Sellers: John and Francesca Nardella

Address: 552 Boxwood Dr., Shirley

Asking price: $369,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, 21/2-bath Colonial on a .63-acre lot

The competition: A similar size Colonial on .50-acre lot on Kingsland Avenue is listed for $339,000.

Recent sale in the area: The one-bedroom, one-bath 1966 A-frame next door to the Nardellas sold Dec. 5 for $130,000.

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Taxes: $10,438, ($9,314 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since Feb. 18

Listing agent: Tina Louise Krist, Coach Realtors, West Sayville, 631-816-8619

Why it's for sale: John, 45, a technology manager at Citigroup in Melville, and his wife, Francesca, 42, a schoolteacher in Baldwin, say they want to move closer to Francesca's job. 

The Nardellas, who have a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, had their 2,300-square-foot home built in 2006. John says:


“We’re a few blocks from the Long Island Expressway . . . and less than 30 minutes to wine country. . . . The best feature here is the large property. As parents of young kids (and me growing up in Brooklyn), it’s comforting to know the kids are not on the street. Everything they need is in the backyard. And it’s perfect for a large crowd. We grill and have a great time . . . The rooms are very spacious. We spend most of our time in the family room. There’s also a formal dining room and living room . . . There are hardwood floors throughout, except the master bedroom and kitchen. The fourth bedroom . . . is an office.”