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Why You Should Buy Their House: East Quogue

EAST QUOGUE - May 6, 2011: Susan Kinscherf,

EAST QUOGUE - May 6, 2011: Susan Kinscherf, homeowner, in the great room. For Real Estate column, "Why You Should Buy My House." Susan Kinscherf, homeowner, is going to downsize and loves her gardens. She has a view of the gardens from the great room. Photo Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

Seller Susan Kinscherf

Address 15 Pine Tree Lane, East Quogue

Asking price $599,000

The competition Similar sized homes are listed between $429,000 and $1.5 million.

Recent sale in the area Though not comparable, a four-bedroom split-ranch on Linden Court sold in January for $490,000.

Taxes $6,288.

Time on the market On and off the market since July

Listing agent Jude Lyons, Fourth Neck Realty, East Quogue, 917-921-0597

Why it’s for sale Susan, 65, a retired schoolteacher, plans to downsize into an adult condo community in the area.

Susan vividly recalls the first time she laid eyes on this nine-room ranch almost 11 years ago. “I remember that day seeing the great room thinking, Isn’t this beautiful?” It has oversized windows overlooking the garden, which made another impact on Susan. The landscape design includes slate walking paths meandering through lush plantings. Plus there’s a pond with a walking bridge, a built-in pool and a red barn storage shed. “It reminded me of when my dad took me to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden,” Susan says. The layout of the house offers a nice flow for entertaining. Features include wood floors, arched entranceways and two fireplaces. There are three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Amenities include a basement with a cedar closet, five-zone heating, new windows, a new roof, in-ground sprinklers and a one-car attached garage. Susan chats some more about the half-acre property:

“My garden is like the Garden of Eden ... I have a rare Franklinia tree, named after Ben Franklin, a beechnut tree and gorgeous huge rhodies with big pink blooms and Hydrangeas. In June, the Azaleas will come to life ... There are furs and arborvitaes. Hinoki Cypress make a beautiful hedge and stay green ... The garden looks great year round — it’s an oasis and it doesn’t take a lot of upkeep ... The house is in move-in condition and wonderful for entertaining ... Everyone loves coming to my garden parties.”

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