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Farmingville: Sold for $315,000 Where it is: Bordered (Credit: Newsday/Carbone)

Farmingville: Sold for $315,000 Where it is: Bordered by Selden, Centereach, Holtsville, Holbrook and Coram, the hamlet of Farmingville does not sport multimillion-dollar homes or waterfront bragging rights. But with its central Suffolk County location, it just may be a commuter's dream. It's about a 10-minute drive to Ronkonkoma's train station and has easy access to the Long Island Expressway, Nicolls Road, Sunrise Highway and Route 347. What the numbers show: Farmingville home sales were down by 28.5 percent in the first quarter of 2008 and by 27.5 percent in the second quarter, compared with the same periods in 2007, according MLSLI. The area's average sales price, however, climbed to $357,900 during the first quarter of 2008, up 7.7 percent over that of 2007, according to MLSLI data. Its second quarter average sales price was $353,119, up 2.1 percent from last year's. Why it's hot: Affordability, proximity to major destinations, such as Islip's MacArthur Airport, the Port Jefferson ferry, Stony Brook University and Tanger Outlet in Riverhead. Listing date: March 15 Contract date: May 13 Sales price: $315,000 Original asking price: $329,900 Price reductions: None Features: Raised ranch; three bedrooms; two baths; living room; dining room; kitchen; den. SOURCE Tony DeLuca, Coldwell Banker Blue Diamond Realty, Farmingville

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Farmingville: Sold for $315,000 Where it is: Bordered
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Farmingville: Sold for $315,000 Where it is: Bordered by Selden, Centereach, Holtsville, Holbrook and Coram, the hamlet of Farmingville does not sport multimillion-dollar homes or waterfront bragging rights. But with its central Suffolk County location, it just may be a commuter's dream. It's about a 10-minute drive to Ronkonkoma's train station and has easy access to the Long Island Expressway, Nicolls Road, Sunrise Highway and Route 347. What the numbers show: Farmingville home sales were down by 28.5 percent in the first quarter of 2008 and by 27.5 percent in the second quarter, compared with the same periods in 2007, according MLSLI. The area's average sales price, however, climbed to $357,900 during the first quarter of 2008, up 7.7 percent over that of 2007, according to MLSLI data. Its second quarter average sales price was $353,119, up 2.1 percent from last year's. Why it's hot: Affordability, proximity to major destinations, such as Islip's MacArthur Airport, the Port Jefferson ferry, Stony Brook University and Tanger Outlet in Riverhead. Listing date: March 15 Contract date: May 13 Sales price: $315,000 Original asking price: $329,900 Price reductions: None Features: Raised ranch; three bedrooms; two baths; living room; dining room; kitchen; den. SOURCE Tony DeLuca, Coldwell Banker Blue Diamond Realty, Farmingville

Williston Park: Sold for $560,000 Where it is:
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Williston Park: Sold for $560,000 Where it is: Williston Park village is within the Town of North Hempstead, a North Shore township recently ranked 46th on Money Magazine's "Top 100 Places to Live. " The township was cited for spectacular bays, golf and shopping. Williston Park is bordered by Albertson, Herricks, Manhasset, Mineola and East Williston (which shares its ZIP code). What the numbers show: The number of home sales in Williston Park dropped in the first quarter of 2008, coming in 52 percent lower than the same period in 2007, but rebounded in the second quarter of 2008, with only a 9.5 percent drop in sales compared with the second quarter of 2007. The average sales price, however, climbed in 2008. According to MLSLI, the average sales price in Williston Park in the first quarter of 2008 was $634,200, up 6.95 percent from 2007. The area's second quarter average price in 2008 tabulated at $677,189, up 7 percent from 2007, according to MLSLI. Why it's hot: Attractions in the village and nearby, strong sense of community. Listing date: Dec. 7, 2007 Contract date: Jan. 23 Sales price: $560,000 Original asking price: $595,000 Price reductions: None Features: Expanded and dormered Cape; three bedrooms; two bathrooms, finished basement. SOURCE Multiple Listing Service of Long Island Inc.

Northport: Sold for $607,000 Where it is: The
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Northport: Sold for $607,000 Where it is: The village of Northport on Long Island's North Shore is known for its breathtaking waterfront and historic main street that still bears trolley tracks from an era long ago. Bordered by Northport Harbor, the Long Island Sound, East Northport, Fort Salonga and Kings Park, the area is markedly quaint. . What the numbers show: The area's average sales price rose in the first half of 2008. The average sales price for the first quarter of was $638,100, up 2.64 percent from 2007. The average sales price for the second quarter of 2008 was $831,891, up 11 percent from that same period in 2007. Why it's hot: School quality, proximity to parks, easy commute to city. Listing date: Aug. 27, 2007 Contract date: Oct. 23, 2007 Sales price: $607,000 Original asking price: $679,900 Price reductions: None Features: Ranch on cul-de-sac; two bedrooms; one bathroom; new kitchen. SOURCE Multiple Listing Service of Long Island Inc.

Merrick: Sold for $540,000 Where it is: Bordered
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Merrick: Sold for $540,000 Where it is: Bordered by North Bellmore, Baldwin, Freeport, Bellmore and Jones Beach to its south, the hamlet of Merrick is a short ride from Long Island's South Shore beaches and barrier islands, as well as major shopping hubs and restaurants. What the numbers show: The number of home sales in Merrick slid in the first quarter of 2008 by 18.8 percent and by 31.3 percent in the second quarter, compared with sales in 2007, according to MLSLI Average sales prices, however, rose in the first quarter of 2008, coming in at $556,300, up 4.69 percent from 2007, the data shows. Merrick's average sales price took a nominal dip in the second quarter of 2008, at $549,482, down 1.4 percent from 2007. Why it's hot: School quality, proximity to parks, easy commute to city. Listing date: May 27 Contract date: July 10 (closing pushed back so buyers' children could finish the school year) Sales price: $540,000 Original asking price: $624,990 Price reductions: Reduced on June 9 to $585,000 and June 23 to $535,000; final sales price up $5,000 because lower price brought competitive bids Features: Updated high ranch; four bedrooms; two bathrooms, large yard SOURCE Seth Pitlake, sales associate, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Merrick

Island Park: Sold for $470,000 Where it is:
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Island Park: Sold for $470,000 Where it is: With its proximity to Long Beach to its south and the waterfront hamlets of Harbor Isle to its east and Barnum Island to its west, boating and beaches are a big part of the lifestyle of those who inhabit the village of Island Park. What the numbers show: The number of Island Park homes sold increased 18 percent in the first quarter of 2008 but dropped by 29 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared with the same time periods in 2007, according to MLSLI. But while sales fluctuated, the area's average sales price made a strong jump in the first half of 2008, compared with the first half of 2007. The average sales price for the first quarter of 2008 was $463,700, up nearly 15 percent from the first quarter of 2007, according to MLSLI. The trend continued, with the average sales price for the second quarter of 2008 at $500,167, up 14.4 percent from the second quarter of 2007, according to MLSLI data. Why it's hot: Lower property taxes, subsidized by the National Grid facility on its outskirts, plus an easy commute to the city, small-town charm. Listing date: July 14, 2007 Contract date: May 2 (closing pushed back so buyers' children could finish the school year) Sales price: $470,000 Original asking price: $549,000 Price reductions: Owners were aggressive with their price reductions, lowering their listing price to $529,000 on Aug. 9, 2007, and then to $499,990 on Sept. 1, 2007. Features: New kitchen and appliances; three bedrooms; two bathrooms; central air-conditioning; a deck with retractable awning. SOURCE: Michael Scully, Century 21 Scully Realty, Island Park.

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