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
Wide, tree-lined streets of colonial and Victorian homes preserve its
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
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.
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
Sayville is 50 miles from midtown Manhattan, an hour and 15 minutes drive
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
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.
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.
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
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
Area: 5.5 square miles
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