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Islip's vibrant Main Street fosters sense of community

Businesses and houses on Main Street in Islip

Businesses and houses on Main Street in Islip Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin


Perched on the South Shore looking out to the Great South Bay, the hamlet of Islip has much to offer, says Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

The charming Main Street with ample municipal parking creates a sense of community, Carpenter says. It has popular eateries, an old-fashioned ice cream shop, a candy store, a butcher, a jewelry store and an array of customary main street businesses. A farmers market pops up 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and attracts a lot of walkers, she adds.

The hamlet also has a small bay beach, a gazebo and playground, Carpenter adds, referring to the Islip Town beach. "For seniors or families with little kids, there’s no long schlep to a beach," she says.

The community, which abuts East Islip and Islip Terrace to the east and is a few miles east of West Islip, has an appealing vibe, says Annette Mina, associate broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. "Many homebuyers say they want to be able to walk to Main Street, and residents tend to gather there."

Homes in the area are primarily Colonials and ranches, but there are Capes north of Sunrise and Montauk highways, Mina says. South of Montauk Highway is known for large historic Colonials, she says. "The real estate market is more active than I’ve seen in 43 years. City people want larger work space in their home and current residents working from home want to be more comfortable, and they are the trade-up buyers."


There are two condos on the market ranging in price from $179,999 to $188,500.


Between Feb. 29, 2020, and March 31, 2021, there were 152 home sales with a median sale price of $450,000, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $217,500 and the high was $1,710,000. During that period a year earlier there were 156 home sales with a median sale price of $415,000. The price range was $40,000 to $1,175,000.


Town Islip

Area 5.4 square miles

ZIP code 11751

County Suffolk

Population 17,853

Median age 41.6

Median household income $110,387

Median home value $465,000*

Monthly LIRR ticket $405

School district Islip

Parks Islip Town Park, Veterans Memorial Park, pocket parks

Library Islip Public Library

Hospitals Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip and South Shore University Hospital, Bay Shore

Transit Suffolk County Transit bus lines 40, 42, 36

SOURCES: 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year; OneKey MLS; LIRR,,

*Based on 97 sales in the past six months, according to OneKey MLS



Sitting on a 0.69-acre canal-front lot, this 4,200-square-foot, five-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Postmodern home is in the Bayberry Point complex and features walls of windows on two levels, an in-ground pool, bulkheading and extensive decking. Taxes are $42,120. Laura Riportella, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-581-8855.


With a Ponderosa-inspired exterior, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home features a high-end kitchen, skylights and a legal one-bedroom accessory apartment. The master suite has two walk-in closets. Taxes are $27,317. David Sanders, Tanya Fuchs, Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates, 631-665-1500.


Sitting on a 75-by-125-foot treed lot between Montauk and Sunrise highways, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom expanded Cape, which has an accepted offer, has plenty of windows and a first-floor master bedroom. Taxes are $11,805. Christine and Jan Hermanowski, Signature Premier Properties, 631-567-0100.



Address Bayview Avenue

Style Split level

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 1952

Lot size 0.16 acre

Taxes $17,901

+/- list price -$19,000

Days on market 74


Address Spur Drive South

Style Expanded Cape

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

Built 1965

Lot size 0.41 acre

Taxes $13,170

+/- list price +$2,000

Days on market 119


Address Finch Lane

Style Co-op

Bedrooms 1

Bathrooms 1

Built 1970

Lot size n/a

Maintenance $913

+/- list price -$2,000

Days on market 139


Number of listings 18

Price range $188,500 to $1,749,000

Tax range $10,580 to $42,120

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