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Why you should buy her house: Sea Cliff

Judy Rosalez in the dining room of her

Judy Rosalez in the dining room of her home at 181 Glen Ave. in Sea Cliff Thursday. (March 1, 2012) Credit: Barry Sloan

Seller Judy Rosalez

Address 181 Glen Ave., Sea Cliff

Asking price $899,000

The competition in the area A 1923 three-bedroom Colonial is listed for $899,000.

Recent sale in the area A 1954 three-bedroom home sold in September for $899,000.

Taxes $13,041

Time on the market Since January

Listing agent Kim Gioia, Sherlock Homes Realty, Sea Cliff, 516-972-6490

Why it’s for sale Judy Rosalez, who is 63 and retired, says the home feels “too big.” This three-bedroom, two-bath home “looks like a commercial building from the outside,” Rosalez says. In fact, it was originally built as a commercial property in 1926. A previous owner (best-selling author Martin Yate) began converting it into residential space in 1998, and the Rosalez' purchased the home four years later. The house has the feel of “a Manhattan loft” with an open layout and ceilings up to 16 feet. Updates include the lighting, one bathroom, skylights and the kitchen. “I think my kitchen is spectacular,” Rosalez says. It has a Wolf glass top range and a Gaggenau oven; hard-to-reach cabinets were replaced with pullout drawers. She chats more about her home:

“It’s located two blocks from the center of Sea Cliff [village] within walking distance of [village] restaurants, the post office, parks and an elementary school ... The living room, kitchen and dining room [compose] one open L-shaped space that leads to two [enclosed] courtyards ... a [courtyard] spiral staircase leads to the roof ... it’s perfect for an artist or craftsman because unfinished space in the front courtyard has natural light and can be made into a studio.

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