THE SCOOP: Suburbia on a barrier island is how many describe Lido Beach, a seaside community bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Middle Bay.
"It's a unique community where you see kids on bikes toting either golf clubs or surf boards," says Patricia McDonnell, a resident and broker-owner of Lido Beach Realty. "It's very family oriented," adds resident Alex Rubin of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Long Beach.
While most of the beach is public, there is a private section for those living in the Dunes, a 16-block area on the southeast side of the hamlet. Housing styles are eclectic and parcels vary in size, says Rubin, noting prices in the Dunes typically range from $600,000 to more than $3 million.
On the bay side, many of the houses - high-ranches, Colonials, split-ranches and split-levels - were built in the early 1960s and are priced between $600,000 and $800,000, though newer, supersized homes cost more.
CONDOS: Lido Towers has units listed between $239,900 and $1,215,000. Lido Towne House units are listed from $399,000 to $579,500.
SALES PRICE: According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 15 sales from November 2008 to November 2009. The median price was $629,000, with a low of $419,000 and a high of $3,300,000. From October 2007 to October 2008, there were 12 sales, with a median price of $782,500. The low was $500,000 and the high was $1,250,000.
ATTRACTIONS: The water and Lido Golf Club, a public course. Lido Beach Town Park offers amenities and programs, including a senior beach program and Camp A.N.C.H.O.R., the town's six-week summer day camp, serving people with special needs. Other parks include Lido West Town Park and Nickerson Beach Park.
Area: 1.7 square miles
ZIP code: 11561*
Median age: 50.54
Median household income: $100,543
Median home value: $639,000**
Median age of homes: 47*
Percent owning home: 52.7*
Percent renting home: 39.2 percent*
LIRR time to NYC: 51 to 59 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $232
School district: Long Beach