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Why you should buy my Mastic Beach Colonial

Armando Diana, of Mastic Beach, with his son,

Armando Diana, of Mastic Beach, with his son, Dino Diana, in their family home. Photo Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

Sellers Armando Diana and his son, Dino

Address 68 Stackyard Dr., Mastic Beach

Asking price $295,000

The basics A three-bedroom, two-bath Colonial on a 0.25-acre lot

The competition A three-bedroom, two-bath ranch on Alder Drive is listed for $265,000.

Nearest recent sale A Colonial on Pineway Avenue sold Sept. 6 for $320,000.

Taxes with no exemptions $9,442

Time on the market Since Feb. 3

Listing agent Tina Louise Krist, Coach Realtors, West Sayville, 631-567-8500

Why it’s for sale Armando, 74, a retired operating engineer, will be moving closer to his son in Westchester County.

Armando Diana emigrated from Italy in 1967 and had this 2,500-square-foot home built in 1972. Because of a language barrier, his son and co-owner Dino spoke for him.

“Dad’s an outdoor guy. He loves tending to his beloved lawn and garden. He grows figs, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, asparagus and more. During the winter, you can’t appreciate how robust and beautiful the garden is. . . . There’s oak flooring everywhere in the house except the kitchen and bathrooms. A large four-season room is off the back. The house is massively insulated and very energy efficient. There’s a large fireplace in the dining room that Dad used to cook in. . . . There’s also a koi pond in the backyard. My kids like to feed the fish. . . . Dad makes his own tomato sauce, sausage and wine. He has what they call a “cantina” in the basement. Half of the basement is finished. The other half is the cantina where his homemade foods are made and stored. It’s the perfect temperature. . . . Dad and I fished and crabbed a lot when I was a kid. The Forge River is down our road. And the beach at Smith Point [County] Park is only four to five miles away. . . . Eating out on the patio in this beautiful parklike setting was such a big part of my growing up.”

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