Dix Hills, NY: Large Lots and Good Schools

by Marcelle S. Fischler

Published: December 30, 2015


Adam and Brenda Elberg of Melville, N.Y., are not planning to move to nearby Dix Hills until later this year — their new house there is still under construction. But they’ve already “gotten to know some of the other people moving in” to their new neighborhood, Mr. Elberg said, meeting them during visits to the building site.

Now he sees his future neighbors at school functions — the blue-ribbon Half Hollow Hills Central School District serves Melville and Dix Hills as well as a number of other communities. “They are all young families with kids,” said Mr. Elberg, 46, a father of four and an owner of Professional Physical Therapy, a chain of 63 offices.

The Elbergs are among the first 10 buyers at Oak Hill Estates, a development of 23 houses, starting at nearly $2 million, being built on one-acre lots on the former Dix Hills Golf Club public course. The Elbergs’ six-bedroom five-and-a-half-bath house cost $2.24 million, not including upgrades.

So far, all the buyers already live in the Half Hollow Hills district, said Shawn Elliott, the broker/owner of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, which represents the development in this sprawling yet close-knit, family-friendly hamlet in western Suffolk County.

Dix Hills, an unincorporated area of the Town of Huntington, has the advantages of a rolling landscape, large lots, central location and easy access to the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway.

During her 42 years in the community, Nancy Binger, a retired teacher, has seen the rural flavor dissipate and the atmosphere change as younger families move in. But Dix Hills remains less crowded than communities farther west, she said, and is a great place to live “if you enjoy being in tune with nature.”

The one-acre property where she lives with her husband, Paul, a retired sheet-metal draftsman, has a built-in pool, a waterfall, a fish pond, lots of perennials and “the privacy we want and the room to create whatever backyard oasis we want it to be.” A member of the Dix Hills Garden Club, Ms. Binger helps create arrangements for the Dix Hills branch of the Half Hollow Hills Community Library.

There is also a financial incentive for some buyers. Before Lisa and Marc Sokobin bought a four-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath colonial on an acre in Dix Hills 16 years ago, they looked at houses in Plainview and Syosset. “What you got for the same amount of money really couldn’t compare,” Ms. Sokobin said. The lots were bigger; so were the houses. Despite the lack of a town center, “I would never want to live anywhere else,” she said.

Jason Fluger, 32, a special-education teacher and coach in Commack who had been renting an apartment in Hauppauge, came to the same conclusion last August after a six-month search. He paid $635,000 for a five-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath 1972 colonial on an acre in Dix Hills.

“I loved the area,” Mr. Fluger said. “The school district is phenomenal. I bought neighborhood and location. The camaraderie, the community, it’s everything I wanted.”

Mr. Fluger has already spent $25,000 on plumbing and electrical updates, appliances and landscaping. “It’s a home I can invest in,” he said, “so when I’m ready to raise a family, it’s an area I can be part of.”

What You’ll Find

An almost exclusively residential community of 15.95 square miles, Dix Hills has a population of nearly 27,000, according to 2010 census data. East of Melville, west of Brentwood, south of Commack and north of Deer Park, Dix Hills has the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway running through it from east to west. Deer Park Avenue and Carlls Straight Path are major north-south arteries.

There are several nurseries, but no commercial centers. “Most development is relatively recent, in the past 50 years or so,” said Robert C. Hughes, the Huntington town historian.

Lots ranging from a quarter-acre to an acre or more, subdivided from farms and estates during the post-World War II building boom, are the settings for colonials, ranches and contemporaries along winding, tree-lined roads.

“It is Suffolk County living, but close to the Nassau border,” said Lynn Witz, a saleswoman with Coach Realtors in Commack. “For the most part, you get large pieces of property.”

What You’ll Pay

“There is something for everyone” and “there is value,” said Deborah Hauser, a regional sales manager with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. The “sweet spot” where most people buy, she said, ranges from $600,000 to $700,000 for a colonial or a split level on a lot between a half-acre and an acre.

The 184 properties on the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island late last month ranged from a three-bedroom three-bath ranch on 0.66 acre for $329,000 to an 11.7-acre horse farm divisible into nine lots for $4.5 million. Buyers “pay less for more house, more land and more privacy than in Nassau County,” said Laura Panetta, a saleswoman with Signature Premier Properties in Northport.

