjacent. Gleaming granite and hardwood floors throughout, “Smart House” home automation, and 3-car attached garage with granite flooring. Brick paver driveway, lush lawn, and gorgeous landscaping complete this unbelievable property. Laurel Hollow beach and mooring rights and Cold Spring Harbor schools.

$2,650,000

Contact John Messina 516-241-0761

$2,599,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Laurel Hollow

Built in 2006, this grand 5 bedroom and 5.5 bathroom cedar and stone Hampton-style colonial is located on two beautifully landscaped acres. Front portico opens to an elegant limestone entry foyer that leads to a library, a spectacular two story great room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace framed by a double set of French doors with transom windows, formal living room, and a formal dining room.  The chef’s kitchen features custom glazed cabinetry, professional grade appliances, granite counters, center island, walk-in pantry, and a large breakfast area.  Master Suite includes oversize walk-in closet, private balcony, lounge and sitting room, and a luxurious master bathroom.  Outside, there is a blue stone patio and a covered wraparound porch.  Highlights include a first and second floor master suite, 7 zone radiant flooring, a service entrance featuring a laundry area and maid’s quarters, incredible architectural details, as well as Laurel Hollow beach and mooring rights.

$2,995,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 53

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Shawn Elliott

East Hills

Garden City

Old Westbury

Last one left in Swan Court cul-de-sac! This newly designed home offers access to the amenity-stocked Park at East Hills and its pools, tennis courts and more, and is located in the award-winning Jericho School District. This 6,000 square foot, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bath state of the art eat- in kitchen, access to porch. Energy efficient home with 4 zone heating, central air conditioning, 10 foot ceilings in unfinished basement. High vaulted ceilings, radiant heat, call for a list of amenities. Don’t miss this beautiful home!

Walk into a beautifully maintained A.T. Stewart historical Victorian with large front and back porches. Sitting on a deep 1/2 acre plus park like property, this home features 10 foot ceilings, wood floors, large windows, lots of historical architectural details including 3 magnificent fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3rd floor guest/servant quarters. Registered with the Nassau County Film Office, this very special house has been featured in fashion spreads, a major motion picture and several Biography Channel films. Garden City Schools. A very special home!

Through the gated entry a long private drive leads to a beautiful Brick Georgian Colonial. Enjoy the Great Gatsby lifestyle from the 60- foot indoor lap pool to its impeccable maintained 2 lush acres of magnificent, award- winning landscaping. Fantasize outdoors with southern exposure on the bluestone terrace overlooking gazebo, Har-Tru tennis count and horse corral. Inside, enjoy 5 fireplaces, limestone and hardwood floors throughout, oversized master suite with his/hers bath and closet plus an additional 6 bedrooms and 9.5 baths. The elevator takes you from top floor to spacious lower level; entertainment area with wet bar; Relax in the hot tub and sauna after a hard day at work.

Contact: Chery Goldman 516-902-0017

$1,249,999

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282

$2,399,000

Glen Cove

Private lane leads to this serene waterfront oasis overlooking the Long Island Sound. Situated on ‘Tween Waters’ rare western waterfront of tidal pond with a backyard adjacent to 204 acre preserve with trail to pristine sandy beach heaven. This beautifully designed 6800 square foot, 8 Bedroom & 6.55 Bath Home features an open flow floor plan, which boasts natural sunlight & keeps the view of the Sound in sight at all times. An entertainer’s dream equipped with a kitchen fit for a chef, banquet size dining room, home theatre & in-ground pool. Historical elements plus tons of room for extended stay or weekend guests. 3300 square foot walkout basement. Can’t recreate for this amazing price of $2,699,999.

$2,699,999

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Hewlett Bay Park

Great Gatsby home built in 1913! Old world charm with all the amenities for today’s modern lifestyle. Grand entry foyer, formal living room, dining room, library and ballroom. Sunlit enclosed porch, six bedrooms and six and one half baths. 11,000 square feet of living space, Beautiful two acres of landscaped property. Convenient to all! Also for rent at $12,000.

$2,999,000

Contact: Cheryl Goldman 516-902-0017

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Huntington Bay IN THE HAMLET OF BAY HILLS Beautiful colonial with impeccable details. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops. Spectacular year round water views from every room. Open, sunny, spacious floor plan: an entertainers delight! Incredible master suite with sitting area. Private loft above 2 car garage offers studio/office/guest retreat. A member of prestigious Bay Hills Beach Association.

$1,399,000

Contact: Linda Carey 631-807-8015

$2,395,000

Starting at $1,340,000

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

Laurel Hollow

Finely built custom contemporary in prestigious Harbour Ridge gated community. Over 5,100 square feet of open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. Dramatic two story marble entry hall, formal living room, formal dining room, den with fireplace, state of the art gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Second floor includes master suite, four additional bedrooms and two full baths, an upper den. Finished basement, quality craftsmanship. Property set on two lush landscaped acres. Beach and mooring rights.

Spectacular new construction defines luxury living and is set on over two private and professionally landscaped acres. This custom-built 5,900 sq ft. center hall colonial comes complete with beautiful custom moldings, large EIK with custom wood kitchen cabinetry, large center island, granite countertops, custom designed backsplash, and professional grade appliances, 5” Brazilian cherry floors, marble and granite bathrooms, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, high ceilings throughout, 3 car garage.

$1,749,000

Huntington Bay

Amazing water view location with incredible views of Huntington Bay and the Long Island Sound! This newly renovated 7,000+ sq. ft. contemporary home is set on 1.65 private and beautifully landscaped acres. This exceptional residence has been designed with an open floor plan and boasts a large formal dining room and expansive formal living room with fireplace. There is an incredible master suite with stunning panoramic views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, a spa-like master bathroom, 4 additional bedrooms, 5 additional full bathrooms, and a powder room. The gourmet custom kitchen features granite counters, top of the line appliances, and a lovely breakfast area. This magnificent home offers a phenomenal home office, gleaming hardwood floors throughout, and a 4-car garage. A huge blue stone patio with pergola, built-in barbecue, spectacular heated in-ground pool, and unbelievable vistas, make this home ideal for outdoor entertaining. Nathan Hale Beach Association.

ONLY 4 LEFT! A 24 hour gated enclave of 29 private estate homes. Custom craftsmanship rich in detail and architectural appointments by renowned builders “The Horizon Group” located in the heart of Long Island Gold Coast and the exemplary Syosset School District. Classic front façade with choices of stone and stucco, stone and brick or brick. Spacious bedrooms and up to 4.5 baths. Breathtaking two story foyer, first floor ceiling height 10’, oversized family room with gas fireplace! Gourmet cooks center island kitchen with choice of cabinetry, stainless steel appliances. Stately master suite with valet closets and lavish European tile baths. Full basement with 8’ ceilings and some available with walk out egress. Floor plan ranging from 3,500 to 7,000 on oversized private lushly landscaped lots. Models open Sat/Sun from 12 to 4…Starting at $1,340,000

LAUREL HOLLOW

Contact: Batul Morbi 516-859-8037

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 52 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

$4,399,000

Jericho – The Horizon

Laurel Hollow Immaculate brick center hall colonial built in 2005, set on 2.5 spectacular acres. Expansive master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, sitting area, private balcony, and spa-like marble master bathroom. Additional 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Banquet-sized formal dining room with coffered ceiling, and large formal living room. Chef’s eat-in-kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry, granite counters with center island, and professional-grade stainless steel appliances. Entertainment system in family room with an incredible billiards room adjacent. Gleaming granite and hardwood floors throughout, “Smart House” home automation, and 3-car attached garage with granite flooring. Brick paver driveway, lush lawn, and gorgeous landscaping complete this unbelievable property. Laurel Hollow beach and mooring rights and Cold Spring Harbor schools.

$2,650,000

Contact John Messina 516-241-0761

$2,599,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Laurel Hollow

Built in 2006, this grand 5 bedroom and 5.5 bathroom cedar and stone Hampton-style colonial is located on two beautifully landscaped acres. Front portico opens to an elegant limestone entry foyer that leads to a library, a spectacular two story great room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace framed by a double set of French doors with transom windows, formal living room, and a formal dining room.  The chef’s kitchen features custom glazed cabinetry, professional grade appliances, granite counters, center island, walk-in pantry, and a large breakfast area.  Master Suite includes oversize walk-in closet, private balcony, lounge and sitting room, and a luxurious master bathroom.  Outside, there is a blue stone patio and a covered wraparound porch.  Highlights include a first and second floor master suite, 7 zone radiant flooring, a service entrance featuring a laundry area and maid’s quarters, incredible architectural details, as well as Laurel Hollow beach and mooring rights.

