What to expect when buying in Centereach

The Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., The Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd., on Oct. 4, 2012. Photo Credit: James Carbone

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THE SCOOP The central location and proximity to highways, beaches, hospitals and schools are responsible for much of the appeal of Centereach, says Rita Tsoukaris of RE/MAX Integrity Leaders. The styles of the homes in the 8-square-mile hamlet are varied, and Tsoukaris says she sees mostly first-time home buyers exploring the area.

Centereach also is home to the nationally recognized Middle Country Public Library. It is the largest library on Long Island as well as the busiest, and it has been voted No. 1 multiple times in the five-star rating group for libraries with budgets of $10 million to $29 million by Library Journal. "We are widely recognized as a library of the future. . . . We really take care of our patrons and believe in customer service," says Sandy Feinberg, library director.

RE/MAX agent Jane Zilpelwar adds that Centereach is a melting pot: "Children of different nationalities love the area because they feel like they are accepted." Because of the many retail outlets along Middle Country Road, which traverses the community, shopping is easy. Walmart, Big Lot, Dollar Tree and Modell's all have a presence along the busy, four-lane road.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS None

SALES PRICE From Sept. 1, 2011, to Oct. 1, 2012, there were 142 sales, with a median price of $256,985, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $140,000, and the high was $505,000. From Sept. 1, 2010, to Oct. 1, 2011, there were 159 sales. The median price was $270,000, with a low of $135,000 and a high of $540,000.

ATTRACTIONS Nearby Stony Brook University; Smith Haven Mall; a swimming pool, sports courts, playground and walking trails are among the facilities at the Centereach Pool complex on Hawkins Road.

BY THE NUMBERS

Town: Brookhaven Township

Area: 8.0 square miles

ZIP code: 11720

Population: 31,578

Median age: 38.9

Median household income: $95,743

Median home value: $262,590*

LIRR time to NYC from Ronkonkoma: 69 to 85 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $334

School districts: Middle Country, Sachem and Three Village

SOURCES: Census estimates; mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road

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*Based on sales in the past six months, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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