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Harborfields Estates offers stylish, state-of-the-art single-family homes

Harborfields_CanterburyFinding a brand-new home on Long Island can be a challenge. But, home buyers can find exactly what they’re looking for at Harborfield Estates, a community of 47 single-family houses with many innovative features that’s currently being built in Greenlawn.

Len Axinn, president of Island Estates Homes and the mastermind behind the operation, has been planning the development since 2014 and construction began in January.

“As soon as our bulldozers started hitting the property, phones instantly began ringing off the hook with inquiries,” says Axinn.

Harborfields_Foyer Additional V2 The property was selected for its attractive location and proximity to public transportation. Situated in the Town of Huntington, Harborfields Estates is just minutes from a Long Island Rail Road station and within the Harborfields Central School District, one of the best in Suffolk County.

“Greenlawn has a lot to offer and Huntington has even more,” says Axinn. “Harborfields is like a magnet for young families.”

When the idea for the develop­ment was conceived, Axinn envisioned a property filled with single-family homes in an effort to challenge the growing trend of multifamily complexes in the area. The Long Island native believes that there’s still a desire among people raising families to live in houses similar to the ones they grew up in.

But, the homes they grew up in certainly didn’t have the sleek, modern features that these residences boast. Models range in size and price, but all are guaranteed to include maple hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, crown moldings, ceramic-tile bathroom floors and a gas fireplace.

“With the basic items included, you can have a wonderful home, but people might like to customize it and truly make the home their own,” says Axinn. “You can change the configuration or you can add extra features and make your place somewhat like a smart home.”

Harborfields_Master Bedroom V5The development, which is being built on public roads, does not have communal facilities but will have an enclosed community feel with maintained landscaping around its borders, more than 400 trees within the property and a five-and-a-half acre park.

It will likely take at least another nine months for the entire building process to be completed and about a year-and-a-half more to sell every home. Six contracts have already been negotiated, and Axinn predicts that the rest of the homes will begin selling rapidly.

Axinn’s homebuilding expertise is the result of his familial ties and close connections to others in the field. The product of a Russian-immigrant family that made its mark in the lumber business, Axinn decided to join his father’s Northport lumber business when he graduated in 1971. Eight years later, a fire destroyed the entire inventory, and his father chose not to reopen the operation. It was then that Axinn decided to join his uncle and enter the homebuilding and development business.

Between 1980 and 1996, Axinn and his uncle built office spaces throughout Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn and leased to top companies, such as Sony, IBM, General Electric and Nikon. As a partner in Island Estates Homes, Axinn has been involved in many projects, ranging from mid-priced single-family homes to affordable apartments for seniors.

Today, Axinn’s main focus is the up-and-coming Harborfields Estates. He’s eager to see what the future holds and says, “Harborfields is a big project, but we’re always keeping our eye open for new things.”

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