10 Laurel Woods Dr - Upper Brookville, New York
Upper Brookville. Carved out of an emerald sea comprising hundreds of acres of pristine ancient woodland, this arboreal paradise, just shy of five-and-a-half-acres, is surprisingly isolated from Long Island’s bustling population… and will remain so. Bordered by the Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve, now owned by the North Shore Land Alliance, and the 400-acre Planting Fields Arboretum State Park woods, its manicured lawns form scattered clearings for its sunny, sprawling six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath ranch, its estate-fenced inground Gunite pool, hidden tennis court with observation patio, and bath/pool house, with two verandas, two dressing rooms, two full baths, and a rear built-in chess board. All are secluded and separated by woods that seem to go on forever – magnificent, mature woods that beg to be explored and enjoyed. Sharing a shady cul-de-sac with a few other estates, the neighbors you might occasionally see will be, most likely, of the fowl or fauna variety. However, this seemingly remote retreat is easy for guests to find and only two miles from golf courses, the Northern Boulevard business corridor, and is less than three miles from Oyster Bay Village’s beach, marina, train station, delightful shops and restaurants. The Locust Valley area is just a little farther with all its recreational destinations that make living here feel like a year-round vacation. If you are a horse enthusiast, this property has the added advantage of being zoned for horses and stables. Perennial gardens plus flowering shrubs and trees add ever-changing panoply of color around the brick-accented front courtyard, its iron entry gates, the expansive rear bluestone and brick patio, the pool area, and other hidden spots on the estate. A huge parking area off a separate driveway provides ample parking by the attached four-car garage and service area. Guests are welcomed into a sunny entrance foyer with sky-lit vaulted ceiling and inlaid marble floors that flow into hallways leading into east and west wings of the house. To the rear, folding doors reveal the elegant and gracious living room, which opens to the rear patio through French doors framed by French windows. A high tray ceiling presides over herringbone hardwood floors and a charming granite and carved wood fireplace. A glass-and-mirror walk-through wet bar, with ice maker, leads into the generous, warm, and inviting study. Featuring similar floors, tray ceiling, fireplace, and French patio access as the living room, it also boasts faux-painted marble wainscoting and stunning upholstered walls. Also, off the living room, the sun-drenched dining room is illuminated by French doors to the patio and a sky-lit vaulted ceiling. Terra cotta floors flow into the expansive eat-in kitchen’s breakfast area that opens to the patio. Extensive floor-to-ceiling cabinetry runs nearly the entire length of this chef’s dream kitchen and provides plenty of elbow room for two cooks to work thanks to two separate work areas. One comprises a large peninsula with Jennair electric cooktop, sink, and seating area. The other includes a double sink beneath a front window, wraparound cabinetry, an integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator, and stainless-steel Viking four-burner gas range, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, a trash compacter, and a wine cooler. Granite countertop and backsplash run throughout. Open to the kitchen and the dining room, a cozy family room, with hardwood herringbone floors, provides a perfect spot to relax. It could also swap places with the dining room if desired. A service area off the kitchen includes a mudroom, maid’s room, full bath, back stairs, and side entrance. Off the hall in the west wing, the romantic master suite encompasses: a charming sitting room with closet and built-in cabinetry; a regal bedroom with French doors to the patio; two walk-in closets; attic access; and a sky-lit Roman-spa-like master bath with twin sinks, Americh Airbath tub, glass-enclosed shower, bidet, commode, and built-in cabinetry. Also, in the west wing are stairs to the basement, a coat closet, and a spacious bedroom with two closets and full bath. The east wing begins with a lovely Sherle Wagner powder room with faux-painted marble walls. Next, a bedroom, presently used as a study, has two closets and a full bath. The partial second floor, accessed from the service area, features two additional bedrooms sharing a Jack-and-Jill bath with twin vanity. The expansive finished basement is the place to be for fun and entertainment. It provides great carpeted spaces with high ceilings, built-in entertainment center, bar, and plenty of room for billiards, media center, home theater, gym, lounge or whatever you may desire. It also includes a laundry room, storage area, and garage access. Whether you want to escape the “madding crowd,” enjoy nature to the fullest, entertain large parties no matter the season, or all of the above, this magnificent estate and its impeccable, expansive eleven-room home are ready for you to move in and enjoy.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman