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Buying a home in Bethpage

A skateboarder at the Town of Oyster Bay

A skateboarder at the Town of Oyster Bay Skatepark in Bethpage, Oct. 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Uli Seit

New homes have recently been built and sold within Bethpage, making for what Carole Ann Catapano of Century 21 Catapano Homes calls “a nice resurgence of new construction” in the area.

Homes priced in Bethpage’s middle range were constructed within walking distance of the Long Island Rail Road station, and luxury homes have gone up in the area’s estate section in the center of the hamlet, with more planned, Catapano says.

Housing styles within the area vary, with starter homes ranging from capes to ranches and trade-ups consisting of split-levels, expanded ranches and Colonials, says Catapano, a lifelong Bethpage resident.

The area also offers multiple senior housing units, including Central Park Estates, Apollo and Sunny Lane.

One attraction in the area is Bethpage Community Park, which features the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center. Another is Bethpage State Park, which runs along the community’s eastern line. In addition to amenities such as picnic areas, biking trails and athletic facilities, the park offers five golf courses. The park’s famed Bethpage Black course was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009.

Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joseph Pinto says those tournaments “would not have come to Bethpage if they didn’t think it was a great area and community to run an event.”

Pinto cites the community’s centralized location, shopping district and community-oriented nature.

Bethpage is also home to Gold Coast Studios, where the new CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” starring Long Island-native Kevin James is being made. The show became the first network prime-time series to originate from a Long Island facility.

In April, Inc. agreed to lease a Bethpage facility as part of its distribution infrastructure. “Attracting Amazon as an employer will provide a significant boost to our local economy,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a Bethpage resident, said in a statement at the time.

In August, Bethpage High School was ranked the 305th best public high school in the country, and 14th best on Long Island, in Newsweek magazine’s annual list.


There are no condos on the market.


Between Sept. 1, 2015, and Oct. 10, 2016, there were 209 home sales with a median sale price of $423,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $205,000 and the high was $750,000. During that period a year earlier, there were 216 home sales with a median sale price of $400,000. The price range was $176,000 to $735,000.


Most students attend Bethpage High School. In 2015, 69 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s up from 67 percent in 2014.


Town: Oyster Bay

Area: 3.6 square miles

ZIP code: 11714

Population: 16,429

Median age: 44.1

Median household income: $95,686

Median home value: $430,000*

LIRR to NYC: 45 to 55 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $287

School district: Bethpage

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR;*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI



After 136 days on the market, this four-bedroom Colonial sold for $31,500 less than its asking price. The 1995 home has 3.5 bathrooms, a formal living and dining room, a den and an eat-in kitchen. The master bedroom has cathedral ceilings, a full bathroom and three closets. The home includes a finished basement with eight-foot ceilings and an attic.

The 0.21-acre property also features an in-ground pool, a one-car garage and a seven-car driveway. The taxes are $13,476.


Originally listed for $500,000, this four-bedroom expanded cape sold in September after 92 days on the market. Built in 1950, the house has two full bathrooms, a kitchen with granite surfaces, a dining room and a living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a spiral staircase that leads to the master bedroom. A sitting room features sliding glass doors that open to a covered paver patio and an in-ground pool.

The 0.20-acre property includes a detached two-car garage and a finished basement. The taxes are $8,769.


This three-bedroom ranch sold for $24,000 less than its asking price after 140 days on the market. The 1959 home has two updated full bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and an eat-in kitchen. Hardwood floors run through the living and dining room. The kitchen, with tiled flooring, includes a sliding-glass door that leads to a back deck.

The 80-by-100-foot property also includes a 1 1/2 car garage, a full finished basement and an attic. The taxes are $11,311.


STARTER: $339,933

This three-bedroom ranch has one full bathroom, a living room, an eat-in kitchen and a mudroom. The 68-by-95-foot property features a back deck.

The taxes are $7,147. Melissa DAngelo, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-223-2012.

TRADE-UP: $519,999

This three-bedroom expanded cape includes two full bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar. The 82-by-100-foot property includes a full basement.

Taxes are $12,685. Mary Dunphy, Century 21 Catapano Homes, 516-375-1566.

HIGH-END: $639,000

This four-bedroom split-level features 2.5 bathrooms, an extended eat-in kitchen, a living room and a dining room with sliders. The 70-by-100-foot property includes an above-ground pool with a deck, and a covered patio.

Taxes are $9,710. Mary Macaluso, Realty Connect USA, 516-410-6193.


Number of houses: 57

Price range: $239,900 to $2.4 million

Tax range: $7,147 to $23,000


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