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If you're thinking of buying in Medford

A clock in a park on Medford Ave

A clock in a park on Medford Ave and Railroad ave for a rebuy in Medford. Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

THE SCOOP Looking for a rural spot to live on Long Island? Many real estate agents say Medford is one place to consider. "There's not a lot of traffic around here," says Marilyn Noble of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in

Medford, noting property sizes are often large here compared to other areas.

The section known as Old Medford, for example, is where homes of various styles sit on parcels that range from half an acre to two acres, says Donna Gallo of Century 21 Adams Real Estate in West Babylon. Horse properties can be found as well. Generously sized properties are in other areas, including a newer development -- Pinewood Manor -- where lot sizes range from a quarter-acre to almost an acre.

Medford has mostly starter homes and trade-ups, though there are a smattering of high-end homes. "You can get a lot of home for your money," Gallo says. For instance, a six-bedroom house with two bathrooms, but no basement, in the Pines can be priced in the low $200,000s.

Businesses and services can be found along Route 112. Other retailers, including Sam's Club and Target, are on Horse Block Road, while a few industrial businesses are along Long Island Avenue.

"I'm seeing a lot of clients gravitate to Medford for its location," says Bryan Karp of Century 21 Princeton properties in Ronkonkoma, noting easy access to the East End.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES
33 listed between $169,999 and $399,999

SALES PRICE
According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 140 sales from Aug. 1, 2010, to Sept. 8, 2011. The median price was $235,000, with a low of $53,500 and a high of $534,000. From July 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, there were 170 sales, with a median price of $267,150. The low was $60,000 and the high was $715,000.

ATTRACTIONS
Boomers!, an amusement park on Long Island Avenue; Peppermint Park, a playground on Route 112 and Jamaica Avenue; Medford Athletic Complex off Horse Block Road; Mill Pond Golf Course, a public course; Horse stables. The Davis Park Ferry (Fire Island) is in Patchogue.

MORE STATS

Town: Brookhaven

Area: 10.8 square miles

ZIP code: 11763

Population: 24,139

Median age: 37.2

Median household income: $87,027

Median home value: $229,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 38 minutes at peak; monthly ticket: $334

School districts: Most attend Patchogue-Medford, and some go to South Country or Longwood

Sources: Census estimates; www.mlsli.com; LIRR;

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

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