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Medford, a 'nice-kept' secret

This a six-room ranch on Cedar Avenue shown

This a six-room ranch on Cedar Avenue shown in full fall colors on Nov. 8, 2014, sold in October for $325,000. The house is among the range of options in Medford, a family friendly hamlet with wide-open spaces and tree-lined streets. Credit: Heather Walsh

 "A nice-kept secret" is how Ed Shine of Shine Realty Group describes his hometown of Medford. The secret may be out, though, since this rural area has experienced a bit of a building boom.

New developments, many of them on cul-de-sacs, have been built in the last decade, says Lina Lopes of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Now buyers have a lot more choices. From compact ranches to 3,000-square-foot Postmoderns, neighborhoods throughout this sprawling community offer a mix of architectural styles.

Pricier homes on one-plus-acre lots are in the section known as Old Medford, where a few horse properties remain. Houses in The Pines are connected to the sewer system, Lopes says. Homes in move-in condition, priced in the low $100,000s, can be found in North Medford, Shine says. "There's a big market for first-time home buyers," Shine adds, noting they can find a nice house for under $300,000.

Residents have access to shops, restaurants, recreation areas and houses of worship. Businesses, many of them including mom-and-pop shops, can be found along Route 112. Annual events, including a summer concert series, are often held at Medford Memorial Park.

"Medford still has a small-town feel," says resident Paige Tarver, president of the Medford Chamber of Commerce. Next month, on Dec. 7, the chamber and Medford Fire Department will host a holiday parade, Tarver says, noting festivities conclude at the firehouse, where hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Residents can also join local groups, including the garden club and civic association. A new community center is slated to be built in the spring.

CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES. 26 listings between $137,000 and $324,999

SALES PRICES. The numbers are up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 31, 2014, there were 193 sales with a median price of $251,000. The low price was $55,055, for a real estate owned property (REO), and the high was $570,000. From 2012 to 2013, during the same time period, there were 160 sales with a low of $55,000 for a short sale. The high price was also $570,000.

ATTRACTIONS. Mill Pond Golf Course; Peppermint Park, a playground on Route 112 and Jamaica Avenue; Medford Athletic Complex off Horse Block Road; Boomers!, an amusement park on Long Island Avenue

MORE MEDFORD STATS

Town: Brookhaven

Area: 10.8 square miles

ZIP code: 11763

Population: 24,142

Median age: 37

Median household income: $92,562

Median home value: $256,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 38 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $363

School district: Most students attend Patchogue-Medford while others go to South Country or Longwood.

Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

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