Why you should buy my house: A Bellport ranch
Sellers: Kate and Frank Furia
Address: 1 Wigtel Lane, Bellport
Asking price: $529,000
The basics: A four-bedroom, two-bath ranch on a 132-by-75-foot lot
The competition: A four-bedroom home on Colonial Lane is listed for $499,000.
Recent sale in the area: A smaller ranch on Wigtel Lane sold June 30 for $475,000
Taxes: $12,388 ($11,342 with STAR exemption; both include village taxes)
Time on the market: Since January
Listing agent: Barbara Leogrande, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Sayville, 631-553-8599
Why it’s for sale: Kate, 53, who works in special education, and Frank, 59, a corporate executive chef, say they’re relocating for Frank’s new job opportunity.
The Furias made major changes to what is now a 2,089-square-foot home with soaring ceilings and surprising verve. Kate shares:
“From the outside, you’d never know how big it is. In 2005, we added a chef’s kitchen with a sitting room and a one-car attached garage. On the south side, we added a den, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The ceilings are very high in the extensions.
"With a large family, we can seat over 30 people for dinner comfortably. It’s equally cozy, too, because in the center of the house is a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by concrete walls and radiant heat flooring, which is throughout the house.
"It’s a quiet and peaceful home. People say there’s a great aura here. The neighborhood is outstanding. We jokingly say we’re in the theater district because the Bellport Playhouse is nearby, and they’re great neighbors. We walk into the village regularly.
"There’s only seven houses on our block, and it ends at the water. Our street is very narrow and looks like a driveway. It’s cute and private. I don’t think there’s a community of friends anywhere that are as big and close as we are. We’ve been friends for more than 20 years. You don’t find that in every community. The people and the village are very close-knit.”