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Why You Should Buy Their House: Amityville

Marianne and Richard Dee are joined by their

Marianne and Richard Dee are joined by their dog Liberty in their back yard. Behind them is the covered deck of their Lebrun Avenue house. The Dee's, who are moving to Florida, did a total renovation, which included adding a second story and bumping out the front. (June 15, 2011) Credit: Charles Eckert

Sellers Richard and Marianne Dee

Address 24 LeBrun Ave., Amityville

Asking price $689,000

The competition Waterfront homes in the Amityville school district are listed between $249,990 and $1,295,000.

Recent sale in the area In April, a three-bedroom Colonial sold for $595,000.

Taxes $10,744; additional village taxes, $3,582

Time on the market Since May

Listing agent Paula Cardozo, Long Island Property Shoppe, Amityville 631-598-0886

Why it’s for sale The Dees are planning a move to Florida. Richard, 68, is a retired information technology director. Marianne, 53, is a human resources consultant.

When the Dees purchased this house 21 years ago, it was a two-bedroom ranch. Today, it’s a two-story eight-room traditional-style home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The transformation occurred in 2006 with a complete renovation that included the addition of a second floor. It contains a laundry room and two bedrooms, including the master suite, which is outfitted with two California closets (one is a walk-in) and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi, stall shower and a dressing/make-up area. “The front of the house was bumped out to give it a nice gable,” says Richard. The front room has 12-foot ceilings and a bay window. “I call it Saint Richard’s Cathedral,” Richard muses. Other highlights include an updated eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, new high-end stainless steel appliances and customized storage space. “This house is made for entertaining,” says Marianne, noting the family room has a bar and accesses the barrel roof covered deck, which leads to a dock side deck and the boat. Richard talks some more about the renovation and boating:

“I went top shelf with everything. Outside, we have a 40-year architectural roof and Alside siding. It looks like cedar shake, but it’s vinyl and I put it all around the house ... It matches the garage. I have a full vinyl shed from my boating equipment ... If you are someone who understands what it’s like living on the water, I refaced the bulk head ... We live at the end of the canal, which means we’re protected from the wind and don’t have to deal with boat traffic. We are in the middle of two inlets — Jones Beach and Fire Island. If you like to fish in the ocean, it’s great.”

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