Boarded up and falling apart for years, a Shirley home that for decades was the jewel of its neighborhood was finally demolished by the town on Monday.
Demolition crews razed the home and began clearing the half-acre property of debris, likely setting the wheels in motion for an eventual auctioning off of the land at 195 William Floyd Parkway.
The property had seen much, much better days. Positioned on a half-acre of property, the six-bedroom, four bathroom colonial was so large when it was built in 1974 that neighbors called it a Massapequa home.
Fran and Paul Micallef put an in-ground pool in the backyard and raised their three sons in the house. The home and the Micallefs’ friendly nature made it a special place for neighborhood parties and casual get togethers.
Members of a popular Long Island wedding band called Fantasia lived in and rehearsed in the house. The Micallefs sold the house years ago and moved to Florida; Paul Micallef recently passed away.
“Once one of the most beautiful houses in the area, I stepped inside this morning onto a white marble foyer but wouldn’t venture beyond that because of the conditions of the floors,” Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico said yesterday in a Facebook post about the home’s removal.
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.
Meanwhile, it was soon abandoned and complaints from neighbors started to pile up at town board.
Panico said he hoped the property, once cleared of debris, can someday soon have a new home built on it.
“It will cast a shadow on this community no more,” he said.