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Why you should buy my Island Park split-level

Elena Petrone and her mother Anna at the

Elena Petrone and her mother Anna at the home in Island Park on Dec. 30, 3014. It is on the market in January 2015 for $419,000. Credit: Barbara Alper

Sellers: Elena and Anna Petrone

Address: 154 Vanderbilt Ave., Island Park

Asking price: $419,000

The basics: A three-bedroom, 2½-bath split on a 60x100 lot

The competition: A three-bedroom, two-bath contemporary on Pennsylvania Avenue is listed for $459,000

Recent sale in the area: A Tudor-style house across the street sold Sept. 5 for $290,000.

Taxes: $8,690

Time on the market: Since July

Listing agent: Michael McDonald, Century 21 Scully Realty, Island Park, 516-889-7110

Why it's for sale: Anna, 93, will be moving in with her daughter Elena in West Islip.

Elena, 55, and her mom jointly own the 1959 house on Barnum Island, where Elena grew up. Elena talks about the house:

"It has an open floor plan and combines the living room, dining room, kitchen and outdoor deck. There are sliding glass doors off the kitchen and the dining room. There are only three steps to the bedroom level and a nice wide hallway. The bedrooms are all a nice size. . . . There's a family room . . . a full basement, which is great for storage, and there's also a full attic. . . . The first floor was damaged by Sandy so that's all new -- a new bathroom, laundry room and den. . . . We have an all-new driveway, walkway, stoop and railing in both the front and back. There's a 24-foot above-ground pool with a deck. We have a park with tennis courts down the street, Shell Creek Park. There's also a baseball field and basketball courts plus a fishing pier. . . . The LIRR station is a five-minute walk, and the trip to the city is about 45 minutes."

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