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Why you should buy their house in Stony Brook

Greg and Linda Bonasera show the open living

Greg and Linda Bonasera show the open living room of their five-bedroom Colonial at 1 Sycamore Dr. in Stony Brook. It is on the market in April 2014 for $489,000. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Sellers: Greg and Linda Bonasera

Address: 1 Sycamore Dr., Stony Brook

Asking price: $489,000

The basics: A five-bedroom, four-bath Colonial on a .40-acre lot

The competition: A five-bedroom, 4½-bath Colonial on Stony Brook Road is listed for $589,000.

Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on Stratton Lane sold Feb. 14 for $457,500.

Taxes: $13,260

Time on the market: Since Dec. 27

Listing agent: Linda Stowell, Coach Realtors, Port Jefferson, 631-680-5210.

Why it’s for sale: Greg, 58, a chiropractor, and Linda, 54, a preschool teacher’s assistant, say they want to downsize now that their two sons are off to college.

Between the main living area, the in-ground pool, the professional space and the accessory apartment, the Bonaseras’ property in Stony Brook could be considered a compound. Greg talks about it:

“It’s very private, overlooking the Strathmore Park, which . . . has everything, including a walking trail . . . The house has a spacious open-floor plan. We’ve hosted many large parties with 50 to 70 guests. It’s very roomy . . . There’s a tranquil, comfortable den with a fireplace . . . It has a great professional space . . . And there’s a one-bedroom apartment, with a new kitchen, a living room with a dining room and a new bathroom with ceramic tile walls and floors and new fixtures.

"The income from the apartment pays the taxes . . . We have a Trex deck and an L-shaped gunite pool with a new gas heater . . . There’s an extra-large shed . . . We updated our kitchen, five bathrooms and the electrical panel. We replaced all the windows, siding and roofing and the oil burner and hot water heater. We did a new AC system just six months ago . . . It’s really in turnkey condition."

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