Living steps from the Long Island Sound is the big item this Bayville home — listed for $1.299 million — has to offer.

Listing agent Donnamarie Chaimanis of Laffey Fine Homes says the one-of-a-kind house, designed and built by the owner, offers a lifestyle change in which “the wow factor is the water.”

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The three-bedroom home features floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and master bedroom, Chaimanis says, offering unobstructed water views and a “sun-drenched property” that provides the perfect location for entertaining, inside or out.

Owner George Alessi says he sought the counsel of friends and family who are artists and architects when designing the home to ensure he made the most of the location — just 50 feet from the water’s edge. Alessi says he and his wife, Rita, have enjoyed two decades of “breathtaking views” and “spectacular sunsets” there.

“Being by the water is a great place to be,” says Alessi, and that’s not just limited to summertime. He says his family has enjoyed the quiet beauty of the 38-by-70-foot property in the fall and winter months as well, with the help of a gas fireplace that helps make the home a cozy retreat in colder weather.

Built in 1996, the home offers an open floor plan with high ceilings, an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and 2 1⁄2 bathrooms. Amenities include a skylight, hardwood floors and a private deck off the master suite. On the lower level there’s a patio paver deck with a motorized awning where you can descend the steps into the sand.