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Why you should buy their house in Sayville

Debra and Robert Abbate in the living room

Debra and Robert Abbate in the living room of their Maple Street home in Sayville. (Jan. 8, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

Sellers. Debra and Robert Abbate

Address. 76 Maple St., Sayville

Asking price. $649,000

The competition. A waterfront three-bedroom, 2½-bath ranch on Westgate Drive is on the market for $849,900.

Recent sale in the area. A four-bedroom 3½-bath Colonial on Poplar Street sold for $540,000 at the end of October.

Taxes. $11,067

Time on the market. Since May

Listing agent. Linda Ciavarelli, coach Realtors, West Sayville, 631-567-8500

Why it’s for sale. Debra Abbate, 57, is a ballroom dance instructor, and her husband Robert, 58, is the chief financial officer for an environmental construction company. They plan to move upstate to a second home they’ve owned for 25 years.

The Abbates have lived in their four-bedroom, two-bathroom Tudor since 1978 and raised their now-adult two children there. They added a heated 16-by-17-foot four-season room in 1985. A detached two-car garage is also on the .30 acre property Debra chats about her favorite features in the home:

“The home was built in 1928 and designed by a woman . . . She must’ve thought of things not normally found in homes then. There’s a set of built-in drawers in the bedroom. She put in two levels of laundry chutes that go right into the basement . . . and she put in a butler pantry and four (sets of) French doors in the living room . . .

"There’s an [outdoor] balcony off the master bedroom on the second level and because we’re set so far back from the road it’s a wonderful place to sit . . . to bring a cup of coffee or watch fireworks. We enclosed the screened-in porch and knocked down the wall between the porch and the living room. It gave us an open [area].  ...

"The neighborhood is lovely. We are perfectly located, within walking distance to town and the beach. We don’t get the traffic from town, but it’s nearby . . . Sayville is a very spirited community."

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