Long Island

Manhattan’s Energy in a Sophisticated Community on the Island

Less than half an hour away from the excitement of New York City, lies the vibrant town of Manhasset. With exceptional schools, world-class shopping, premier dining and a welcoming community, it is an ideal place to live and raise a family.

Manhasset is approximately 2.4 square miles and consists of Plandome Village, Plandome Heights Village, Plandome Manor Village, Flower Hill, Munsey Park and North Hills. The commute to Manhattan is ideal on the Long Island Railroad and take 28 express minutes! It is only 20 miles from Manhattan and 50 miles from the Hamptons.

The public schools are ranked in the top 100 in the country and ranked top 5 of spending per child in the Nassau County. There is a 12:1 student/teacher ratio. The residents in this community pride themselves in being very involved in the education system and that creates a strong dynamic between the students, teachers, administrators and parents. This also translates to success later in life as 80% of students go on to four year colleges. There are vigorous sports programs in lacrosse, soccer, basketball etc. that keep the children active throughout the years. Very strong academic standards and community service are established and encouraged from a young age.

AmericanaManhassetBkgrd2There are several country clubs in Manhasset that offer golf and tennis. There are beautiful parks, walking trails and beaches. A beautiful gazebo sits in the center of town and the community gathers there many times throughout the year to celebrate the lighting of the tree, the annual 5K Run Walk to fight breast cancer and many other events that bring everyone together.

With over 60 high-end stores the Americana Manhasset boasts outstanding outdoor shopping and dining. You will find luxurious brands such as Prada, Giorgio Armani, Tiffany’s, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christin Dior, London Jeweler’s, Burberry, Hermes, Tory Burch and many more. The incredible stores, restaurants, flowers and décor create a beautiful environment that is truly unique.

A few blocks from the high-end stores of the Americana you will find Plandome Road, which is home toCaption---  The Colombos- Dooley Team with happy client - Yankee Outfielder Carlos Beltran local merchants, many of whom have been there for generations. They know your name and pride themselves in providing exceptional service to their customers. Here you will find the small towns feel that creates a warm feeling amongst its residents.

Manhasset means “island neighborhood” and got its name from a Native American term. It is home to “Shelter Rock”, which is an 1,800 ton boulder which has been here since the Ice Age and is a landmark on Long Island.

As a resident of Manhasset for over ten years, I really enjoy the vitality of this community. There is sophistication in the people of Manhasset that comes with living so close to the heart of New York City. Comfortable living, proximity to the city, exceptional schools, family values and a warm sense of community – an ideal place to live.

Gurney’s Inn & Seawater Spa: A Sanctuary of Wellness and Luxury

ThalassotherapyApproached by winding country lanes that meander throughout the bucolic town of Montauk, Gurney’s Inn and Seawater Spa commands one of the most spectacular panoramic views on Long Island. Perched high on windswept bluffs, this idyllic destination overlooks a world-renowned private ocean beach, offering the majestic Atlantic to all who visit. It is a space for personal discovery, solace and healing; a refuge from the everyday world and a place to restore and reflect.
Founded over 30 years ago by Nick Monte, who purchased the original Gurney’s Inn in the late 1950’s, the spa was built in a European tradition, and is the only true Thalasso Center in the continental United States. Monte, also known as ‘Keeper of the Inn,’ believed in the healing and restorative properties of the sea so much that he drank a shot of seawater every day. His dream of creating a spa environment that encompassed the sea’s finest qualities became a reality in 1979 with the opening of the International Sea Water Health Spa and Fitness Center at Gurney’s Inn.
Thalasso Therapy comes from the Greek word for “sea,” and refers to a variety of treatments that use seawater and seaweed, each designed to tone, moisturize and revitalize the body and skin, and in many cases to improve circulation. “Our facilities are renowned throughout the International Spa Communities as one of the principal healing spas, using the latest and purist natural products,” explains Spa director Candice Monte. “The spa includes a heated indoor seawater pool overlooking the Atlantic, seawater Roman baths, finish rock saunas, Russian steam rooms and Swiss showers.”
Beach setup kellyA Thalasso program at Gurney’s includes hydro massage in specially designed hydrotherapy tubs filled with filtered sea water, exercise in heated seawater pools, body treatments, massage, relaxation and good nutrition. “The effect of Thalasso Therapy is profound,” says Candice. “Our treatments have a beneficial effect on the skin, cellular exchanges, the respiratory system and the body as a whole with a better oxygenation, an increased elimination of toxins and a revitalization of the mind and body.” After a long, hard week in the office, people are stressed and off-balance. Taking a day at the spa to reconnect and rebalance is a wonderful way to boost your bodies’ natural defenses and immunity.
The spa pumps in genuine ocean water and then heats it. “Heated seawater allows minerals and trace elements to pass through the barrier of the skin,” describes Candice. “The ions that penetrate into the body will selectively wander and fix themselves in the organs where they are most needed. The body recharges itself with minerals and trace elements, therefore detoxifying and rebalancing all body functions.” Seaweed offers an even greater concentration of sea water minerals and beneficial elements. Candice explains the important benefits offered: “Seaweed products used in our spa are created by Spa Technologies, using the rich seaweeds harvested off the coast of Brittany in France. The special properties of seaweed help elasticize the skin tissue, increase circulation, stimulate metabolism, and promote detoxification.” The spa offers a multitude of customized treatments- one of their signature therapies is the Brush and Tone Seaweed Wrap, combining gentle dry exfoliation with a nourishing wrap and lotion. “A soft natural brush is used to promote circulation and to exfoliate the skin, followed by an application of our pre-warmed seaweed gel,” says Candice. “The wrap facilitates the absorption of all the rich minerals and bio-trace elements from the seaweed and helps to tone and detoxify the body. This treatment finishes with an application of our signature seaweed body cream.” What bliss!
It is no wonder that for over 3 decades the spa has been frequented by celebrities and dignitaries who flock from far and wide in search of spiritual and physiological healing that is unrivaled in the U.S. Many people come for the day on the Hampton Jitney, enjoy a treatment, take a walk on the beach, stay for dinner, and then head back home. Full week or day spa plans are available and the resort offers reasonably priced rooms with stunning views, in which to relax and vacation for a week or more. “Many of our guests return season after season to benefit from the abundant use of our natural therapeutic products and the healing hands of our professional therapists,” Candice reports.
logo_and_beach_shot-540x360_450_300also features two of Montauk’s finest restaurants, where you can experience classic oceanfront dining in a superb setting. The Sea Grille offers fresh seafood and locally-grown produce, while Café Monte serves up casual Italian fare and is open for breakfast daily. The al fresco lounge is the perfect spot for an after dinner drink or morning coffee, allowing you to admire the splendor of the vast ocean.
Luxury and wellness is not only reserved for the rich and famous- we must all seek out our own healing, no matter the cost. Rest assured, a day at Gurney’s is priceless in every sense, and well worth the trip.
Gurney’s Inn and Seawater Spa
290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk NY 11954

