Shopping for a home on Long Island’s Gold Coast just got easier since you can draw inspiration from the 1986 film “The Money Pit” starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. The vast mansion in Oyster Bay lists for $5.9 million and is far from the disastrous investment depicted in the film.
You probably did not see every one of its 14,000 square feet in the film or its 5.5 acres of lushly landscaped grounds. The renovations in the film were facetious, but its owners, Christina and Rich Makowsky did make extensive renovations to the home after purchasing it in 2002 for $2.125 million. Besides playing home to the cast of the Steven Spielberg-produced movie, Olympic gold medalist Eric Ridder also made the estate, known as Northway, his home.
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The Makowsky family spent four years making improvements to the home to bring the mansion, built in 1898, up-to-date. Its 23 rooms now sparkle, enhanced by intricate moldings, ebony wood flooring, an eat-in kitchen, and a brick terrace. The remodeling crew revamped the massive formal rooms for entertaining and the study.
The home features seven roomy en-suite bedrooms as well as a four-room primary bedroom. The bedrooms feature walk-in closets, one of which is circular. The circular closet features an attached bathroom.
The home also boasts eight fireplaces. You will encounter the first one in its grand foyer. Its exteriors feature formal gardens, fountains, a swimming pool, pool house.
Listed by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s real estate agents Lois Kirschenbaum and Margaret Trautmann, the home provides a striking interior design that in most public areas contrasts white or beige walls with dark hardwood flooring and gold accents. In the grand foyer, the gold accents consist of a mirror and chandelier.
In the living room, the black contrast wall contains the fireplace which has a further contrasting beige mantle. Both the family room and den also contain fireplaces as does the home office.
The roomy kitchen offers a spacious white kitchen island with a contrasting countertop in black and white vent hood and cabinets. A small chandelier lights the room from above the island. An attached informal dining room and breakfast nook provide an ideal location for family breakfasts. Its formal dining room and its expansive white fireplace lend themselves to holiday meals and dinner parties.
The home’s wine cellar provides another plus for those who enjoy entertaining. The glass-enclosed built-in wine storage in the cellar holds about 80 bottles of vino. The wine cellar uses dark accents to tie its design into other structures in the cellar.
Northway provides a spacious, traditional home perfect for a large family. Contact Daniel Gale Sotheby’s to tour the home.