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Buying in Lido Beach

The Marina West Town Boat Launch in Lido

The Marina West Town Boat Launch in Lido Beach is pictured Thursday, May 29, 2014. Credit: Barry Sloan

Lido Beach is touted as a family oriented community with easy access to Manhattan. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Middle Bay, Lido Beach sits on a barrier island between Point Lookout and Long Beach.

"It's kind of a Hamptons lifestyle without the commute," says resident Tom Tripodi of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

This compact community has several parks, a public golf course and Marvel Frozen Dairy, a popular ice cream stand. Lido Beach Nature Area, a 40-acre site along Lido Boulevard saved from development, is "always improving in a way that is harmonious with nature," says town spokesman Mike Deery, meaning that enhancements to it compliment the environment.

The new Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center for Camp ANCHOR, a program serving people with special needs, was recently dedicated to three counselors killed en route to summer camp nearly four years ago.

Many homeowners have recovered from superstorm Sandy, said Patricia McDonnell, owner-broker of Lido Beach Realty.

"I think the storm and the economy put a damper on the market, but it's picking up," McDonnell says. Buyers are taking advantage before prices climb, Tripodi adds.

CONDOS: Lido Towers and Towne House: 25 listings, $149,000 to $549,000

SEASONAL RENTALS: (Memorial Day to Labor Day) $20,000 to $50,000

SALES PRICES: From April 1, 2013, to May 10, 2014, there were 12 sales, with a median price of $625,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $425,000, and the high was $3 million. From 2012 to 2013 in the same time period, there were 17 sales. The median price was $700,000 with a low of $450,000 and a high of $1.15 million.

ATTRACTIONS: Marina West town boat launch; Malibu Shore Club offers a new restaurant, fitness club and pool.

MORE LIDO BEACH STATS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 1.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11561

Population: 2,897

Median age: 52

Median household income: $136,538

Median home value: $620,000*

LIRR time to NYC: from Long Beach, 51 minutes to 59 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $276

School district: Long Beach

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;

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

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