$2,995,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 53

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Shawn Elliott

Laurel Hollow

Upper Brookville

Old Brookville

Custom built retirement home for Charles Davenport, founder of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Stately colonial with oversized sunny rooms throughout. Formal living room, library and family room with fireplaces, banquet dining room and greenhouse off the spacious eat-in kitchen. master suite with balcony, fireplace and exercise room. Three additional bedrooms each have their own bath. Breathtaking flat landscaped 2.74 acre property with in- ground Gunite pool, terraces and gardens. Award-winning Cold Spring Harbor Schools

A majestic manor estate on 8 acres! Features include grand gallery with wide plank wood floors, palatial ballroom and impressive library with secret ice cream parlor. Formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with adjacent media room and butler pantry. Oversized six bedrooms each with full bath and fireplace. Indoor swimming pool above heated 6car garage with gym and steam shower. Staff accommodations include five bedrooms and 2 full baths. Heated Gunite 60 foot in-ground pool, cottage and stables compete this unique and luxurious manor home. This property will be the exclusive home for the Fall Designer Showcase in Upper Brookville September 10th to October 30th.

DESIGNER SHOWCASE

On a quiet tree lined cul-de-sac lies this beautiful expanded ranch, set on 2 acres, 4,500 square feet of living space. Entry foyer, formal living room, dining room and den with travertine fireplace, eat-in kitchen with large center island and stainless steel appliances. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and hi hats throughout. Master suite with enough closet space to satisfy the Imelda Marcos in every woman! Oversized basement with more than 3,000 square feet with outside entry. Private backyard with room for pool! Great price and even better taxes! Prestigious North Shore School District.

This 2-story brick home is located on one of Old Westbury’s most sought after streets. Set on 2 beautiful picturesque acres of property with towering trees and manicured lawns. Amenities include pool, tennis court, cabana house and indoor pool with whirlpool, fireplace and waterfall. Awaiting the right buyers’ creative imagination. Renovate or build a dream home. Enhanced by location and a price tag for the astute buyer, this is an exceptional value-laden offering at $1,750,000

Contact: Paula M. Johnson 516-661-1006

Contact: Behnaz Rouhani 516-698-0469

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282

Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000

$1,749,000

POR

Matinecock

Private sweeping driveway leads to this elegant country retreat! 11-acre estate home surrounded by English gardens, lush landscaping, privacy trees & terrace. Perfect for entertaining. Sun-drenched rooms & architectural details throughout. Master suite is situated on the first floor with his & her bathrooms & walk-in closets, any couple’s dream. French doors throughout first floor. Separate guest quarters. Heated indoor pool & full basement with high ceilings. Detached 3 car heated garage. This estate with a tranquil stream bordered by ferns is the perfect setting for building an additional structure. You can drive your golf cart or even take a stroll down a private country road to the Piping Rock Country Club.

$3,525,000

Contact: Maria Siringo 516-316-8654

Mill Neck Paradise on the water! Imagine a home where the sea and sky form the backdrop, where every room enjoys panoramic water views and abundant sunshine! To maximize the water views, this remarkable residence is defined by architectural windows, clean, fluid lines and spacious interiors. The sweeping landscape leads from the home to 120 fee of sandy beach on Mill Neck Bay! Escape to tranquility!

$1,789,000

Contact: Ben & Marion Matros 516-647-7488

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Melville THE LEGENDS Welcome to the home that started the ultimate prestigious community! Award-winning Van Tassel Builders Model boasts spectacular 6,600 square feet of fabulous living space. Bridal split front and back staircase, grand foyer, hardwood floors, 6 bedrooms and 5.55 baths. Professionally decorated and custom built-ins. Country Club backyard with in-ground pool, 2 hot tubs, sport court, built in BBQ, 24 hour security, smart house technology. Half Hollow Hills School District.

$2,650,000

Contact: Ronna Feinstein 516-359-4731

$1,799,000

$3,750,000

Oyster Bay Cove

Lloyd Harbor

$2,795,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

$1,750,000

Oyster Bay Cove

Reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era, this stately 10,000 square foot colonial on over 10 very private acres brings you back to the days of flowing Champagne and sprawling acreage. Beyond a long, private driveway stands this 8 bedroom, 9.5 bath Colonial, lovingly renovated over the years while keeping its Old World charm. Featuring Great Room, Library and Formal Dining Room, each with grand marble fireplaces.Original crown moldings and irreplaceable hardwood floors carry throughout. A very bright Country kitchen with doors opening up to the yard is outfitted with commercial stainless appliances and featured in several Home magazines. Enter into the homes stately master bedroom which boast his/hers marble baths, masterfully renovated and include great closet space, dressing area and fireplace. Seven family bedrooms with their own private baths welcome a large family or friends.. Spectacular ten acres with rolling hills makes one stand still and take in the beauty and nature. Plus two legal renovated cottages, remotely situated on the grounds and fetch excellent revenue. In ground pool, tennis and barn complete this oasis. Bring your own horses. Call or email to schedule a private viewing Virtual Tour and Floorplan available online.

Contact: Francine Eisenberg 516-449-87380

Completely renovated in 2008, this magnificent 5,500 square foot Nantucket-style colonial home epitomizes gracious Gold Coast living. Situated on 2+ professionally landscaped acres in Lloyd Harbor, this exceptional residence boasts twelve rooms: a large foyer; elegant living room; banquet-sized formal dining room; beautifully appointed library with fireplace; incredible kitchen with custom cabinetry, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, granite countertops with center island, and a sunny breakfast area. A large butler’s pantry, tremendous walk-in pantry, climate-controlled wine cellar, and thoughtfully designed mudroom with ample shelving and cubbies all make this home perfect for today’s lifestyle.  Next to the kitchen is a comfortable family room with an exposed beam ceiling and cozy fireplace. Serene master suite with loft, and a travertine master bathroom with claw foot tub and two furniture style vanities topped with limestone offers a spa-like retreat. There are 4 additional bedrooms, 4 full baths, and a guest bathroom. Lower level has a private guest room, full bathroom, playroom, exercise room, and cedar closet.  Exterior features a large brick patio and sparkling in-ground Gunite pool with electric cover. Complete with a 3-car garage with loft, Lloyd Harbor Beach Association and mooring rights as well as Cold Spring Harbor Schools, this wonderful property represents the ultimate in luxury living. 

Old Westbury LOCATION! LOCATION!

SOLD! Privacy awaits you in this beautiful sprawling contemporary in prime cul-de-sac location in the prestigious “Tall Oaks.” Park like two-acre property with 15x60 reflecting in-ground Gunite heated pool. Entry hallway introduces you to the oversized living room and family room with magnificent 16’ high dual stone fireplace. The open floor plan and walls of glass fill the house with sunlight all day long. This incredible house with soaring ceilings also features large dining room, eat in kitchen, master bedroom with marble fireplace and marble master bath, large custom fitted his and hers walk in closets. Full basement, professionally landscaped property. Award winning Cold Spring Harbor Schools.

$1,895,000

Contact: Agnes Jarzabek 516-551-6880

Oyster Bay Cove A traditional front porch welcomes you into this remodeled and expanded center hall colonial. The fabulous wood and granite eat-in kitchen boasts a center island, large breakfast area and radiant heat. There is a formal dining room, den with fireplace, huge living room and wood floors. The upper level has five huge bedrooms and three full baths. The master suite includes a spa bathroom with radiant heat and a room-size fitted closet. There is a finished lower level and 3-car garage. All situated on 2 flat acres in Oyster Bay Estates. The in-ground pool and spa are surrounded by a huge patio and custom barbeque. Syosset School District.

$1,599,000

Contact: Barbara Tomko 516-528-7281 Sharyn Hyman 516-662-9696

Oyster Bay Cove

This impressive estate home in Oyster Bay Cove truly has the WOW factor.  Privacy and lush landscaping envelops this stately brick colonial set on the 2+ serene acres on private road. No expense has been spared either inside or out.  Impressive mahogany entry doors lead into a grand 2 story foyer. Ultra spacious public rooms with high ceilings, custom millwork throughout, wood floors will take your breath away. The huge eat-in kitchen has custom wood cabinets, granite counters, stone floor with radiant heat and high end appliances. The family room, which is accessible to the kitchen, boasts 19 ft ceilings and a custom stone fireplace. The main level master bedroom wing features a separate study, mega closets, and spa bathroom with radiant heat. There are 3 bedroom suites all with beautifully appointed baths and a massive upper level den with full bath. The lower level has high ceilings and walk-out access to the property. Enjoy the good weather in a heated infinity edge inground pool with spa, serve your guests from the fully equipped Cabana full kitchen, indoor/outdoor showers, full bath, 2 changing rooms. There is a Har-Tru fully illuminated tennis court. Additional features include interior sound system, a 3-car garage, lush landscaping, exterior lighting, and in-ground sprinklers. Syosset School District.

