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Why you should buy their Long Beach Colonial

Thomas and Dorothy O'Hare in their Long Beach

Thomas and Dorothy O'Hare in their Long Beach home on Feb. 24, 2015. Asking price for the house is $799,000 in March 2015. Credit: Barbara Alper

Sellers: Dorothy and Thomas O'Hare

Address: 48 Dalton St., Long Beach

Asking price: $799,000

The basics: A three-bedroom, two bathroom and half-bath Colonial on an 80-by-57-foot lot

The competition: A high-ranch on Boyd Street is listed for $699,000.

Recent sale in the area: A three-bedroom, two bathroom and half-bath Colonial on East Walnut Street sold Jan. 23 for $660,000.

Taxes: $12,819

Time on the market: Since Jan. 20

Listing agents: Camille Giardina and Juan Jara, All Star Real Estate Brokers, Oceanside, 516-318-1392

Why it's for sale: Dorothy, 76, who freelances as a book publisher, and Tom, 82, a retired crane operator, say they want to downsize.

The O'Hares have renovated their home twice in eight years -- first when they bought, and then after superstorm Sandy. The utilities and washer and dryer are now on the second floor, and the first-floor outlets and elevator controls have been raised. Dorothy talks about the house:

"The living room, dining room and foyer is a large open area. We have a gourmet kitchen with top appliances. The Wolf range top is a pleasure to work with. And the warming drawer is the best thing I ever did. . . . There are two sinks and three articulated corner cabinets so we don't lose any space. We've entertained up to 50 people with no problem. . . . The bedrooms and office area are upstairs. We have a large master bedroom and huge master bath with a Jacuzzi, a bidet, a skylight and two sinks opposite each another, both with cabinets and mirrors. . . . We have an elevator. . . . The main living room has a wood-burning fireplace with built-in cabinetry on both sides and a granite top. . . . The kitchen and foyer have terra-cotta flooring. The living room and dining room have tile floors that look like hardwood. . . . We have a double driveway, which is key in Long Beach. We can park four cars. It's a beautiful block with a nice wide street."

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