LAUREL HOLLOW. Carved out of pristine woodland, along with other magnificent residences on 2-acre or larger properties, this majestic custom built brick, 5-bedroom and 4.5-bath colonial stands serenely on a gentle rise surrounded by breathtaking vistas of towering trees and sweeping lawns. An architectural, slate-like hip roof is intersected by many gables giving a hint of the creative interior floor plan that offers spacious, sun-swept rooms with many soaring Palladian-style windows, French doors and high ceilings. Entered by a long curved drive and spacious courtyard, the 2-acre property includes a drive circling around to an attached 3.5-car heated garage and a bluestone walk leading to a spacious bluestone patio overlooking an enchanting “country club” rear property. Less than a mile from the glistening waters of Cold Spring Harbor, which flows out to Long Island Sound, this exceptional residence is ideally located in Laurel Hollow. Located on the eastern border of Nassau County, this scenic and peaceful community dates back to 1653 when English Settlers bought it from the Matinecock Indians. In the mid 1800’s its lush and hilly terrain became a support community to the burgeoning whaling industry of Cold Spring Harbor. At the beginning of the 20th Century, it was discovered by many luminaries of New York City as an ideal site for building their grand estates. One of its most famous occupants is the world renowned 107-acre Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Known for its genetic and cancer research, it boasts several Nobel Prize winners. Today, Laurel Hollow offers a secluded and lush setting for its residents with beach and mooring privileges on Long Island Sound and a convenient location near delightful village shopping and dining, yacht and country clubs, and easy access to the Long Island Railroad. Guests will be enthralled as they enter the oversized 2-story entrance foyer, with stunning bridal staircase and marble floors that flow from the entrance, with soaring arched transom light, to the rear Palladian window with French doors opening to the rear patio. The welcoming formal living room features a floor-to-ceiling, absolute black granite fireplace shared with the adjoining library, which opens to the patio through French doors set in a Palladian window. The formal dining room provides a regal setting for banquet-sized dining and connects to the generous kitchen through a butler’s pantry and gallery that extends across much of the house. The exceptional eat-in kitchen offers amazing storage and workspace that includes 3 walls of cabinetry with granite countertop and backsplash, a large center island with seating, and high-end appliances. A huge semicircular breakfast area is flooded with sunshine through a vaulted sky-lit ceiling and a myriad of French windows looking out to the rear lawn. A service area at the end of the gallery includes access to the garage, a large laundry room, a full bath, staff bedroom and backstairs. Off the rear entrance foyer are a powder room/cloak room suite and a spacious, sunny family room with fireplace flanked by French doors, with arched transom lights, opening to the rear patio. On the second floor, the glorious master suite is in a wing of its own connected to the rest of the bedrooms by a bridge overlooking the foyer. Double doors enter the regal master bedroom with fireplace and ample room sitting area. A private hall leads to a huge, room-size walk-in closet and a palatial, marble master bath boasting large twin vanities, a sky-lit marble bath and glass-enclosed shower. The remainder of this floor includes a large bedroom with bath en suite and walk-in closet, 2 additional spacious bedrooms, a large hall bath, and a 2-room bath of a hall with rear staircase and access to the huge game room. An expansive unfinished basement offers ample space for storage and possible expansion. Beautifully designed to afford the ultimate in luxury and ease in entertaining, this superb custom home is the quintessence of “Gold Coast” living.