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Why you should buy my home in Huntington Bay

Homeowner John Freda reads in his living room

Homeowner John Freda reads in his living room by outside light which brightens the interior. The four-bedroom Colonial in Huntington Bay is on the market in June 2015 for $799,000. Photo Credit: Ivy Neal

Seller: John Freda

Address: 100 Bay Dr. E., Huntington Bay

Asking price: $799,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, two bathroom with a half-bath,  Colonial on a .18-acre lot

The competition: A four-bedroom, three-bath Colonial on Highview Drive is listed for $995,000.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom, two-bath Colonial on Soundview Drive sold April 10 for $695,000.

Taxes: $18,404 ($15,194 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since May 12

Listing agent: Peter Amer, Signature Premier Properties, Huntington, 646-298-4962

Why it's for sale: Freda, 69, a retired insurance broker, says he wants to downsize but stay in the area. His wife recently passed away.

The Fredas raised two daughters in their home and participated in many family and sporting activities offered by the Bay Hills Property Association. John says:

"We have a screened-in front porch. It's really where the family comes together. A big custom-made table fits everyone. . . . About 15 years ago, we added a family room, a kitchen and dining area plus a master bedroom and bath . . . It's a nice house. I have 43 years' worth of memories here. We moved in with a 3-year-old and a newborn. . . . There's a two-car detached garage with a woodworking shop. We have a slate patio in the backyard off the family room with a natural gas connection for the grill and the generator, which can run most of the house. . . . The property association covers 157 homes. It's both a civic and social association. We have our own tennis courts, a beach with lifeguards and lockers, a pavilion and a playground. We even have a day camp. Mooring rights are included, and the house is only 200 feet from the beach."

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