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Buying a home in Babylon Village

Chris Baker, right, and Justin Mack, second right,

Chris Baker, right, and Justin Mack, second right, both of Bay Shore fish at Argyle Lake Park in Babylon, NY (Jan 30, 2012). Photo Credit: Newsday/Ed Betz

The scoop. While Babylon Village has a long-standing reputation for its charm and nautical atmosphere, it has become wildly popular for its dining establishments.

"It has become a destination for restaurants," says Jamie Winkler, owner of Winkler Real Estate in West Islip and Islip.

"You can't come to Babylon and not find something a cuisine] that turns you on," says Steven Rainone of Netter Real Estate in West Islip, noting there are dozens of restaurants -- from inexpensive to upscale -- along Deer Park Avenue and Main Street.

The pedestrian-friendly downtown also comprises mom-and-pop shops and bakeries. Argyle Lake Park, Babylon Village pool and the dock are also popular.

"I'm originally from the city, and I could not have picked a better place for us to live," adds Christine Hernandez of the Westcott Group in Babylon. She moved to the village with her husband in 2001. She says she's also pleased with the education her child is receiving.

Buyers can find a wide range of housing choices -- both on and off the water -- from a variety of styles and price ranges.

"It's a perfect community. . . . You can be at the water in two seconds and have a quick commute into Manhattan]," Winkler says, adding, "It's a perfect combination."

Condos and town houses. 10 listings between $259,000 and $774,900

Rentals. "They are never less than $1,000 a month," Winkler says.

Sales price. According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 98 sales with a median sales price of $400,000 from Jan. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012. The low sales price was $175,000, and the high was $1,275,000. From Dec. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2010, there were 92 sales. The median sales price was $399,500 with a low of $240,000 and a high of $1,325,000.

Attractions. Seasonal annual events, including the County Fair around Argyle Lake sponsored by the Babylon Beautification Society each September. Town beaches and the Captree Boat Basin are nearby.

BY THE NUMBERS
Town: Babylon

Area: 2.4 square miles

ZIP code: 11702

Population: 12,166

Median age: 41.6

Median household income: $94,382

Median home value: $390,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 53 minutes to 1 hour and 19 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $299

School districts: The majority of students attend Babylon; others go to West Babylon

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road;

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

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