Shirley's oceanfront Smith Point County Park is on the east...

Shirley's oceanfront Smith Point County Park is on the east end of Fire Island, reachable by William Floyd Parkway. Credit: Morgan Campbell

THE SCOOP Shirley, part of what is called the tri-hamlet community, which also includes Mastic and Mastic Beach, has seen a new surge of homebuyers from New York City since the pandemic. They’re replicating a first wave of buyers in the 1970s who flocked to what had until then been a summer bungalow area developed by Walter T. Shirley in the 1950s.

First-time buyers today are drawn to the shoreline, affordable home prices and the location off the Long Island Expressway, according to Gina Walter, a resident and native.“The area has become popular since COVID for people in the city because it’s affordable, and when you go by exits they don’t think Exit 68 is far,” said Walter, a real estate agent with Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty in Moriches. “We have easy access to Sunrise Highway and the LIE, and because we’re only 20 minutes out of the Hamptons, we’ve become a huge Airbnb town because we're very close to the beach.” 

Housing stock in Shirley is a mix of ranches, Colonials and Capes typically ranging from $270,000 for ranches to $800,000 for waterfront homes. “People who bought here in the beginning stayed here, and now I’m selling homes to my friends and their children,” Walter said.

Houses along Pinelawn Avenue.

Houses along Pinelawn Avenue. Credit: Morgan Campbell

Shirley is known for the Smith Point Bridge, which crosses to Fire Island, allowing easy access to the Atlantic Ocean without taking a ferry. A main attraction is Smith Point County Park, a beachfront park facing the ocean on the east end of Fire Island. “People come from all over to go to Smith Point Beach every summer,” said Beth Wahl, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics & Shirley. 

The hamlet is “big beaching and boating community” with several marinas — “a big draw to our community,” Walter said.

Also in Shirley is Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, which has six miles of trails through Pine Barrens forests and along the Carmans River.

Paddleboarders explore Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, which also has six...

Paddleboarders explore Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, which also has six miles of birding and hiking trails. Credit: Morgan Campbell

Montauk Highway is the main business corridor where residents go to shop and dine.

Wahl said that the Forge River Watershed Sewer Project in Mastic and Shirley, a $224 million wastewater treatment plant that will connect homes and businesses to sewers, will help restaurants that have limited seating.

Tend Coffee opened on Montauk Highway in 2013.

Tend Coffee opened on Montauk Highway in 2013. Credit: Daniel Brennan

Other projects on tap include a renovation of the Shirley branch of the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, and a $73 million project to replace the Smith Point Bridge set to begin in 2024.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are three condos on the market, ranging in price from $499,000 to $749,000.

SALE PRICES Between June 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, there were 457 home sales with a median sale price of $399,999, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $170,000 and the high was $777,000. During that period a year earlier there were 468 home sales with a median sale price of $345,000. The price range was $142,000 to $700,000.

SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2019 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov

OTHER STATS

Town Brookhaven

Area 11.46 square miles

ZIP code 11967

Population 26,360

Median age 38.3

Median household income $92,426

Median home value $409,914

Monthly LIRR ticket from Mastic-Shirley $415

School districts, graduation rates William Floyd (90%), Longwood (90%)

Parks Smith Point County Park, Shirley Beach

Libraries Mastics-Moriches-Shirley, Longwood

NOW ON THE MARKET

Priced at $699,000, this Waters Edge town house has water views...

Priced at $699,000, this Waters Edge town house has water views from every room. Credit: Amy Limjoco

$699,000
This waterfront town house in the Waters Edge at Smith Point development has three bedrooms and 2½ baths, with water views from every room. Built in 1984, the corner unit has a new kitchen and decks off the living room and primary bedroom. The home has access to the community’s pool, clubhouse, dock and beach. Annual taxes are $5,953 and monthly common charges are $725. Irene Lockel, Netter Real Estate, 631-661-5100.

Priced at $525,000 this high ranch on Revilo Avenue has...

Priced at $525,000 this high ranch on Revilo Avenue has been fully renovated. Credit: Stephen Abruzzo

$525,000
Built in 1972, this six-bedroom, two-bathroom high ranch has been renovated, including a kitchen with granite countertops, two designer bathrooms, new flooring throughout and a new roof. The 2,300-square-foot house is on a fenced-in 1/3-acre lot with a detached garage. It can be a mother-daughter with proper permits. Taxes are $12,847. Stephen Abruzzo, Gateway to the Hamptons Real Estate, 631-325-3449.

Priced at $499,900, this expanded ranch on Laurel Lane features...

Priced at $499,900, this expanded ranch on Laurel Lane features an inground pool with a waterfall. Credit: Lifestyle Films

$499,900
This custom expanded ranch built in 1953 on a 0.37-acre lot has three bedrooms, two baths, a great room with a full bar and wood-burning fireplace, a covered-porch front entry and detached, heated garage. The landscaped yard has an inground pool with a waterfall and paved patio. Taxes are $8,413. Gina Walter and Tinamarie Hughes, Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty, 631-878-3400.

RECENTLY SOLD

$777,000

Auborn Ave.

Style Exp. Ranch

Bedrooms 7

Bathrooms 5

Built 1950

Lot size 0.4 acre

Taxes $13,525

+/- List price Sold for asking

Days on market 81

$550,000

Puritan Dr.

Style High ranch

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 2

Built 1993

Lot size ½ acre

Taxes $11,923

+/- List price +$20,001

Days on market 66

$340,000

Carlton Dr.

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 1

Built 1976

Lot size 0.34 acre

Taxes $7,145

+/- List price -$10,000

Days on market 73

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 82

Price range $269,000 to $800,000

Tax range $5,958 to $16,328

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