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Why you should buy their house: Northport Colonial

Jill and Fred Kuehn on the front porch

Jill and Fred Kuehn on the front porch of their Northport Colonial. The four-bedroom house is on the market in July 2015 for $719,000. Credit: Ivy Neal

Sellers: Jill and Fred Kuehn

Address: 164 Fox Lane, Northport

Asking price: $719,000

The basics: A four-bedroom, two bathroom with a half-bath Colonial with a one-bedroom, one-bath legal cottage on a .25-acre lot

The competition: A four-bedroom, two bathroom with a half-bath Colonial on Scudder Avenue is listed for $711,000.

Nearest recent sale: A four-bedroom, two-bath home on School Street sold Feb. 25 for $635,000.

Taxes: $10,557 ($9,715 with STAR)

Time on the market: Since April 28

Listing agent: Janet Pushee, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Northport, 631-754-4800

Why it's for sale: Jill, 69, a retired teacher, and Fred, 68, a retired housing and urban development manager, say they want to move to Vermont to be closer to family and then enjoy winters in Florida.

The Kuehns' circa 1830s home has historical significance but modern amenities. The home, the cottage and the garage are each on different levels, all with water views. Jill talks about the property:

"The winter sunsets here are beyond belief. The sky turns purple, pink and orange. And there's a water view from every room. . . .

"We have an eight-foot granite island in the huge kitchen. We've had parties with 40 people in the kitchen. It's the centerpiece of the home. My husband and I are cooks, and we have a Viking stove. The 1901 kitchen sink is 5 feet wide with two compartments. . . .

"There's a fireplace in the den and a big 10-foot-wide brick fireplace in the great room. . . .

"We're totally intrigued with the rich history here. In circa 1830, Barnabas Fox, a sea captain, built the house. The original footprint was small, but it's been extended. The house has hidden closets and charming nooks. . . .

"The Florida room is heated and off the back of the house. Right now, it's a sitting room, but it could be an office or a kid's playroom. . . . Our garage is across the street. Off the back of it, we built a 20-by-10-foot deck where we barbecue and enjoy cocktails and dinner. . . . We rent out the cottage, which has views of Connecticut."


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