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This house on Unqua Place in Amityville sits

This house on Unqua Place in Amityville sits high and has great views, says Dot Libby who owns the home with her husband, Ralph. It is on the market in April 2015 for $439,990. Credit: Ivy Neal

Sellers: Dot and Ralph Libby

Address: 17 Unqua Place, Amityville

Asking price: $439,990

The basics: A two-bedroom Colonial with a bathroom and a half bath on a 50-by-181-foot waterfront lot

The competition: A three-bedroom, three-bath waterfront ranch on Lebrun Avenue is listed for $399,990.

Recent sale in the area: A non-waterfront three-bedroom, three-bath Cape sold Feb. 20 for $335,000.

Taxes: $10,011 ($8,876 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since August

Listing agent: Carol Lynch, RE/MAX Signature Real Estate, Babylon, 631-275-0439

Why it's for sale: Dot, 58, who works in the Town of Babylon purchasing department, and Ralph, 64, who is retired from the IT industry, say they want to move back to Manorville to be closer to family.

The Libbys' home is on high property and sustained hardly any damage during superstorm Sandy, Dot says, adding:

"There are water views from every room. . . . The house is raised. The first floor is 10 feet, 2 inches above flood plain, and the only Sandy damage was in the basement. . . .

"All the windows are Andersen tilt-ins. We've updated everything. We took down plaster walls, re-insulated and put up Sheetrock. We redid both bathrooms, although in one bathroom we kept the vanity because it's an antique dresser turned into a vanity . . . beautiful. . . .

"We have an open floor plan . . . an eating area looks out over the bay. From the third floor, you see Fire Island and Jones Beach. It's just an awesome view. That's what sucked me into the place. . . . Everywhere you look, it's windows and water. . . .

"We turned two bedrooms into one giant master bedroom with French doors. . . . There's a little bedroom we call the office. You walk through it to get to the third floor, which is the guest room and additional storage. It has four giant skylights and a window facing the bay. . . .

"We had the bulkhead done seven years ago. . . . We have a two-car garage with a huge loft above it. Previous owners used to play card games up there. . . . We use it for storage."


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