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Bayport home with ‘beach cottage look’ is listed for $579,000

“We have a screened-in porch off the living room we use three seasons out of the year,” owner says.

This Bayport home is close to the beach.

This Bayport home is close to the beach. Credit: Barry Sloan

Seller Ken and Lee Strange

Address 196 Paulanna Ave., Bayport

Asking price $579,000

The basics A three-bedroom, 1½-bath Colonial on a 0.26-acre lot

The competition A three-bedroom, two-bath ranch on Seaman Avenue is listed for $689,000.

Nearest recent sale A four-bedroom Colonial on Saltmeadow Lane sold Dec. 11 for $755,000.

Taxes with no exemptions $15,328

Time on the market Since Dec. 28

Listing agent Barbara Leogrande, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Sayville, 631-553-8599

Why it’s for sale Ken, 88, a retired New York City police chief, and Lee, 72, a retired BOCES teacher, say they’re downsizing but staying in the area.

Ken and Lee Strange raised their five children in their 2,000-square-foot home, which is less than a half-mile from Great South Bay. The couple bought it in 1970. Ken shares his thoughts:

“We’ve given our home a beach cottage look. It’s light and bright, and was built by one of the best builders in the area. . . . We have a screened-in porch off the living room we use three seasons out of the year. It’s on the southwest corner of the home and really extends the living space. The eat-in kitchen was renovated about seven years ago. Our den is off the kitchen and has nice built-in bookcases. My desk is in there, and it’s where we watch TV. The living room is large and has a wood-burning fireplace. With the den, the living room and the formal dining room, this house is great for entertaining. Plus there’s central air conditioning. . . . There are hardwood floors throughout the home, on both levels. The full-size basement has a nice cedar closet. There’s plenty of storage in this house — both in the basement and then also over the attached garage. We’ve been so happy here. The education from the Bayport-Blue Point School District was wonderful for our five now-adult children.”

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