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Residential developments on Long Island have been in sleeper mode because of the weak economy. But pumped up advertising and marketing, a reduction in asking prices and a perkier housing market have transformed some communities from barely lukewarm to smokin'.

In the meantime, some communities have turned up the heat on their advertising and promotions as a way to attract buyers who may need the extra push. And some of these developments have dramatically reduced prices - providing perhaps the biggest motivation for buyers.

"With more targeted advertising, a drop in price and improved economy, we're now seeing 40 to 60 visitors a week and a lot of sales activity," says Annette Mina, associate broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in East Islip and listing agent at Oak Creek Commons, a condo community for those 55 and older in Oakdale. "We've seen six new units in contract in just the past few weeks, with other units closing."

The same is true at Mariner's Walk in Oyster Bay, a development of 28 attached town houses. Only five units are left, and there have been nine sales so far this year, says co-listing agent Barry Paley, licensed sales associate with Century 21 Laffey Associates Fine Homes & Estates in Brookville.

Here are five Long Island developments that are "hot," and one home from each on the market.


Mariner's Walk

TYPE OF COMMUNITY 28-unit community of three-story town houses; five units remain unsold

WHY IT'S HOT Only community of its kind in the area that is near the downtown Oyster Bay corridor; there have been nine sales this year

PRICE RANGE $549,900 to $649,000; prices were lowered in 2009


SPECIAL FEATURES Clubhouse, fitness center, private road, courtyards, some units have elevators, located about one-quarter mile from downtown, one-half mile from the Long Island Rail Road station

AGENTS Paige Dawson and Barry Paley, Century 21 Laffey Associates, 516-922-9800

For sale

27 Mariner's Walk

PRICE $619,000

TAXES $10,315

COMMON CHARGE $391 monthly



PARKING Two-car garage

SPECIAL FEATURES Fireplace; den; GE stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops; double vanity; patio


The Horizon at Jericho

TYPE OF COMMUNITY 29 single-family homes in a gated community; 10 remain unsold

WHY IT'S HOT High-end homes that can be customized; four units have sold this year; more luxury features now included, such as upgraded flooring and better quality of stainless-steel appliances with a higher energy efficiency rating

PRICE RANGE $1.29 million to $1.62 million; prices have not dropped


SPECIAL FEATURES Community offers high-end homes, some with elevators; shopping is one-quarter mile away; LIRR is three miles away; plot sizes range from a quarter-acre to a half-acre; choice of stone and stucco, stone and brick, or brick homes.

AGENT Roberta Feuerstein, director of sales at the Horizon and licensed associate broker at Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, 516-496-4200

For sale

20 Annette Way

PRICE $1.29 million

TAXES $20,000

COMMON CHARGES $250 monthly



PARKING Two-car garage

SPECIAL FEATURES Kitchen with Energy Star stainless- steel appliances, cherrywood cabinets, stone countertops and center island; oak floors; patio; master bathroom with whirlpool tub; crown molding; fireplace; quarter- acre plot


The Villages West at Huntington

TYPE OF COMMUNITY 245 town houses and freestanding single-family homes in a manned, gated community; six remain unsold

WHY THIS COMMUNITY IS HOT Offers a variety of home styles at a variety of prices, with numerous amenities and the security of a gated development; nine units have sold this year; a 5- to 10-percent price drop has helped

PRICE RANGE $450,000 to $850,000


SPECIAL FEATURES Outdoor pool, clubhouse, playground, basketball court, two tennis courts, hiking path, near shopping, two or three miles to LIRR

AGENT Patrick Valente, Century 21 Laffey Associates Fine Homes & Estates, 516-625-0944

For sale

113 Brattle Circle, two-story town house

PRICE $799,000

TAXES $9,373

COMMON CHARGES $280 monthly



PARKING One-car garage and one additional space

SPECIAL FEATURES Kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops, white painted maple cabinets and breakfast area; master bath with double vanity; walk-in closet in master bedroom; attic; high ceilings; full, unfinished basement with 9-foot ceilings; central air-conditioning; washer/dryer; carpeting and hardwood floors


Oak Creek Commons

TYPE OF COMMUNITY 32 condos for people 55 and older; 22 units remain unsold

WHY IT'S HOT New condos for a much more attractive price than originally listed for and the community allows pets; 10 units have sold this year

PRICE RANGE $329,000 for all units; prices have been reduced by $100,000


SPECIAL FEATURES All units have two bedrooms and two bathrooms; second-story units have a loft and balcony. The community is a half-mile from shopping and a quarter-mile from the LIRR station.

AGENT Annette Mina, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-617-3400

For sale

102 O'Keefe Ct., upper floor

PRICE $329,000

TAXES $5,400

COMMON CHARGES $425 monthly



PARKING Unassigned common area parking, but enough spots available for two cars

SPECIAL FEATURES Kitchen has maple cabinets, stainless- steel appliances and granite countertops; combination of carpets and ceramic tile floors; linen closet in the master bathroom; washer/dryer; walk-in closet in the master bedroom


Newpointe Estates

TYPE OF COMMUNITY 132 two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos in a gated community; first-floor units have finished basements; second-floor units have loft and separate storage rooms; 42 units are unsold

WHY IT'S HOT Close to shopping, LIRR and amenities; 35 units have sold this year

PRICE RANGE $349,000 to $449,000; prices have been reduced from a starting point of $399,000


SPECIAL FEATURES Clubhouse with fitness center, kitchen and party room; outdoor pool; quarter-mile from shopping and three blocks from the LIRR

AGENT Jerry O'Neill, director of sales for Newpointe Estates and owner-broker for Coldwell Banker Harbor Light Realty, 631-789-4172

For sale

30 Carolyn Ct., second floor

PRICE $349,990

TAXES $6,200

COMMON CHARGES $286 monthly



PARKING One assigned spot, and the community has 176 additional free spots for everyone to use.

SPECIAL FEATURES Carpeting; kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and choice of four types of cabinetry; walk-in closet in master bedroom; cathedral ceilings; loft; storage room; crown molding; and front and rear balconies

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