Seller: Bart Erato
Address: 2709 First Place, Baldwin
Asking price: $685,000
The basics: A four-bedroom, 2 1⁄2 -bath splanch on a 0.27-acre lot
The competition: A waterfront four-bedroom, 2 1⁄2 -bath Colonial without a pool on Parkway Drive is listed for $499,000.
Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom, 1 1⁄2 -bath Colonial on Arlington Avenue sold for $375,000 on Nov. 7
Taxes: $10,843 ($9,345 with STAR)
Time on the market: On and off since 2009
Listing agent: Cathy Vingelli, Hal Knopf Realty, Oceanside, 516-263-4652
Why it’s for sale: Bart, 80, a retired pharmacist, says he wants to downsize to a one-story home in a warmer climate.
“I have a 16-by-32 heated in-ground pool and 60 feet of waterfront. The area around the pool and hot tub is pavered. It’s perfect for entertaining.
"A boardwalk along the bulkhead is the width of the property. It’s a deepwater dock. I used to dock my 35-foot yacht there and could come and go at low tide.
"There’s electric and water at the dock and lantern lights, footlights, and outdoor speakers throughout the backyard. The gazebo looks like a carousel when lit . . .
"The first floor has a formal dining room and a large eat-in kitchen that was renovated four years ago along with the main-floor bathroom. The den has a wood-burning fireplace, a bar and sliders to the backyard.
"There’s another fireplace in the living room with ceiling-to-floor brick and a vaulted ceiling. The house is on a concrete slab but, like most splanches, half the basement is below ground and the other half is above.
"The bedrooms are upstairs. The master suite has a bathroom, a walk-in closet plus a mirrored closet. I’ve done tons of entertaining here. Since it’s on a dead-end, there’s parking for everyone. The neighborhood is great; everyone takes care of their property . . . It’s very multicultural, and everybody loves one another.”