$3,299,000

Contact: Barbara Tomko 516-528-7281 Sharyn Hyman 516-662-9696 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 55

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Laurel Hollow

Upper Brookville

Old Brookville

Custom built retirement home for Charles Davenport, founder of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Stately colonial with oversized sunny rooms throughout. Formal living room, library and family room with fireplaces, banquet dining room and greenhouse off the spacious eat-in kitchen. master suite with balcony, fireplace and exercise room. Three additional bedrooms each have their own bath. Breathtaking flat landscaped 2.74 acre property with in- ground Gunite pool, terraces and gardens. Award-winning Cold Spring Harbor Schools

A majestic manor estate on 8 acres! Features include grand gallery with wide plank wood floors, palatial ballroom and impressive library with secret ice cream parlor. Formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with adjacent media room and butler pantry. Oversized six bedrooms each with full bath and fireplace. Indoor swimming pool above heated 6car garage with gym and steam shower. Staff accommodations include five bedrooms and 2 full baths. Heated Gunite 60 foot in-ground pool, cottage and stables compete this unique and luxurious manor home. This property will be the exclusive home for the Fall Designer Showcase in Upper Brookville September 10th to October 30th.

DESIGNER SHOWCASE

On a quiet tree lined cul-de-sac lies this beautiful expanded ranch, set on 2 acres, 4,500 square feet of living space. Entry foyer, formal living room, dining room and den with travertine fireplace, eat-in kitchen with large center island and stainless steel appliances. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and hi hats throughout. Master suite with enough closet space to satisfy the Imelda Marcos in every woman! Oversized basement with more than 3,000 square feet with outside entry. Private backyard with room for pool! Great price and even better taxes! Prestigious North Shore School District.

This 2-story brick home is located on one of Old Westbury’s most sought after streets. Set on 2 beautiful picturesque acres of property with towering trees and manicured lawns. Amenities include pool, tennis court, cabana house and indoor pool with whirlpool, fireplace and waterfall. Awaiting the right buyers’ creative imagination. Renovate or build a dream home. Enhanced by location and a price tag for the astute buyer, this is an exceptional value-laden offering at $1,750,000

Contact: Paula M. Johnson 516-661-1006

Contact: Behnaz Rouhani 516-698-0469

Contact: Yasmin Arshravan 516-314-4050 Ira Gross 516-313-7282

Contact: Sandy Binder 516-819-0000

$1,749,000

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Matinecock

Private sweeping driveway leads to this elegant country retreat! 11-acre estate home surrounded by English gardens, lush landscaping, privacy trees & terrace. Perfect for entertaining. Sun-drenched rooms & architectural details throughout. Master suite is situated on the first floor with his & her bathrooms & walk-in closets, any couple’s dream. French doors throughout first floor. Separate guest quarters. Heated indoor pool & full basement with high ceilings. Detached 3 car heated garage. This estate with a tranquil stream bordered by ferns is the perfect setting for building an additional structure. You can drive your golf cart or even take a stroll down a private country road to the Piping Rock Country Club.

$3,525,000

Contact: Maria Siringo 516-316-8654

Mill Neck Paradise on the water! Imagine a home where the sea and sky form the backdrop, where every room enjoys panoramic water views and abundant sunshine! To maximize the water views, this remarkable residence is defined by architectural windows, clean, fluid lines and spacious interiors. The sweeping landscape leads from the home to 120 fee of sandy beach on Mill Neck Bay! Escape to tranquility!

$1,789,000

Contact: Ben & Marion Matros 516-647-7488

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Melville THE LEGENDS Welcome to the home that started the ultimate prestigious community! Award-winning Van Tassel Builders Model boasts spectacular 6,600 square feet of fabulous living space. Bridal split front and back staircase, grand foyer, hardwood floors, 6 bedrooms and 5.55 baths. Professionally decorated and custom built-ins. Country Club backyard with in-ground pool, 2 hot tubs, sport court, built in BBQ, 24 hour security, smart house technology. Half Hollow Hills School District.

$2,650,000

Contact: Ronna Feinstein 516-359-4731

$1,799,000

$3,750,000

Oyster Bay Cove

Lloyd Harbor

$2,795,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

$1,750,000

Oyster Bay Cove

Reminiscent of the Great Gatsby era, this stately 10,000 square foot colonial on over 10 very private acres brings you back to the days of flowing Champagne and sprawling acreage. Beyond a long, private driveway stands this 8 bedroom, 9.5 bath Colonial, lovingly renovated over the years while keeping its Old World charm. Featuring Great Room, Library and Formal Dining Room, each with grand marble fireplaces.Original crown moldings and irreplaceable hardwood floors carry throughout. A very bright Country kitchen with doors opening up to the yard is outfitted with commercial stainless appliances and featured in several Home magazines. Enter into the homes stately master bedroom which boast his/hers marble baths, masterfully renovated and include great closet space, dressing area and fireplace. Seven family bedrooms with their own private baths welcome a large family or friends.. Spectacular ten acres with rolling hills makes one stand still and take in the beauty and nature. Plus two legal renovated cottages, remotely situated on the grounds and fetch excellent revenue. In ground pool, tennis and barn complete this oasis. Bring your own horses. Call or email to schedule a private viewing Virtual Tour and Floorplan available online.

Contact: Francine Eisenberg 516-449-87380

Completely renovated in 2008, this magnificent 5,500 square foot Nantucket-style colonial home epitomizes gracious Gold Coast living. Situated on 2+ professionally landscaped acres in Lloyd Harbor, this exceptional residence boasts twelve rooms: a large foyer; elegant living room; banquet-sized formal dining room; beautifully appointed library with fireplace; incredible kitchen with custom cabinetry, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, granite countertops with center island, and a sunny breakfast area. A large butler’s pantry, tremendous walk-in pantry, climate-controlled wine cellar, and thoughtfully designed mudroom with ample shelving and cubbies all make this home perfect for today’s lifestyle.  Next to the kitchen is a comfortable family room with an exposed beam ceiling and cozy fireplace. Serene master suite with loft, and a travertine master bathroom with claw foot tub and two furniture style vanities topped with limestone offers a spa-like retreat. There are 4 additional bedrooms, 4 full baths, and a guest bathroom. Lower level has a private guest room, full bathroom, playroom, exercise room, and cedar closet.  Exterior features a large brick patio and sparkling in-ground Gunite pool with electric cover. Complete with a 3-car garage with loft, Lloyd Harbor Beach Association and mooring rights as well as Cold Spring Harbor Schools, this wonderful property represents the ultimate in luxury living. 

Old Westbury LOCATION! LOCATION!

SOLD! Privacy awaits you in this beautiful sprawling contemporary in prime cul-de-sac location in the prestigious “Tall Oaks.” Park like two-acre property with 15x60 reflecting in-ground Gunite heated pool. Entry hallway introduces you to the oversized living room and family room with magnificent 16’ high dual stone fireplace. The open floor plan and walls of glass fill the house with sunlight all day long. This incredible house with soaring ceilings also features large dining room, eat in kitchen, master bedroom with marble fireplace and marble master bath, large custom fitted his and hers walk in closets. Full basement, professionally landscaped property. Award winning Cold Spring Harbor Schools.

$1,895,000

Contact: Agnes Jarzabek 516-551-6880

Oyster Bay Cove A traditional front porch welcomes you into this remodeled and expanded center hall colonial. The fabulous wood and granite eat-in kitchen boasts a center island, large breakfast area and radiant heat. There is a formal dining room, den with fireplace, huge living room and wood floors. The upper level has five huge bedrooms and three full baths. The master suite includes a spa bathroom with radiant heat and a room-size fitted closet. There is a finished lower level and 3-car garage. All situated on 2 flat acres in Oyster Bay Estates. The in-ground pool and spa are surrounded by a huge patio and custom barbeque. Syosset School District.

