Juliette Fairley


Wyandanch Village Offers Luxury Living at Affordable Price

Each master bedroom is generously sized and offers ample closet space

With its granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a resident lounge with WiFi, and a seasonal ice skating rink, Wyandanch Village offers many amenities that the rich enjoy but without the luxury price.

Located at 10 and 40 Station Drive overlooking the Long Island Rail Road station, the apartments offer residents access to a gym and eventually will be only a short walking distance from a wellness center.

“A community health care center will be moving to a brand new facility within the same building as the YMCA,” says Kerry Gillick-Goldberg, communications liaison for the Wyandanch Plaza Association. “The goal is for health professionals to work hand in hand with the Y to benefit the residents of Wyandanch and the surrounding communities.”

Bozzuto Management Company operates the 177- unit residential community of studio, one-, two and three-bedroom apartments, which range from $950 to $2,500.

“We’re an energy-efficient LEED Silver certified multifamily housing complex with views of open areas, the township and the new Wyandanch train station, which is currently under construction,” says Larry Siefert, property manager for Wyandanch Village.

Some 70 percent of the units are set aside for affordable housing applicants.

“The rent is restricted based on where the applicant ranks on the income spectrum,” says Nicole Massa, leasing manager for Wyandanch Village.

“We include employment, disability and other income sources to determine

All units, regardless of the amount paid in rent, are created equal. The development is currently at full capacity with a one-year wait list for affordable apartments and first-come-first-served availability for market-rate rental units.

Opened in 2015, Wyandanch Village is owned by the Albanese Organization, a privately held and family-run residential and commercial real estate developer based in Garden City.

“Long-term local residents, along with then-Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone, spearheaded this development,” says Gillick-Goldberg. “The town selected the Albanese Organization as master developer in 2011 based on the firm’s proposal and long-standing reputation of quality developments.”

Bellone has since moved on to become Suffolk County executive.

In early January 2018, construction will commence on a third apartment building that will include an additional 125 units for rent.

“The buildings all feature apartments with an abundance of natural light
and park or expansive views,” says Massa. “In the summer, there are activities like yoga and concerts and in the winter, the town operates an ice skating rink.”

Storefronts on the ground level include a New York Community Bank branch, Domino’s Pizza, T-Mobile, KB Department Store and 7-Eleven Big Red Beauty Supply, with additional stores coming next year.

Applicants for affordable and market-rate housing can contact Bozzuto Management’s Lawrence Siefert at Larry.Siefert@bozzuto.com for leasing information.

Spacious open concept floorplans are conducive to entertaining.
High-end finishes, including dark wood cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances are featured in all apartments.
An abundance of light floods into each thoughtfully planned rental unit.
Large bathrooms, with ample storage, offer a retreat.

One of a Kind Centre Island Palace Asks $5.4M

The Tudor’s grand main entrance.

Although faxing was eclipsed by email correspondence, the man who helped launch the antiquated method of communication is still moving and shaking. He is selling one of his many Long Island properties for $5.4 million.

Sitting on top of a cliff north of Huntington overlooking the Long Island Sound, the backyard view of the Tudor mansion on Count Rumford Lane is a 180-degree unobstructed view of Centre Island.

“You’re looking at the ocean but you’re not on the water so there’s no worry about a storm surge due to the home’s position above ground,” said Rich Kruse, one of the realtors with Douglas Elliman, who is listing the property.

Turn left and there’s Oyster Bay Cove. To the right is the state of Connecticut.


“The couple currently live in the former home of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley on the beach right around the corner in Lloyd Harbor,” Kruse told the Press. “They had used the
Count Rumford Lane home to lodge extended family.”

Although it may look like a gingerbread house on the outside, the Tudor mansion’s interior includes three fireplaces, a faux-oak chef quality kitchen with a professional-grade stove and a Mediterranean tiled floor.

“It’s got a huge subzero freezer and refrigerator next to it,” said John Mangano, one of the Douglas Elliman realtors who is showing the residence. “But you’d never know it because the fridge and the freezer are built like wooden closets practically hidden in the wall.”

On the market since July 1, the owner of the Count Rumford Lane estate was among the leaders of CopyTele, which went public in 1983 when its shares tripled by year’s end from their opening price of $10 a share.

For additional information, contact Rich Kruse or John Mangano of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at 631-499-9191, Richard.Kruse@Elliman.com or John.Mangano@Elliman.com 

The property has panoramic Western views Of Lloyd Harbor, Oyster Bay and Connecticut.
The estate’s driveway leads up to a 1,200-square-foot three-car garage/carriage house.
The view from the main foyer entrance opens into a formal dining room with scenic water views.
The patio and rear view is picturesque.
The circular driveway is perched upon spectacular water views.

Kids Gone, a Roslyn Couple Reimagines Family Homestead

The master retreat is painted in soft blues from Benjamin Moore Feather Gray

Many couples look for smaller space when the kids have grown and gone, but one Roslyn couple turned to Annette Jaffe Interiors instead, asking her to bring new colors, finishes and floor plans to their 5,000-square-foot family home.

Challenge One was the décor, which hadn’t seen an update since the couple moved in back in the late 1970s. It was, Jaffe said, “busy.”

“The floors were diagonal,” she said. “The counters were dominated by formica and shiny surfaces. The lighting was uneven and the walls were painted a bright orange color, like the inside of a cantaloupe.”

The updated color scheme focuses on earth tones, including off-white, brown and mossy green, with splashes of color from flowers, paintings, pillows and throw rugs.

“The color is coming from art and sentimental pieces, like souvenirs from vacations, crafts their grandchildren have made and photos,” said Jaffe, who installed a bunk-style, loft bedroom set for the visiting grandkids.

