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Why You Should Buy Their House: Bayport

Ken and Penny Hodge of Bayport stand in

Ken and Penny Hodge of Bayport stand in their home's "bottle house," which was built with 3,000 bottles during Prohibition. Today it serves as a year-round spa with a hot tub. (Aug. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Sellers Ken and Penny Hodge

Address 34 Bay Ave., Bayport

Asking price $599,999

The competition Similar size homes in the Bayport-Blue Point school district are listed between $419,000 and $895,000.

Recent sale in the area In May, a seven-bedroom antique-style house on Middle Road sold for $895,000.

Taxes $11,919

Time on the market Since January

Listing agent Judy Schill, John V. Potter Inc., East Islip, 631-581-2800

Why it’s for sale: The Hodges, who have been married 41 years, are ready to downsize. Penny, 66, a housewife, has lived in the house for 60 years, while Ken, 69, moved in when they married. The couple have two children: John Kenneth (“JK”), 36, and Lisa Smigiel, 48.

Ken, who worked in construction, has put a lot of work into this house, which now has 10 rooms, including five bedrooms. The original 900-square-foot carriage house, built in 1876, had two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room and a small family room. “We added 1,800 square feet up and down,” Ken says. Modern amenities — such as four-zone heating, a central vacuum system, new windows and an updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances — blend with vintage features that include a partial tin ceiling in the kitchen, a built-in bookcase in the living room, wood floors, moldings, wainscoting, gingerbread accents and two staircases. One of two bathrooms is designed with a claw-foot tub and pedestal sink. The property — almost a half-acre — has a patio with an electric awning and a “bottle” house, which was built with 3,000 bottles during Prohibition. Today it serves as a year-round spa with a hot tub. Ken chats more about the house:

“In the family room, we have a walk-in hearth where we put in an airtight stove. It’s against a wall made of Westminster fieldstone. Both the mantel and the ceiling beams came from a Methodist Church ... We had a lot of fun putting things together.”

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