When it comes to atmosphere and housing, the hamlet of Mount Sinai offers buyers a bit of a selection.
The bucolic North Shore waterfront community has terrain that changes from flat to rolling. The latter, north of Route 25A, leads to Mount Sinai Harbor and Cedar Beach on Long Island Sound.
As for the housing stock, "There's old and new," says Ray Manzoni, broker-owner of an agency bearing his name. Some homes are more than 200 years old, while newer developments, including 55-and-older communities, have grown up during the past decade.
Styles include capes, Colonials, ranches, contemporaries and Victorians. "You can find a great starter home -- a nice three-bedroom, 1.5-bath house -- to a 3,000-square-foot postmodern or a waterfront home," adds resident Deirdre DuBato, broker associate of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Although Mount Sinai lacks a strong commercial base, a few businesses and eateries are in the area. "There are some that believe a bigger commercial base would provide tax relief for residents, especially school taxes. And there are those who believe if that were the case, Nassau County wouldn't be in such dire financial straits," says Councilwoman Jane Bonner.
Relatively new to the area is North Shore Heritage Park on County Road 83 and Route 25A. It comprises a community center, athletic fields, a stationary Mr. Softee and chess tables.
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES
14 listings between $337,900 and $1,150,000
20 listings between $159,999 and $585,000
From Jan. 1, 2012, to Jan. 28, 2013, there were 85 sales with a median sales price of $430,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low sales price was $187,500 and the high was $875,000. From Jan. 1, 2011, to Jan. 28, 2012, there were 64 sales. The median sales price was $414,000, with a low of $221,000 and a high of $890,000.
Marina and mooring; fishing pier; Willow Creek Golf & Country Club open to the public; Mount Sinai Yacht Club.
Area: 6 square miles
Median age: 40.9
Median household income: $113,440
Median home value: $390,000*
Monthly ticket: $334
School district: Mount Sinai
*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island