$1,599,000

Contact: Barbara Tomko 516-528-7281 Sharyn Hyman 516-662-9696

Oyster Bay Cove

This impressive estate home in Oyster Bay Cove truly has the WOW factor.  Privacy and lush landscaping envelops this stately brick colonial set on the 2+ serene acres on private road. No expense has been spared either inside or out.  Impressive mahogany entry doors lead into a grand 2 story foyer. Ultra spacious public rooms with high ceilings, custom millwork throughout, wood floors will take your breath away. The huge eat-in kitchen has custom wood cabinets, granite counters, stone floor with radiant heat and high end appliances. The family room, which is accessible to the kitchen, boasts 19 ft ceilings and a custom stone fireplace. The main level master bedroom wing features a separate study, mega closets, and spa bathroom with radiant heat. There are 3 bedroom suites all with beautifully appointed baths and a massive upper level den with full bath. The lower level has high ceilings and walk-out access to the property. Enjoy the good weather in a heated infinity edge inground pool with spa, serve your guests from the fully equipped Cabana full kitchen, indoor/outdoor showers, full bath, 2 changing rooms. There is a Har-Tru fully illuminated tennis court. Additional features include interior sound system, a 3-car garage, lush landscaping, exterior lighting, and in-ground sprinklers. Syosset School District.

$3,299,000

Contact: Barbara Tomko 516-528-7281 Sharyn Hyman 516-662-9696 SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011 55

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Oyster Bay Cove

Incredible location! Exceptional custom brick, center hall Colonial built in 2000. Set on 3.1 beautifully landscaped acres adjacent to a 26+ acre nature preserve with access to horse trails. Gracious two-story foyer leads to formal living room with fireplace and double French doors, banquet-sized dining room, and a magnificent Woodmode eat-in-kitchen designed by Ken Kelly. Kitchen features top of the line appliances, granite counters, and huge center island open to a family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and custom cherry cabinetry. Serene master bedroom with luxurious spa-like marble bathroom with steam shower. This phenomenal home boasts an additional 7 bedrooms and 5 ½ baths (including guest/servants quarters), and a bright and airy sunroom. High ceilings, lovely moldings, and 5” select oak flooring abound throughout this stunning home. French doors lead to two covered patios, an amazing Gunite pool and grand estate property with lush sweeping lawn.  Award-winning Syosset Schools.

$3,785,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Woodbury

Oyster Bay Cove

Remarkably priced! Welcome to this country retreat set on 2 sweeping acres, totally usable with complete privacy enhanced with specimen plantings and a circular driveway. The residence complements a rustic kitchen with granite countertops opening into a great room with vaulted ceiling and brick wall with fireplace. Crown moldings, five bedrooms, 3.5 baths. A great opportunity!

$1,199,000

Contact: Ben & Marion Matros 516-647-7488

Stunning colonial located on beautifully landscaped property in Archwood Estates. Romantic master bedroom with gas fireplace and spa-like master bath with Jacuzzi tub and steam shower, plus 4 additional bedrooms, 3 baths, and lovely powder room. Two-story entry foyer leads to elegant formal living room and grand dining room with vaulted ceilings. Expansive custom kitchen adjacent to comfortable family room with fireplace. Huge finished basement with 9’ ceilings and 3-car garage. Incredible outdoor entertaining area with multi-tiered cedar deck and built-in barbecue, patio, gazebo, and amazing in-ground pool with waterfall. Award-winning Syosset schools.

$1,585,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Woodbury

Magnificent colonial built by premier North Shore builder in 2002. Situated on 2 flat, tranquil acres off a private lane, this traditional home has a dramatic two story entry foyer leading to an elegant living room with a bay window and fireplace, a grand formal dining room, and a beautifully appointed library. Chef’s kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry, granite counter tops, center island, and a sunny breakfast area. Adjacent is a lovely family room with a vaulted ceiling, Palladian windows, French doors, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The master suite boasts two walk-in closets and a luxurious master bathroom with a double vanity and steam shower. There are 4 additional generous bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a lovely guest bathroom. The lower level offers a private guest room, full bathroom, playroom, exercise room, office, and utility room. Private, and beautifully landscaped, this home offers an amazing outdoor entertaining area. This incredible property has 9 foot ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors.

$1,695,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Old Westbury

Plainview

Woodbury

Woodbury

An outstanding Euro-Contemporary built by architects Keller Sandgren! Seventeen rooms, 7 bedrooms and 8.55 baths, soaring ceilings and 3 gourmet kitchens. A breakfast room overlooks a sparkling indoor pool. Granite floors, pear wood built-ins, slate roof, limestone exterior, and tennis court. Entire home outfitted with sophisticated water filtration system. Country Club property set on over two breathtaking acres.

Hamlet luxury lifestyle 24-hour gated community. Spectacular Eastbrook model with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Designer appointments! Soaring coffered ceilings with crown moldings. Custom cabinetry, eat-in-kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances, cherry wood floors, dramatic duel stone fireplace in living room and family room. Surround sound thru-out. Huge master suite with California walk-in closet and custom bath with granite and Jacuzzi. Oversized private property. Lush landscaped paver patio!

Great home for entertaining! Colonial in the Woodbury estate section boasting 6 large bedrooms, 4.5 baths, formal dining room, huge living room and den with fireplace. Other features include a bright and airy open floor plane with eat-in-kitchen, library and beautiful hardwood floors on the first floor. Amazing backyard with deck, inground pool, Jacuzzi, water fall cabana and tennis court. Syosset School District.

THE GATES Low taxes in “The Gates” of Woodbury! Split with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and new expanded gourmet eat-in-kitchen, shining hardwood floors in all bedrooms and throughout living room and formal dining room. Large family room with fireplace opens out to one flat useable acre with a stone patio an d beautiful landscaping. Full basement, gas heat, central air, 2 car garage, Syosset Schools.

Contact: Anthony Frisone 516-476-3351

Contact: Ronna Feinstein 516-359-4731

Contact: Behnaz Rouhani 516-698-0469

$1,250,000

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$1,235,000

Plainview

Plainview

Hamlet luxury lifestyle, 24 hour gated community! Spectacular better than new sought after Ashford Sagamore home with master suite on the main level. Designer appointments, soaring ceilings, moldings, custom cabinetry, eat-in kitchen, granite, tumbled marble back splash. Luxurious baths with Jacuzzi. Oversized private lush landscaping, free form paver patio.

Sought after 5 bedroom, 3.5-bath contemporary colonial in desirable Washington Knoll section. Situated on half flat acre in cul-de-sac. Gracious rooms, entry foyer, formal dining room, living room and den with fireplace. Full finished basement with bedroom, bath, playroom, storage and cedar closets. Great flow, sunny and bright.

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

$1,099,999

$1,199,000

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Contact: Michele Gort 516-526-9936 Andrea Costello 516-457-6451

$1,499,000

Woodbury Beautiful, immaculate home in perfect location on quiet cul-de-sac. Amazing flat 1-acre park-like property, unheard of low taxes for Woodbury!!! Mint condition, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, vaulted ceilings, shows light and bright, stone fireplace in large family room open to eat-in kitchen. Full basement, 2 car garage, new roof, new hot water and alarm system. Walt Whitman Elementary

$1,279,999

Contact: Madalyn Bottone 516-672-3517

Woodbury Sprawling four bedroom, 3 bath expanded ranch on one beautiful landscaped acre with in-ground pool. Expanded master suite with 5 large closets and re-done Jacuzzi bath. Open floor plan with fireplace, hardwood floors, new roof and windows. Pool has a new liner, heater and automatic pool safety cover. 2 car garage, Walt Whitman Elementary

$1,299,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

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Oyster Bay Cove

Incredible location! Exceptional custom brick, center hall Colonial built in 2000. Set on 3.1 beautifully landscaped acres adjacent to a 26+ acre nature preserve with access to horse trails. Gracious two-story foyer leads to formal living room with fireplace and double French doors, banquet-sized dining room, and a magnificent Woodmode eat-in-kitchen designed by Ken Kelly. Kitchen features top of the line appliances, granite counters, and huge center island open to a family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and custom cherry cabinetry. Serene master bedroom with luxurious spa-like marble bathroom with steam shower. This phenomenal home boasts an additional 7 bedrooms and 5 ½ baths (including guest/servants quarters), and a bright and airy sunroom. High ceilings, lovely moldings, and 5” select oak flooring abound throughout this stunning home. French doors lead to two covered patios, an amazing Gunite pool and grand estate property with lush sweeping lawn.  Award-winning Syosset Schools.