The number of homes on the market increased 18.1 percent, to 359 in November 2015 from 304 in November 2014. The average sales price in November 2015 was $680,000, a 2.9 percent drop from the previous November, when it was $700,000.

What to Do

The town-owned year-round indoor ice skating facility in Dix Hills Park offers public skating, lessons and adult and youth hockey programs. The park also has a nine-hole golf course, a driving range and a putting green.

The Five Towns College Performing Arts Center has performances at its 500-seat theater. Upcoming shows include “The Wild Women of Comedy” on Jan. 23.

The Art League of Long Island offers classes for adults, teenagers and children including drawing and painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, jewelry, computer graphics and decorative arts. From Jan. 16 to Feb. 21, its Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery features “Black Voices,” an exhibition of African-American artists of Long Island.

Anchors for the more than 80 stores at the Walt Whitman Shops, a mall in nearby Huntington Station, include Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Schools

The Half Hollow Hills Central School District includes five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools for 8,750 students from Dix Hills, Melville, and parts of Deer Park, Huntington, Wheatley Heights, East Northport and East Farmingdale. The 2015 average SAT scores in reading were 549 for Half Hollow Hills High School East and 542 for Half Hollow Hills High School West, compared with 489 for New York State. In math, the scores were 577 and 559 versus a state average of 502. In writing, each high school had an average of 555 versus 478 for the state.

Students from some parts of northeastern Dix Hills are served by theCommack School District. The average 2015 SAT scores at Commack High School were 542 in critical reading, 576 in math and 546 in writing.

The Commute

The 7:12 a.m. train from the Long Island Rail Road’s Huntington station, one of a few used by local residents, is scheduled to reach Penn Station 58 minutes later. A monthly pass is $338. The drive of about 38 miles from Dix Hills to Midtown Manhattan takes about an hour.

The History

While living in a ranch house on three and a half acres on Candlewood Path in Dix Hills from 1964 until his death at age 40 in 1967, the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane composed his most famous album, “A Love Supreme.” In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the house, now part of a Huntington town park, one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the country. The house is “in the process of restoration” for use as a museum, and fund-raising continues, said Steve Fulgoni, the founder and a vice president of the Coltrane Home. It will “look exactly the way it was in 1969,” he said, including the recording studio in the basement and the shag carpet.

Dix Hills, NY: Large Lots and Good Schools

Peter Madoff’s Former Home Sells for $3.5 Million

by William Aden

Published: March 5, 2015


The Long Island estate of Peter B. Madoff, the younger brother of Bernard L. Madoff, has been sold for several million dollars less than its original asking price, after years of efforts to find a buyer.

The four-acre property, at 34 Pheasant Run in Old Westbury, N.Y., sold for $3.5 million on Wednesday, according to the United States Marshals Service, which took possession of the home in 2013 after Peter Madoff pleaded guilty to crimes related to his brother’s enormous Ponzi scheme. The younger Mr. Madoff, who first listed the property for $6.5 million in 2011, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012.

Proceeds from the sale will go to victims of the scheme. The Marshals Service, which manages and disposes of properties seized by the federal government, did not identify the buyer. Maria Babaev, the Douglas Elliman agent who handled the sale, would say only that the buyer used a shell company to do the deal.

Although the Marshals Service described the estate as “luxurious and lavish,” pointing out its private tennis court and swimming pool, selling it was a distinct challenge. The shadows cast by the Madoff fraud provoked some concerned questions among prospective buyers, Ms. Babaev said.

The discounted sale price — in an area where homes regularly sell for multiples of that amount — testified to the challenge. After the listing by Mr. Madoff failed to produce a buyer, the Marshals Service put the estate back on the market for $4.495 million in April of 2013. The price was later reduced to $3.6 million, according to a listing at the time with Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates.

When Ms. Babaev took over the listing, the price was at $3.499 million, she said. She knocked it down to $3.199 million.

It then sold, Ms. Babaev noted, for $300,000 above the asking price. Her secret? “I was able to create such a positive spin,” she said.

The Georgian-style manor house, which dates to the 1930s, “offers a glimpse into Long Island’s high society from a bygone era,” according to the Douglas Elliman listing. “One can almost hear strains from Tommy Dorsey’s ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ wafting across the emerald lawns from the several bay windows overlooking the gorgeous gardens.”

The house includes five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms and a basement with a billiard room, the listing says. It is also located next to the upscale the Glen Oaks Country Club and golf course.

