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Why you should buy their home: Ocean Beach cottage

Gary and Denise Bennett in the living room

Gary and Denise Bennett in the living room of their summer home in the Fire Island community of Ocean Beach on Sept. 3, 2015. The house is on the market in September 2015 for $699,000. Credit: Ivy Neal

Sellers: Gary and Denise Bennett

Address: 603 Bayberry Walk, Ocean Beach

Asking price: $699,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage on a 75-by-80-foot lot

The competition: A four-bedroom, two-bathroom home also on Bayberry Walk is listed for $839,000.

Recent sale in the area: There are no comparable sales within the past six months.

Taxes: $8,280

Time on the market: Since June 6

Listing agent: Orlando Milian, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Cherry Grove, 631-597-3100.

Why it's for sale: Gary, 65, a retired sheriff, and Denise, 60, who is retired from Nassau County OTB, say they have bought a home in Boca Raton, Florida

The Bennetts bought their 1,600-square-foot home in 1998. It has been their summer home, but it has heat and can be lived in year-round. Gary talks about their Fire Island retreat:

"There's lots of activity here. We're far enough from town that you don't hear the goings-on at night, but you can hear the ocean. . . . Three bedrooms are in the front. . . . and the master suite is in the rear. It's private. You're not disturbing your guests. . . . The whole house has hardwood floors. There are new sliding doors from the master bedroom to the deck, which leads to the large gazebo. . . . While I worked, my wife and kids lived here all summer. Now that I'm retired, we're here most of the time. . . . We have new plantation shutters. My wife maintains an English garden. There's always lots to do . . . basketball, tennis, yoga, a movie theater. There are two churches and a synagogue within walking distance. If you're a busy businessman or businesswoman and need to unwind and don't have a helicopter to go the Hamptons, this is for you. Leave Penn Station and head to the Bay Shore train station, then a $7 cab ride to the ferry and you're here."

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