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Why you should buy their house in Melville

Homeowners Debra and Steve Rosenblatt and their dog,

Homeowners Debra and Steve Rosenblatt and their dog, Oreo, in the living room of their home in The Villages at Huntington-Melville. (Jan. 27, 2012) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Seller. Debbie and Steve Rosenblatt

Address. 112 Pembroke Ave., The Villages at Huntington, Melville

Asking price. $879,000, plus homeowner’s monthly maintenance fees of $245, which includes pool facilities, security, snow removal, etc.)

The competition in The Villages. Four-bedroom home is listed at $829,000

Recent sale in The Villages. Four-bedroom home sold in October for $860,000

Taxes. $15,751

Time on the market. About a month

Listing agent. Debra Friedman, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Dix Hills, 516-776-4744

Why it’s for sale. The couple -- Debbie, 51, is a homemaker, and Steven, 58, is a certified public accountant -- have 20-year-old twins in college and are ready to downsize.

The Rosenblatts are the original owners of this Postmodern 2000 Colonial. They spent an extra $50,000 in upgrades, which include a gas fireplace, wood floors and high-hat lighting, Debbie says.

The four-bedroom, 2½-bath house is on a 7,840-square-foot parcel in a gated community, and amenities include an outdoor in-ground swimming pool and tennis court.

“Our home is one of seven houses in the community of 248 that has the master bedroom on the main level,” Debbie says. There’s an 1,800-square-foot finished basement and a large backyard paver patio. Debbie describes the state-of-the-art kitchen she designed:

“The kitchen was updated about five years ago . . . [and] it’s a gourmet’s delight. It has granite countertops, a stainless-steel Viking gas cooktop, built-in microwave and a double-convection wall oven . . . the dishwasher is hidden so it looks like all the other cabinets . . . and [there’s] an island that seats five,” she says.

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