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Buying a home in Syosset

One of the community assets in Syosset is

One of the community assets in Syosset is the trails in the Stillwell Woods Preserve, good for biking and hiking. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Syosset is in the northeast section of the Town of Oyster Bay. Its central location and top-rated school district are two selling points that are drawing buyers in, real estate agents say.

Syosset High School ranked 28th in New York and 181 nationally, according to the 2015 Best High Schools report from U.S. News & World Report.

"We have a lot of international people coming here to live for the schools," says Mara Navaretta, broker-owner of Homes by Mara Realty.

In comparison to other communities, home prices remain fairly consistent in the Syosset area, says Navaretta. "Syosset has always been ahead of the trend," she adds. "Whenever we see an increase in the market, we see it here first. After Sandy, our houses were in great demand because people don't have to worry about flooding and flood insurance."

The downtown area is along Jackson Avenue, where the Long Island Rail Road station is. The shopping district is lined with boutiques, restaurants and retail stores. Jericho Turnpike is the main commercial shopping hub.

Buyers can find Colonials, capes, split-levels and ranch-style homes. Prices generally start in the $500,000s for a home on a 50-by-100-foot lot and can easily move into the millions with two acres-plus.

Maria Siringo of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates says she is seeing many young families from the tri-state area and the boroughs, as well as international purchasers, interested in the newer homes that offer lots of square footage and more current styles. "There is definitely a demand for new construction. I am finding that a lot of people don't want to do renovations these days, and would rather spend more money and have a house that will be turnkey," says Siringo.

CONDOS: Hidden Ridge, nine listings from $460,000 to $665,000

SALES PRICE: Since May 2014, there were 232 sales with a median price of $619,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $320,000 and the high price was $1.171 million. From May 2013 to May 2014, the number of sales was 221. The median price was $585,000, with a low of $330,000 and a high of $2.3 million.

ATTRACTIONS: Stillwell Woods Preserve, a nature preserve on 270 acres offers hiking, biking and horse trails in neighboring Woodbury; Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, which is town-operated, has an outdoor skating rink, swimming pools, ballfields, tennis courts, a playground and senior and youth programs.


Town: Oyster Bay

Area: 5.0 square miles

ZIP code: 11791

Population: 18,829

Median age: 41.5

Median household income: $133,355

Median home value: $617,000

LIRR time to NYC: 55 minutes to 70 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $287

School district: Syosset

Sources: 2010 census;; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI


Number of houses: 129

Price range: $379,000 to $6.5 million

Tax range: $13,920 to $200,095


Circle Drive, $890,000

With a last asking price of $899,888, the newly constructed Colonial has nine rooms. It was on the market 219 days and sold in January. Built in 2014, the house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and full basement with energy-efficient features. The lot size is 63 by 100 feet. Taxes are $20,000.

Wisteria Place, $696,775

This eight-room split-level sold last month. The original asking price was $759,000; it was reduced to $729,000. It was on the market 210 days. Built in 1954, the home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath, an eat-in kitchen, a living room with fireplace, a formal dining room and an enclosed back porch. The lot size is 100 by 134 feet. Taxes are $16,864.

Bluebird Drive, $500,000

Last month, this six-room ranch sold for $25,000 below the original asking price. It was on the market 54 days. Built in 1953, the home has three bedrooms, a bathroom and half-bath, wood floors and a fireplace. It also has central air-conditioning and two-zone heating. The lot size is 65 by 100 feet. Taxes are $12,708.


Starter, $549,000

Featuring an open floor plan, this seven-room cape has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and an oversized family room with a fireplace. Additional amenities include central air-conditioning. Taxes are $15,986. Meryl Feuer and Judy Rudsky, Homes by Mara Realty, 516-364-2500.

Trade-up, $859,000

Built in 2014, this Colonial features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, vaulted ceilings on the second floor, crown molding and wood floors throughout. Additional amenities include central air-conditioning and a gas heating system. The property size is 52 by 150 feet. The estimated taxes are between $19,000 to $23,000. Maria Siringo, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes, 516-316-8654.

High-end, $1.649 million

Set on two acres on a private country lane, this center hall Colonial with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath has a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen with radiant heated floors and newly finished basement with a playroom. The house also has an in-ground pool, a guest cottage and a three-car garage. Taxes, $50,658. Taryn Peel 516-567-8652 and Nicole Pratt, 516-351-1994, Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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