Sellers. Nancy and John Gallagher
Address. 12 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
Asking price. $239,000
The competition in the area. Two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-ops in the Rockville Centre school district are listed between $169,900 and $290,000.
Recent sale in the building. In December, a one-bedroom unit sold for $171,000.
Monthly maintenance. $1,273
Time on market. Since September
Why it's for sale: The Gallaghers, both 42, are ready to buy a house with a yard for their daughters Reese, 7, and Tatum, 3, to play in. John is in sales for the food service industry. Nancy is planning to re-enter the workforce.
When the Gallaghers moved in to this third-floor corner apartment in 2005, it was already in great shape, says Nancy. They put their own stamp on it by painting the walls -- mostly in muted colors. They also renovated the kitchen and re-tiled the bathroom.
The five-room unit, including two bedrooms, is among the largest in the building, Nancy says. The building has an elevator, a gym, a bike room and a party room. "It was built in 1929 and has so much cool history," Nancy says.
According to a plaque displayed in the lobby, the building served as a control center during World War II to protect against airstrikes for the Rockville Centre Civil Protection and Defence Unit. Nancy goes on:
"It's a beautiful apartment with a nice layout . . . It's spacious with high ceilings, a new kitchen and lots of charm . . . It has windows in every room on every side, so it's very bright and sunny. That's a big deal to me . . . I love the location. We walk everywhere . . . The building itself is a beautiful Tudor located in the heart of Rockville Centre."