November 23, 2015 03:50 PM

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Marc Anthony is selling his Long Island estate, and PEOPLE has an exclusive look inside his favorite room in the house.

The singer once shared the home with ex Jennifer Lopez, and it’s where they raised their 7-year-old twins, Max and Emme. (PEOPLE sat down with the family in 2008 for an exclusive photo shoot and cover story.)

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Listed at $9 million, the property sits on eight acres and includes 10 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus a tennis court, recording studio and pool — but Anthony’s most cherished space is also the smallest: the den.

“It’s where the family used to open Christmas gifts. The first Christmas he ever held [the twins] was in that room,” says Million Dollar Listing New York star Luis D. Ortiz, who is selling the house, in the new issue of PEOPLE of the 10×10 space.

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“It tells you so much about [Marc]. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many people he can pack stadiums at: It comes down to family,” adds Ortiz. “It’s the room that he spent the most time in and means the most to him.”

While the house is impressive in size, Ortiz insists it’s humble in ambiance.

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“It’s very understated, very down-to-earth, very cozy,” says the Bravo star. “This is what I like most about it: It tells you this house was owned by someone who came from nothing and has reached such a level [of fame] but never forgot where he came from.”

–Jeff Nelson

 

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