Sellers: Calvin and Cathy Rafuse
Address: 19 Riverview Terrace, Smithtown
Asking price: $989,000
The competition: Similar-size homes in the Smithtown school district are priced between $870,000 and $1,800,000
Recent sale in the area: A house on Wayfarer Lane sold for $975,000 in October.
Time on the market: Since June 2008
Listing agent: William Tarantola, Coach Realtors, 631-360-1900
Why it's for sale: Cal and Cathy built this home 20 years ago to raise their children and now say they want to downsize.
Calvin, 62, a retired home builder, and Cathy, 58, an interior designer for Ethan Allen, are not only the original owners, but Cal built the house after many years of building houses for others.
He incorporated clever features, such as a dumbwaiter from the three-car basement garage to the kitchen, a laundry chute from the master bedroom into the laundry room, and a well-thought-out terraced backyard that ensures that any kids in the pool are within eyeshot of someone in the kitchen.
"The view from the rear of the home out to a parklike backyard, complete with a pool, pool house and tennis court, is my favorite feature."