Sellers: Dorothy and Thomas O'Hare

Address: 48 Dalton St., Long Beach

Asking price: $799,000

The basics: A three-bedroom, two bathroom and half-bath Colonial on an 80-by-57-foot lot

The competition: A high-ranch on Boyd Street is listed for $699,000.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom, two bathroom and half-bath Colonial on East Walnut Street sold Jan. 23 for $660,000.

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Taxes: $12,819

Time on the market: Since Jan. 20

Listing agents: Camille Giardina and Juan Jara, All Star Real Estate Brokers, Oceanside, 516-318-1392

Why it's for sale: Dorothy, 76, who freelances as a book publisher, and Tom, 82, a retired crane operator, say they want to downsize.

The O'Hares have renovated their home twice in eight years -- first when they bought, and then after superstorm Sandy. The utilities and washer and dryer are now on the second floor, and the first-floor outlets and elevator controls have been raised. Dorothy talks about the house:


"The living room, dining room and foyer is a large open area. We have a gourmet kitchen with top appliances. The Wolf range top is a pleasure to work with. And the warming drawer is the best thing I ever did. . . . There are two sinks and three articulated corner cabinets so we don't lose any space. We've entertained up to 50 people with no problem. . . . The bedrooms and office area are upstairs. We have a large master bedroom and huge master bath with a Jacuzzi, a bidet, a skylight and two sinks opposite each another, both with cabinets and mirrors. . . . We have an elevator. . . . The main living room has a wood-burning fireplace with built-in cabinetry on both sides and a granite top. . . . The kitchen and foyer have terra-cotta flooring. The living room and dining room have tile floors that look like hardwood. . . . We have a double driveway, which is key in Long Beach. We can park four cars. It's a beautiful block with a nice wide street."