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Why you should buy his house: Mattituck

Don Berliner stands in the large open living

Don Berliner stands in the large open living space of his Mattituck home. (Feb. 9, 2012) Credit: Randee Daddona

Seller Don and Sandra Berliner

Address 1165 Theresa Dr., Mattituck

Asking price $575,000

Competition in the area A 2010 four-bedroom postmodern is listed for $699,000.

Recent sale in the area A 2003 four-bedroom traditional sold in December for $725,000.

Taxes $7,300

Time on the market About a month

Listing agent Margaret Zarcone and Victoria Germaise, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Mattituck, 917-407-4377

Why it’s for sale Don, 66, is retired from the Air Force, and Sandra, 50, is an administrative assistant. They say they’re ready to downsize as the three oldest children have “flown the coop” and only one remains at home.

After purchasing the 1974 traditional house in 2008, Don and Sandra began a major renovation to accommodate additional family members. “We created living quarters for Mom by adding a bedroom and bathroom off the family room,” Don says. “A wall on the first floor was taken down to create an open area between the kitchen and living room,” he says. The kitchen was updated to include new cabinets, appliances and granite countertops. Enhancements to the home’s infrastructure include a new hot-water heater, new fuel tank and upgraded electrical work, Don says. The 3,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths. It is on slightly more than a half-acre parcel with an in-ground saltwater pool, a fenced-in backyard and an oversized detached two-car garage. Don chats more about the home’s features:

“It’s a roomy house that lends itself to family gatherings with nice-sized rooms where people can sit and talk ... The den has a fireplace ... and one of the [second-floor] bedrooms can be used as an office."

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