THE SCOOP "Quintessential Main Street America" is how longtime resident Linda Ciavarelli of Coach Realtors describes the South Shore hamlet of Sayville.
Friendly shop owners and ongoing events help create a sense of community, and residents have access to the Great South Bay as well as to the ocean via Fire Island Ferry service.
"In addition to being close to the water, Main Street is lined by bistros, restaurants and shops -- it's charming," says Ed Swinarski of Cyber Smart Real Estate. "Every weekend, there is something going on . . . a fair, a carnival, some kind of family activity," adds Lisa Hendrickson of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Recreation areas include Gillette Park and Sayville Beach and Park. The Islip Grange on Broadway Avenue is a community of restored buildings, including a church and a windmill. Loughlin Vineyards, where visitors can sample local wine, is there, too, behind Meadow Croft estate.
The community is largely recovered from superstorm Sandy, says Ciavarelli, noting there are still some homes south of Montauk Highway that are being worked on. "Sayville doesn't have a high water table. It wasn't hit as bad as other areas," Hendrickson says.
Buyers can find a mix of architectural styles, including vintage homes, with prices generally ranging from the $300,000s to $1 million and up.
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES 13 listings from $210,000 to $449,000
CO-OPS Four listings, $89,000 to $265,000
SALES PRICE From May 1, 2012, to June 10, 2013, there were 112 sales with a median price of $374,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $137,000 and the high was $890,000. From May 1, 2011, to June 10, 2012, there were 93 sales. The median price was $390,000, with a low of $177,000 and a high of $990,000.
BY THE NUMBERS
Area: 5.5 square miles
ZIP code: 11782
Median age: 42
Median household income: $100,610
Median home value: $377,500
LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour 16 minutes to 1 hour 38 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $363
School district: Sayville; a small group of students go to Connetquot
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI