It was so big that back when it was built, folks in the neighborhood called it “a Massapequa house.”
Now, some 47 years later, that big colonial at the corner of Baybright Drive and William Floyd Parkway has inched closer to extinction. Long abandoned and falling apart, 195 William Floyd Parkway has been scheduled for a March 25 public hearing on demolition and clean up.
The news, posted on Facebook by Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico, caught the attention of one of the original owners, Fran Fatone Micallef.
“My husband Paul and I built this house for our family back in 1974. I watched my three boys grow up in that house,” Micallef, who years ago moved to Florida with her family, commented on Panico’s post. Her husband recently passed away.
“We had a wonderful life in our beautiful home… the memories we made in that house are priceless! I’m so sad to see what has become of the home we created with such pride, love, and joy,” she said.
The home, explained Micallef’s son Frank, was full of charm and quickly became a magnet to family and friends.
“When it was built it was an incredible place to live,” Frank Micallef wrote. “Our house was full of a lot of love, family friends and our door was always open. My dad who recently passed loved this house and took pride in it.”
Frank Micallef posted photos of what the home looked like back in the 1970 and 1980s:
Given its current state, many neighbors have complained to the town, seeking the structure’s demolition.
But many neighbors also recalled that the six-bedroom, four bathroom house was once among the most beautiful in the neighborhood.
“I lived around the corner from this house. The original owners kept the house in pristine condition,” wrote Carlo Aprea. “So sad to see it in its current state.”
Trulia.com shows that the half-acre property last sold for $435,000 in January 2005. By the time it returned to the market in 2014, the asking price was a mere $175,000. It doesn’t appear to have ever been sold since.
“Wow….I remember when it was built….and was considered one of the biggest fanciest houses in these parts…..it was referred to as ‘A Massapequa house,'” commented Eileen Brown-Hughes.
Facebook user Janene Garafola concluded, “It was stunning back in the day.”