In addition to promoting these amenities, Ms. Babaev said she reminded prospective buyers that “every single dollar goes back to where it belongs,” to the Ponzi scheme victims.

After multiple showings in December, she said, she got three bids, including two above the asking price.

“When we turned it into this positive thing,” Ms. Babaev said, “that’s when the mood changed.”

Peter Madoff’s Former Home Sells for $3.5 Million

Views From Every Room: Eco-Friendly Long Island Mansion for $38 Million

by Marcelle S. Fischler

Published: January 9, 2015


A nearly new, postmodern, eco-friendly mansion on almost four waterfront acres in Sands Point, N.Y., an affluent village on the North Shore of Long Island, is poised to enter the market at $38 million.

Completed in June, the gated estate has a circular drive, a sculpture garden, a golf green and a sandy beach on Long Island Sound. Property taxes are $122,086 a year.

The multilevel, 15,000-square-foot house has geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, a sedum-covered organic roof, a maintenance-free porcelain and zinc facade and two cisterns that capture and reuse rainwater for irrigation. An application is pending that would deem it one of the largest residences nationwide with silver-level LEED certification for sustainability. Wired as a “smart house,” it has iPad-controlled LED lights, thermostat, audio system and shades.

The villa is being sold by Sonny Chabra, the chairman and chief executive of ASI System Integration, a provider of information technology services.

Initially intending to build a multigenerational family compound, Mr. Chabra bought the property in the late 1990s, knocked down the existing house and enlisted Stuart Narofsky, an architect based in Long Island City. The home was still being designed in 2001 when the stock market, and Mr. Chabra’s fortune, tumbled. In 2005, financial losses again forced him to delay. “It took me several years to put together,” he said.

When construction was restarted in 2009, green technologies and optimizing water views were paramount. “I wanted to have a view from every room,” Mr. Chabra said, “every bedroom, every public area.”

It took four years to build the house, which has 21-foot ceilings and floating staircases bracketing a great room awash in natural light. Mr. Chabra collected modern art and commissioned custom art installations during travels abroad. “I wanted the house to look like a work of art,” he said.

But by 2013, when Mr. Chabra, his wife, Parvinder, and their three now-grown children moved in, Ms. Chabra, a homemaker, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was using a cane. A year later, when the final details — including a massage room with blue LED lighting, a steam room, a dry sauna and a rooftop tee box for 90-yard drives to a golf green on the lawn — were completed, she needed a walker.

Though the house has an elevator, and rooftop vegetable boxes were raised to make gardening easier, Mr. Chabra decided to sell. Anticipating his wife’s future needs, he is planning to build a more accessible home nearby.

The eight-bedroom nine-full- and four-half-bath house, with interiors by Jennifer Rusch and furnishings largely from Roche Bobois, is being sold furnished. “It’s a turnkey situation,” said Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, the listing broker.

The great room has multiple seating clusters, a formal rectangular dining table and a casual round dining table. Four orange leather lounge chairs form a conversation circle next to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sound. A river rock fireplace separates the great room and den. Neutral-toned Italian porcelain tile floors have radiant heat.

Because Indian food can be “messy” with spicy smells, Mr. Chabra said, the sleek, minimalist Eggersmann kitchen has only hidden Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, a microwave and built-in coffee maker and a breakfast bar. Behind a pocket door is a second, working kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances.

A red and black billiards room has a granite-topped wet bar with a beer kegerator, a trio of built-in wine coolers, two flat-screen televisions, a round wall-mounted ethanol-burning fireplace and wood floors. Hidden behind the wine coolers is a panic room.

The den overlooks a 50-foot indoor pool and spa on the lower level. Also downstairs is another kitchen, a waterfront gym and a squash/half basketball court. A home theater with couch seating shares space with a golf simulator.

Upstairs, a low sectional sofa with bright pink and floral cushions punctuates an informal lounge with a plexiglass surround overlooking the great room. Next door is a prayer room.

The master suite has a hanging fireplace, two separate closets and baths and a balcony. A second master-size bedroom opens to a roof deck.

The home has a five-car garage. Included in the sales price is a golf cart to traverse the property and the services of a driver, a housekeeper and a private chef for a year, Mr. Elliott said.

Views From Every Room: Eco-Friendly Long Island Mansion for $38 Million

A Rolls-Royce With Your House?

