THE SCOOP: When Paula Cardozo and her husband, Vincent, lived in Brooklyn, they traveled to Amityville Village to buy a boat part. "We couldn't get over the village. We just fell in love," Cardozo says.
Soon after, the couple returned to buy a house. That was 1971.
Cardozo, broker of Long Island Property Shoppe, says she often gets the same reaction from buyers who visit the village. "It's the best-kept secret on the South Shore," says resident Carol Siller, who is selling the high-end house featured on this page.
A boater's paradise, the village is home to a beach, fishing pier, parks, a museum and a commercial district with the Village Triangle at the center of the Broadway and Park Avenue fork. Mayor James Wandell says a committee has been formed to enhance the village.
The village offers a variety of styles, sizes and price ranges -- from $200,000 to $2 million, says resident Jerry O'Neill, broker of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light. Hard hit by superstorm Sandy, some homes were razed and others elevated, agents say. Some residents are still displaced, Cardozo says, adding she just returned home. Volunteers have stepped up to restore the pavilion and other structures. Grants have been secured to add volleyball courts and boccie ball to the beach next year.
Though some buyers came in for deals right after the storm, activity now -- especially the high end -- is picking up, O'Neill says.
CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES: 12 listings, including adult communities, priced between $229,990 and $649,000
SALES PRICE: From April 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014, there were 149 sales with a median price of $264,000 in the 11701 ZIP code, which includes the unincorporated area, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $61,000 for a short sale, and the high was $1,097,000. From April 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013, there were 135 sales with a median price of $245,000. The low price was $59,000 for a short sale; the high was $690,000.
ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE: Peterkin Park; Avon Lake; James A. Caples Memorial Park
MORE AMITYVILLE VILLAGE STATS:
Area 2.1 square miles
ZIP code 11701
Median age 47.2
Median household income $78,009
Median home value $302,500*
LIRR time to NYC 52-69 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket $325
School district Amityville
SOURCES: 2010 census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months in 11701 ZIP code, according to MLSLI