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Why you should buy my house: A ranch in Massapequa

Peggy and George Gates relax in a room

Peggy and George Gates relax in a room near back of home. Credit: Newsday/Photo By Patrick E. McCarthy

Sellers: Peggy and George Gates

Address: 83 Bay Dr., Massapequa

Asking price: $599,000

The competition: Similar houses in the Massapequa school district are listed between $369,000 and $849,000.

Recent sale in the area: A farm ranch sold in October for $650,000.

Taxes: $11,884

Time on the market: Since March

Listing agents: Jay and Marty Nociforo, Exit Realty Premier, Massapequa Park, 516-799-5074

Why it's for sale: Retired pension specialist George, 70, and insurance agent Peggy, 64, would like to retire to Florida.

Peggy, who grew up in Amityville and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, says she always wanted to live in Old Harbor Green. She was enchanted by the community's charming tree-lined streets. Peggy has resided in this seven-room farm ranch with George since 1985. Built in 1935 on a 100-by-100-foot lot, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is one of the original Harmon Homes. Peggy talks about her house:

"It has a Dutch gabled roof and Old World style with hand-hewn beamed ceilings. It has built-in horizontal design woodwork throughout the living and dining rooms, a slate fireplace, large bay windows and hardwood floors. . . . It has a formal dining room, a sunny kitchen with Spanish tile floors and a cozy den with a skylight and large windows."

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