WHY YOU SHOULD BUY MY HOUSE

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

$1,324,999.

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.

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

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

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

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