AUG. 15, 2014

Shawn Elliott, a Long Island broker of luxury homes, has partnered with Antoine Dominic, a Rolls-Royce dealer.CreditOzier Muhammad/The New York Times

Does the house go with the Rolls-Royce, or does the Rolls-Royce go with the house?

Shawn Elliott, owner of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates in Woodbury, N.Y., is opening an office next month inside Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Long Island’s 9,200-square-foot showroom in Jericho, which also displays Bentleys and Lamborghinis that can cost as much as, or more than, a small house. He believes it will be the first residential real estate office inside a car dealership in the country.

Under the banner “Shawn Elliott Elite,” superluxury car shoppers will be able to view the Gold Coast broker’s cache of $5 million-plus listings. If one catches their fancy, they can tour the neighborhood and check out the property in — what else? — a Rolls-Royce.

What Mr. Elliott calls a “strategic alliance” grew out of invitation-only soirées and mansion showings where Antoine Dominic, dealer principal ofRolls-Royce Motor Cars Long Island and chief executive of its parent company, the Bespoke Motor Group, helped stage Mr. Elliott’s over-the-top listings by parking a $475,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead coupe or a $398,000 Lamborghini Aventador in the motor courts.

“It adds dimension,” Mr. Elliott said. “You put a Rolls-Royce in front of a home and it creates more excitement for a home. The perception is the home is worth more.”

At the dealership, clients can “find a home for their new car,” Mr. Elliott said. “They have the opportunity to see the most beautiful homes in the world while they see the most beautiful cars in the world.”

In his glass-enclosed office tucked behind a row of Bentleys, Mr. Elliott has installed a 75-inch flat-screen TV to project images of his listings. He also plans to use the dealership’s plush eight-seat movie theater to screen videos of each property, including aerial shots of a Rolls-Royce rolling down the driveway.

Mr. Dominic said he grabbed the opportunity to form an “affinity partnership” with Mr. Elliott to reach a wider audience. “High-end real estate and luxury vehicles are very close,” he said, describing his cars as “garage candy” that become part of a home’s “artwork.”

Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini buyers, after all, “have to have the right car to go with the right house,” he added. “It is having two masterpieces.”

Mr. Dominic said he felt the real estate office inside the dealership was also a “natural fit” for deep-pocketed customers whose time is at a premium. “They may come here to look for a car and see a house video,” he said.

Mr. Elliott and Mr. Dominic also plan to share mailing lists. Mr. Elliott described his as “the Who’s Who of the North Shore,” while the car dealer’s roster includes owners of ultra-luxury vehicles.

The market “for $250,000 cars and $5 million houses is the same,” Mr. Elliott said. “The audience that is here is targeted for us. You don’t buy a $250,000 car if you don’t make a million dollars a year.”

Twenty-five percent of his company’s listings exceed $5 million, he said, including a $14.9 million home in Old Westbury with a shark tank and, for $12.5 million, the Gilded Age estate in Lattingtown featured in the 1986 film “The Money Pit,” which includes a separate two-story carriage house with a six-car garage that is a showplace on its own.

Michael Todd, general manager of the car dealership’s Bentley division, said having a real estate office on the premises would make it easier to help a home buyer fill that space. “We do our part to make sure there are no empty slots.”

A Rolls-Royce With Your House?

Rolls Dealer to Partner with High-End Real Estate Brokerage

AUG. 15, 2014

A Rolls-Royce Canton Glory is on display at the company's booth on Nov. 21, 2013, during an auto show in Guangzhou, China. (Credit: AP)
A Rolls-Royce Canton Glory is on display at the company’s booth on Nov. 21, 2013, during an auto show in Guangzhou, China. (Credit: AP)

Starting next month, those browsing luxury cars at a dealership in Jericho can shop for high-end real estate as well.

The Woodbury-based real estate brokerage Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates is set to open an office in the showroom of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Long Island, which also markets Bentleys and Lamborghinis.

The office, to be known as Shawn Elliott Elite, will feature a 75-inch flat screen television showing images of luxury homes for sale. The 9,200-square-foot dealership’s eight-seat cinema will display aerial photos of the homes. Home buyers will have the opportunity to test-drive vehicles such as a $398,000 Lamborghini Aventador, according to a news release about the new partnership.

The brokerage and the dealership have partnered for years, in one instance by parking a $475,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe at a $14.9 million home in Old Westbury.

