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the street and in front of the house. Time had taken a serious toll on the house and property. It certainly had lost its curbside appeal. Inspired by fate, or fantasy, they investigated. What they saw was shocking. A grand home with the classic bones and features from the 1880s still in place, but completely obscured and unappreciated. Peter is a life-long Long Islander who was raised in Ronkonkoma with his brother, Daniel. Abbie is from Arkansas. Her dad was in real estate and construction. She noted that growing up, she moved often, collecting more addresses than favorite CDs. For 15 years, Peter and Abbie enjoyed a comfortable ranch-style home in Patchogue, where they were raising their four children. Their next moves, they thought, were a vacation home and to downsize as the kids start moving off to college. Peter and Abbie have vivid memories of that night’s dinner, but not of what they ate or drank. Their conversation showed their clear appreciation of real estate and what they imagined for White House Farm. And, the price of the house was attractive. “Could there really be something here?” they wondered. As they ate and talked, they had flashes of vision that took them to thoughts of “Could we? Should we?” However, after a good night’s sleep, the magic was gone. “Why would we want to take on such a monumental task,” they agreed. Nevermind. They turned their attention to some things they wanted to do in their own home. But as they did, the whisper of White House Farm became a roar. “What if we did everything we want to do to the house in Bayport?” The rest, yes, is history. Peter and Abbie closed on White House Farm in late 2015 and moved in on November 3, 2016. What they accomplished in a year was nothing less than remarkable. In the mid-1960s, the new owner, Michael Signorelli, a wellknown talent and international personality, took over White House Farm. “Maestro,” as he was known professionally and locally, was an Italian-style tenor. During his career, he was the lead tenor with the Chicago Opera Company, and later, a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for 14 years. He and his wife, Jeanne, loved Bayport and were warmly welcomed by the community. While here, he founded the Lyric Opera Company of Long Island. In October of 2004, the Maestro died, but Mrs. Signorelli and her daughter continued to live in the house for more than a decade and continued to teach aspiring singers the bel-canto style of music the Maestro had perfected. When the Moloneys bought the house, there were twelve pianos inside! One late-afternoon in the early fall of 2015, the Moloneys were on their way to dinner and took note of a “For Sale” sign outside a property they had never noticed before. White House Farm was well hidden by high, unkept bushes close to SocialLifeMagazine.com

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Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.

Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.