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Why You Should Buy My House: Setauket

Kent and Jan Smith in the living room

Kent and Jan Smith in the living room of their home in Setauket. (June 25, 2013) Credit: Daniel Brennan

Sellers Kent and Jan Smith

Address 5 Robert Townsend Dr., Setauket

Asking price $525,000

The competition A Colonial on the same street is listed for $639,000.

Recent sale in the area A Colonial on Three Village Lane sold in early May for $485,000.

Taxes $13,957

Time on the market Since mid-May

Listing agent Lauren Blackburn, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Setauket, 631-921-8628

Why it’s for sale Jan, 60, is director of children’s ministries at Three Village Church, and Kent, 59, is a business development manager for a Canadian company. They are planning to relocate to Delaware.

The Smiths bought their five-bedroom, 3 ½-bathroom Colonial 23 years ago. It is on a third of an acre and has about 2,275 square feet of living space. The home has an attached two-car garage. Jan talks about her home:

“We moved here because we knew the Three Village School District was good and it’s north of 25A. It’s a very quiet neighborhood and there are lots of trees so it’s shaded. It’s close to West Meadow Beach ... the library, the ponds, the schools, the train station and Stony Brook University. We love to go to Port Jeff Village ... We raised our two, now-adult children here. There’s plenty of space to entertain and a cozy living room with a beamed ceiling and a fireplace. We renovated the kitchen, and all the bathrooms, and there are hardwood floors throughout ... The windows are high-performance Marvin ... We have an elevated deck out back and there’s always a breeze. We spend a lot of time there in the summer. The backyard is fenced in and good for anyone with pets ... The fifth bedroom is downstairs in our finished basement and could be a bedroom or an office. The finished basement is fully carpeted and there are several full-size windows and a walkout door. You don’t feel like you’re in a basement down there ... We actually love it here. It’ll be a bittersweet move.”

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