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Antique Islip home on market for $978,500

This Islip antique, built in 1890, was among

This Islip antique, built in 1890, was among the neighborhood's many beach cottages rented out to wealthy residents during the summer. Credit: Netter Real Estate

This Islip antique, built in 1890, was among the neighborhood's many beach cottages rented out to wealthy residents during the summer. Now on the market for $978,500, the four-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom home has updated heating, plumbing and electrical systems, along with many original features, including six fireplaces, stained-glass windows and a claw-foot tub in the second-floor bathroom.

Seller Peter LaSpina, who has lived in the home with his family for 28 years, says that with access to the Great South Bay, the area was a popular summertime destination. According to local lore, both the Heinz ketchup family and the Gulden mustard family rented the house at different times.

"People went into the side creeks and peninsulas and just swam," LaSpina says. "It was quite the summer community in its day."

The LaSpinas added central air-conditioning to the three-story home, but kept some things as is, including an old cast-iron stove that serves as decoration in the kitchen.

"We retained the basic bones of the house, so you're in a house that has history," LaSpina says.

The house is listed with Steven Rainone of Netter Real Estate.

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