If you want a house on the beach

With more than 1,100 miles of shoreline, Long Island has its share of beach communities.

For those in the market for a house with direct access to a beach, there is a decision to make: Ocean or other? By other, we mean other bodies of water, such as Long Island Sound or one of the many bays or harbors hugging the island.

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It's an easy choice for many people, say real estate agents. "When you're an ocean person, you're an ocean person. When you're a bay person, you're a bay person," says Gayle Osman Lopata, of Brown Harris Stevens, who is marketing the West Hampton Dunes house.

"Boaters gravitate to the bay," adds Alex Rubin, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is marketing the Long Beach home.

Whether you are ocean or other, chances are you'll enjoy taking a peek at these high-end beach homes that are for sale.

EAST MARION

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500 Beach Ct.
$6.8 million

WHAT MAKES IT BEACHY: Life is a beach, especially when you have a private  8,000-square-foot house on Peconic Bay on what looks like a two-tier beach. That's because sand was brought right up to the deck, thus giving the appearance of a beach overlooking the beach. Since the house has so many windows, the views can be appreciated from inside or out. And if you're wondering what kind of beach parties may have taken place here, let's just say the original owner, Jerry Wexler, co-founder of Atlantic Records, hosted Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, as well as Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.

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ACREAGE: 1.2 acres

BODY OF WATER: Peconic Bay

BEACH FRONTAGE: 700 feet

BEACH ACCESS: The main deck has steps, as well as a ramp, that lead to the beach.

EXTRAS: Four deepwater docks with quick access to Sag Harbor, the Hamptons and Shelter Island; multiple decks, including a section with a pool, which is half in-ground and half above-ground.

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SANDY DAMAGE: No. Probably saved by the retaining wall, the house didn't sustain water damage from the storm, says the listing agent.

OTHER FEATURES: With three kitchens and three living rooms, it's almost like having three homes in one, adds the agent, noting there are also three fireplaces, as well as seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Walls of windows and sliding glass doors, including some that open to the outdoors, offer tremendous views.

LISTING AGENT: Chris McAuley, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-426-0453

HUNTINGTON BAY

25 Woodland Dr.

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$3.55 million

WHAT MAKES IT BEACHY: Tranquil vistas of sailboats and motorboats bobbing along the glimmering waterways of the North Shore show throughout this shingle-style home. Outdoor spaces -- including a slate patio and a cabana set right at the water's edge -- maximize the experience.

ACREAGE: 0.77 acre

BODY OF WATER: Huntington Harbor

BEACH FRONTAGE: 400 feet of waterfront with private beach and dock

BEACH ACCESS: Stairs in the backyard lead to the beach and cabana

EXTRAS: Membership in Wincoma Beach, which comes with private dock

SANDY DAMAGE: No, thanks to the seawall

OTHER FEATURES: Traditional yet casual, this 10-room home is appointed with wood floors, moldings, built-in shelves, French doors and three fireplaces. Light abounds, courtesy of walls of glass and skylights. Radiant heat floors and new windows are among the amenities. There are 3½ bathrooms and four bedrooms, including the first-floor master, which has water views through French doors that open to a patio.

LISTING AGENT: Ruth Sansiviero, Signature Premier Properties, 631-673-3700

WEST HAMPTON DUNES
803 Dune Rd.
$2.75 million

WHAT MAKES IT BEACHY: Nothing says beach house like a home that sits on Dune Road. Clean and crisp, this 2,600-square-foot chateau is all about soaking in the atmosphere, which is dominated by sugary sand, the waft of salt air and the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

ACREAGE: .35 acre

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

BEACH FRONTAGE: 45 feet

BEACH ACCESS: Elevated walkway from rear deck

EXTRAS: Views of Moriches Bay; walkway with foot wash

SANDY DAMAGE: No. Much of Dune Road was spared from the storm, says the listing agent for the property.

OTHER FEATURES: With an open floor plan and sliding glass doors from the great room to the deck, this house offers water views from the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom. Bay views are afforded from two of four bedrooms. (There are four bathrooms). Other details include two fireplaces.

LISTING AGENT: Gayle Osman Lopata, Brown Harris Stevens, 631-288-5124

LONG BEACH
971 Oceanfront St.

$1.8 million

WHAT MAKES IT BEACHY: Long Beach is all about the water, and this oceanfront four-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary on the west end has direct beach access. There are about 60 windows. While the ocean is visible from the main living area, the views from the master bedroom are best. You can watch the beach scene unfold while listening to the waves from the bedroom's deck, which is accessible through sliding glass doors, or enjoy total privacy in the enclosed courtyard deck.

ACREAGE: 32 feet by 100 feet

BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

BEACH FRONTAGE: The beach is open to residents and nonresidents, both for a fee.

BEACH ACCESS: Exit the front door, open the gate, walk on the (deeded) sidewalk, turn the corner, and you're there.

EXTRAS: An outdoor shower; two remote-controlled awnings and remote-controlled blinds for all those windows; an indoor-outdoor speaker system; a two-car garage and driveway

SANDY DAMAGE: Minimal. Water entered the crawl space. Since the living room was originally sunken, the owner lifted it, says one of the listing agents, noting the house is about a half-foot above the new FEMA regulation for height above storm tide.

OTHER FEATURES: Offering a sleek design, as well as wood floors, skylights and recessed lighting, the layout is open and airy. Central air-conditioning cools, while two fireplaces -- one in the living area and the other in the master bedroom -- lend ambience.

LISTING AGENTS: Alex Rubin and Matthew Hazan, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-236-3924

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