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Why You Should Buy Their House: Franklin Square

At the home of Rosemarie Franzino in Franklin

At the home of Rosemarie Franzino in Franklin Square were Rosemarie and her husband Gaspare (not in photo) are looking to sell their home because it's just to big for them about, 9,ooo square ft. (November 18, 2010) Photo Credit: Photo by ULI SEIT

Sellers Gaspare and Rosemarie Franzino

Address 922 Catalpa Dr., Franklin Square

Asking price $849,000

The competition The Franzino home is the largest listed in the Valley Stream 13 school district. The second-largest, an 11-room Colonial with five bedrooms and four baths, is listed for $629,000.

Recent sale in the area Last month, a six-room ranch in the Dogwood area sold for $415,000.

Taxes $17,448

Time on the market Since August

For more information Call the Franzinos at 516-724-5661

Why it’s for sale It’s time to downsize from this mother-daughter home. “It’s two beautiful houses in one, but it’s just too big,” says Rosemarie, 56,a homemaker.

About five years ago, Rosemarie and Gaspare, 59, a supervisor for the New York City Housing Authority, added a second floor to this house to create a mother/daughter residence. (The new owners will have to apply for a new permit.) The house, which is on a 179-by-113-foot corner parcel with a seven-car circular driveway, features wood floors, high-hat lighting, central air conditioning and a central intercom system. It also has a finished basement with an outside entrance. The main level boasts a newly renovated kitchen, a living room, a dining room, a den, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also has sliding glass doors to the patio. The second floor residence, where Rosemarie and Gaspare live, features cathedral ceilings with fans, remote-operated skylights and French doors that open to the deck, where there’s an electric awning. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Rosemarie has this to say about the master suite, kitchen and neighborhood:

“The master is tremendous. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub, a shower and a bidet ... The kitchen is loaded. I designed it with an architect. It has a center island, cherrywood cabinets, granite countertops, an Italian imported backsplash, a double wall convection oven, a dishwasher and stainless steel appliances ... We are in the Dogwood section of Franklin Square and are centrally located. We are near everything and the school district is excellent ... I hate to leave.”

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