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Why you should buy their home in Babylon

John Melillo in an office at his home

John Melillo in an office at his home in Babylon. Melillo and his wife, Patricia, say they want to downsize but plan to stay on Long Island. (Nov. 13, 2013) Credit: Ed Betz

Sellers. John and Patricia Melillo

Address. 18 Salt Meadow Rd., Babylon

Asking price. $995,000

The basics. Three-bedroom, 3½-bathroom waterfront condo

The competition. Another unit in the complex is listed for $949,000.

Recent sale in the area. A similar model in the complex sold Aug. 29 for $719,100.

Taxes. $17,892, plus $420 monthly common charges

Time on the market. Since August

Listing agent. Jim Netter, Netter Real Estate, West Islip, 631-661-5100

Why it's for sale. John, 66, who is vice president of marketing at Safeguard Bradley Marketing Group in Hauppauge, and his wife, Patricia, also 66, say they want to downsize but plan to stay on Long Island.

The Melillos' condo, the Bridgeview model, was built in 2004 and is perched on the shore of Babylon Cove, facing a southeasterly direction. Everything about this condo is water-centric while the decor and style whisper "Hollywood." John talks about the property:

"Without hesitation, I have the best condominium on Long Island .?.?. My wife and I looked all over Long Island for a place on the water -- Greenport, Montauk, Rocky Point, Port Washington .?.?.

"When I saw an ad that five units were being added (to the Bridgeview at Babylon Cove condo complex), I gave the guy my credit card over the phone .?.?. It's a walk to the village .?.?. where there's restaurants, nightlife and shops and a 1.3-mile walk to the train station or two minutes by car .?.?.

"We're in a prime spot .?.?. I've never seen sunrises like the ones here .?.?. and I'm a world traveler .?.?. You're on vacation here .?.?. We have a deeded 40-foot boat slip attached to the property .?.?. There's a marina here and you can watch everyone come and go in their boats .?.?.

"You're seeing people and everyone you see is happy. You're on vacation! .?.?. We customized many features that no other unit has. In one room, we have custom built-in furniture for storage .?.?. We changed all the flooring to maple. We put an elevator in .?.?. We had no damage from Sandy .?.?. I brought in a professional engineer to certify that there was no storm damage.

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