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Why you should buy their house in East Islip

Donna Gross in the kitchen of her house

Donna Gross in the kitchen of her house in East Islip on July 19, 2016. Credit: Ed Betz

Sellers: Donna and Glen Gross

Address: 126 Bayview Ave., East Islip

Asking price: $689,000

The basics: A three-bedroom, three-bath two-story home on 1.4 acres

The competition: A four-bedroom, 3½-bath Colonial on a 0.68-acre lot on Quail Run is listed for $679,000.

Recent sale in the area: A Contemporary on nearby Deer Run sold March 17 for $792,500.

Taxes: $16,198 (with STAR $15,021)

Time on the market: Since May 13, 2016

Listing agent: Susan Simmons, Coach Realtors, East Islip, 631-338-1936

Why it’s for sale: Donna, 59, a high school guidance director, and Glen, 60, who is retired from Atlantic Aviation, where he was vice president, say they’re relocating to California to be closer to family.

The Grosses’ 2,500-square-foot home suggests leisure living in the Adirondacks. Donna shares:

“Seven years ago, we made this a home we would love going on vacation to. First, we did energy-efficient improvements with new insulation and plumbing and wiring. We changed the HVAC to gas, including the grill and fire pit.

"We added a two-tiered deck the width of the house with four sitting areas, a hot tub and an outdoor shower. We wanted to come home to an “ahhh” master bedroom and made it spalike. The shower has two heads. There’s a dual fireplace in the bathroom and bedroom. We redid the bathrooms and kitchen and used the highest energy-rated appliances.

"There’s a box window over the kitchen sink for growing herbs year-round. We entertain a lot, and our families are big, but there’s lots of room indoors and out. We took down a wall and made a great room for better flow. . . .

"We’re next to the 200-plus-acre South Shore Nature Preserve. It’s great for hiking and cross-country skiing. We take our bikes to Heckscher State Park every other day and pedal the rim, a 9-mile ride.”

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