Haute Habitats March 2012

Around Town: Glen Cove

In the heart of LI’s Gold Coast, Glen Cove retains an attractive, small town feel, while the chaos, culture and convenience of NYC is just 25 miles away. It has 10 miles of Long Island Sound waterfront on three sides, with nature preserves, public beaches, a public park and a public golf course. The Matinecock Indians first settled the area, because of its proximity to the water, and, in 1668, Glen Cove’s founders bought the land and constructed two mills there for the same reason.

Clay mining became Musketa Cove’s next major industry during the 19th century, and a daily steamboat route to NYC was launched in 1829. Unfortunately, because “Musketa” so closely resembled the word “mosquito,” they saw few visitors, and the name “Glen Cove” was adopted in 1834.

Today, Glen Cove is home to fine dining, boutique shopping, country clubs, yacht clubs, equestrian centers, and public and private schools. In October 2011, the city was named among the Best 100 Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance. The organization applauded Glen Cove’s efforts to keep its youth involved, informed, tolerant and responsible through a variety of programs.

“Willow Pond” is a quaint, storybook home, nestled among spring-fed ponds and perennial gardens. Magical, even before entering any of the estate’s five structures, the 4.29-acre property is a botanical dream. Formal gardens and native woodland set the stage for decorative bridges, waterfalls and streams running into nearby Dosoris Pond.

An 18th century barn and carriage house were completely renovated to create the main house. Exposed post-and-beam architecture and reclaimed barn wood provide a remembrance of things past, but 6-zone radiant heating, top-of-the-line appliances, central audio, elevator, state-of-the-art security and a four-car garage will keep things running smoothly and comfortably well into the future. The six-sided master suite with tall, mullioned windows overlooks the property in three directions. A fanciful round outdoor pool with pool house is set away from the home, while an indoor pool is in an attached greenhouse. A two-bedroom guest cottage provides room for extended family.

Location: Glen Cove
List Price: $2,295,000
Taxes: $51,000
Style: Traditional
Year Built: 1790, 1830, fully restored in 2002
Rooms: 11 in main house, 16.5 with baths
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 5 full, 1 half
Lot Size: 4.29 acres
Fireplaces: 4 // Listing Agent: Daniel Gale, Sotheby’s International Realty