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Bay Shore Marina on South Clinton Street is

Bay Shore Marina on South Clinton Street is among the attractions of this South Shore community. (April 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

 Bordering the Great South Bay, Bay Shore is a large historic hamlet popular for waterfront activities, including boating and fishing. It's also where visitors can catch the Fire Island ferry.

But there's so much more, thanks to ongoing revitalization. Attractions include restaurants, shops and entertainment venues such as the YMCA Boulton Center.

"We have become alive again," says Donna deLuca Periconi, president of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce. She and the chamber have been working with community and local officials and have used resources such as the national Main Street Alliance model to learn how to bring back a community.

New businesses include Bearfoot Yoga & Wellness Center and the Kildare Academy of Irish Dance. Eagle Golf, an indoor golf club, is opening soon. Courtland Square Commons, a new rental development with 40 Victorian-style town houses, is near completion.

Resident Rick Ramsay of Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates in Bay Shore says he has been pleased with the schools for his children and describes the community's sports programs and health-care institutions as top notch.

Economically and ethnically diverse, Bay Shore offers single-family homes, mobile homes, condos, town houses, senior housing, affordable housing and apartments. Single-family homes range from the $200,000s to about $7 million.

Condos, town houes, coops
42 listings from $40,000 to $695,000

Monthly rentals
40 listings from $900 to $3,600

Sales prices
According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 333 sales with a median sales price of $219,000 from Feb. 1, 2011, to April 12, 2012. The low price was $59,000; the high was $1,320,000. From Jan. 1, 2010, to Jan. 31, 2011, there were 297 sales. The median price was $235,000 with a low of $76,500 and a high of $1,200,000.

Attractions
Bay Shore Marina; Gardiner County Park

BY THE NUMBERS

Town: Islip

Area: 5.3 square miles

ZIP code: 11706

Population: 26,337

Median age: 37.4

Median household income: $66,460

Median home value: $217,250*

LIRR time to NYC: 59 minutes to 1 hour and 21 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $334

School districts: Most students are in the Bay Shore districts, the rest attend in Brentwood

Sources: 2010 Census; www.mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road;

*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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