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Buying in Deer Park: Affordable homes in central Long Island

Shoppers stroll The Arches Circle on July 22,

Shoppers stroll The Arches Circle on July 22, 2016, in Tanger Outlet Deer Park. Credit: Heather Walsh

What has always made Deer Park an attractive starter location for young families are reasonable house prices in what is a proud working class town, says lifelong resident Tom Donnelly, a councilman for the Town of Babylon.

“It’s a blue-collar community that people take pride in raising their families in,” says Donnelly, who has lived in Deer Park since 1966. “A lot of people who grow up in Deer Park raise their families in Deer Park.”

The hamlet has a median home value of $325,000, and is at the center of Long Island, close to the Long Island Expressway and both the Northern and Southern State parkways.

Running through the middle of Deer Park is Route 231 (also known as Deer Park Avenue), which Donnelly says is under discussion for a maintenance and beautification project that would start next year. Some sidewalks would be replaced and new plants would be added to the median in areas between the Southern State and Old Country Road, says Donnelly, who is part of the town’s 231 Revitalization Committee.

Deer Park’s central location makes Tanger Outlets at the Arches a popular destination for Long Island shoppers.

Rich Halloran, a licensed associate broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in North Babylon, says that because Deer Park was predeveloped, where one builder develops a majority of the area, rather than spot developed with each lot structured by a different builder, very similar houses are found throughout the area. Most are split-levels, along with some ranches and capes.

The area has many industrial parks, which Halloran says provide more than just ample employment.

“The other benefit that industrial parks and stores and shopping have is that they help with the tax base,” he says. “So you’ll find, sometimes, taxes are a little bit less in Deer Park than some other surrounding towns.”


There are seven condos on the market ranging in price from $315,000 to $379,000.


Between June 1, 2015, and July 20, 2016, there were 260 home sales with a median sale price of $323,475, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $125,000 and the high was $585,000. During that time period a year earlier, there were 227 home sales with a median sale price of $300,000. The price range then was $124,000 to $575,000.


Most students attend Deer Park High School, some attend Half Hollow Hills. In 2015, 45 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s down 1 percent from 2014.


Town: Babylon

Area: 6.2 square miles

ZIP code: 11729

Population: 27,745

Median age: 40.7

Median household income: $84,143

Median home value: $325,000*

LIRR to NYC: 54 to 70 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $338

School district: Deer Park

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR;

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


Osceola Avenue, $530,000

After 286 days on the market, this four-bedroom Victorian sold for $19,900 less than its asking price. The 2000 home has a formal living and dining room and 2 1⁄2 bathrooms. The eat-in kitchen includes a center island and has sliding glass doors that open to the back deck and pool, plus French doors that open to a den with a fireplace. The basement of the home, which is on a 100-by-105-foot property, has nine-foot ceilings. Taxes are $13,536.

Nicholls Road, $350,000

Originally listed for $359,000, this four-bedroom high-ranch sold in May after 192 days on the market. The 1992 home has hardwood floors in the living room and formal dining room, which are divided by a partly glass block wall. The eat-in kitchen has cathedral ceilings and a skylight. The master bedroom includes one of the house’s three full bathrooms. The 100-by-100-foot property also has a 2 1⁄2 car garage and a circular driveway. Taxes are $10,964.

Crown Street, $195,000

This four-bedroom cape sold for $5,000 more than its asking price after 410 days on the market. Built in 1958, the home has a living room and dining room combination, two full bathrooms, an updated and extended eat-in kitchen, and a partly finished basement. The master is one of two bedrooms on the first floor of the house. The 100-by-100-foot property includes an inground sprinkler system and a 20-by-26-foot backyard deck. Taxes are $6,009.


Starter, $299,990

This five-bedroom split-level has two full bathrooms and an eat-in kitchen. The full finished basement in the house, which is on a 75-by-100-foot lot, includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. The taxes are $10,695. Ed Ryan, Ed Ryan Real Estate Group, 631-647-4100.

Trade-up, $349,000

This two-bedroom expanded Cape includes two full bathrooms, a formal living room and dining room and a master suite with a full bathroom. The 100-by-100-foot property includes a Florida room, a circular driveway and a two-car garage. Taxes are $9,977. Tina Loffredo, Century 21 Gold Star Realty, 631-667-4646.

High-end, $499,000

This five-bedroom split-ranch has 3 1⁄2 bathrooms, a granite kitchen, a dining room and a family room with a fireplace. There’s also a full finished basement, a semi-inground pool and Trex deck on the 88-by-113-foot property. The taxes are $16,907. Kerry Fee, Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, 631-842-8400.


Number of houses: 89

Price range: $149,900 to $699,000

Tax range: $4,000 to $16,907


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