This Staten Island house has a rotunda fit for a state capitol

By Lori Gross | May 1, 2018 - 9:00AM 

The house's most dramatic feature is its rotunda, with bronzed chandelier and a seal in the marble floor below.

Robert DeFalco Realty

If this five-bedroom house doesn't have the most spectacular ceiling on Staten Island, its state-capitol-esque rotunda certainly ranks up there. Built in 2015, the house at 81 Bogert Ave. in Manor Heights is a lot newer than your average capitol building, but its decorative marble floor, dome, and copious columns chandeliers evoke something older, grander, and more extravagant than most new houses on the market.

The whole 5,400-square-foot shebang is listed for $2,499,000.


The rotunda's chandelier is described as having a motor that lets you lower it for easy cleaning. The marble floor continues throughout the ground level, and there are marble columns leading to the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The kitchen has a recessed tray ceiling over the island that matches the rotunda. 

The dining room has its own ornate ceiling and chandelier under a mini dome. 

Upstairs, there’s a master bedroom with decorative columns and chevron flooring.

The current owners must be chandelier enthusiasts because there’s yet another one above the freestanding tub in their spa bathroom.

There are three additional bathrooms, including one with an office-building-style sensor urinal, photographed with a bathmat below it for some reason.

Some of the other bedrooms have dramatic ceilings of their own.

The house is towards the back of a small pocket of the neighborhood surrounded by the hilly woods and trails of the Greenbelt, the nearly 3,000-acre stretch of contiguous parks along the middle of the forgotten borough. The stores, restaurants, and bagel shops on Manor Road are about a 10-minute walk away.

It's a mile to the X42 and X10B express buses, which run to Midtown in about an hour and to lower Manhattan in about 30-45 minutes. The drive into Manhattan can take over an hour in traffic. 



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