$38 Million Sands Point Home is ‘Green’ and Packed With Amenities

by James Kindall


Imagine yourself poised on a rooftop three stories in the air with a golf club arched above your shoulders. A hundred yards away on the lawn below is a 3-par putting green fronting the Long Island Sound. You crush the ball. It sails out over the green and plunks into the water, missing the target by a mile. So what?

For $38 million, give yourself a mulligan.

You are on top of one of the most expensive homes ever put up for sale in Nassau County — a Xanadu of perks and pleasures combined with environmentally friendly features that make it unique on Long Island. The three-story-high tee box on the roof?

Included, of course.

“This is the coolest house I’ve ever seen,” says Shawn Elliott, the broker who is selling the Sands Point home, which was completed in June and is the most expensive he’s ever placed on the market and the highest priced home now for sale in Nassau County.

What do you get for 38-million smackers? Nearly four acres of land, lots of nifty features and water views that stretch to Connecticut.

Guests enter a soaring living room with five seating areas (the home has room to entertain up to 500 guests) and a glass wall facing the Sound. The gourmet kitchen on the second floor has restaurant- quality appliances, most hidden from view behind a pocket door, while downstairs are two similar kitchens, one inside the pool/spa area and the other outside on a deck separated by a sliding-glass door.

Floating staircases set into the walls and suspended by cables increase the suggestion of openness. Eight ethanol-burning fireplaces, which are self-contained and use a fuel that does not emit dangerous fumes while burning, are situated throughout, including one in the master suite that hangs from the ceiling like a giant metal teardrop. In the suite’s bathroom, the cover of the heated, self-flushing toilet automatically rises in welcome.

The bar in the Ferrari-red billiard room on the entrance- level second floor boasts three temperature-controlled wine racks that can hold 450 bottles, eliminating the need for a dusty old wine cellar.

Elliott, showing off the property, jumps into a golf cart and heads toward the beach on a concrete path that circles the home.

“Look at this,” he says, pointing to lights and speakers placed at intervals along the pathway. “It’s exactly a quarter-mile track. You can play music while you jog.”

Like to work hard and play hard? No problem.

In addition to the billiard room, the home contains a basketball/racquetball court, a room with a $100,000 golf driving-range simulator (which doubles as a home theater), a home gym and an opulent indoor swimming pool with a waterfall and Jacuzzi. All this is in addition to a spa area that includes a sauna, steam room and a blue, backlit massage room. If you get bored doing laps in the pool, you can head to your private beach for a brisk saltwater workout in the Sound. If you’re tired when you come back, take the elevator.

Twenty-four surveillance cameras on the property can be viewed on any of the 17 televisions in the home or via an iPad or iPhone anywhere in the world.

Building the home was both a labor of love and an ordeal, says the owner, a tech businessman who asked not to be named. Delays because of design changes, difficulty finding contractors who could build to his specifications and the up-and-down economy turned construction into a six-year project. The owner says he hoped the home would be something his three children could enjoy, but by the time it was finished, they were grown and gone.

He wanted to create two things, he says. One was a home where the water was visible from every room. The other was a residence that was environmentally friendly. “I wanted everything green,” he says.

This was accomplished with such things as geothermal heat, solar panels, radiant floor heat and maintenance-free, porcelain and zinc facade exterior walls. Roof gardens use reclaimed rain water for irrigation. The driveway leading to a five-car garage is a patchwork of concrete grid pavers that allows water to flow into the ground and grass to grow within the square patterns. The home has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification as the largest environmentally sustainable residence in the United States, Elliott says.

“You can heat and cool this home probably for less than $1,000 a month, which is incredible for a 15,000-square-foot home,” he says.

“The home’s security system, lights, audio and temperature can be controlled by an iPad or iPhone,” he adds. Just in case that’s not enough, it comes with $2 million worth of furnishings by Roche Bobois. Services of a chef, driver and housekeeper are free of charge the first year.

“I thought that might be a good idea in case the buyer was foreign and didn’t know the area,” Elliott says.

The question is, is anyone going to pay that much money for a home?

Elliott says he already has had several inquiries, one from a hedge fund manager, another from an overseas client and one from a professional athlete. He contends that the price is reasonable compared to the cost of square footage in places like New York City or Malibu. There are, in fact, several homes in Suffolk County that are pricier, including one for $140 million in East Hampton and another for $85 million in Amagansett.

“For me, it’s an incredible value,” Elliott says. “You get to live by the water and have all the amenities you can imagine and still be close to the city.”

Paul Mateyunas, a salesperson with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and the author of two books on Long Island’s Gold Coast homes, notes that the high-end market has been busy in recent years, drawing a mix of national and international buyers.

“The world is becoming global,” says Mateyunas.

Yes, $38 million is an aggressive asking price, he says, but the North Shore remains one of the best places to buy a luxury home on the Island.