$3,785,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Woodbury

Oyster Bay Cove

Remarkably priced! Welcome to this country retreat set on 2 sweeping acres, totally usable with complete privacy enhanced with specimen plantings and a circular driveway. The residence complements a rustic kitchen with granite countertops opening into a great room with vaulted ceiling and brick wall with fireplace. Crown moldings, five bedrooms, 3.5 baths. A great opportunity!

$1,199,000

Contact: Ben & Marion Matros 516-647-7488

Stunning colonial located on beautifully landscaped property in Archwood Estates. Romantic master bedroom with gas fireplace and spa-like master bath with Jacuzzi tub and steam shower, plus 4 additional bedrooms, 3 baths, and lovely powder room. Two-story entry foyer leads to elegant formal living room and grand dining room with vaulted ceilings. Expansive custom kitchen adjacent to comfortable family room with fireplace. Huge finished basement with 9’ ceilings and 3-car garage. Incredible outdoor entertaining area with multi-tiered cedar deck and built-in barbecue, patio, gazebo, and amazing in-ground pool with waterfall. Award-winning Syosset schools.

$1,585,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Woodbury

Magnificent colonial built by premier North Shore builder in 2002. Situated on 2 flat, tranquil acres off a private lane, this traditional home has a dramatic two story entry foyer leading to an elegant living room with a bay window and fireplace, a grand formal dining room, and a beautifully appointed library. Chef’s kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry, granite counter tops, center island, and a sunny breakfast area. Adjacent is a lovely family room with a vaulted ceiling, Palladian windows, French doors, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The master suite boasts two walk-in closets and a luxurious master bathroom with a double vanity and steam shower. There are 4 additional generous bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a lovely guest bathroom. The lower level offers a private guest room, full bathroom, playroom, exercise room, office, and utility room. Private, and beautifully landscaped, this home offers an amazing outdoor entertaining area. This incredible property has 9 foot ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors.

$1,695,000

Contact: John Messina 516-241-0761

Old Westbury

Plainview

Woodbury

Woodbury

An outstanding Euro-Contemporary built by architects Keller Sandgren! Seventeen rooms, 7 bedrooms and 8.55 baths, soaring ceilings and 3 gourmet kitchens. A breakfast room overlooks a sparkling indoor pool. Granite floors, pear wood built-ins, slate roof, limestone exterior, and tennis court. Entire home outfitted with sophisticated water filtration system. Country Club property set on over two breathtaking acres.

Hamlet luxury lifestyle 24-hour gated community. Spectacular Eastbrook model with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Designer appointments! Soaring coffered ceilings with crown moldings. Custom cabinetry, eat-in-kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances, cherry wood floors, dramatic duel stone fireplace in living room and family room. Surround sound thru-out. Huge master suite with California walk-in closet and custom bath with granite and Jacuzzi. Oversized private property. Lush landscaped paver patio!

Great home for entertaining! Colonial in the Woodbury estate section boasting 6 large bedrooms, 4.5 baths, formal dining room, huge living room and den with fireplace. Other features include a bright and airy open floor plane with eat-in-kitchen, library and beautiful hardwood floors on the first floor. Amazing backyard with deck, inground pool, Jacuzzi, water fall cabana and tennis court. Syosset School District.

THE GATES Low taxes in “The Gates” of Woodbury! Split with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and new expanded gourmet eat-in-kitchen, shining hardwood floors in all bedrooms and throughout living room and formal dining room. Large family room with fireplace opens out to one flat useable acre with a stone patio an d beautiful landscaping. Full basement, gas heat, central air, 2 car garage, Syosset Schools.

Contact: Anthony Frisone 516-476-3351

Contact: Ronna Feinstein 516-359-4731

Contact: Behnaz Rouhani 516-698-0469

$1,250,000

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$1,235,000

Plainview

Plainview

Hamlet luxury lifestyle, 24 hour gated community! Spectacular better than new sought after Ashford Sagamore home with master suite on the main level. Designer appointments, soaring ceilings, moldings, custom cabinetry, eat-in kitchen, granite, tumbled marble back splash. Luxurious baths with Jacuzzi. Oversized private lush landscaping, free form paver patio.

Sought after 5 bedroom, 3.5-bath contemporary colonial in desirable Washington Knoll section. Situated on half flat acre in cul-de-sac. Gracious rooms, entry foyer, formal dining room, living room and den with fireplace. Full finished basement with bedroom, bath, playroom, storage and cedar closets. Great flow, sunny and bright.

Contact: Roberta Feuerstein 631-680-0603

$1,099,999

$1,199,000

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Contact: Michele Gort 516-526-9936 Andrea Costello 516-457-6451

$1,499,000

Woodbury Beautiful, immaculate home in perfect location on quiet cul-de-sac. Amazing flat 1-acre park-like property, unheard of low taxes for Woodbury!!! Mint condition, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, vaulted ceilings, shows light and bright, stone fireplace in large family room open to eat-in kitchen. Full basement, 2 car garage, new roof, new hot water and alarm system. Walt Whitman Elementary

$1,279,999

Contact: Madalyn Bottone 516-672-3517

Woodbury Sprawling four bedroom, 3 bath expanded ranch on one beautiful landscaped acre with in-ground pool. Expanded master suite with 5 large closets and re-done Jacuzzi bath. Open floor plan with fireplace, hardwood floors, new roof and windows. Pool has a new liner, heater and automatic pool safety cover. 2 car garage, Walt Whitman Elementary

$1,299,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

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Woodbury

Woodbury

Diamond 6 bedrooms, 4.5-bath farm ranch on flat one acre. This renovated home features gourmet eat-in-kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 2 family rooms, one with fireplace, master suite on main with sliders leading to deck with Jacuzzi. Finished basement, 2-car garage. Spectacular yard with heated in ground pool with salt filtration system and Koi pond. Professionally decorated. Written up twice in House magazine! Syosset Schools.

Beautiful stately brick 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath center hall Colonial in Rolling Hills II on _ acre property. Best location and lowest taxes in the neighborhood. Boasts eat-in-kitchen with cherry wood cabinets and granite countertops, all hardwood floors, full finished basement with bedroom and bath. 2-car garage, Syosset Schools.

$1,495,000

$1,549,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Woodbury

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Woodbury

To be built custom traditional colonial in ‘The Gates’! Will be breathtaking! Approximately 4,460 square feet with full 2,200 square foot walkout basement. Perfect location gorgeous property! 9’ ceilings 1st floor! Custom quality in and out! Builder is LI Tech. Call to view plans and details! Best price and opportunity to have new house in The Gates Woodbury! Walt Whitman Elementary, Syosset School District

7,300 ++ Sprawling Contemporary on cul-de-sac location with Country Club backyard with deck, patio, pool, hot tub, tennis and built in BBQ. Eat in kitchen opens to huge family room with fireplace leads to spa room. Open vaulted dining room and living room with fireplace. Unbelievable 2-story, completely redone master suite with huge closets, gym, fireplace with gorgeous new bath with steam and Jacuzzi. All new windows and baths. Separate maids room and office. 2.5 car garage. Too much to list. Walt Whitman Elementary. Syosset Schools

Contact: Fran Mazer……………..516-857-0111

Contact: Fran Mazer……………..516-857-0111

$1,749,000

Woodbury Magnificent all brick center hall colonial- 4 yrs old on flat gorgeous acres with 5 bedrooms. Large room sizes, fabulous large eat in kitchen includes 3 Wolf stainless ovens, warming drawer, steamer, coffee, espresso maker and wine refrigerator. Magnificent baths with every amenity. Brazilian cherry floors, beautiful woodworking and high ceilings throughout. Attention to every detail! Walk out basement, all new landscaping! 2-car garage, Syosset School District.

$2,199,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

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Upper Brookville Magnificence

$2,099,000

Woodbury

This one has it all! Fabulous 11 year old 5,000+ square foot colonial on gorgeous 2.5 flat acres with heated in-ground pool and Trex deck. This beautiful spacious home features hardwood floors, high ceilings, great layout and stunning architectural details throughout. This 5-bedroom home has a separate computer room, bonus room and amazing library. Top-of –the-line granite, stainless eat-in kitchen, Thermador/Ficher Peykel appliances. Finished basement with bedroom and bath, 3-car garage, Berry Hill Elementary. A Must See!

N

extreme, \ik-’strēm\ adj.

