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Why you should buy my house: Hauppauge Colonial

John and Tracy Sweeney with their three kids

John and Tracy Sweeney with their three kids -- twins Johnny and Henry, 14, and Bridget 10 on Aug. 18, 2015. The house in Hauppauge is on the market in September 2015. Credit: Ivy Neal

Sellers: John and Tracy Sweeney

Address: 128 John St., Hauppauge

Asking price: $679,000

The basics: A five-bedroom, three-bath Colonial on 1.53 acres

The competition: A similar size Colonial on a .54-acre lot on Adrienne Court is listed for $649,890.

Recent sale in the area: A five-bedroom Colonial with three bathrooms and a half-bath on nearby Baer Court sold May 26 for $790,000.

Taxes: $10,966 ($10,323 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since mid-August

Listing agent: The Sweeneys are selling on their own and can be reached at 631-360-1599.

Why it's for sale: Tracy, 44, a teacher, and John, 52, a retired police officer, say they are buying a mother-daughter house to accommodate a relative.

The Sweeneys and their three children have lived in their 2,800-square-foot since 2003. Tracy talks about her home:

"We have 1.5 acres of property that is private, fenced and beautifully landscaped. The front yard is 100 feet deep and has a circular driveway. . . . We have a two-tiered deck in the back that is the width of the house. It's made of composite material and needs no maintenance. We have everything out there -- a dining set, a few different seating areas and a barbecue. . . . Inside, we have an open concept between the kitchen and the family room where we spend most of our time. All five bedrooms are upstairs but we also have an office on the main floor that could be used as a bedroom. . . . There are hardwood floors throughout the house. We renovated the entire house over our 12 years here. The kitchen and bathrooms were renovated this past year. In the kitchen, we put in new cabinets, a new floor, new granite counters and new appliances. On one side of our finished basement is a playroom and the other side has a TV area where we have game nights regularly. . . . We love the neighborhood. We're within walking distance to the middle school and high school."

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