“It’s an amazing value in comparison to the Hamptons,” he says.

ASKING PRICE: $38 million







AMENITIES: Indoor basketball court, indoor swimming pool, tee box on roof, putting green, golf simulator, spa, sauna, steam room

EXTRAS: Furnished, plus housekeeper, chef and driver for one year

LISTING AGENT: Shawn Elliott, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, 516-364-4663

$38 Million Sands Point Home is ‘Green’ and Packed With Amenities

If You Want a Home With a Saltwater Pool

by Katherine Chaffer

Published: June 22, 2016

Saltwater pools are an increasingly popular choice, says Carvin DiGiovanni of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. That’s because swimming in saltwater pools is less irritating to the eyes and skin, and the water has a silker feel, he says. Here’s a look at some homes with saltwater pools now on the market.

Woodbury; $795,000

This high ranch has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths.  The 1964 home features a den with a fireplace, a formal dining room, an updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters, a tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The taxes are $20,451.

The 75-by-100-foot property features a saltwater pool with a waterfall, a built in barbecue with a granite wetbar, in-ground sprinklers and a two-car garage.

If You Want a Home With a Saltwater Pool

Six-Bedroom Old Westbury Home for Sale at $5.995 Million

by Danielle Braff

Published: September 19, 2015


A newly constructed Old Westbury home nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac overlooking 500 protected acres of state-owned land is on the market for $5.995 million.

The home has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, and is 7,100 square feet. It was built in 2013 by Robert Beer and is a Hampton-style colonial with an infinity edge pool.
The home has a cedar-shake roof, and the inside trim is mahogany.

The doors in the living room open completely, making it look like there is no wall on one side of the room.

“It’s breathtaking,” says Andrea Jablow of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, the listing agent.

Six-Bedroom Old Westbury Home for Sale at $5.995 Million

Buying a Home in Syosset

by Ruth Bashinsky

Published: June 11, 2015


Syosset is in the northeast section of the Town of Oyster Bay. Its central location and top-rated school district are two selling points that are drawing buyers in, real estate agents say.

Syosset High School ranked 28th in New York and 181 nationally, according to the 2015 Best High Schools report from U.S. News & World Report.

In comparison to other communities, home prices remain fairly consistent in the Syosset area, says Navaretta. “Syosset has always been ahead of the trend,” she adds. “Whenever we see an increase in the market, we see it here first. After Sandy, our houses were in great demand because people don’t have to worry about flooding and flood insurance.”

The downtown area is along Jackson Avenue, where the Long Island Rail Road station is. The shopping district is lined with boutiques, restaurants and retail stores. Jericho Turnpike is the main commercial shopping hub.

Buyers can find Colonials, capes, split-levels and ranch-style homes. Prices generally start in the $500,000s for a home on a 50-by-100-foot lot and can easily move into the millions with two acres-plus.

Maria Siringo of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates says she is seeing many young families from the tri-state area and the boroughs, as well as international purchasers, interested in the newer homes that offer lots of square footage and more current styles. “There is definitely a demand for new construction. I am finding that a lot of people don’t want to do renovations these days, and would rather spend more money and have a house that will be turnkey,” says Siringo.

Buying a Home in Syosset

Oak Hill Estates Luxury Development is Gearing Up

by Ruth Bashinsky

Published: May 17, 2015


Computer-generated renderings and floor plans of three different model homes at Oak Hill Estates in Dix Hills will be available for viewing this weekend.

Set on the former Dix Hills golf course, Oak Hill will house 23 single-family luxury homes featuring six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms that range from 5,100 square feet to 6,500 square feet. Each house is on one acre of property.”

These are 30-foot pine trees — it is a beautiful hamlet of homes and very special,” says Shawn Elliott, chief executive of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, whose company is working in conjunction with Continental Pinewood Development Partners, the developers and builders of the property. The same company is building the Barn & Vine development in Bridgehampton.

The homes, which range in price from $1.995 million to $2.295 million, are made with high-grade finishes and materials, says Elliott. “We have Belgian block apron for the driveways, the same windows as the Ritz-Carlton in North Hills, four-inch white oak select flooring throughout, natural stone in the bathrooms, LED lighting, the best appliances, a three-car garage and a lifetime warranty on the roofs,” he says.

Four homes are under construction with one home slated to be move-in ready by October. Five homes have been presold.

A grand opening event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 16 and 17 on the grounds, at 527 Half Hollow Rd.

Oak Hill Estates Luxury Development is Gearing Up

1916 French Chateau-Style Home in Brookville

by Lisa Chamoff

May 10, 2015


Called Haut Bois, this Brookville home, designed by architect Ogden Codman Jr. and built in 1916 for Walter Effingham Maynard, a Francophile, was inspired by the Louis XIV hunting lodge that became the palace at Versailles. It is now on the market for $16.5 million.

