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Why you should buy their home in St. James

Maryann and Anthony Zumpano this past month in

Maryann and Anthony Zumpano this past month in the den of their Victorian home in St. James. It is on the market in October 2013 for $699,000. (Sept. 26, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

SELLERS. Maryann and Anthony Zumpano

ADDRESS. 10 Hill Rd., St. James

ASKING PRICE. $699,000

THE COMPETITION. A Victorian on Three Sisters Road is listed for $649,000.

RECENT SALE IN THE AREA. A house on nearby Highland Avenue sold in June for $525,000.

TAXES. $8,908

TIME ON THE MARKET. Since mid-August

LISTING AGENT. Eva Pisco, Cornell Realty Group, St. James, 516-318-9800

WHY IT'S FOR SALE. Maryann, 77, is retired from the New York State Archives in Hauppauge, and her husband, Anthony, 81, is retired from Grumman, where he was a
mechanical engineer. They say they want to downsize and that they plan to stay in St. James.

The Zumpanos’ two-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian was featured in the 2005 Cottages to Castles House and Garden Tour, and for good reason. It is a picture-perfect Victorian-decorated home. Maryann says:

“It was a poor little neglected house when we found it 40 years ago. We renovated but kept the historical aspects intact. We have original windows and floors . . . My dining room and den are my favorites.

The dining room is big but cozy . . . The den was added 20 years ago. We made it a very open room with a window wall and a fireplace so we can enjoy all four seasons. We blended it so it looks like part of the original house. We have a screened-in porch that is my little haven . . . and two covered decks overlooking a garden and a little pond . . . We have central air and full gas service for heating, cooking and the fireplace . . .

Upstairs were three bedrooms. However, we took a wall down and made a bedroom suite for ourselves. It’s very easy to restore to two separate bedrooms. ”

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