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Why you should buy their house in Old Bethpage

Caroline and Richard Bock inside the kitchen of

Caroline and Richard Bock inside the kitchen of their home in Old Bethpage. It is on the market for $624,000. (March 9, 2013) Credit: Steve Pfost

Sellers.  Richard and Caroline Bock

Address. 42 Beatrice Lane, Old Bethpage

Asking price. $624,000

The competition. Homes with five bedrooms and three baths in Old Bethpage are priced between $459,999 and $899,000.

Recent sale in the area. A four-bedroom, three-bath high-ranch on Rottkamp Place, listed for $629,000, went into contract last month.

Taxes. $16,783

Time on the market. Since mid-October

Listing agent. Leslye Stern, Lynda Baker Realty Corp., 516-655-0389

Why it’s for sale. Richard, who works for a federal agency, is being relocated. Carol, a career changer, is now an author working on her second novel. The first, called “LIE,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2011. The couple, who both recently turned 50, have two children, Michael, 13, and Sara 7.

The Bocks moved into this nine-room high-ranch about 13 years ago. They have enjoyed the area as much as the house. One attraction to Old Bethpage, says Caroline, was the Plainview-Old Bethpage Kindergarten Center, which has an all-day program. “It’s a great start to an education,” Caroline says.

Trail View State Park’s paved bike trails run behind the house, though they’re not visible from the yard and access to the trails is about three blocks away. The property is 86-by-116 feet and has an in-ground pool.

There are five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and amenities including central air-conditioning, in-ground sprinklers and a two-car garage. Caroline chats some more about the house and the neighborhood:

“We expanded and updated the kitchen. My one indulgence was putting in an Italian marble backsplash. ... It’s a nice and airy sunny kitchen with big picture windows overlooking a beautiful backyard. It’s wooded and private. ... The dining room has a picture window, too -- it’s very light-filled. . . . I enjoy that we have four bedrooms upstairs and a fifth downstairs that I use as my office. In the past, we used it as a guest room and a nanny’s room.  . . . The lower level is spacious with a custom wet bar and a fireplace. . . . We live on a great family block. It’s the type of neighborhood where kids go outside and play ball together. It’s been great for my son."

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