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Why you should buy their house in South Jamesport
Sellers. Ken and Mary Aldrich
Address. 154 S. Jamesport Ave., South Jamesport
Asking price. $539,000
The competition. A four-bedroom, 2.5-bath, two-story home on nearby Sixth Street is on the market for $595,000.
Recent sale in the area. A four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on Lovers Lane sold in May for $555,000.
Time on the market. Since late April
Listing agent. Eileen Tonsmeire and Patricia Cosmadelis, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, Southold, 631-765-6656
Why it's for sale. Ken, 66, an assistant superintendent in the Seaford School District, and Mary, 64, a retired social worker, are moving closer to family in Southern Maine.
The Aldriches bought their three-bedroom, two-bath home in 2004. The Colonial was built in 1873 and is in the historic district of South Jamesport on a plump half-acre. The sight of the Aldriches sitting in two brightly colored Adirondack chairs on the front lawn is a common one for those in the neighborhood. Ken chats about his home’s appeal:
“The home has the right blend of nostalgic old house and modern conveniences. Every owner of the home has lovingly maintained and improved it, and in a tasteful way . . . The kitchen has beautiful dark cabinetry, a center island and stainless . . . The home is an entertainment mecca. Anyone looking for a big place to entertain -- this place can do it.
"It’s a big property with a 2½-car garage and seven off-street parking spots . . . The gardening is gorgeous. It’s what sets this house off to many people. There are 140 years of perennials here . . . that have been lovingly maintained . . . One of the rooms in the home is known as the Vermont Room . . . It has a diagonal rough-sawn post-and-beam look and a wood stove and hearth. The home also features a Victorian living room and a piano room . . . The house has a two-story turret, so there’s a wonderful window in the piano room . . . We added a 21-by-27-foot deck with nice security fencing around it, so you can have privacy . . .
"When we have people over, the kitchen and dining room are the party places. But during the summer, everyone migrates outside to the deck, where we have an outside bar . . . The house is three blocks from the Peconic Bay and two blocks from the Great Peconic Bay Marina . . ."