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Why You Should Buy Their House: Sayville

Homeowner Diane Koudelka, her children James Jr. and

Homeowner Diane Koudelka, her children James Jr. and Emily and Reilly the dog, in their den at their home in Sayville. (Mar. 31, 2011) Credit: Photo by

Sellers James and Diane Koudelka

Address 6 High St., Sayville

Asking price $429,000

The competition Similar size homes in the Sayville school district are listed between $299,000 and $659,000.

Recent sale on the block A three-bedroom ranch on Crosby Street closed in March for $402,500.

Taxes $8,232

Time on the market Since December 2010

Listing agent Elizabeth Porcelli, Century 21 Selmar Realty, East Islip, 631-277-0900

Why it’s for sale James, 43, a Verizon technician, has been transferred to Ticonderoga, N.Y., which is near Lake George. He and Diane, 46, a counter clerk at Bagel Doctor in Oakdale, have three children — Nicole, 21, who lives in Vermont, and James Jr., 9, and Emily 8.

When James and Diane, both from Nassau County, went house hunting a dozen years ago, they set their sights on Sayville. “It’s a great town,” says Diane, adding, “I heard the school district was great and it is.” In the last 12 years, the couple have converted the original Cape into an eight-room Colonial by expanding the top floor to add four bedrooms and one bathroom. (There are five bedrooms and two bathrooms.) Other enhancements include wood floors, Anderson windows and new kitchen appliances. The renovated den features a raised roof, sliding glass doors and a wood-burning stove, which heats the first floor. Solar panels, which generate electricity that is sold back to the Long Island Power Authority, were installed less than six years ago. A sample of reduced energy costs includes a $74 bill in February and charges often less than $20 in May and June. However, since snow covered the panels in January, the bill exceeded $200. Diane talks some more about the 75-by-100-foot yard and the neighborhood:

“James is very particular about his lawn ... We have a beautiful deck and a really big garden with flowers everywhere in the spring and summer. We also plant tomatoes ... The block is very kid friendly with a lot of young families ... We are within walking distance of Lincoln Avenue Elementary School ... and the middle school ... And we are close to the beaches.”


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