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French provincial ranch in Belle Terre lists for $738,888

Melanie and Karl O'Leary, with their son, Cameron,

Melanie and Karl O'Leary, with their son, Cameron, on Feb. 11, 2016. They are selling their home in Belle Terre. Asking price in March 2016 is $738,888. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Sellers: Karl and Melanie O’Leary

Address: 8 Crooked Oak Rd., Belle Terre

Asking price: $738,888

The basics: A three-bedroom, 3½-bath ranch on a 1.05-acre lot

The competition: A similar size ranch on Seaside Drive is listed for $939,000.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom modified ranch on Crooked Oak Road sold Feb. 3 for $550,000.

Taxes: $14,557 ($13,903 with STAR), which includes Village of Belle Terre taxes

Time on the market: Since Feb. 8

Listing agent: Geri Ertle and George Ertle, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Plainview, 631-379-8157

Why it’s for sale: Karl, 36, a teacher, and Melanie, 30, a physical therapist, say they want to relocate for professional opportunities.

The finished basement in this French provincial-styled ranch expands its square footage to about 4,000, creating plenty of space for the O’Learys’ two young boys. Karl talks about the house they bought in 2012:

“The ranch is fantastic — everything on one floor. The windows are almost floor to ceiling, and there’s a skylight in the kitchen. The openness and natural light are very appealing. . . . We have over an acre of property. It’s a fun backyard, very quiet. You can see our neighbors, but usually don’t hear them. We spent a lot of time clearing it. It’s very spacious. . . .

"We redid every bathroom, gutted and redesigned. We got rid of all the carpet in the house and replaced it with hardwood floors on the main level and laminated flooring in the finished basement. The basement is huge with a full bathroom, two additional rooms for storage, another one for the office and a massive playroom and a laundry room. The ceilings are 8 feet down there. . . .

"We installed high hats throughout the house, maybe 50 in total. We have two fireplaces, one with a wood-burning insert that heats the house. We save about 65 percent on our gas heat. We have central air and forced hot air heat.”

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