In addition to opening up the traditional floor plan, Jaffe added five-inch wide, custom colored white oak planking and updated the old stone fireplace with gas.

“We mixed new wood paneling with older wood furniture with polished and natural stone,” she said.

Custom wood paneling was installed in the office, entryway, the kitchen and in theceiling of the kitchen and dining room, bringing a natural warmth and elegance.

“Wood floors and paneling are organic while also being refined,” said Jaffe, who camouflaged the coat closets, kitchen appliances, freezers, refrigerators and wet bars so they resemble wooden cabinets.

“This particular family entertains quite a bit, so even though they wanted an open floor plan, they also wanted a finished appearance and an air of order so that things would look arranged and put away,” Jaffe said.

Although the couple is still adjusting to being empty nesters, their empty nest doesn’t reflect it.

“They can see each other across the room, so they are not alone,” Jaffe said. 

Custom sofas and rug below an by Mitchell Schorr original painting
Each of the grandchildren’s bunkbeds have a different Liz King of The Linen Shop bedscape
The entry features Tony Duquette’s Dandelion Chandeliers

Husband and Wife Design Team Outfit Garvies Point Model

Living room with fuzzy pillows on neutral grey couch.

Located within the City of Glen Cove on Long Island’s North Shore, Garvies Point
construction broke ground in December 2016 and is beyond the initial groundwork

The real estate development will eventually house 167 units as construction
continues to progress throughout the site. After collaborating with local furniture store Safavieh, Studio Grella, a Glen Cove-based design firm, decided on a light color palette that is bright and airy.

“The furniture and finishings, along with stone and wood, complete the coastal living
experience that the property offers,” said Michael Grella, who designed the sales center
model with his wife, Alyssa.

Almost every unit has a terrace or balcony and there are 23 penthouses with rooftop terraces, according to Mr. Grella.

Buyers will have four flooring options as well as countertop and backsplash options that
include white upper cabinets with dark base cabinets, white upper and lower cabinets and dark upper and lower cabinets. Launched in March, the sales center model features at least one fully designed unit.

“The goal for the design of the model in the sales center is to appeal to everyone, which
is why we chose a neutral palette and included a touch of color and texture to add interest to the space,” Alyssa told the Press. “The pop of white keeps it fresh while the dark blue flokati pillows add softness and warmth.”

The Grellas added a wire mesh accent lamp to the glass end table in the living room to accentuate the nautical theme of being located at the North Shore of Long Island.

“The mesh brings to mind a fishing net or lobster cage so that you can almost smell the
saltiness while the area rug adds a contemporary touch that defines the living room,” Mr.
Grella said.

A resort-style neighborhood, Garvies Point consists of 56 waterfront acres situated
between a wooded preserve and the Long Island Sound. Of those 56 acres, 28 are for
public open space.

The waterfront promenade stretches one mile from the start of the community to the
beach at the western end. Amenities include trails, bike paths, children’s playground, dog park, boardwalk, retail shops, access to Glen Cove’s ferry terminal and beach.

Because the beach is the enclave’s strongest selling point, the Grellas created a social
environment with a peninsula island located in the middle of the kitchen in an espresso
brown color with upper white cabinets.

“The idea is that the host can still socialize with their family or guests while standing at
the sink or preparing a meal,” said Ms. Grella.

Pellegrino bottles, bright white place settings, navy napkins and a pitcher full of green
limes add a hint of color.

“These accessories make the kitchen look refreshing while maintaining a demure and neutral atmosphere,” said Alyssa. 

A rendering of a rooftop terrace.
Kitchen with island peninsula and splashes of green coloring.
Neutral tone in the guest bath is created by wooden cabinetry and stone wall.

Perry Como’s Former Sands Point Home Still in Tune

The Sands Point home of former crooner and TV personality Perry Como is on the market, and you can have it for a song. Well, a song and $3.9 million.

Built in 1937, the Colonial features six bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths on 2.5 acres and offers access to an exclusive beach. The main level includes a chef’s kitchen with a breakfast area, a formal dining room and an office.

A step-down living room features one of the home’s five fireplaces. A bridal staircase leads to an upper level that features a master suite with a dressing room and new bathroom, as well as the five additional bedrooms and three baths.

The Italian heart throb moved to the Village in 1955, just as the Perry Como Show was taking root at NBC. He raised his family there until the 1970s, when Mr. and Mrs. C decamped for Florida. Como outfitted the estate with Hollywood features that include wrought-iron gates, a circular drive that fits 15 cars, a backyard cabana and an over-sized entertainment room with glass windows overlooking the pool and patio.

“The cabana and the entertaining room make it look Hollywood,” noted Jill Berman, who is handling the listing for Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

On the wall of the lower-level powder room, a mural of the singing Como features this quip: “Ladies will please stay seated during the entire performance.”

Born in Pennsylvania in 1912, Como started off as a big band singer, then racked up a string of solo hits that included love songs like Till the End of Time and novelty tunes like Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom), both No. 1 chart hits. He recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for almost 45 years.

“The fact that Como ever lived on Long Island is a big deal because in the 1950s there weren’t many celebrities living here,” said Berman, who works out of the Elliman office in Port Washington.

“There are some remnants of Perry Como in the house, but it stands by itself,” she added. “Even if it wasn’t Perry Como’s house, it’s a very desirable and elegant home.”

Sands Point is rising in popularity with A Listers. The Village is among Showtime’s film sites for the television drama Billions, starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

“Tennis star Bjorn Borg and baseball player Carlos Beltran have had homes here as well, as television celebrities and titans of industry,” Berman said. “Adam Sandler and Chris Rock rented waterfront homes here this summer while filming.”

For additional information, contact Berman at 516-883-5200 or via jill.berman@elliman.com