"This Neoclasslcal house, called Liliiflelds, was finished in May of last year. The owner, writer Nancy Marcantonio, worked with architect Richard Sammons to come up with a home that reflects the Jeffersonian ideals of classical proportion inspired by 18th-century Italian architect Palladio. The living room, which serves as the house great room, has a 22-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling. Other rooms on the main floor have 12-foot ceilings. A master suite on the ground floor looks out onto the back garden. Both the master-bedroom and a bedroom on the second floor have fireplaces, as does the great room. Floors are wide-plank white oak. Windows at the front of the house are made of restoration glass and antique molds. Modern touches include a complete telephone and intercom system, central audio system and a central vacuum system; the alarm system also senses low temperature, combustible gas, carbon monoxide, smoke and heat. Southport, a high-end bedroom community for New York City workers, is home to large estates. The Marcantonio house has been on the market since October. Within the past year several houses priced similarly to the Marcantonio home have sold, including a contemporary home on the harbor that went for $2.4 million, and a Mediterranean-style house a little larger than the Marcantonio property, on 2.8 acres, that brought $2.3 million."
- Robert J. Hughes