Sellers: Alfred and Annette Tommaso

Address: 14 Little Harbor Rd., Mount Sinai

Asking price: $839,000

The competition: Other homes in Mount Sinai school district with five

bedrooms and more than four bathrooms (this one has 5 1/2) sell for $532,000 to

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Recent sale on the block: 28 Little Harbor Rd. sold for $609,000 in January.

Taxes: $12,321 ($11,208 with STAR)

Time on the market: On and off since September 2006.

Contact information: Call the owners at 631-331-5354.

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Why it's for sale: Alfred Tommaso, 54, a home appraiser, says he and wife,

Annette, 52, an accountant, want a smaller home (in the same area) because

their children are grown. Daughter Danielle has moved to New Orleans to work on

the Katrina clean-up with the Army Corps of Engineers; daughter Michele is a

senior at SUNY Purchase.

This 1970 farm ranch, on a 0.69-acre lot less than a mile from Mount Sinai

Harbor, has a pool with a spa and waterfall. Alfred Tommaso credits the home

builder for the charm of the neighborhood and unique features of the house:

"The builder still lives in the neighborhood. He went on vacation and fell

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in love with New England and went back up to get blueprints. ... He wanted to

keep it like a little New England neighborhood, and it worked. The house has

got a great library in there. It's got dual doors, and on one wall you have all

the shelves and built-ins. ... It's got custom details throughout that the

builder does with all the houses locally. ... On the front porch, we have the

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dentil moldings. Inside we have the wide-plank moldings."