The $625,000 opening bid for this renovated Colonial on Moriches Bay in Remsenburg-Speonk is a drastic price reduction from its original listing price of $1.6 million.

The auction, which is being handled for the seller by Maltz Auctions in Central Islip, is being held at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at 39 Windsor Place, Central Islip. To qualify for bidding, prospective buyers must bring a cashier’s check for $62,500 (10 percent of the opening bid), says Richard Maltz, president of Maltz Auctions.

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The five-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath home, built around 1820, has been recently updated, says Maltz. “Over the past several years, they [the homeowners] have invested roughly $250,000, redoing the kitchen, pool, some of the bathrooms and installing HVAC,” Maltz says.

Other features include a recently redone pool with poolhouse and 1-1/4 acres of landscaped property.

This house is also a stop in the Westhampton Beach Historical Guidebook for Walking Tours of Historic Remsenburg. According to the guide, the home was owned by members of the Tuthill family for many years, with Willis Tuthill being the last resident. Willis Tuthill wrote for newspapers, including the Brooklyn Eagle and New York Tribune. The guidebook also notes that Willis’s blind mother lived at a nearby home and used a wire attached to both houses to guide her so she could walk to her son’s house and back home again.