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Why you should buy their house in Cold Spring Harbor

Katherine and Marc Dattoma with their daughter, Kayla,

Katherine and Marc Dattoma with their daughter, Kayla, inside of their Cold Spring Harbor home at 5 Grove St. It is on the market in August 2014 for $869,000. Credit: Johnny Milano

Sellers: Katherine and Marc Dattoma

Address: 35 Grove St., Cold Spring Harbor

Asking price: $869,000

The basics: A three-bedroom, three-bath expanded cape on a 0.17-acre lot.

The competition: A three-bedroom, two-bath Colonial on Main Street is listed for $729,000.

Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on Grove Street sold May 12, 2014, for $935,000.

Taxes: $9,043

Time on the market: Since May 27, 2014.

Listing agent: The Dattomas are selling on their own and can be reached at 631-367-3540.

Why it’s for sale: Katherine, 58, and Marc, 66, a real estate appraiser, say they want to transition to retirement and move to a small farm near family in Virginia. Their expanded Cape is deceiving from the street. What looks like a cozy cottage actually is a nearly 2,000-square-foot home. Katherine says:

“There are so many things I love about this home. We’ve expanded and updated quite a bit . . . We took a small cottage and . . . retained the charm and, I think, improved it and made it into a . . . comfortable family home. We added the front porch and a master-bedroom suite over the family room. We replaced all the windows with Anderson tilt-ins. We really improved the flow for entertaining . . . . We’ve done a lot of landscaping, too . . . perennials and a blueberry bush and brick paths. . . . I love the community. . . . It’s such a wonderful location. The school district is tops. It’s a dead-end street, so there’s not a lot of traffic. . . . The community has a private beach and a fabulous new library. . . . The house is much roomier than it appears. It looks like a cottage from the front, but it’s surprisingly roomy once you get inside.”

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