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Why you should buy my house: Colonial in Miller Place

Debbie and Fred Paparelli's home design was inspired

Debbie and Fred Paparelli's home design was inspired by art and antiques. It is on the market in February 2016 for $729,900. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Sellers: Fred and Debbie Paparelli

Address: 2 Griffen Ct., Miller Place

Asking price: $729,900

The basics: Five-bedroom, 4½-bath Colonial on 1.08 acres

The competition: A five-bedroom, 2½-bath Postmodern on Azalea Court is listed for $789,990.

Recent sale in the area: The closest recent sale was a two-bedroom, two-bath ranch on Cedar Drive, which sold Nov. 9 for $259,900.

Taxes: $22,438 ($21,251 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since June

Listing agent: Lynn Anne Berbenick, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, East Setauket, 631-476-6261

Why it’s for sale: Fred, 54, an air traffic controller and real estate appraiser, and Debbie, 54, a hairdresser and artist, say they’ll be moving to something smaller and plan to travel extensively.

Fred collected design ideas for years as an appraiser. In 2001, he and his wife bought and cleared property and built this 3,769-square-foot house themselves, employing the clever ideas he collected. Fred explains:

“We tried to duplicate a 19th century Southern Colonial with an open porch and doghouse dormers. I’ve seen thousands of houses, and Debbie is an artist. We combined talents and came up with this work of art. It has the charm of an older home, but with an open floor plan and amenities of a new home. . . .

"We sprinkled architectural antiques around. The interior doors are 100-year-old mahogany with glass and brass knobs from a 1905 Bridgeport boardinghouse. Our floors are wide plank southern yellow heart pine. There’s a 1915 cast iron claw foot tub in the master bath. And little things like outlets. They were in the base molding, which is where all of ours are. The huge eat-in kitchen ceiling is tongue and groove knotty pine. . . .

"The property is unique. We’re the only house on a cul-de-sac, and we’re surrounded by a preserve. In the summer, the backyard is enveloped by trees. It’s serenely quiet and private, but you can hear the Sound.”

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