Going far beyond what is reasonable, moderate, or normal, one of a kind, beyond belief, too much to comprehend in one visit.

ow here’s the tease—Gated entry leads to 5 + manicured acres, 15 car carriage house, outstanding pool house, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, off the chart finishes, and details that clearly take your breath away...Too many details to mention on this exquisite Brick Georgian Colonial. Price upon request. Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349.

$2,099,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111 www.shawnelliott.com

SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011

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Luxury Spring Listings

:

Shawn Elliott

Woodbury

Woodbury

Diamond 6 bedrooms, 4.5-bath farm ranch on flat one acre. This renovated home features gourmet eat-in-kitchen with stainless steel appliances, 2 family rooms, one with fireplace, master suite on main with sliders leading to deck with Jacuzzi. Finished basement, 2-car garage. Spectacular yard with heated in ground pool with salt filtration system and Koi pond. Professionally decorated. Written up twice in House magazine! Syosset Schools.

Beautiful stately brick 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath center hall Colonial in Rolling Hills II on _ acre property. Best location and lowest taxes in the neighborhood. Boasts eat-in-kitchen with cherry wood cabinets and granite countertops, all hardwood floors, full finished basement with bedroom and bath. 2-car garage, Syosset Schools.

$1,495,000

$1,549,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Woodbury

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

Woodbury

To be built custom traditional colonial in ‘The Gates’! Will be breathtaking! Approximately 4,460 square feet with full 2,200 square foot walkout basement. Perfect location gorgeous property! 9’ ceilings 1st floor! Custom quality in and out! Builder is LI Tech. Call to view plans and details! Best price and opportunity to have new house in The Gates Woodbury! Walt Whitman Elementary, Syosset School District

7,300 ++ Sprawling Contemporary on cul-de-sac location with Country Club backyard with deck, patio, pool, hot tub, tennis and built in BBQ. Eat in kitchen opens to huge family room with fireplace leads to spa room. Open vaulted dining room and living room with fireplace. Unbelievable 2-story, completely redone master suite with huge closets, gym, fireplace with gorgeous new bath with steam and Jacuzzi. All new windows and baths. Separate maids room and office. 2.5 car garage. Too much to list. Walt Whitman Elementary. Syosset Schools

Contact: Fran Mazer……………..516-857-0111

Contact: Fran Mazer……………..516-857-0111

$1,749,000

Woodbury Magnificent all brick center hall colonial- 4 yrs old on flat gorgeous acres with 5 bedrooms. Large room sizes, fabulous large eat in kitchen includes 3 Wolf stainless ovens, warming drawer, steamer, coffee, espresso maker and wine refrigerator. Magnificent baths with every amenity. Brazilian cherry floors, beautiful woodworking and high ceilings throughout. Attention to every detail! Walk out basement, all new landscaping! 2-car garage, Syosset School District.

$2,199,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111

58 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

Upper Brookville Magnificence

$2,099,000

Woodbury

This one has it all! Fabulous 11 year old 5,000+ square foot colonial on gorgeous 2.5 flat acres with heated in-ground pool and Trex deck. This beautiful spacious home features hardwood floors, high ceilings, great layout and stunning architectural details throughout. This 5-bedroom home has a separate computer room, bonus room and amazing library. Top-of –the-line granite, stainless eat-in kitchen, Thermador/Ficher Peykel appliances. Finished basement with bedroom and bath, 3-car garage, Berry Hill Elementary. A Must See!

N

extreme, \ik-’strēm\ adj.

Going far beyond what is reasonable, moderate, or normal, one of a kind, beyond belief, too much to comprehend in one visit.

ow here’s the tease—Gated entry leads to 5 + manicured acres, 15 car carriage house, outstanding pool house, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, off the chart finishes, and details that clearly take your breath away...Too many details to mention on this exquisite Brick Georgian Colonial. Price upon request. Shawn Elliott 516-695-6349.

$2,099,000

Contact: Fran Mazer 516-857-0111 www.shawnelliott.com

SHAWN ELLIOTT | SUMMER 2011

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Servicing The gold coaST Since 1939

we’ve moved

Anthony Federico, 3rd Generation Owner,

SERVICING THE NEEDS OF: • DESIGNERS and DECORATORS

Welcome to the Long Island Office of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates

• ARCHITECTS • DEVELOPERS • COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS • 420 OF THE FORTUNE 500 CORPORATIONS

SPECIALIZING IN WHITE GLOVE SERVICE

Our New State-of-the-art Office is Largest Single Real Estate Office on Long Island.

• WINE STORAGE • ART STORAGE • 80,000 SQ. FT. CLIMATE CONTROLLED FACILITY • INTERNATIONAL MOVING, FROM ANYWHERE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD” • HIGH VALUE ART RELOCATION

Shawn Elliott utilizes the latest technology and resources to sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time. Built on a foundation of commitment to quality, integrity and personal service. Our highly specialized sales agents offer unique and specialized marketing programs catered to your property. We service Long Island’s most prestigious communities, always exceeding our clients’ expectations.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED BUT OUR LOCATION. WE JUST GOT BIGGER AND BETTER.

Now Over 10,000 Square Feet to Give You the Ultimate Luxury Real Estate Experience.

SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & E S TAT E S

175 Froehlich Farm Blvd Woodbury, NY 11797 516-364-HOME(4663) www.shawnelliott.com

Realtors, talk to me today to find out how the Liberty Moving Partnership Program can keep your business moving in the right direction

Anthony Federico, 3rd Generation Owner, 516-650-8700 MOBILE

www.libertymoving.com


Servicing The gold coaST Since 1939

we’ve moved

Anthony Federico, 3rd Generation Owner,

SERVICING THE NEEDS OF: • DESIGNERS and DECORATORS

Welcome to the Long Island Office of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates

• ARCHITECTS • DEVELOPERS • COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS • 420 OF THE FORTUNE 500 CORPORATIONS

SPECIALIZING IN WHITE GLOVE SERVICE

Our New State-of-the-art Office is Largest Single Real Estate Office on Long Island.

• WINE STORAGE • ART STORAGE • 80,000 SQ. FT. CLIMATE CONTROLLED FACILITY • INTERNATIONAL MOVING, FROM ANYWHERE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD” • HIGH VALUE ART RELOCATION

Shawn Elliott utilizes the latest technology and resources to sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time. Built on a foundation of commitment to quality, integrity and personal service. Our highly specialized sales agents offer unique and specialized marketing programs catered to your property. We service Long Island’s most prestigious communities, always exceeding our clients’ expectations.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED BUT OUR LOCATION. WE JUST GOT BIGGER AND BETTER.

Now Over 10,000 Square Feet to Give You the Ultimate Luxury Real Estate Experience.

SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY HOMES & E S TAT E S

175 Froehlich Farm Blvd Woodbury, NY 11797 516-364-HOME(4663) www.shawnelliott.com

Realtors, talk to me today to find out how the Liberty Moving Partnership Program can keep your business moving in the right direction

Anthony Federico, 3rd Generation Owner, 516-650-8700 MOBILE

www.libertymoving.com


Spring 2011 Launch Party Swanky Night at Carlyle on the Green

Chris Krisol, Dana Belmonte, Laura Fisher”

Amanda Peppard and Mercedes Courland

Linda Weinfeld, Patti Pascullo, Ronna Feinstein, Paulette Nadell, Roberta Feuerstein, Cheryl Goldman

Ron Coons and Glenn Riegler

Crystal Evans and Susan Phillippis

Arlene Travis, Nancy Leghart, Carole Aronson, Sasha Potapov and Elizabeth Jordan

Dr. Filomena-Rosano and Vincent Fiore

Evan Klein and Mike Sita

Shawn Elliott, Hilary Slavin, Marcelle S. Fischler, Jenn Weil, Eric Neher

John Markin

Tim Foley and Brian Bloom

Glenn Edwards, Rene and Jonathan Shapiro

Stacy and Jonathan Schwartz and Haley and Ethan Goodman

James Ragonese and Nicole Benincasa

Steven and Julie Blicht

Claudia Gryvatz Copquin and Paula Ganzi-Licata

Madeline Bottone and Karen Welkis

Betsy Elliott, Danny Horowitz and Karen Mantinelli

Tammy and Larry Lynch

Ashima and Kumar Pindiprolu, Ena and Bobby Johar and Batul Morbi

Hon. Stacy Bennett, Heidi Wellbrock, Jamie Weil and Dayna Fleischer

Kellie Deegan

Sydney Bucavetsky and Ronald Roel

Jay Gilbert, Shawn Elliott and Mark Battone

Sharon Grasso and Julia Zoiner

Hilary and Mitchell Slavin and Jennifer and Jamie Weil

Shawn Elliott with Echo and Company

It was a lovely May evening, perfect for a party and Shawn knows how to throw one! This time the red carpet was rolled out at the elegant Carlyle on the Green

Shawn Elliott and Steve Carl

Betsy Elliott and Hilary Slavin

Dr. Stephen and Gail Greenberg

Madeline Bottone, Paul and Nancy Rosen

Rose Oh and Denise Bradley

in Bethpage State Park for the launch of Shawn Elliott LUXURY magazine’s Spring 2011 issue. His top sales agents were also honored. Paparazzi clicked away as the sophisticated who’s who of the North Shore, top designers, top builders and top chefs gathered

Kevin Nicholas and Magazine

in the stately cocktail lounge and lovely ballroom to celebrate. Smartly-dressed guests nibbled from heaping platters of crudite, fruit and cheese and sipped wine. To enjoy the spectacular weather, some of the 350 guests wandered onto the terraces overlooking the park’s magnificent golf courses.

