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Why you should buy my house: Islip farm-ranch

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The five-bedroom house is "steps from the water'' and has deeded docking rights. It's listed for $674,990 in February 2017. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Sellers: Kate and Eddie Weglarz

Address: 471 Smith Ave., Islip

Asking price: $674,990

The basics: A five-bedroom, three-bath farm ranch on a 0.64-acre lot

The competition: Another five-bedroom home that backs up to the Seatuck Nature Preserve is listed for $849,000.

Recent sale in the area: The nearest recent sale is a five-bedroom home on Cedar Avenue that sold Aug. 23 for $660,000.

Taxes: $16,764 ($15,590 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since October

Listing agent: Kate Weglarz is a real estate agent and is handling her own listing. She can be reached at 631-767-4374.

Why it’s for sale: Kate, 50, and Eddie, 55, a retired government worker, say they’re downsizing.

The Weglarzes’ 3,000-square-foot home has a “Brady Bunch”-esque background, as Kate explains:

“We did a complete renovation five years ago and added 600 square feet for a massive master bedroom and bath, including a five-foot shower. We also added a second-story bonus room and updated the existing bathrooms and our kitchen.

"We’re in the Bayberry Association and have deeded docking rights at the end of our street. We’re steps from the water. We’re also walking distance to the library and Main Street. It’s a great location for anyone who likes boating or any outdoor activity.

"We back up to the Seatuck Preserve. . . . It’s a great house for entertaining, with a nice open flow. I can be cooking in the kitchen and still interact with our guests. We host an annual Memorial Day barbecue, and last year we had 90 guests.

"A nice brick patio overlooks a massive backyard with a firepit. It’s the perfect yard for an in-ground pool. I’m an avid gardener, and the house was featured in the historical society’s garden walk last year. It’s a great neighborhood.

"I used to live up the block. When I remarried, we needed a house that would accommodate five daughters. We loved the community and wanted to stay in the area, so this was the house for us.”

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