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Why you should buy their house in East Islip

Mark Petzolt and Sydell Marks in what they

Mark Petzolt and Sydell Marks in what they say is their favorite room, the kitchen, on July 7, 2014. The house is on the market in July 2014 for $549,999. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Seller: Mark Petzolt

Address: 118 Shinnecock Lane, East Islip

Asking price: $549,999

The basics: A four-bedroom, three-bath farm ranch on a .46-acre lot furnished with a whole-house propane generator

The competition: A four-bedroom, three-bath Colonial on Menasha Lane is listed for $559,000.

Recent sale in the area: A four-bedroom ranch on Menasha Lane sold May 1 for $410,000.

Taxes: $14,032

Time on the market: On and off since last July

Listing agent: Kathleen Battaglia, Coldwell Banker Residential, Huntington, 631-673-6800

Why it’s for sale: Petzolt, 66, a retired LIRR supervisor, and his wife, Sydell Marks, 66, a retired teacher, are downsizing and say they want to move to a condo.

There’s a stately wrought-iron fence and hedge in front of this Adirondack-style farm ranch on a .46-acre lot. Petzolt says:

“We love the kitchen the best. We have wood floors, lots of granite counter space. . . . There’s a Viking six-burner stove. . . . Because the kitchen is so big, we have two sinks, one near the stove and one near the refrigerator and dishwasher. We have a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. . . . Guests congregate in the kitchen and the living room. The living room is immense . . . 25-by-30 feet with a cathedral ceiling. . . . The master bedroom and baths are on the first floor. And there’s a fireplace in there, too. . . . We have central vacuuming and central air-conditioning. . . . We have a four-car garage . . . two behind two. . . . We keep three cars there, and there’s room for a workshop. . . . The asphalt driveway . . . with cobblestone edging is new. . . . We are on a quiet, dead-end street. All the neighbors chip in, and we put American flags on all the light posts.”

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