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Why you should buy their house in Franklin Square

Maria Stavropoulos with her children -- James, 8,

Maria Stavropoulos with her children -- James, 8, Anna, 4 months, and Giovanni, 6, in the kitchen of the Franklin Square house she owns with her husband, Dean. The house is on the market for $470,000. (Feb. 10, 2013) (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Sellers. Maria and Dean Stavropoulos

Address. 733 Seabury Ave., Franklin Square

Asking price. $470,000

The competition. A three-bedroom, three-bath expanded ranch on Othello Avenue is on the market for $529,000.

Recent sale in the area. A ranch also on Seabury Avenue sold in October for $460,000.

Taxes. $11,236

Time on the market. Since May

Listing agent. Domenica Krollage, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Plainview, 516-575-7500

Why it’s for sale. Maria, 30, is a hairstylist and her husband, Dean, 35, is a warehouse manager. They have three children -- James, 8, Giovanni, 6, and Anna, 4 months -- and want to move to Queens to be closer to family.

The Stavropouloses have lived in their three-bedroom, two-bathroom expanded ranch since 2008. The house, built in 1951, is on a 60-by-100-foot lot and has 1,372 square feet of living space on the main floor. Amenities include a 900-square-foot finished basement, central air-conditioning, in-ground sprinklers and a detached 1½-car garage. Maria explains the home’s appeal:

“The kitchen is huge. A previous owner expanded the back of the house. The kitchen was originally a living room and a kitchen and we made it one big kitchen . . . It has high ceilings and granite counters. We did everything new because we weren't planning on moving . . . We’ve had 30 to 40 people for sit-down dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a pleasure to do the holidays. It’s so open and spacious . . . The living room and dining room are open and we have high ceilings there, too . . . We have a 13-by-20-foot Trex deck out back . . . and French doors that open onto it. We entertain there . . . The kids’ birthday parties and Easter holiday. We changed all the [interior] doors to solid wood, put in new closet systems. We did new [ceiling] moldings and baseboard throughout the house . . . We finished the basement ... [it] has tiled flooring ... an office, a laundry room . . . a full bathroom . . . a playroom . . . and three storage closets . . ."

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