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Why You Should Buy Their House: Bohemia

Tom and Maureen McKenna, with their horse ?Danke

Tom and Maureen McKenna, with their horse “Danke Schoen,” outside their backyard stable, are selling their Bohemia home. (July 19, 2012) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Sellers Tom and Maureen McKenna

Address 955 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia

Asking price $449,990

The competition A four-bedroom, two-bath Victorian on 1.5 acres nearby is on the market for $479,999.

Recent sale in the area A similar-sized home not on horse property closed in mid-June for $497,000.

Taxes $12,171

Time on the market Since May

Listing agent Giselle Simonetti, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, East Islip, 516-551-8541

Why it’s for sale Maureen, 54, an art teacher and equine program teacher at Gersh Academy in Hauppauge, and Tom, 56, a retired steamfitter, are relocating to the Wilmington, N.C., area to be closer to Tom’s family.

The McKennas’ four-bedroom, 2.5-bath ranch is on almost three-quarters of an acre of land with a two-stall horse barn and a detached two-and-a-half car garage. Maureen currently has one horse, Dunkashane, but there is space for another. The house has an open floor plan in the great room, dining room and kitchen. More than 800 square feet of living space was added by expanding the back of the house. Maureen talks about the appeal of the home:

“After living in Freeport for ten years, we wanted to move to a more rural community with a bigger backyard, and I always wanted to own a horse. We liked Bohemia . . . and our house is right next to Connetquot State Park, where I go riding. When our boys were young, we liked that they could walk to school and that my husband could commute to Manhattan from the nearby Ronkonkoma or Sayville train stations . . . We have a finished basement where we have a card-playing area, a television and a pool table . . . We pushed out the back of the house and made a great room, and added a bedroom, a bathroom and a laundry room . . . I love the backyard. We have so much privacy and a deep backyard, which we keep manicured. We are very secluded and surrounded by woods . . .”

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