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Buying in Central Islip: Hamlet with sense of community

Among the features of Central Islip is Minieri's

Among the features of Central Islip is Minieri's Parkview Riding Center. It offers lessons, camps and shows. This horse and rider were working on June 3, 2016. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

There’s much to be proud of in Central Islip, says Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, because the hamlet is a place where residents have a strong sense of community and connection and a commitment to civic engagement.

Central Islip’s schools are very involved in the community, she added, and the hamlet’s cultural diversity is celebrated at places like the Teatro Yerbabruja Arts Center, which offers workshops and presentations on everything from writing and painting to theater and music.

Carpenter says she’s excited about upcoming events in Central Islip — like this weekend’s grand opening of the PAL athletic fields, and the completion of the Islip Town Firefighter’s Museum, which is scheduled to open later this year.

Carpenter says the hamlet has benefitted from the Bethpage Ballpark — the home of the Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team — which came to Central Islip in 2000. The ballpark is just as popular as the day it opened, Carpenter says, calling taking in a game “an incredible family experience.”

The ballpark draws out-of-towners to Central Islip, says agent Michael Brown of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, bringing revenue to local shops and restaurants and showcasing what he calls the transformative change that’s taken place in the hamlet over the past 15 years. The change includes an influx of affordably priced condos and townhomes that Brown says draw people of all ages to Central Islip, from the young first-time home buyer to empty-nesters who wish to downsize but remain on Long Island.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES

There are 28 condos on the market, ranging in price from $79,900 to $375,000.

SALES PRICES

From May 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016, 218 homes were sold, with a median price of $209,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low was $75,000 and the high was $450,000. During that  period a year earlier, there were 215 home sales with a median price of $210,000. The price range was $60,000 to $510,000.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Central Islip Senior High School. In 2015, 11 percent of its graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s up from 7 percent in 2014.

OTHER STATS

Town: Islip

Area: 5.9 square miles

ZIP code: 11722

Population: 34,450

Median age: 32.9

Median household income: $65,695

Median home value: $202,500*

LIRR Central Islip to NYC: 62-79 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket $377

School district: Central Islip

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

RECENTLY SOLD

Woodland Avenue, $450,000

After 475 days on the market, this four-bedroom high-ranch sold for $149,000 less than its asking price. The 1964 home has three full baths, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, a living room and a den. There’s also a two-bedroom guest cottage on the 1.17-acre property, which is zoned for horses and has direct access to riding trails at Connetquot State Park. There’s a multi-stall barn with a tack room, turnout and riding ring on the property, which also features a stone patio, inground sprinklers and a three-car garage. The taxes are $12,982.

Wheeler Road, $286,200

This four-bedroom Colonial sold for $3,700 more than its asking price after 240 days on the market. The 1913 home has two full bathrooms — including one with a frameless stall shower and a whirlpool tub. There’s an updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters and a center island, a formal dining room, a living room and a family room. The home also offers a laundry room, hardwood floors and a full basement. There’s a patio on the .57-acre property, which is tree-lined and fully fenced. The taxes are $7,929.

Joshua’s Path, $190,000

Originally listed for $199,990, this three-bedroom ranch sold in May after 107 days on the market. Built in 1958, the home has one updated bathroom, a renovated kitchen and a combination living room/dining room. The windows, roof and siding were recently replaced. There’s a den and laundry room in the full finished basement, which has an outside entrance. There’s a front porch, rear patio and circular driveway on the .26-acre property, which is equipped with security and sprinkler systems. The taxes are $6,704.

NOW ON THE MARKET

Starter, $150,000

This three-bedroom Cape is on a 100-by-100-foot lot offering one full bathroom, a formal dining room and a full basement. The taxes are $8,290.

Brizeida Hernandez and Noyma Reyes, Millennium Homes, 631-767-4153 and 631-206-0722.

Trade-up, $299,000

This five-bedroom raised ranch has two full bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and master suite. There’s a deck on the 100-by-226-foot property. The taxes are $10,803.

Brizeida Hernandez, Millennium Homes, 631-767-4153.

High-end, $459,000

This three-bedroom ranch has 2 1⁄2 baths, a granite kitchen and a family room with a fireplace. There’s a pool and patio on the 1.03-acre property, which is zoned for horses. The taxes are $14,096.

Michael Watts, Michael J. Watts & Associates, 516-398-4845.

ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS

Number of houses: 142

Price range: $99,000 to $499,000

Tax range: $3,531 to $18,203

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