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Why You Should Buy Their House: Stewart Manor

Alena and John Bubnia sit with their children

Alena and John Bubnia sit with their children Alexandra, 11, and Julian, 6 in their sunroom in their home at 650 Tulip Avenue on Saturday, January 15, 2011 in Stewart Manor, New York. (Photo by Howard Schnapp) Photo Credit: Photo by Howard Schnapp

Sellers John and Alena Bubniak

Address 650 Tulip Ave., Stewart Manor

Asking price $479,999

The competition Of three houses listed in Stewart Manor on mlsli.com, this is the largest. Prices range from $329,000 and $479,999.

Recent sale on the block In December, a nine-room Colonial on Argyle Road sold for $540,000.

Taxes $9,517

Time on the market Since November

Listing agent Eleanor “Vicki” Dunne, Tulip Real Estate, Floral Park, 516-775-2550

Why it’s for sale The Bubniaks love their home, but they would like to trade up in the area, says Alena, 41, a Web editor. She and John, 50, an architect, have two children — Alexandra, 11, and Julian, 6.

“Surprisingly large,” is how Alena initially describes this seven-room Cape, which has four bedrooms, an updated kitchen and two recently renovated bathrooms. “When people come into the house, they are amazed by how big it actually is,” Alena says, noting the house offers ample storage space as well. Since moving in 13 years ago, the Bubniaks tackled the big three: replacing the roof, siding and windows. They also added a brick patio to the side of the house. Alena chats some more about the house, property (50-by-100 feet) and the village:

“We have a four season sunroom. It’s always the most popular room in the house when people come to visit. We love our yard — it’s great for the kids. It has a wood deck and is very private. We had it re-landscaped last spring...Our kids attend Stewart Manor elementary, a Blue Ribbon school...Stewart Manor is a great little village with many amenities, like our recently renovated village pool...You can walk to the stores on Covert Avenue, so you don’t have to drive everywhere, and to the Stewart Manor train station for a 40-minute ride into the city.”

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