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Why You Should Buy Their House: Plainview

Brad and Erika Bassuk with their daughters, at

Brad and Erika Bassuk with their daughters, at home in The Hamlet at Olde Oyster Bay in Plainview. (July 5, 2013) Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger

Sellers Brad and Erika Bassuk

Address 86 Carriage Lane, Plainview

Asking price $539,000

The competition Another three-bedroom unit in the complex is listed for $549,000.
Recent sale in the area was a three-bedroom unit, also on Carriage Lane, sold in February for $543,000.

Taxes $14,554 plus $611 in monthly maintenance and common charges

Time on the market On and off since July 2011

Listing agent Annalisa Bossio, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Syosset, 516-445-0454

Why it’s for sale Brad, 34, is an attorney and Erika, 32, is a stay-at-home mother to their two daughters, ages 4 and 2. The Bassuks say they want to move to a house with an extra room for an office.

The Bassuks have owned their three-bedroom, two-bath, second-floor condo in The Hamlet at Olde Oyster Bay since January 2010. The complex has 370 units with many amenities, including an on-site restaurant — The Lakeview, for which residents are charged a mandatory $165 minimum monthly dining fee. Brad talks about the best features of the property:

“The safety is excellent. It’s a gated community; you can’t get in without being announced. There’s a fabulous on-site playground where the kids can congregate. We love the idea of the restaurant. You don’t have to go out anywhere on a Friday night. You can take the kids or order food to go ... We have a lot of other amenities ... indoor and outdoor pools, a kiddie pool, a gym, tennis and basketball courts. We even have a hair salon on premises ... We came from a one-bedroom apartment in Great Neck. So when we saw this place, we were blown away. It was huge ...  [The unit has] a separate dining room, a living room, an eat-in kitchen, vaulted ceilings in the living room and master bedroom. We have a private balcony with a built-in gas barbecue. During Sandy, everyone was out barbecuing their steaks and chicken from the freeze ... We redid the master bathroom with new tile, a new vanity, a new paint job. We put in a granite countertop and tile in the kitchen. We did new carpet and a chair rail throughout the apartment.”

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