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If you want to buy a home in Bayville

This 10-room Colonial at 11 Cat Hollow Rd.

This 10-room Colonial at 11 Cat Hollow Rd. in Bayville sold for $785,000 in June. (June 29, 2012) Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

With access to the Long Island Sound, Mill Neck Bay and Oyster Bay Harbor, the North Shore village of Bayville is a haven for boaters, kayakers and personal watercraft enthusiasts. There are also beaches, restaurants and other amusements.

“Bayville has some of the best waterfront on the Island,” says Dee Dee Brix of Laffey Fine Homes in Greenvale, noting that the village's atmosphere is quaint. “After late fall and into winter, it's a sleepy little town, but once the weather gets nice, it's hopping,” adds Marilyn Jenney of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty in Sea Cliff.

There are two pedestrian-friendly commercial areas: Bayville Commons at the intersection of Bayville and Ludlam avenues, where a streetscape project is just about completed; and along the western edge of Bayville Avenue, where Ransom and Stehli beachs sit across from Bayville Adventure Park and several eateries. The site of the former Steve's Pier One has been approved to become a spa and catering facility, says Mayor Doug Watson.

Neighborhoods feature a mix of bungalows, ranches, high-ranches, capes and Colonials priced from the low-$300,000s to more than $1 million, Jenney says.

And people tend to stay in Bayville, says longtime resident Jean Mansueto, owner of Coast Realty.

MONTHLY RENTALS
From $1,100 for a tiny house up to $6,000, Jenney says.

SALES PRICE
According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 50 sales from June 1, 2011, to June 27, 2012. The median sales price was $420,000 with a low of $242,500 and a high of $1,600,000. From May 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011, there were 39 sales with a median price of $495,000. The low price was $260,000, and the high was $1,500,000.

ATTRACTIONS
Resident beaches and the town-operated Charles E. Ransom Beach. For Halloween, the Bayville Fire Department transforms the station into a haunted house. Chamber events include the Seaside Festival Clam Jam, scheduled Sept. 15 and 16.

OTHER STATS

Town. Oyster Bay

Area. 1.4 square miles

ZIP code. 11709

Population. 6,669

Median age. 45.6

Median household income. $81,888

Median home value. $400,000*

LIRR time to NYC. From Locust Valley, 1 hour, 6 minutes to 1 hour, 13 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket. $254

School district.  Locust Valley

Sources: 2010 Census; 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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