THE SCOOP Boating and fishing are a big part of life in Seaford, where housing inventory is low as people continue to move out from the city to take advantage of the waterfront area, which stretches down along canals and inlets to the bay.
Housing stock in the hamlet includes ranches, split-levels and Capes. “There’s also about 300 of the Seaford brick splits built all around the high school area, which is a desirable spot,” said Sean Hogan, an agent with Realty Connect USA in Woodbury who spent his childhood in Seaford. “Everybody wants to live over there because when you have homecoming it's right in the neighborhood and the parade goes down your block,” Hogan said. These run from $650,000 to $850,000.
Otherwise, prices range from $450,000 for two-bedrooms to $1.5 million and more in Crescent Cove, a gated waterfront community. The Seasons at Seaford has condominiums for senior living starting in the high $400,000s. The Seaford Harbor area, where every block is on the water, has original waterfront bungalows that occasionally go on sale and often get knocked down for new construction.
Homes around Seamans Neck were hard hit by Superstorm Sandy, but most have been renovated and raised above flood level.
Situated on a long, narrow strip between Wantagh and Massapequa, the community officially got its name in 1868 and was known for farming, hunting and fishing. A type of boat called the Seaford skiff was developed in 1870 to help local baymen navigate shallow marshes.
While Seaford is too small to have a main street, there’s shopping and dining on Merrick Road and casual waterfront dining at Anchor Down Dockside and Crabby Amy’s, where flip-flops and bathing suits are welcome.
Attractions include Seamans Neck Park and the 259-acre Cedar Creek Park on the Seaford-Wantagh border, which has an entrance to the bicycle path that leads to Jones Beach; the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, with wildlife and exotic animals; and United Skates of America roller skating rink.
“It’s a small, close-knit community,” said Margaret Grub, president of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce and an agent with Century 21 AA Realty in Seaford. “I’ve lived here for 47 years and most of my neighbors are here 25 years or more.”
CONDOS AND CO-OPS There is one co-op on the market, listed for $319,000.
SALE PRICES Between July 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022, there were 244 home sales with a median sale price of $630,000, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $100,000 and the high was $1.269 million. During that period a year earlier there were 264 home sales with a median sale price of $560,000. The price range was $75,000 to $1.124 million.
Area 2.61 square miles
ZIP code 11783
Median age 41.8
Median household income $136,202
Median home value $660,000
Monthly LIRR ticket from Seaford $277
School district, graduation rate Seaford, 95%
Parks Seamans Neck Park, Cedar Creek Park
Hospitals St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mount Sinai South Nassau
Transit NICE Route 19
SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2019 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov
NOW ON THE MARKET
This corner Colonial built in 2000 on a 0.15-acre lot on a canal has water views from every window and a 180-foot bulkhead. There are four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms, a center-island kitchen and a deck with a built-in grill island with a refrigerator. Flood insurance is $550. Taxes are $16,115. Sean Hogan, Realty Connect USA, 516-714-3606.
Built in 1900, this expanded 1,500-square-foot Cape is on 1/3 of an acre. It has an open floor plan, three bedrooms, two baths, a living room with a gas fireplace, formal dining room and eat-in-kitchen with a quartz island and countertops. There’s also a laundry room and a 1½-car garage. Taxes are $11,315. Darab Lawyer and Vanessa Ambrosecchia, Compass Real Estate, 516-703-3378.
This high ranch built in 1991 on a canal has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, skylights, a deck and patio. It’s 1,993 square feet on 0.09 acre. There’s a possible mother-daughter option with proper permits. Taxes are $15,064. Nicholas Campasano and Ricardo Pena, The Agency Northshore NY, 631-870-0753.
Lot size 0.19 acre
+/- List price -$39,000
Days on market 101
Lot size 0.23 acre
+/- List price +$67,010
Days on market 65
Lot size 0.14 acre
+/- List price -$100,000
Days on market 73
ON ONEKEY MLS
Number of listings 34
Price range $319,000 to $1.195 million
Tax range $6,752 to $19,280