So you want to live in laid-back, affordable Oceanside

A Welcome to Oceanside sign and the Liberty

A Welcome to Oceanside sign and the Liberty Lighthouse on Long Beach Road in Oceanside Thursday, March 6, 2014. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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THE SCOOP: "Laid back, with everything you need" is how resident Anna Aprea, associate broker of Century 21 American Homes, describes the hamlet of Oceanside. The community, she says, houses an assortment of retailers, supermarkets and

services, as well as a variety of restaurants.

"You don't have to go to the mall," adds Frank Pignataro of Sailing Home Realty Corp., noting most establishments are on Long Beach Road. Oceanside is also home to South Nassau Communities Hospital and the Barry and Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center.

Oceanside is about a 30-minute drive without traffic, Aprea says. Ocean beaches are only a couple of miles away.

Although Oceanside doesn't hug the coast, the southern portion does border water: East Rockaway Channel, Garrett's Lead, Barnums Island Channel and Middle Bay.

Housing is made up of ranch styles, split-levels, Capes, Colonials and Contemporaries of different sizes and price ranges.

One of the South Shore communities hit by superstorm Sandy, Oceanside is slated to receive funds designed to make the region's infrastructure stronger,through a state program distributed by the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The town continues to restore damaged recreation areas, says spokesman Mike Deery, noting the boardwalk at the Marine Nature Study area is being rebuilt.

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CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES: 10 listings between $269,000 and $439,000

CO-OPS: 13 listings between $120,000 and $439,900

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS: Oceanside Knolls and Theresa Gardens have age and income restrictions.

SALES PRICE: From Feb. 1, 2013, to March 5, 2014, there were 215 sales with a median price of $370,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $150,000, and the high was $1.1 million. From Feb. 1, 2012, to March 5, 2013, there were 185 sales. The median sales price was $385,000 with a low of $110,000 and a high of $810,000.

TOWN ATTRACTIONS: Oceanside Park with outdoor pools, sports fields and courts; Margie Street park; the Marine Nature Study area partially reopened last month

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MORE OCEANSIDE STATS

Town: Hempstead
Area: 5 square miles
ZIP code: 11572
Population: 32,924
Median age: 43.1
Median household income: $94,768
Median home value: $360,000*
LIRR time to NYC: 41 minutes to 49 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $276
School district: Oceanside

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR; Newsday;

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

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