Rolls Dealer to Partner with High-End Real Estate Brokerage

A ‘Money Pit’ No More

JUNE 13, 2014

The Long Island mansion used for “The Money Pit,” the 1986 comedy starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long about the ultimate fixer-upper fiasco, is poised to go on the market for $12.5 million. The annual property taxes on the home are $65,992.

The eight-bedroom 1898 house in Lattingtown, N.Y., has been totally redone, meticulously designed and decorated with a Versace-esque flair. The three-story white clapboard home has a center hall and is reached through a gated entrance and down a quarter-mile-long rhododendron-lined drive to a white-pebble motor court. “It’s now the anti-‘Money Pit,’ ” said Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, the listing broker. “The home was restored at the highest quality.”

When the movie was shot, the home was owned by Eric Ridder, a publisher and a member of the American yachting team that won the gold medal at the 1952 Olympics. Front and back exteriors of the home, which is bracketed by symmetrical wings and is known as Northway, appear in the movie; most of the interior scenes were staged in a studio. Still, the current homeowners, Rich and Christina Makowsky, who bought the 5.4-acre estate in 2002, said their experience imitated art.

“We didn’t realize how bad it was,” said Mr. Makowsky, a shoe manufacturer and distributor. “The house was falling apart when you went from room to room. We definitely could have done the sequel.”

A crew of 30 spent a year and a half gutting the house, taking down ceilings, ripping out the cast-iron radiators, redoing the plumbing, heating and electrical systems, installing a cedar roof that cures to gray, not brown, and restoring the home to the splendor of Long Island’s Gilded Age.

“One thing led to another to another,” Mr. Makowsky said, from the plaster ceiling medallions to the hand-carved balustrades, crown moldings and herringbone floors. Each of the seven full and two half-baths was renovated. The pool, pool house, driveway and landscaping, including an outdoor sound system and a six-car garage, were also overhauled.

Ms. Makowsky, a clothing designer, revamped the interiors for contemporary living with an eye for detail, bringing in chandeliers and bronze sconces from Europe. “It was designed to entertain,” she said.

As one walks in the front door, three of the eight fireplaces are visible — in the foyer, the library and the dining room, which comfortably fits 28. The media room, off the living room, has an imported 500-year-old French fireplace and black suede tufted fabric on the walls. A refrigerated “wine wall” holds about 80 bottles. Cocktails before dinner are served in the library, which is connected to the dining room by French doors with transoms.

Three rooms were combined to create a chef’s kitchen, with marble countertops and a mahogany center island. French doors lead from the dining room to a butler’s pantry. A nine-foot-long, four-foot-high oval window in the breakfast area overlooks an English rose garden. The master suite wing includes a sitting room with a fireplace, a palatial dressing room with mirrored French doors on the closets and a sumptuous master bath with a free-standing oval tub, twin vanities, a shower room and a separate water closet. The four family bedrooms on the second floor have en-suite baths and walk-in closets. The third floor has four additional bedrooms, a hall bath and cedar-lined closets.

The finished lower level has a spacious recreation room, a large gym with a fireplace, a laundry room, a guest or staff suite, a powder room, a pantry and a French door to a bluestone patio.

A herringbone brick veranda wraps the back of the house. Down a brick staircase is an in-ground heated saltwater pool with a paver surround. An 800-square-foot pool house has a slate floor and a tray ceiling and is outfitted with a full kitchen, a full bath, a changing room and a laundry room. Also on the manicured three-tiered grounds are a fountain and a gazebo.

A ‘Money Pit’ No More

For Sale: A Madoff Home with a Pool, and Shadows

by Elizabeth A. Harris

Published: May 27, 2013


The lush white mansion for sale at 34 Pheasant Run in Old Westbury on Long Island makes a grand first impression. It has a long, winding driveway; a tennis court; a two-bedroom pool house surrounded by lavish gardens; a parade of antiques in its hallways; and marble in hues of lapis and gold throughout the ground floor.

In many ways, the house is quite beautiful. But it is also a place full of shadows, a haunting just visible in its empty silver picture frames and in the red, white and blue signs that hang on every door: “United States Marshal,” the signs say. “No Trespassing.”

The shadow behind all that opulence is other people’s money. This was one of the residences of Peter B. Madoff, chief compliance officer at the firm owned by his older brother, Bernard L. Madoff.

Peter Madoff pleaded guilty last year to a host of crimes, including falsifying documents and lying to regulators. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to forfeit all of his and his family’s assets to the government, so they could be sold, piece by piece, and the proceeds distributed to victims of his brother’s Ponzi scheme.

