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Why you should buy their house in Centerport

Centerport, NY: Sunday, November 13, 2011--- The La

Centerport, NY: Sunday, November 13, 2011--- The La Spisa Family, Joe, Therese and son Joseph,6, and Elena, 4 in their dining room at 12 Stony Hollow Road. Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

Sellers. Joe and Therese LaSpisa

Address. 12 Stony Hollow Rd., Centerport

Asking price. $565,000

The competition. Similar-sized homes in the Harborfields school district are priced between $399,000 and $829,000.

Sale on the block. A four-bedroom farm ranch sold in January for $730,000.

Taxes. $8,347

Time on the market. Since the end of September

Listing agen.t Elizabeth Alessio, Coach Realtors, Huntington, 631-427-1200.

Why it’s for sale. The couple is in the market for a mother-daughter residence to accommodate extended family. Joe, 48, and Therese, 41, who are both in medical device sales, have two children, Joseph, 6, and Elena, 4.

“Character” is what Joe and Therese look for in a home. And that’s exactly what they found when they first spotted this eight-room Colonial in 2003. “We bought it for the charm,” says Therese, citing details such as molding, bead board, a stained-glass window and rounded entranceways. And though the house was in move-in condition when they purchased it, the LaSpisas added their thumbprint by renovating the kitchen and two bathrooms. They also finished the attic, which has a loft ceiling. Other features include a sunroom, three bedrooms and a finished basement. Therese says they also like the location. “We’re close to the water, Northport Village, Huntington and Greenlawn,” she says. Twin Ponds at Betty Allen Nature Preserve is across the street. The .12-acre parcel is landscaped with perennial gardens, Therese explains:

“It’s a cute Colonial with a white picket fence . . . It’s a warm house with great energy and just a great history . . . It was built in 1903 . . . It’s solid and well insulated. It stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.”

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