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Center Moriches Colonial with water views

Sellers Nina and Sullivan Gallo pose in the

Sellers Nina and Sullivan Gallo pose in the Victorian tower room of their Center Moriches home that is on the market in September 2015 for $795,000. Credit: Audrey C. Tiernan

Sellers: Nina and Sullivan Gallo

Address: 41 Ocean Ave., Center Moriches

Asking price: $795,000

The basics: A four-bedroom Colonial with two bathrooms and a half-bath on 1.2 waterfront acres.

The competition: A four-bedroom, 3½-bath home on the same creek is listed for $1,249,900.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom Colonial with two bathrooms and a half-bath on Estate Road sold June 15 for $650,000.

Taxes: $14,914

Time on the market: On and off since 2014

Listing agent: Kevin Loiacono, Brookhampton Realty, Center Moriches, 631-878-0500.

Why it's for sale: Nina, 66, a retired schoolteacher, and Sullivan, 64, a dentist, say they are moving to Maryland to be closer to their grandchildren.

The Gallos had their 3,600-square-foot home built on a flag lot in 1986. Nina says:

"When you walk in, it's open, with 10-foot ceilings and beautiful huge windows. It takes your breath away. We have a huge chef's kitchen that was recently redone. . . . There are a lot of architectural touches here. We have all hardwood floors with inlaid mahogany. We thought we'd be here forever and didn't cut corners. It's a spectacular home. The newel post in the staircase is ribbon and roses carved mahogany. The fireplace has a double mantel with ribbon and roses and a mirror. . . . The kitchen opens to the huge family room-den. The master bedroom is huge and has a walk-in closet, a balcony facing the water and a beautiful bathroom. There's a tower room, to replicate Victorian homes. There's a covered porch facing the water. . . . It's so quiet and secluded being on the water but being high. We've never had storm damage. The bulkhead, redone five years ago, is 180 foot of deep water that can accommodate a 50-foot boat. We built this for entertaining. We love it. You just don't get tired of it. . . . The house faces south and there's a passive solar heat benefit. Every room has a water view."

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