When it comes to showing houses, many agents say the South Shore hamlet of Wantagh is an easy sell.

"We have a great town," says Tony Smith, owner-broker of SAS Real Estate. Smith, also a resident, cites in part the Wantagh school district, proximity to Jones Beach and Manhattan, as well as parks, a preserve, boating, fishing, houses of worship and historic landmarks.

"The town sells itself. . . . I enjoy when I do business there," says Kevin Leatherman, owner-broker of Leatherman Homes in Rockville Centre. Wantagh offers buyers a great value, he adds, noting prices are diverse and can range from the $300,000s to $1 million.

Laura Dupkin Memisha, an associate broker at Realty Advisors and a resident, says bidding wars are making a comeback. "I listed a three-bedroom ranch in the Twin Lakes neighborhood for $499,000 and it got half a dozen offers," Memisha says, noting the house is in contract for more than the asking price.

Other neighborhoods include Wantagh Woods, Forest Lake, Holiday Park, Brookside Estates, Polo and Mandalay. The latter is on the water.

"We've been getting an influx of young people," Smith says. Many are those who were raised there, says Memisha, noting that once they come, they stay and move within the community. Longtime resident Michael Cucci says his grandkids are entering kindergarten (now full day) in the Wantagh school district, the same schools he attended. "It summarizes that Wantagh families stay," he says. About the Wantagh school district, Cucci, vice president of the board, says there is "zero levy increase" for the 2015-16 school year.

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Although Wantagh is known as the gateway to Jones Beach, it is home to other popular spots, including Wantagh Park, where there is a marina, a boat launch, pier fishing, a playground, athletic fields, a swimming complex, a jogging track, picnic areas and a dog run.

Major thoroughfares, including Merrick Road, Sunrise Highway, and Wantagh, Jerusalem and Park avenues, are dotted by shopping centers, professional businesses, services and eateries.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS: 8 listings between $259,000 and $417,000

SALES PRICES: From July 1, 2014, to Aug. 10, 2015, there were 263 sales, with a median price of $418,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $200,000 and the high was $969,000. From 2013 to 2014, during the same time period, there were 272 sales. The median price was $407,000, with a low of $90,000 for a short sale and a high of $930,000.

ATTRACTIONS: Forest City Park offers a pool, pond, playground and nature trails; the 58-acre Twin Lakes Preserve is on Old Mill Road; the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce hosts events throughout the year



Town. Hempstead

Area. 3.8 square miles

ZIP code. 11793

Population. 18,871

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Median age. 43.3

Median household income. $125,257

Median home value. $399,000*

LIRR time to NYC. 46 minutes to 58 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket. $287

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School districts Most students attend Wantagh; others go to Levittown, North Bellmore, Seaford

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI


Number of houses: 109, including some Levittown listings

Price range: $269,999 to $1.15 million

Tax range: $8,757 to $20,996


Riverside Drive, $910,000

On the market 14 days, this eight-room split-ranch sold last month for $14,800 below the original asking price. With panoramic views of East Bay, the updated house in Mandalay was built in 1969 on a 60-by-115-foot lot. Wood floors, skylights, sliding glass doors and a fireplace, as well as four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, are among the features. Amenities include central air-conditioning, a finished basement, an attached one-car garage and bulkhead. Taxes are $23,351.

Waterbury Drive, $590,000

With an original asking price of $629,000, this eight-room split-level sold earlier this month. It was on the market 39 days. Set on a 60-by-100-foot lot, the house -- built in 1958 -- has an updated roof and siding. Other features include wood floors and sliding glass doors. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Central air-conditioning, a partial basement, tiered decking and an in-ground pool are some of the amenities. Taxes are $11,303.

Willow Street, $395,000

Earlier this month, this seven-room cape, which was on the market 27 days, sold for $14,000 below the original asking price. Built in 1947 on a 50-by-100-foot lot, the house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Updates include the roof, siding and windows, as well as the front stoop and brickwork. As for amenities, they include wood floors and a partially finished basement, in-ground sprinklers, a detached one-car garage and a rear deck. Taxes are $11,416.


Starter $399,000

Freshly painted, this seven-room Colonial on a 50-by-175-foot lot offers wood floors, moldings, Andersen replacement windows, a kitchen with marble, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a half-bath. Taxes are $11,040. Parveen Shah and Kathy Doerrie, Coach Realtors, 631-427-9100.

Trade-up $599,000 to $625,000

There areĀ  wood floors, a fireplace, updated kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a finished basement in this eight-room Colonial. The lot is 69 by 142 feet. Taxes are $13,789. Angela Testa, SAS Real Estate, 516-781-5050.

High-end $959,000

Recently built on a 62.5-by-125-foot lot, this 4,000-square-foot Colonial has an open floor plan, a fireplace, custom moldings, wood floors, five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath. Taxes not yet determined. William Miranda and Laura DeStefano, Madison Pierce Real Estate, 516-731-7171.