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Why you should buy their house in East Islip

Larry Raful sits at his piano on June

Larry Raful sits at his piano on June 8, 2016, in the living room of the house he shares with his wife, Dinah, on Meadowfarm Road in East Islip. It is on the market in July 2016 for $599,000. Credit: Heather Walsh

Sellers: Larry and Dinah Raful

Address: 92 Meadowfarm Rd., East Islip

Asking price: $599,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, three-bath historic home on a 0.47-acre lot

The competition: A similar-size home on Brushwood Court is listed for $575,000.

Recent sale in the area: A house on Meadowfarm Road sold May 11 for $616,569.

Taxes: $14,285 ($13,108 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since May 2

Listing agent: Steve Rainone, Netter Real Estate, East Islip, 631-661-5100, ext. 124

Why it’s for sale: Larry, 66, a professor at Touro Law School, and Dinah, 65, an ESL teacher at Suffolk BOCES, say it’s time to downsize.

The Rafuls’ 2,154-square-foot home was built in 1890 and has many historic touches. Larry says:

“It’s a lovely house on beautiful property with lots of trees. It was a cottage that’s been added onto twice. They added two bathrooms, a master bedroom and a bedroom-den.

"We think it started as the caretaker’s house from an estate. We have a really nice kitchen with modern appliances. There’s a dining area in the kitchen plus a formal dining room, which had a large bookcase.

"We hired a craftsman who took out the bookcase and installed beautiful cabinetry with glass doors for our china. We have a very nice, good-size living room with a fireplace. There’s an indoor brick walkway going from the kitchen past the living room to the back addition.

"One of the first-floor bathrooms has a rare square tub and shower. The master bedroom is large with three closets and a full bath. We have a den where we have a desk, a TV and tall triple-wide window.

"There are no nearby homes, and our property is fenced in. It’s very quiet. We put on a new roof and gutters two years ago and had the gravel driveway paved last summer.”

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