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Why you should buy my Victorian house in Medford

Tom and Jill Karlya in their four-bedroom Victorian

Tom and Jill Karlya in their four-bedroom Victorian house in Medford on June 11, 2015. The house is on the market in July 2015 for $464,900. Credit: Barbara Alper

Sellers: Tom and Jill Karlya

Address: 17 John Roe Smith Ave., Medford

Asking price: $464,900

The basics: A four-bedroom, two bathroom and a half-bath Victorian on a .92-acre lot

The competition: A four-bedroom, three bathrooms and a half-bath Colonial on Long Acre Court is listed for $530,000.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom ranch on Hagerman Avenue sold April 17 for $349,000.

Taxes: $12,100

Time on the market: One month

Listing agent: The Karlyas are selling on their own and can be reached at 516-220-3979

Why it's for sale: Tom, 57, vice president of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, and Jill, 55, who has an administrative position in the Patchogue-Medford school district, say they're downsizing and buying in South Carolina.

The Karlyas had their 3,000-square-foot home built in 2003. It is tucked away in a private and wooded area of Medford. Tom shared his thoughts on the house:

"We're completely surrounded by gorgeous woods, and we're the only house on a dead-end block, but still close enough to access the Long Island Expressway, the train station and Islip airport. I do a lot of travel, so it gives me options. But when I get home, it's this side of heaven.

"My mother used to call it 'Karlyas' resort.' There's a pool in the back with a beautiful deck around it. There's a lot of open space. We were the house that the neighborhood kids hung out in. I always said I wanted to hear a slamming door and music and laughter in the household. And we did. . . .

"My wife says the house has great curb appeal and a big wow factor as you walk through. The kitchen has granite counters. The chandelier in the foyer is stunning. It's one of the highlights of the house. My wife knew what she was doing decorating. The neighbors are great. It is the quintessential family neighborhood."

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