Dean Phillippis, John Frans and Tom Abraham

Jake Elliott and Jordan Slavin

Inside, the crowd, including the servers and models clad in white hit the dance floor, swiveling their hips to the polished sounds of New Life Crisis, a Long Island band. Oh, what a night! SE

Michael and Vicky Hu

Paul Mahos, Steve O’Brien, and Jeff Allegue of New Life Crisis


Spring 2011 Launch Party Swanky Night at Carlyle on the Green

Chris Krisol, Dana Belmonte, Laura Fisher”

Amanda Peppard and Mercedes Courland

Linda Weinfeld, Patti Pascullo, Ronna Feinstein, Paulette Nadell, Roberta Feuerstein, Cheryl Goldman

Ron Coons and Glenn Riegler

Crystal Evans and Susan Phillippis

Arlene Travis, Nancy Leghart, Carole Aronson, Sasha Potapov and Elizabeth Jordan

Dr. Filomena-Rosano and Vincent Fiore

Evan Klein and Mike Sita

Shawn Elliott, Hilary Slavin, Marcelle S. Fischler, Jenn Weil, Eric Neher

John Markin

Tim Foley and Brian Bloom

Glenn Edwards, Rene and Jonathan Shapiro

Stacy and Jonathan Schwartz and Haley and Ethan Goodman

James Ragonese and Nicole Benincasa

Steven and Julie Blicht

Claudia Gryvatz Copquin and Paula Ganzi-Licata

Madeline Bottone and Karen Welkis

Betsy Elliott, Danny Horowitz and Karen Mantinelli

Tammy and Larry Lynch

Ashima and Kumar Pindiprolu, Ena and Bobby Johar and Batul Morbi

Hon. Stacy Bennett, Heidi Wellbrock, Jamie Weil and Dayna Fleischer

Kellie Deegan

Sydney Bucavetsky and Ronald Roel

Jay Gilbert, Shawn Elliott and Mark Battone

Sharon Grasso and Julia Zoiner

Hilary and Mitchell Slavin and Jennifer and Jamie Weil

Shawn Elliott with Echo and Company

It was a lovely May evening, perfect for a party and Shawn knows how to throw one! This time the red carpet was rolled out at the elegant Carlyle on the Green

Shawn Elliott and Steve Carl

Betsy Elliott and Hilary Slavin

Dr. Stephen and Gail Greenberg

Madeline Bottone, Paul and Nancy Rosen

Rose Oh and Denise Bradley

in Bethpage State Park for the launch of Shawn Elliott LUXURY magazine’s Spring 2011 issue. His top sales agents were also honored. Paparazzi clicked away as the sophisticated who’s who of the North Shore, top designers, top builders and top chefs gathered

Kevin Nicholas and Magazine

in the stately cocktail lounge and lovely ballroom to celebrate. Smartly-dressed guests nibbled from heaping platters of crudite, fruit and cheese and sipped wine. To enjoy the spectacular weather, some of the 350 guests wandered onto the terraces overlooking the park’s magnificent golf courses.

Dean Phillippis, John Frans and Tom Abraham

Jake Elliott and Jordan Slavin

Inside, the crowd, including the servers and models clad in white hit the dance floor, swiveling their hips to the polished sounds of New Life Crisis, a Long Island band. Oh, what a night! SE

Michael and Vicky Hu

Paul Mahos, Steve O’Brien, and Jeff Allegue of New Life Crisis


THE GOOD LIFE

IT’S A WORKOUT, BABE

By PAULA GANZI LICATA They call her The Beast. It’s a term of respect known throughout the gym for my personal trainer. The nickname fits. After that first workout, I had to hold onto the railing as I walked down the stairs, my legs rubbery with fatigue. My trainer doesn’t look beastly. She’s petite with sea green eyes, curly auburn hair, a toned body and a movie star smile. Don’t let that smile fool you. She squeezes every bit of strength from me in 30 minutes, 1800 seconds. But who’s counting? She is. During one workout as she counted down twenty cross crunches, while I led with ‘my shoulder, not my elbow,’ I grunted: “Make. It. Stop.” She laughed. But she never stops. “I always think of you when I see that Insanity Workout commercial.” “You’re the third person to tell me that,” she said, pride curling her lips into a smile. Following years of lackluster gym routines, I committed to The Beast after my husband died suddenly and I found myself a forty-something widow. As the one-year mark approached, I set my sights on getting toned and gearing up to embrace the world of dating. To compensate for foie gras with my Foodie friends (dining out being as essential to our social lives as Facebook), I started setting my alarm for 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays to meet The Beast. Aside from the health benefits of exercise and weight training, I made a friend. We discovered we grew up near each other in Queens, did lots of the same stupid teenage things and only a year apart in age, have similar references. It’s fun to chat…though often physically difficult for me to talk. “Remember Beggar’s Opera in Queens Village?” she asks, referring to the 80s neighborhood rock 64 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

club/bar.
 I’m on the floor doing push-ups, body straight, hands at shoulder level, palms flat. I answer on the crest of an extreme exhale, “YHESSS.”

 When The Beast returned from her version of the perfect vacation – a four-day boot camp – suddenly my workout was beefed up. Fresh from the rigors of her anti-spa/workout hell, she greeted clients with renewed vigor. “I shouldn’t be a victim of your insane vacation!” I panted between squats. “Your form is excellent, Paula!” Her accolades are a healing balm. Though afterwards I sometimes need something stronger, like Advil. A sneeze awakens the muscles used for crunches; reaching above the refrigerator, I’m reminded of shoulder presses; walking down a flight of stairs, my thigh muscles twinge from lunges. But the results are exhilarating. I feel it in my clothes, I see it in the mirror, I sense it in my muscles. I’m down two sizes, lost over 20 pounds and am probably in better shape than my thirty-something self. People tell me I’ve never looked better. I’ve increased The Beast to Wednesdays and Saturdays. During one of last year’s storms, two trees fell on my property and I texted her to switch workout days so I could be home for the tree removal team and not miss a session. She texted back: “You should remove the trees with your new muscles!” I had other plans for my new body. The first day of spring, more than a year after Robert passed away, I ceremoniously left my wedding band in the jewelry box. I decided I was ready to meet someone. A month later at my first widow/ widower group meeting, I did. And when he mentioned his seven-

day-a-week gym routine, I totally understood. More importantly, I felt great about me. As I was getting dressed for my first date in over twenty years, I had the TV on in the background, a Seinfeld rerun keeping me company. Feeling excited and only a little nervous as I was leaving my house, I grabbed the remote control aimed it at the TV and said: “Goodbye Jerry, bye George, I’ve gotta’ get out there and start my new life.” The Beast was thrilled for me. We would chat pre- and postdate like high school girls in Bye Bye Birdie. And she would use my newfound excitement as a motivational tool if I dared to question an increase in weights or comment