The Marshals Service took possession of the Old Westbury home in January, and late last month it put the property on the market for $4.495 million.

“When dealing with a home this grandiose, the outside world can lose sight of where all these fine things come from,” Kevin Kamrowski, a deputy United States marshal, said in an e-mail. “Everything in this home was obtained on the backs of other people.”

When the Marshals Service takes over a property, a well-practiced process is set in motion. First, the house is secured and the locks are changed; motion-sensing security systems and surveillance cameras might be installed. (In the foyer of the Madoff property, there is a sturdy-looking gray box standing on an ornate little table. Feel free to wave at it.)

Next, contractors are hired to do a bit of maintenance, and a real estate management company brings in a local agent to sell the property. In a high-profile case, the Marshals Service helps to select the sales team.

An important preliminary: Every single piece of property that is not a part of the house itself is indexed, appraised and tagged.

At the house on Pheasant Run, in the 600-square-foot formal living room, a forest of little white tags swing from every surface. They are on gold-color lamps, crystal candlesticks and a delicate wooden coffee table piled high with books, including “Dog Painting: The European Breeds,” “Dog Painting: A Social History of the Dog in Art” and “A Breed Apart.”

Above the fireplace, centered over a mantel of dark wood and darker marble, the dog theme continues, with a painting of what appears to be a chocolate Labrador retriever. Nearby, a painting of a blond toddler playing with another dog — also large, but this time shaggy — hangs in a gilded frame. In the library, two smaller dogs reside together in a frame above a sofa.

And if you were to take them off the wall, you would find a little white tag behind every one. Even the patio furniture, the dog dishes in the kitchen, and bottles of gin and Cognac in a mirrored bar in the corner of the library are tagged and numbered. Once the house is sold, its contents will be auctioned to the public, in what will surely be one of Long Island’s best-attended tag sales.

Despite these little touches, the house generally does not feel like a criminal’s lair. Indeed, like any other high-priced home for sale, it has been carefully staged to show its prettiest face to potential buyers. A bit of landscaping was done here, some robes were hung in an immense bathroom over there, and there was even an elaborate picnic spread arranged in a basket on the kitchen table, complete with checkered napkins and cutlery.

“This was staged with, believe it or not, my recommendations and the hard work of the U.S. Marshals office,” said Shawn Elliott of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, the broker brought in to sell the property. “Every single book in here was actually taken off the shelf, tagged and numbered, and then put back.”

One book, however, was left out, prominently displayed on a table in the library: “A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy,” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

As a part of the staging, the asset forfeiture division of the Marshals Service tries to remove personal effects, like clothing, that might walk away during a tour, or might remind potential buyers of who once padded down these hallways in his slippers. A small bedroom is stacked high with cardboard boxes full of clothing and other items that will eventually go to auction. Photographs removed from frames are returned to the family.

Even with a name as notorious as “Madoff,” there is no felon discount on a home like this. Bernard Madoff’s Manhattan apartment was sold for $8 million and Peter Madoff’s Park Avenue two-bedroom for $4.6 million, prices in line with the market at the time. Some personal belongings can even fetch inflated prices, like Bernard Madoff’s Mets jacket, which sold at auction in 2009 for $14,500.

Some potential buyers who have come through the Old Westbury house have been curious about the Madoffs, Mr. Elliott said. But for his part, he tries to think about the scandal as little as possible.

“The less I know about a situation, for me, the better,” Mr. Elliott said. “My job as the real estate broker on this is to get the victims as much money as humanly possible.”

Mr. Elliott has received offers on the property, but none has been accepted yet. When the house is finally sold, the proceeds will go to a victims compensation fund administered by the Justice Department, which has so far recovered more than $2.3 billion for Madoff victims. A separate fund for property and proceeds associated with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities is being administered by Irving Picard and has recovered $9.345 billion.

Though Peter and Marion Madoff’s primary residence was in Manhattan, they owned the house in Old Westbury for more than 20 years, and despite best efforts, that amount of history can be difficult to completely scrub away. Last week, there were still a few signs of the lives lived in that house before: a pair of reading glasses on a marble countertop; two jars of marmalade left in a bare refrigerator; and inside a long pearl box in Mrs. Madoff’s bathroom, a single artificial fingernail tip, painted a warm shade of cotton candy pink.

For Sale: A Madoff Home with a Pool, and Shadows