COMMUNITY OF INTEREST / Sayville

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SAYVILLE HAS a quaint downtown filled with specialty shops,

art galleries, antique stores and restaurants on Main Street. It was

designated "friendliest town in the US" in 1994 by California State University

at Fresno.

Wide, tree-lined streets of colonial and Victorian homes preserve its

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historic character. It shares Lotus Lake and the 302-acre Sans Soucci Lakes

County Nature Preserve with Bayport. Meadow Croft, the 1891 former estate of

John E. Roosevelt, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sayville was part of the huge royal grant given to New York City politician

William Nicoll in 1697. Residents decided on the name Seaville in 1836. Legend

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has it that the clerk misspelled the name, making it Sayville.

Pine forests supplied lumber for New York City. Sayville also became a

bustling resort town after the railroad arrived in 1868. Its 1,500-seat opera

house flourished for 50 years. Now it has a movie theater, free art and music

programs and First Night activities for New Year's Eve.

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Homes in Sayville have a median value of $282,500, with a range from

$200,000 to nearly $2 million. Students attend Sayville schools and the

community has a public library, the South Shore Community Center and a

Stop&Shop superstore.

Sayville is 50 miles from midtown Manhattan, an hour and 15 minutes drive

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to Exit 59 off the Long Island Expressway, south along Johnson Avenue or Exit

50A off Sunrise Highway. Travel time on the Long Island Rail Road to Penn

Station is 1 hour, 20 minutes. Ferries leave for Fire Island from Sayville.

IF YOU WANT TO BUY

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STARTER: Ranch, cape, high ranch, 1,200-1,500 square feet, 2-3 bedrooms,

1-2 baths, eat-in kitchen, some with basement, 1-car garage, 25-50 years old,

.25-acre lot, taxes $4,500-$5,500. No new construction. Market strong.

Price: $200,000-$300,000

TRADE-UP: Ranch, colonial, Victorian, 1,800-2,800 square feet, 3-4

bedrooms, 2 1/2-3 baths, eat-in kitchen, dining room, some with basement,

1-2-car garage, new-100+ years old, 1/4- 1/2-acre lot, taxes $5,000-$6,000.

New development on Crosby Street. Market strong.

Price: $350,000-$500,000

LUXURY: Colonials, Victorians, more than 2,800 square feet, 4-5 bedrooms, 2

1/2-4 baths, eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, some with basement, 2-car

garage, new-100+ years old, 1/2 acre- 2 acres, some with waterview or

waterfront, taxes $8,000-$15,000. Spot new construction. Market strong.

Price: $500,000- $1.9 million

CONDOS and CO-OPS: No condos. Garden apartment co-ops, 1-2 bedrooms, 1

bath, 25 years old, $50,000-$90,000.

IF YOU WANT TO RENT

Apartments, 1-3 bedrooms, 1-2 baths, $700-$1,500; 3-4 bedroom homes, 1-3

baths, $1,800-$4,500.

RECENT SAYVILLE SALES

Swayze Street, $199,000, 3-bedroom colonial, 1 bath, eat-in kitchen, full

basement, 1-car garage, 100+ years old, 74x83 lot, vinyl, taxes $5,046.

Brook Street, $236,000, 4-bedroom two-story home, 1 1/2 baths, eat-in

kitchen, 1-car garage, 100 years old, .19 acre lot, cedar shake, taxes $4,970.

Atlantic Avenue, $237,000, 3-bedroom cape, 1 1/2 baths, eat-in kitchen,

basement, no garage, 60 years old, 50x158 lot, cedar shakes, taxes $5,065.

Virginia Court, $255,000, 4-bedroom high-ranch, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, no

basement, 1-car garage, 25 years old, 104x101 lot, brick, taxes $6,119.

McNeill Street, $265,000, 3-bedroom ranch, 1 1/2 baths, eat-in kitchen,

basement, 1-car garage, 25 years old, 75x110 lot, cedar shakes, taxes $5,800.

North Third Street, $325,000, 3-bedroom colonial, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, no

basement, 2-car garage, 20 years old, 90x100 lot, cedar shakes, taxes $4,960.

Source: Janet Berger, Century 21 Bay's Edge Realty Inc., Sayville

AT A GLANCE

Town: Islip

Area: 5.5 square miles

Population: 16,735

Median age: 38.2 years

Median household income: $79,657

Median home value: $282,500

Travel time to NYC: 1 hour, 15 minutes by car

ZIP code: 11782

Source: Census 2000, Claritas Inc. 2000, Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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