Joseph and Meryl Marciano with their dog Nellie Mae in Oceanside Park.

Joseph and Meryl Marciano with their dog Nellie Mae in Oceanside Park. Credit: Linda Rosier

THE SCOOP Though you can’t see the ocean from Oceanside, the hamlet is still a water town, with activities such as kayaking, boating and fishing revolving around canals and Reynolds Channel, with the city of Long Beach and ocean beaches nearby and a 35-minute commute by train to Penn Station.

"You can get and a nice mix of shopping centers and small mom-and-pop shops,” said Tony Iovino, assistant director of the Oceanside Library. "The sports and activities for the kids are pretty extensive, including Oceanside Park." He added that the Kiwanis Club supports the community by providing "a safety net for those who need some help."

Houses along one of the canals in Oceanside that lead...

Houses along one of the canals in Oceanside that lead to Reynolds Channel. Credit: Linda Rosier

The Marine Nature Study Area, a 52-acre preserve managed by the Town of Hempstead, is an environmental education and natural history center that draws visitors from around the Island.

Looking for birds at the Marine Nature Study Area.

Looking for birds at the Marine Nature Study Area. Credit: Linda Rosier

In 2020, residents passed a $33.5 million bond issue for a library renovation to be completed next fall, which will include a kitchen for classes, a cafe and a teen center.

In July, the first Amazon Fresh in the state opened on Long Beach Road, with technology that lets customers skip checkout lines.

Visitors at the Sands Shopping Center on Long Beach Road.

Visitors at the Sands Shopping Center on Long Beach Road. Credit: Linda Rosier

The hamlet was established as Christian Hook in 1674, but as oyster sales and asparagus farming grew, residents wanted to change the name to Oceanville. In 1890, with that name already claimed, they settled for Ocean Side, ignoring the fact that the Atlantic is a few miles south. As with many places on Long Island, a migration from Brooklyn and Queens turned the hamlet into a growing suburb by the 1950s.

Harim Velasquez, left, and his brother Sammy Velasquez play boardball in...

Harim Velasquez, left, and his brother Sammy Velasquez play boardball in Oceanside Park. Credit: Linda Rosier

Today, the area has several condominium and cooperative buildings, though there are predominantly ranches, Colonials and split-level houses. These range from $500,000 to $900,000, with some higher-priced homes closer to the water.

Woodcrest Village Park, a $60 million, 230-unit apartment complex on Rockaway Avenue, opened in August. And Sunrise Senior Living is planning a $48 million assisted living facility in Oceanside.

Nick Vitolo creates a frozen yogurt sundae at Swirls and Twirls...

Nick Vitolo creates a frozen yogurt sundae at Swirls and Twirls in Oceanside Plaza. Credit: Linda Rosier

Matthew Chiarelli, an agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, said that since Oceanside was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, homes have been rebuilt to meet FEMA standards. He advised potential buyers to check with their broker about flood insurance.

The Villas at Oceanside condos on Wexford Lane.

The Villas at Oceanside condos on Wexford Lane. Credit: Linda Rosier

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are on condo and seven co-ops on the market, ranging from $259,000 to $530,000.

SALE PRICES Between Oct. 1, 2021, and Oct. 31, 2022, there were 328 home sales with a median sale price of $672,000, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $325,000 and the high was $1.5 million. During that period a year earlier there were 358 home sales with a median sale price of $610,000. The price range was $220,786 to $1.375 million.

SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2020 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov 

OTHER STATS

Town Hempstead

Area 4.93 square miles

ZIP code 11572

Population 32,637

Median age 45.7

Median household income $116,619

Median home value $697,000

Monthly LIRR ticket from Oceanside $277

School district, graduation rate Oceanside, 95%

Parks Oceanside Park, Margie Street Park

Library Oceanside

Hospitals Mount Sinai South Nassau, Mercy Hospital

Transit NICE Bus Route 15

NOW ON THE MARKET

Priced at $889,000, this split-level on Irma Drive features a...

Priced at $889,000, this split-level on Irma Drive features a multilevel deck. Credit: Long Island Virtual Tours

$889,000

This three-bedroom, 2½-bath split-level built in 1957 on 0.14 acre has an entry foyer, new eat-in-kitchen, office, family room with a fireplace and radiant-heat on the ground floor. There’s a multilevel deck with two covered gazebos and an above-ground pool. The house is also available for a six-month rental with an option to buy. Taxes are $12,435. Phillip Greenblatt and Simeon Mihalache, Village Plaza Realty, 516-593-5455.

Priced at $669,999, this Colonial on Knight Street features a...

Priced at $669,999, this Colonial on Knight Street features a gas fireplace. Credit: Jump Visual

$669,999

Built in 2014, this three-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial is on 0.14 acre in Oceanside Estates. It’s move-in ready with an open floor plan, a gas fireplace in the dining room with sliders to a deck and private yard, a kitchen with high-end appliances and a breakfast bar, second-floor laundry room and attic. A few blocks from canals, the home is FEMA compliant, with $400 annual flood insurance. Taxes are $16,150. Matthew Chiarelli, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-987-9191.

Priced at $259,000, this waterfront apartment co-op in the Ocean Harbor...

Priced at $259,000, this waterfront apartment co-op in the Ocean Harbor Club has a balcony. Credit: Signature Premier Properties/Chuck Danas

$259,000

This Ocean Harbor Club cooperative built in 1964 is a second-floor waterfront unit. It has one bedroom and one bath, a balcony, efficiency kitchen and a living room/dining room with hardwood floors throughout. It’s pet-friendly and has assigned parking. An in-ground pool and gym are included in the monthly maintenance of $1,314. Annual taxes are also $1,314. Ellen Caprino, Signature Premier Properties, 516-317-1059.

RECENTLY SOLD

$1.5 million

Woodward St.

Style Contemporary               

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms

Built 2016

Lot size 0.19 acre

Taxes $33,102

+/- List price -$209,000

Days on market 122

$1 million

Murdock Ave.

Style High ranch                    

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 3

Built 1987

Lot size 0.14 acre

Taxes $16,431

+/- List price -$100,000

Days on market 81

$875,000

Jeffery Ln.

Style Splanch             

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms

Built 1969

Lot size 0.14 acre

Taxes $15,716

+/- List price +$46,000

Days on market 82

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 73

Price range $259,000 to $1.875 million

Tax range $1,314 to $22,807

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