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Why you should buy their house in Garden City

Dick and Karen Silver in the house

Dick and Karen Silver in the house they hope to sell in Garden City. (Oct. 18, 2012) Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Sellers. Dick and Karen Silver

Address. 127 Arthur St., Garden City

Asking price. $797,000

The competition. A four-bedroom, 4.5-bath Colonial on Huntington Road is on the market for $1,599,000.

Recent sale in the area. A three-bedroom, 1.5-bath Tudor on Lefferts Road sold for $830,000 in late  August.

Taxes. $19,107

Time on the market. Since January

Listing agent. Ryan Donnelly, The Donnelly Group, Garden City, 516-741-4333

Why it’s for sale. Dick, 57, a retired insurance company executive and his wife, Karen, 61,  a homemaker, have bought a larger home in Garden City that has enough space to create separate living space for their handicapped daughter, Alison, 25, and her caregiver.

The Silvers’ 1951 farm ranch is on a 75-by-125-foot midblock lot and has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a finished basement and central air conditioning. Dick Silver says this about the house:

“It’s a spacious and gorgeous home that is truly barrier free . . . We have an accessible home with an open floor plan, two first-floor master suites, one with a fully accessible bathroom and roll-in shower . . . We have architecturally integrated ramps from sidewalks into the house with no barriers. We have wide doorways, flush saddles in wood floors and an eat-in kitchen that allows the wheelchair to go under the table . . . We’ve lived there since 1994 and did all the improvements for two reasons -- to make it more accessible and to improve the home . . . We turned a screened-in porch into a year-round family room and created an entrance by converting a double window into a wide entryway. We widened doorways.”

Karen Silver joins in: “The kitchen and all three bathrooms were renovated . . . and the second floor was renovated six years ago. It was a gut renovation . . . We have two very large rooms and a bathroom up there. One room has a built-in 12-foot-long desk with shelves above (attached to the wall). The house was re-sided in 2007 . . . and we added central air conditioning five years ago . . . We have a very private, nicely landscaped backyard with a brick patio and motorized awning that's off the family room . . . ”

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