Buying in South Shore hamlet of Islip

A view of the Maple St. dock in

A view of the Maple St. dock in Islip on June 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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Appealing to singles, families and boaters, the South Shore hamlet of Islip often is touted for its town-operated and private beaches as well as for its vibrant commercial district.

Severely battered by superstorm Sandy, Islip Town Beach, at the foot of South Bay Avenue, just past the Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge, reopened last July. With a pavilion, gazebo and playground, the beach on the Great South Bay offers views of the Robert Moses Causeway and the Fire Island Lighthouse. Residents belonging to the Bayberry Association have access to a private beach and dock.

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Residents are quick to boast about the charming downtown along Main Street, which is dotted by boutiques and eateries -- from Bubba's Burrito Bar to Tellers Restaurant and everything in between. It's always "buzzing," says Steve Rainone of Netter Real Estate, noting that Coyle's Homemade Ice Cream is another hot spot. "It's a perfect little town with wonderful restaurants and a great night life," adds Debbie Carpluk of Century 21 Selmar Realty. Islip Cinemas and historic churches, as well as annual events hosted by local community groups also lend to the atmosphere.

Islip is economically diverse, and its housing stock ranges from vintage to new and from modest to palatial, with prices from $150,000 to more than $3 million, Carpluk says.

Bayberry Point, developed in the late 1800s by Henry Osborne Havemeyer, founder of the American Sugar Refining Co., is home to the highest-priced real estate. Houses on West Bayberry, East Bayberry, Beech and Elder roads have commanding views of the bay, Rainone says. Buyers also can find town houses and co-ops.

Comparatively speaking, Islip wasn't as hard hit by Sandy as other South Shore communities, agents say. "Houses are selling again," says Debra Carr of Netter Real Estate.

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TOWN HOUSES. 2 listings, $359,000 to $639,188

CO-OPS. $78,500 to $192,500

SALES PRICES. From May 1, 2013, to June 10, 2014, there were 115 sales with a median price of $312,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $95,000, and the high was $2,350,000. From May 1, 2012, to June 10, 2013, there were 98 sales The median price was $316,500. The low was also $95,000 and the high was $1,625,000.

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Town: Islip

Area: 5.4 square miles

ZIP code: 11751

Population: 18,689

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Median age: 40.7

Median household income: $92,457

Median home value: $302,500*

LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour 4 minutes to 1 hour 26 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $363

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School district: Islip

SOURCES: 2010 Census;; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

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