Sea Cliff, Long Island

Sea cliff MainSitting atop a 120 foot bluff on the North Shore of Long Island (overlooking Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound just 25 miles east of Manhattan), the Village of Sea Cliff is a town unlike any other. Though becoming increasingly upscale, the area is known as a haven for artists, writers, musicians and actors with a bohemian relaxed feeling that the residents have enjoyed for over 100 years.

The walk-ability of the town and a central main street with charming boutique shops, restaurants, music/dance studios, outdoor cafes and the Victorian architecture make it a desired destination for city people who do not want to give up the downtown experience.

At just 1 square mile, The Village of Sea Cliff has 16 parks, some hidden among the many small side streets that add to the charm and lifestyle. It is an area rich in spirit; with a strong civic consciousness including excellent schools, quiet and friendly neighborhoods and an incredible arts community.
Each October, the Mini Mart arts and crafts fair showcases many of the talented residents.

Tappen Beach, with community pool and a 272 slip marina, is there for lovers of the sea. A long walkway esplanade along the beach is a magnet for those who enjoy walks with their dogs; people can often be seen capturing sunset views over the harbor. Sea Cliff Memorial Park boasts some of the most magnificent water views that could rival those of the Amalfi Coast and draws local musicians. Clifton Park is home to the Sea Cliff Little League where sluggers of all ages compete. Children’s storytelling at the library is a tradition enjoyed by all age groups. Sea Cliff Museum, right next to Village Hall, remains a focal point of the town where people work tirelessly to preserve their quality of life.

Well renowned poets, authors, rock stars and famous actors have all called The Village of Sea Cliff home at one time or another. It is a truly special place on the North Shore; one that embodies the small town feel with the groove of a happening place in the know. The zip code 11579, with preserved architecture of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s of Victorian homes and quaint arts and crafts cottages, fill the landscape of about 5,000 residents.

Westways stands alone as a meticulously restored grand estate located in the heart of the village. Just imagine the parties and lavish affairs that world famous composer Cole Porter once hosted in this magical home that he rented during the summer in the 1930’s. This English Cotswold Storybook Estate is privately set and not visible from the street, but upon first sight of this magnificent residence, it will take your breath away. On 1.5 acres, the property has a peaceful serenity and incredible pool setting with cabana and summer kitchen.

Westways  Sea Cliff Put toward the end - smallWith only three owners since 1913, Westways is approximately 6,800 square feet. With 64 windows and high ceilings, the residence was built by hand with all concrete and steel. Definitely a house for entertaining, the reception foyer has refurbished wood paneling, detailed staircase and a fireplace. Walking through the generously sized living room with another fireplace, the rooms flow nicely into the library, banquet sized dining room and solarium that overlooks the slate patios and grounds.

Perhaps one of the best features of the home is the newly remodeled kitchen with coffered ceilings, radiant heat and copper sinks. The idea of the kitchen was to maintain the integrity of the time while updating it to the 21st century with all new appliances, a center island and family-friendly breakfast area.

The Master Suite with dressing rooms plus large closets and fireplace is the perfect place to unwind. Bedrooms have access to private en-suite baths and include a 2-room suite. The third floor is outfitted with a game room/playroom. The house also has a chauffeur’s apartment separate from the main house.

Westways estate is the perfect place for the person or family who wants to live in a community, but in the privacy a grand estate and beautiful property offers. Sea Cliff is sure to delight all who visit; once you do, you will not want to leave. The vibe has existed for many years and is surely not leaving this enchanting village any time soon. It is a lifestyle all its own with a personal touch that welcomes new residents.

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