Sellers: Vincent and Kathleen Taravella
Address; 11 Sycamore Ave., Farmingville
Asking price: $399,000
The basics: A four-bedroom, three bathroom Colonial with a half-bath on a .68-acre lot
The competition: A four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Colonial on Hickory Avenue is listed for $449,900.
Recent sale: A four-bedroom, two bathroom Colonial with a half-bath on Lidge Drive sold July 28 for $442,000.
Time on the market: Since June 4
Listing agent: The home is on MLS but the Taravellas are selling on their own: 631-748-9613..
Why it's for sale: Vince, 61, director of business development for a software company in California, and Kathleen, 59, who is retired from the information technology field, say they are moving to Florida to be with friends and family.
The Taravellas' 2,000-square-foot home was built in 1986. They bought the home in 1998 from the original owner and raised their two sons in it. Vince talks about the house:
"The backyard is surrounded by woods. It's like you're in the country. Most people say, 'Wow, it's not what we expected.' It's very private and quiet, and we're on a dead-end block. The backyard has a deck overlooking a huge wooded lot. There are trees all around us. You can't see your neighbors. . . .
"We split our time between the living room and the den. We're in the den in the winter with a fire going. In the summer, we spend more time in the living room with the four windows and cross ventilation. . . .
'Most of the improvements have been made in the past five years. We added a bathroom and updated the other two bathrooms. We refinished the kitchen cabinets and put in a new floor and new appliances. . . .
"We always had wood floors downstairs and carpet upstairs. We redid the upstairs with oak floors, including the stairway. The staircase is an eyepopper when you walk in. We added crown molding throughout the house."