Sellers: Ken and Gloria Beers

Address: 18 Chris Ct., Aquebogue

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Asking price: $495,000

The basics: A three-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on a 0.93-acre lot

The competition: A three-bedroom, 1½-bath Colonial on Peconic Bay Boulevard is listed for $525,000.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom, 2½-bath house on nearby Foxglove Row sold June 10 for $560,000.

Taxes: $11,076 ($10,298 with STAR exemption)

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Time on the market: Since Aug. 1

Listing agent: Kathy VanDuzer, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Mattituck, 631-298-6133

Why it’s for sale: Ken, 65, a registered nurse, and Gloria, 66, a medical biller, say they want to downsize but will be staying in the area.

The Beers’ 2,271-square-foot home was built in 2001 and is literally in the middle of farmland, says Ken:

“We came here for the quiet environment and chose the North Fork for its open space, farmland, vineyards, beaches and local shopping. We love the serenity. We have a wraparound porch where we eat breakfast and entertain.

"We expanded the original plans by 300 to 400 square feet when we built. We did all the plantings. It looks professional. We have 50 arborvitaes in the back, plus boxwoods and hydrangeas. The front porch has PVC railings and the fencing in the back has two arbors. We have a 14-zone irrigation system.

"The kitchen flows into the eating area and then into the den. We have a formal dining room and a formal living room and a gas fireplace. We entertain year-round: in the summer on the 20-by-20-foot Azek maintenance-free deck, and in the winter in the den and formal living room. We both love this place. My wife loves the gardening in particular.

"We have gas heat and central air-conditioning [two zones]. It’s very economical. There are hardwood floors throughout, except for the bedrooms. We have a two-car garage and an 8-by-10-foot shed for extra storage. It’s a perfect neighborhood. There’s farmland behind us and the development rights were bought by Suffolk County. It won’t ever be developed.”