Sellers: Morton and Anitra Gitter

Address: 55 Holiday Park Dr., Centereach

Asking price: $349,900

The basics: A four-bedroom splanch with two bathrooms and a half-bath is on a .21-acre lot

The competition: A four-bedroom, two-bath high-ranch on the same street is listed for $349,999.

Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on Royalston Lane sold July 28 for $410,000.

Taxes: $10,914 (with STAR $9,829)

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Time on the market: Since Sept. 9

Listing agent: Margaret Tsoukaris, RE/MAX Integrity Leaders, Centereach, 631-332-7897.

Why it's for sale: Mort, 75, a retired English teacher, and Anitra, 71, a retired computer education teacher, say they want to move down south to be closer to friends and family.

The Gitters bought their home in 1967. Morton shares his thoughts:

"We have a very comfortable living area. We turned multiple rooms into one large family room immediately adjacent to an open kitchen and dining room. It's an open area, flooded with sunlight in the morning. Sliding glass doors open to a 60-foot-wide patio made of pavers, which has a cooking area, an eating area, a living room area and then further over is our koi pond with seating.

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"We love the backyard. It's heavily treed and shaded in the afternoon. It's a very relaxing, beautiful and private backyard. . . .

"The kitchen has granite counters and cherrywood cabinets with glass inserts. All appliances are stainless, including a compactor, a two-door dishwasher, a fridge and double oven. . . .

"We have a lovely wood-burning brick-face fireplace in the living room. I have wonderful memories of picnics on a blanket with our kids in front of the fireplace on snowy Sunday afternoons. . . . We have a finished 17-by-12-foot room in the basement that could be used as a playroom or office."