manhattanThis week’s historical shelter is a gorgeous contemporary home built in 1972 (so it’s a spring chicken compared to most we look at) — and bonus, it’s both on a lake and 28 minutes from Manhattan.

At $2.2 million, it’s not as inexpensive as some of the other historical homes we’ve showcased, but you really do get a lot of bang for your buck with this home on the 60-acre Larchmont Reservoir Nature Conservancy, parked with beautiful views of Sheldrake Lake. (more…)

New York

The Teunis Slingerland House has its roots with the earliest settlers of what would be the United States.

A home that has its foundation — literally — with one of the first settlers in what would become the United States is now up for grabs in New York.

Known as the Teunis Slingerland house, the original homestead was built after Teunis Slingerland purchased almost 10,000 acres of land near the Hudson River from a Mohawk tribe in what is now New Scotland, New York. (more…)

224 E 14th St Apt: 1  is currently listed for $4.2 million by Ryan Serhant and The Serhant Team. (Photo: Nest Seekers International)

Who here watches Bravo’s hit show Million Dollar Listing New York? I have to admit I’m guilty, too, so when one of my favorite brokers from the show, Ryan Serhant and The Serhant Team at Nest Seekers International sent me this incredible listing to share with you, I couldn’t wait to get it up on SecondShelters.com to give you the scoop.

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By Amy Dobson
Special Contributor

Oceanfront access is one of the most sought-after features in one of the country’s most sought-after neighborhoods and this Sagaponack, New York, home has 250 feet of frontage to the Atlantic Ocean.

Current owner Elie Tahari, famous for his mark on New York’s fashion world, has decided he isn’t spending enough time at 135 Crestview Lane in the Hamptons so doesn’t need the peaceful retreat he has owned for the past seven years.

The three-bed, three-bath home sits on two-and-a-half acres behind a gated entry and provides a substantial amount of privacy from the rest of the world while being a welcoming space for family and friends to gather.

The home’s great room combines all the elements of an open floor plan but lets the view to the outdoors be the main feature of the room.

Notice the windows on the righthand side of the picture?  They have a matching piece on the other side of the home and both act similar to a garage door that rolls all the way up so you can create a seamless transition to the outdoors.

The kitchen is part of the overall great room but is so subtly woven into the living space that it doesn’t dominate the relaxed beach house vibe of the lower level.

Adjacent to the living room is a space for more formal dining with enough room for at least a 12-person table.

The lower level reveals a few more sophisticated design details that upgrade the luxury aspect of the home. That see-through barrier on the side of the stairway is functional as a safety barrier but acts as a reflective surface to bounce light around the room and create an airy vibe.

The balcony helps draw the eye up so the beamed ceiling becomes part of the feel of the room as well.

The master bedroom comes with a private oceanfront view and walkout deck.

The master bathroom matches the level of luxury seen throughout the rest of the house with stunning marble and a step-down tub/shower set up that almost feels like it could be an outdoor shower.

Check out the rest of the photos to see the pool, outdoor dining area, and great views. The 4,500 square foot home is listed by Sotheby’s for $44.9M and also comes with plans for an extension already approved by the zoning board. They were developed by Stelle, LoMont, Rouhani, Architects who were the team behind Calvin Klein’s oceanfront estate.

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Capone

The former childhood home of Al Capone in Park Slope now offers plenty of income potential.

Before he was Scarface, Al Capone bounced around Brooklyn, New York, with his family, eventually landing at a brownstone on Garfield Place, in Park Slope.

This week’s historical shelter has been on the market for a little more than 100 days.

While someone’s finally put an offer in on the home at 21 Garfield Place, which listed for $2.449 million the sale isn’t final yet — which affords us the opportunity to see the neighborhood Capone spent some of his formative years. (more…)