The restored French chateau-style home has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-bathrooms.

The inside looks like a palace, with a long marble entry hall, intricate moldings, murals and herringbone floors.

A billiards room with coffered ceilings and a wine cellar is on the lower level. Outside on the eight-acre property are gardens, a reflecting pool and a fountain designed by Jacques Greber.

John Messina of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates is the listing agent.

1916 French Chateau-Style Home in Brookville

Entryways that say: ‘Welcome’

The entrance of a Matinecock home, listed for $3,999,999 as of January 2012, is shown. Photo Credit: Handout
The entrance of a Matinecock home, listed for $3,999,999 as of January 2012, is shown. Photo Credit: Handout

A spectacular entryway is the best welcome mat you can have. It’s the first thing your family and guests see when they come to your home, and it’s an immediate indicator of the experience visitors will have while they’re with you.

“People get excited when they approach my house,” saysMatinecock homeowner Frank Abruzzo. “It’s so unique, and it’s like a sanctuary. People come, and they don’t want to go home.”

That sense of anticipation — that thrilling question of what’s coming next — can be the result of a well-landscaped driveway, a beautifully lit foyer just behind the front door, or even the front door itself. “The first thing people usually say when they see our house is, ‘It’s so big,’ ” says Bay Shore homeowner Allan Spector. “So I think our red front door invites people in. Once they’re inside the house, they’re in a cocoon, because we have dark wallpaper on the walls, and we have a gallery in the hall of family photos. But our house looks so big from the outside, so I think the front door makes it inviting.”

Of course, once guests are inside, you have a second chance to make a first impression. “Light is a big part of making a foyer more welcoming,” says homeowner Rick Rosner of Oyster Bay Cove. “We make sure there’s a lot of natural light, and our hallway gives a nice feeling of openness.”

From grand to cozy, a good entrance says it’s time to relax because you’ve arrived. Here are five homes for sale that accomplish this terrifically, as well as some tips from the pros on how to make sure your entryway always says, “Welcome!”

MATINECOCK $3,999,999

Annual taxes $87,116

Time on the market More than a year

Why it’s welcoming “When the gates open, and you see this long, winding drive, with the trees just greeting you, you just say, ‘Oh, my God,'” says Frank Abruzzo, a stock trader who owns the 5.5-acre estate. After entering through a remote-controlled gate, visitors amble down the 450-foot drive, which is lined with white pines, black pines and locust trees, and arrive at the front of the home, which features a blacktop driveway with cobblestone inlays.

White hydrangea flank the entrance. “The front of the house is pretty, especially in the summer,” he says. “The hydrangea change color every season, and there’s four on each side of the front of the drive.”

The six-bedroom, seven-bath, three-half-bath property offers about 8,000 square feet in the main house and an additional 3,000 square feet in the pool house. There’s a gunite pool, lighted tennis court, four fireplaces and a billiards room.

The house also includes a finished basement with a wine cellar that holds about 112 cases and a full-capacity generator.

Listing agents Marilyn Jenney, 516-759-6822 and Stephen Caronia, 516-922-9155, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

OYSTER BAY COVE $1,950,000

Annual taxes $31,404

Time on the market Six months

Why it’s welcoming For Rick and Patti Rosner, coming home is like going back in time. “You walk in, and the foyer is the centerpiece of the house,” says Rick Rosner, who owns a hardware store in Hicksville where he works with his wife. “That’s what caught our attention when we first came in.”

The couple have lived here seven years with two dogs, and they both say they still love just walking in the front door. “It’s a grand entryway,” says Rosner. “You walk in, and the ceiling is 20 feet high, over two floors. My wife had the chandelier custom-made.”

The Rosners thought of every detail in this 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath Southampton Colonial. The carpet is custom-made of a special wool. The exterior is cedar shake, the 2.58-acre lot is professionally landscaped with a fenced yard for the dogs, and a creek runs through the property. Inside, in addition to the bridal staircase, there is a two-story-high stone fireplace and a humidifying heating system to combat dry air.

But it’s the entryway that really impresses visitors. “There’s a lot of light in the house, and there are two windows over the hallway,” says Rosner. “People walk into the house and they just say, ‘Wow.’ We use the hallway as a focal point, because it brings people into the house. We love the size of the stairway and the way it flows. The house was pretty much built around the stairway.”

Listing agents Deborah Peseri, 516-624-9000, and Carol Gannon, 516-286-3757, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

BELLMORE $1,150,000

Annual taxes $20,034

Time on the market Five months

Why it’s welcomingMassive steel doors that open into an 18-foot-high foyer give visitors to Joseph Pizzirusso’s home the sense that they’re entering a palace. “When people come up to the house, they like how spacious the house is,” says Pizzirusso. “They like the doors, the high ceilings, the molding work.”

