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Why you should buy our house in Massapequa

John and Kathy Healy at their home at

John and Kathy Healy at their home at 2 Seneca Place in Massapequa. (Aug. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Sellers: John and Kathy Healy

Address: 2 Seneca Place, Massapequa

Asking price: $825,000

The competition: Waterfront homes with four bedrooms in the Massapequa school district are priced between $475,000 and $1,699,000.

Recent sale on the block: A four-bedroom canal-front Victorian on Alhambra Road sold in April for $905,000.

Taxes: $16,306

Time on the market: Since May

Listing agent: Lynn Karp, RE/MAX Innovations, Wantagh, 516-659-2291

Why it's for sale: "We've been here 19 years and decided it's time for a change," says John, 54, who is retired from Wall Street. He and his wife, Kathy, also 54, have two grown children.

Renovated inside and out, this eight-room house -- described as a cape and Colonial mix -- is set on a dead-end street on a 106-by-90-foot parcel with a floating dock and 106 feet of bulkhead. Every room has a water view, John says.

As the Healys made enhancements to their 80-year-old home, they were mindful of its age. They added period-appropriate appointments, such as crown and decorative moldings, a tin ceiling and French doors.

Other features include wood floors, a marble gas fireplace and a spiral staircase to the finished attic, as well as four bedrooms and three baths. A deck wraps from the side to the front of the house. John chats about the house and a second deck:

"We have a small deck off the main bedroom. That's where I take my coffee .  . in the morning. I crank out the awning and gaze down the river -- it's very peaceful . . . It's a warm and charming home."

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