Our annual quest to find Long Island’s most exquisite dwellings starts with a loaded adjective: extraordinary. Part of the problem is our storied region is host to many homes that would fit the moniker—finding them is as easy as looking left or right during the morning commute. The other challenge is the basic subjectivity of what makes one property more extraordinary than the other.
Submissions came in from the edges of the Gold Coast to the tip of Montauk, lauding homes with twists and turns previously thought to be architecturally impossible. Thus from more than 500 entries submitted to our offices, we offer you the absolutely objective…
Old Westbury Modern
Surrounded by a green landscape similar to Ireland’s rolling hills, this stark 11,000-square-foot home blends the contemporary with the natural. World-renowned architect Richard Meier is known for his fascination with white, a color that runs through the home in its high ceilings, banquet dining room and sloped ramp below the atrium, all contrasting shiny oak floors.
The property features an in-ground pool and tennis court, but the interior was created with the passionate art collector in mind. Modern interpretations of semi-arcades and columns play on classic Greek designs, with clean lines replacing reliefs. Light pours through the windows of this beautifully placed anomaly, sticking out in all the right ways.
Brookville French Château
This limestone abode sits securely within a call-to-enter gate followed by a fountain-centered driveway. Handcrafted details in the grand foyer include a filigree double doorway and railings, black and white chevron Nero Marquina and Calacatta marble floors, columns and molding.
The château fantastique includes an elevator, indoor and outdoor pools and a pool house. At 16,250 square feet the structure houses a modern two-lane bowling alley, 15-seat movie theatre and a wine cellar. Seven fireplaces and a spa, gym and billiard room make this a home fit for festivities.
Lloyd Neck Fort
Visions of horse-drawn carriages and oil tycoons come to mind when entering this historic compound. The 1910 brick-built estate overlooks Cold Spring Harbor at 25,000 square feet, which is a view to be particularly enjoyed from the first floor ballroom.
Get cozy by a fireplace; there’s one for each day of the week plus one for luck.
The grounds are reminiscent of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, another product of the year 1910, and steep steps lead down to the water, partially sheathed by trees. Adding to the majestic aura, a squash court is hidden in a more peaceful niche of the property. The former site of Fort Franklin, this location once housed British troops during pre-Revolutionary America.