Personal Trainers ____________________________ ROBERTA QUINN TRAINING PHILOSOPHY: Set your goals, and go for it! Change your routine; try something new. Make working out a part of your lifestyle. EXPERIENCE: 15 years EXPERTISE: Marathon/half marathon training, weight loss, boot camp, spin, group fitness, TRX suspension training, TIPS FOR CHOOSING A TRAINER Consider personality match, discuss goals, trainer’s experience, watch the trainer interact with clients and observe their training methods: Are they focused on their clients? Do they talk too much? WHERE: World Gym, Wantagh; house calls. CONTACT: 516.850.2335 (cell) _______________________ MICHAEL LEVENSON TRAINING PHILOSOPHY: Health through motion. Human beings were designed to move for many hours of the day. EXPERIENCE: 25 years EXPERTISE: Medical exercise specialist, massage therapist, yoga, pilates, Egoscue practitioner, triathlons, marathons, boot camp. TIPS FOR CHOOSING A TRAINER: Ask questions about

about an exercise being too challenging: “When’s your next date?” she’d taunt.
 We’d both laugh. No need for threats, I’m committed, scheduling the gym as seriously as doctor appointments, exercising on vacation and avoiding cancelations. One Wednesday The Beast said, “I can’t make it Saturday,” peering at her Blackberry, “unless you can be here at 6:00 a.m.” When I heard myself say, ‘OK,’ I realized I’d crossed the line from reluctant gymgoer to exercise enthusiast. The other day my friend Claudia noticed an incoming text on my phone. “You call her ‘The Beast’ in your Contacts?” she laughed. It’s a term of endearment. SE their experience, schooling, certifications. Don’t choose a trainer just because a friend recommended them. WHERE: Private homes and corporations; Powerhouse Gym, Syosset. CONTACT: 516.238.6089 (cell) www.thebalancedbodyinc.com inhalethenexhale@yahoo.com _______________________ DANI BRAGA WORKOUT PHILOSOPHY: Short bursts of sprint work incorporated into a weight resistance workout to engage muscle fibers and burn fat after the workout ends. EXPERIENCE: 12 years EXPERTISE: Trains athletes (in particular soccer players) from young to professional, weekend warriors to ironman. Training specialties for baby boomers and sport-specific sessions, such as using a golf simulation machine during the workout. CHOOSING A TRAINER: Base choice on your fitness goals, look for sport-specific areas. WHERE: Owner, LIFT INC. Long Island Fitness and Training in Woodbury and Westbury. Some house calls. CONTACT: 516-802-7115 (Woodbury) 516-680-4952 (cell) dbraga@lifthealthy.com www.Lifthealthy.com by PAULA GANZI LICATA

Personal Trainers


THE GOOD LIFE

IT’S A WORKOUT, BABE

By PAULA GANZI LICATA They call her The Beast. It’s a term of respect known throughout the gym for my personal trainer. The nickname fits. After that first workout, I had to hold onto the railing as I walked down the stairs, my legs rubbery with fatigue. My trainer doesn’t look beastly. She’s petite with sea green eyes, curly auburn hair, a toned body and a movie star smile. Don’t let that smile fool you. She squeezes every bit of strength from me in 30 minutes, 1800 seconds. But who’s counting? She is. During one workout as she counted down twenty cross crunches, while I led with ‘my shoulder, not my elbow,’ I grunted: “Make. It. Stop.” She laughed. But she never stops. “I always think of you when I see that Insanity Workout commercial.” “You’re the third person to tell me that,” she said, pride curling her lips into a smile. Following years of lackluster gym routines, I committed to The Beast after my husband died suddenly and I found myself a forty-something widow. As the one-year mark approached, I set my sights on getting toned and gearing up to embrace the world of dating. To compensate for foie gras with my Foodie friends (dining out being as essential to our social lives as Facebook), I started setting my alarm for 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays to meet The Beast. Aside from the health benefits of exercise and weight training, I made a friend. We discovered we grew up near each other in Queens, did lots of the same stupid teenage things and only a year apart in age, have similar references. It’s fun to chat…though often physically difficult for me to talk. “Remember Beggar’s Opera in Queens Village?” she asks, referring to the 80s neighborhood rock 64 SUMMER 2011 | SHAWN ELLIOTT

club/bar.
 I’m on the floor doing push-ups, body straight, hands at shoulder level, palms flat. I answer on the crest of an extreme exhale, “YHESSS.”

 When The Beast returned from her version of the perfect vacation – a four-day boot camp – suddenly my workout was beefed up. Fresh from the rigors of her anti-spa/workout hell, she greeted clients with renewed vigor. “I shouldn’t be a victim of your insane vacation!” I panted between squats. “Your form is excellent, Paula!” Her accolades are a healing balm. Though afterwards I sometimes need something stronger, like Advil. A sneeze awakens the muscles used for crunches; reaching above the refrigerator, I’m reminded of shoulder presses; walking down a flight of stairs, my thigh muscles twinge from lunges. But the results are exhilarating. I feel it in my clothes, I see it in the mirror, I sense it in my muscles. I’m down two sizes, lost over 20 pounds and am probably in better shape than my thirty-something self. People tell me I’ve never looked better. I’ve increased The Beast to Wednesdays and Saturdays. During one of last year’s storms, two trees fell on my property and I texted her to switch workout days so I could be home for the tree removal team and not miss a session. She texted back: “You should remove the trees with your new muscles!” I had other plans for my new body. The first day of spring, more than a year after Robert passed away, I ceremoniously left my wedding band in the jewelry box. I decided I was ready to meet someone. A month later at my first widow/ widower group meeting, I did. And when he mentioned his seven-

day-a-week gym routine, I totally understood. More importantly, I felt great about me. As I was getting dressed for my first date in over twenty years, I had the TV on in the background, a Seinfeld rerun keeping me company. Feeling excited and only a little nervous as I was leaving my house, I grabbed the remote control aimed it at the TV and said: “Goodbye Jerry, bye George, I’ve gotta’ get out there and start my new life.” The Beast was thrilled for me. We would chat pre- and postdate like high school girls in Bye Bye Birdie. And she would use my newfound excitement as a motivational tool if I dared to question an increase in weights or comment

Personal Trainers ____________________________ ROBERTA QUINN TRAINING PHILOSOPHY: Set your goals, and go for it! Change your routine; try something new. Make working out a part of your lifestyle. EXPERIENCE: 15 years EXPERTISE: Marathon/half marathon training, weight loss, boot camp, spin, group fitness, TRX suspension training, TIPS FOR CHOOSING A TRAINER Consider personality match, discuss goals, trainer’s experience, watch the trainer interact with clients and observe their training methods: Are they focused on their clients? Do they talk too much? WHERE: World Gym, Wantagh; house calls. CONTACT: 516.850.2335 (cell) _______________________ MICHAEL LEVENSON TRAINING PHILOSOPHY: Health through motion. Human beings were designed to move for many hours of the day. EXPERIENCE: 25 years EXPERTISE: Medical exercise specialist, massage therapist, yoga, pilates, Egoscue practitioner, triathlons, marathons, boot camp. TIPS FOR CHOOSING A TRAINER: Ask questions about

about an exercise being too challenging: “When’s your next date?” she’d taunt.
 We’d both laugh. No need for threats, I’m committed, scheduling the gym as seriously as doctor appointments, exercising on vacation and avoiding cancelations. One Wednesday The Beast said, “I can’t make it Saturday,” peering at her Blackberry, “unless you can be here at 6:00 a.m.” When I heard myself say, ‘OK,’ I realized I’d crossed the line from reluctant gymgoer to exercise enthusiast. The other day my friend Claudia noticed an incoming text on my phone. “You call her ‘The Beast’ in your Contacts?” she laughed. It’s a term of endearment. SE their experience, schooling, certifications. Don’t choose a trainer just because a friend recommended them. WHERE: Private homes and corporations; Powerhouse Gym, Syosset. CONTACT: 516.238.6089 (cell) www.thebalancedbodyinc.com inhalethenexhale@yahoo.com _______________________ DANI BRAGA WORKOUT PHILOSOPHY: Short bursts of sprint work incorporated into a weight resistance workout to engage muscle fibers and burn fat after the workout ends. EXPERIENCE: 12 years EXPERTISE: Trains athletes (in particular soccer players) from young to professional, weekend warriors to ironman. Training specialties for baby boomers and sport-specific sessions, such as using a golf simulation machine during the workout. CHOOSING A TRAINER: Base choice on your fitness goals, look for sport-specific areas. WHERE: Owner, LIFT INC. Long Island Fitness and Training in Woodbury and Westbury. Some house calls. CONTACT: 516-802-7115 (Woodbury) 516-680-4952 (cell) dbraga@lifthealthy.com www.Lifthealthy.com by PAULA GANZI LICATA

Personal Trainers


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Shawn Elliott LUXURY Magazine Summer 2011  
Shawn Elliott LUXURY Magazine Summer 2011  

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