Pizzirusso works in construction and built the home himself. He lives there with his wife, Sarina, a stay-at-home mother, and his three children, Alexis, 6, Michael, 4, and Joseph, 3. The family has lived in the home seven years, and during that time, Pizzirusso has worked to make the house his own. “I worked with an architect, and I found the front doors from a little mom-and-pop company from Mexico,” he says. “We had to have a crane come to set the doors.”

Entering the four-bedroom, three-bath house, guests are instantly awed by the sheer height of the foyer. “About a year after we moved in, we added the paint to the ceiling, too,” he says. “We found the chandelier in Manhattan, because we wanted an iron chandelier to match the rustic feel of the doors and the custom-made railings.”

The property also includes a radiant-heated driveway and balconies with views overlooking East Bay.

Listing agent Seth Levy, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, 516-364-4663

SHIRLEY $650,000

Annual taxes $15,631

Time on the market More than a year

Why it’s welcoming The entrance to this four-bedroom, 31 / 2-bath home, flanked by 20-foot-tall Greek columns, is a testament to the owner’s style. “I grew up with a Greek background and a father from Greece, and I think I was just drawn to a strong entrance,” says Dennis Katevatis, who owns Shells Only, a building company in West Babylon. “It has a really strong look from the curb.”

Katevatis has lived in the house 23 years with his wife, Rose, who works with him. They raised their two children here. The foyer’s ceiling is 20 feet high, and the 5,000-square-foot home is on a one-acre lot with a four-car garage. But what really impresses people is the entrance. “The bluestone entrance and the massive columns make it special,” Katevatis says. “The foyer has granite floors and solid wood stairs.”

Listing agent Natalie Lewis, Douglas Elliman Real Estate 631-758-2552

BAY SHORE $448,000

Annual taxes $13,677

Time on the market Six months

Why it’s welcoming This three-story home makes a bold first impression, partly because of its towering footprint. “It’s a Georgian Colonial, and there aren’t many onLong Island,” says Allan Spector, a retired commercial real estate broker who lives in the house with his wife, Marcia, who works for a nonprofit.

The couple has lived in the four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home for 36 years. They’re only the second owners of the house, built in 1927. “We painted the door red to draw everyone’s attention to it, and to tell people that’s the way you come in,” says Spector. “The color draws people in, and invites people.”

Other features that give the home its compelling presence are the 150-foot driveway, which wraps around the home and leads to parking and a barn in the back. There is a three-season porch and a separate solarium, the latter of which boasts a wood stove. Then there are the windows.

“The house has 72 windows, if you can believe it,” says Spector. “The house is all glass.”

But it will still be the exterior that draws attention for its stately, massive presence. “It’s a big house, and it’s a tall house,” says Spector. “And it’s very symmetrical and proportional.”

Listing agent Suzanne Herrick, Century 21 Herrick Real Estate, 631-968-5300

Ins and outs of entrances

Getting your entrance right will go a long way toward making guests feel comfortable and welcome. Mary Middlemiss and Nancy LaCalamita of the interior design firm Twice As Nice Interiors in East Islip offer the following pointers for both inside and outside the home:


* Good lighting is the single most important feature of your front hall. “If a homeowner has the space and height for a chandelier, we recommend that, but wall sconces or a nice table lamp are also great,” says Middlemiss. Both recommend seeking out lighting alternatives to standard ceiling lights, which can cast a harsh glare. Also, give yourself as many options as possible. “Dimmer switches are important, because they allow you to adjust the lighting,” she says.

* Decluttering your foyer is key. “We suggest benches and decorative chests that can hide wires and that can provide storage,” says LaCalamita. “Plus, you need some furniture in a foyer to make it welcoming.” Still, just because you want your entryway tidy doesn’t mean it should be free of personality. Try hanging family photos.

* Finally, adding one small touch of extravagance to your foyer can make a big impact, especially in such a relatively small space. “It’s always nice to have fresh flowers in foyers,” says Middlemiss.


* Both Middlemiss and LaCalamita recommend thinking carefully about exterior paint. “The color scheme for your siding, your front door, your bricks need to all coordinate,” says Middlemiss. “Coordinating colors are more pleasing to the eye, and when things are pleasing to the eye, it makes people feel more welcome.” Keep your paint looking sharp. n Landscaping is crucial. “When the outside looks neat, and the greenery is beautiful, and there are potted plants, people will feel welcome,” says Middlemiss. Don’t forget that lighting counts outside, too. “Lighting at the front entrance is important,” says LaCalamita. “Any landscape lighting that lights the walkway is welcoming. You want something that lights a clear path to the front door. And you also can hang a lantern or sconces on either side of the front doorway.”

* Lastly, consider rolling out a mat. “A nice welcome mat is important,” says LaCalamita. “It can have your monogram on it, or just say ‘Welcome.’ ”

Entryways that say: ‘Welcome’