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Why you should buy their house in South Jamesport

Mary and Ken Aldrich stand in the sitting

Mary and Ken Aldrich stand in the sitting room of their South Jamesport home. The house at 154 South Jamesport Ave. in a historic district is on the market for $539,000. (Sept. 7, 2012) Credit: Randee Daddona

Sellers. Ken and Mary Aldrich

Address. 154 S. Jamesport Ave., South Jamesport

Asking price. $539,000

The competition. A four-bedroom, 2.5-bath, two-story home on nearby Sixth Street is on the market for $595,000.

Recent sale in the area. A four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on Lovers Lane sold in May for $555,000.

Taxes. $8,258

Time on the market. Since late April

Listing agent. Eileen Tonsmeire and Patricia Cosmadelis, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, Southold, 631-765-6656

Why it's for sale. Ken, 66, an assistant superintendent in the Seaford School District, and Mary, 64, a retired social worker, are moving closer to family in Southern Maine.

The Aldriches bought their three-bedroom, two-bath home in 2004. The Colonial was built in 1873 and is in the historic district of South Jamesport on a plump half-acre. The sight of the Aldriches sitting in two brightly colored Adirondack chairs on the front lawn is a common one for those in the neighborhood. Ken chats about his home’s appeal:

“The home has the right blend of nostalgic old house and modern conveniences. Every owner of the home has lovingly maintained and improved it, and in a tasteful way .?.?. The kitchen has beautiful dark cabinetry, a center island and stainless .?.?. The home is an entertainment mecca. Anyone looking for a big place to entertain -- this place can do it.

"It’s a big property with a 2½-car garage and seven off-street parking spots .?.?. The gardening is gorgeous. It’s what sets this house off to many people. There are 140 years of perennials here .?.?. that have been lovingly maintained .?.?. One of the rooms in the home is known as the Vermont Room .?.?. It has a diagonal rough-sawn post-and-beam look and a wood stove and hearth. The home also features a Victorian living room and a piano room .?.?. The house has a two-story turret, so there’s a wonderful window in the piano room .?.?. We added a 21-by-27-foot deck with nice security fencing around it, so you can have privacy .?.?.

"When we have people over, the kitchen and dining room are the party places. But during the summer, everyone migrates outside to the deck, where we have an outside bar .?.?. The house is three blocks from the Peconic Bay and two blocks from the Great Peconic Bay Marina .?.?."

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