THE SCOOP: Perhaps the two biggest selling points in Islip Terrace are the school district and the cost of housing, say real estate agents. Many buyers are attracted to the East Islip school district, says Paul Musso of Realty Connect USA, while Debbie Carpluk of Century 21 Selmar Realty says buyers can find a home that is not a short sale priced under $300,000.

First-time home buyers gravitate to the area, says Maureen Olsen of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. "One of the benefits of buying in Islip Terrace is you can get a nice chunk of land," adds Jackie Stewart, also of Douglas Elliman, noting that parcels tend to be larger than those in nearby communities.

Properties -- often occupied by ranches, Capes and split-levels -- typically range from a quarter-acre to more than a half-acre, Carpluk says, noting that horse properties can be found in areas bordering Connetquot River State Park east of Connetquot Avenue. Two horses per half-acre are permitted, Carpluk says, adding, "We have a lot of horses come up and down our street."

A three-lot subdivision on Jonathan Court will comprise four-bedroom Colonials. One is in contract for $500,000 based on the blueprints, says Musso, who is marketing the homes -- which are custom-built when sold -- with Reenie Murino.

Islip Terrace is also home to two 55-and-older communities -- Providence on the Park, which opened in 2010, and Cypress Way Condominiums, built last year.

Touted as a family-oriented community, Islip Terrace is just north of Sunrise Highway and has its own post office and fire department. Though absent of a downtown district, stores are dotted throughout the area. Met Fresh Supermarket on Connetquot Avenue opened in November, Carpluk says. Residents have easy access to nearby shops, services and eateries, as well as to major highways and area parks, Carpluk adds.

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CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES: 34 listings for 55 and older, $289,000 to $349,900.

SALE PRICE: From March 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, there were 64 sales with a median price of $286,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $120,000 for a short sale and the high price was $435,000. From 2013 to 2014 during the same period, there were 62 sales. The median price was $288,750 with a low of $150,000 for a fixer-upper and a high of $540,000.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Heckscher State Park




Town: Islip

Area: 1.4 square miles

ZIP code: 11752

Population: 5,389

Median age: 41.5

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Median household income: $92,664

Median home value: $285,000*

LIRR time to NYC From Central Islip: 62 minutes to 79 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket $377

School districts Most students attend East Islip; others go to Central Islip and Connetquot

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SOURCES: 2010 census;; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI



Number of houses 48

Price range $129,000 (needs rehabilitation) to $539,000 (new construction)

Tax range $5,902 to $15,879



Sold this month, this eight-room high-ranch was on the market 80 days. The last asking price was $349,000. Built in 1963, the renovated house has wood floors, a new kitchen with granite countertops, 1 1/2 newly tiled bathrooms and four bedrooms. Amenities include a deck and a two-car garage. The lot size is 89 by 91 feet. Taxes are $9,861.

ATHOL STREET: $300,000

With a last asking price of $317,000, this six-room ranch, which sold in February, was on the market 82 days. Set on a 112-by-100-foot lot, the house -- built in 1963 -- has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Amenities include a finished basement, a deck and a one-car garage. Taxes are $10,809.


On the market 25 days, this seven-room Cape sold in March. The original asking price was $300,000. Built in 1920 on a 50-by-181-foot lot, the house has an updated kitchen and new bathroom, as well as four bedrooms. Amenities include a finished basement and a detached two-car garage. Taxes are $8,856


STARTER: $289,990

Featuring a new roof and new siding, this six-room Cape with wood floors, four bedrooms and two bathrooms is on a 50-by-152-foot lot. Taxes are $9,871. Chris Haug, Century 21 Selmar Realty, 631-277-0900

TRADE-UP: $345,000

Set on a 75-by-100-foot lot with an in-ground pool, this eight-room split-level with new roof has wood floors, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Taxes are $11,238. Donna Borchick, Realty Connect USA, 631-219-7510

HIGH-END: $439,000

Custom built in 2004 on a 50-by-181-foot lot, this eight-room Colonial with an open floor plan has wood floors, cathedral ceilings, three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Taxes are $11,420. Jackie Stewart and Maureen Olsen Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-678-2566 and 631-873-5511 respectively