Seller: Wes Merritt
Address: 2 Vinton St., Long Beach
Asking price: $829,000
The basics: A four-bedroom, 2 1⁄2 -bath Colonial on a 40-by-60-foot canal-front lot
The competition: A similar-size waterfront home on Curley Street is listed for $849,000.
Recent sale in the area: The nearest recent sale is a four-bedroom, three-bath Contemporary that sold Dec. 27 for $750,000.
Taxes: $17,290 ($16,460 with STAR exemption)
Time on the market: Since Feb. 26
Listing agent: Bette Richman, Topper Realty, Long Beach, 516-902-3770
Why it’s for sale: Merritt, 44, a self-employed insurance broker, says he looking to make a change and will be moving out east.
Because Merritt’s 2,700-square-foot home is on a slab with elevation, the nine inches of water in the house from superstorm Sandy affected only Sheetrock, carpeting and kitchen cabinets. His furnace, water heater and electrical service were OK. Merritt says:
“The great features of this home are the large living area, the open layout and, of course, the waterfront aspect.
"I’m on a corner property, so the backyard is very private. You don’t feel as though anyone’s on top of you. Because it’s at the head of the canal, you don’t have a lot of boat traffic. I keep my 22-foot boat at my dock.
"Summer here is all about being on the water. The floating dock and ramps are new, and the kitchen cabinetry, granite counters and stainless steel appliances are new. . . . The gas fireplace in the living room kept the house warm after Sandy.
"All the bedrooms are on the second floor. I’ve had New Year’s Eve parties and birthday parties in the summer for 25 to 30 people. And parking’s never been a problem.
"I’ll definitely miss living here. I’ve been in Long Beach for 19 years. It’s a great place to live. There are great restaurants, always something going on and, of course, the fabulous beaches.”