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Why you should buy their house: Old Field

Christine and Ron D'Alessandro in the living room

Christine and Ron D'Alessandro in the living room of their unique home near the water in Old Field. (Sept. 15, 2011) Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Sellers. Ron and Christine D’Alessandro.

Address. 15 Childs Lane, Old Field.

Asking price. $949,000.

The competition. Four-bedroom homes in the village list between $699,000 and $2.9 million (the latter is on six acres).

Recent sale in the area. In July, a 10-room Colonial on Mount Grey Road sold for $1,115,000.

Taxes. $21,612, with additional village taxes of $1,718.

Time on the market. Since July 2010.

Listing agent. Andrea Casey, Century 21 Bay’s Edge Realty, Sayville, 631-563-1616.

Why it’s for sale. The D’Alessandros down-sizing and  moving to New Mexico. Ron, 65, works in the corporate insurance industry. Christine, 64, is a freelance writer and editor.

If anyone has ever truly appreciated their environment — home, land, community — it’s Ron and Christine. Their three-story house is nestled on a lush two-acre parcel near a private beach, an estuary and the Stony Brook University campus, where the couple frequently catch performances at Staller Center.

“People around here know they have a jewel,” says Christine. The layout of the nine-room house is reminiscent of a Frank Lloyd Wright design in that the living area is an open space on the top level — in this instance, at the tree line level. This is where you will find the eat-in kitchen, the dining room and a dual fireplace facing the living room and what Christine calls the reading nook. “People tend to cluster in this little nook near the fire. It’s quite charming.”

Other features include four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, a full gym and sauna as well as “great ventilation,” three-zone heating and multiple decks. Even though the house brings the outdoors in, Christina chats about what it’s really like to be outside:

“The thing that speaks to us is it’s very quiet here. The greenery is wonderful and the proximity of the water is so close you can actually smell the tides . . . My husband and I enjoyed creating a two-acre woodland garden, and there is still ample space to create more. It’s a great source of joy and a good place to exercise and take a meditative stroll.”

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