There are several big projects on the verge of starting in Shirley, a community tucked in between Mastic and the Brookhaven hamlet along Long Island’s South Shore.
The Forge River Watershed Sewer Project, which is coming to fruition after about 10 years, is scheduled to begin construction in early 2021, says Peter A. Scully, deputy Suffolk County executive. The price tag is $190 million and will be funded by federal and state sources, he says. Upon completion, about 400 Shirley homes and businesses will be connected, he adds.
Work to replace the Smith Point Bridge is scheduled to begin in summer 2022, says Scully. Planned improvements during the three-year, $75 million project include bike lanes and wider pedestrian walkways. The new bridge will be built on the west side of the current bridge.
Shirley has shown growth in house prices, says Dan Panico, Town of Brookhaven council member, and "when you drive through the community, you see well-maintained homes and families putting down roots.” This is, in part, because blighted homes in the community have been razed, he says. “We have taken down every single home that qualified for demolition," he adds. "There aren’t any more homes to be taken down, and that’s something we couldn’t say years ago."
Shirley Beach was recently renovated with new playground equipment, bathroom facilities, a splash park, a pergola and landscaping, says Panico. "It’s now an absolutely beautiful park on Bellport Bay and an asset to the community and the people who live there," he says.
The overall real estate climate in Shirley is strong because asking prices for homes tend to be more affordable than other areas of Long Island, says John W. Liberti of John Liberti Real Estate, a third-generation real estate broker in the area. “The hot area right now is north of Sunrise Highway and south of the Long Island Expressway because of its access to either highway,” says Liberti, whose grandfather, he says, worked for the developer Walter Shirley for whom the community was named in the 1950s.
CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES
There are nine condos on the market ranging in price from $309,900 to $469,000.
Between Aug.1, 2018, and Sept. 9, 2019, there were 434 home sales with a median sale price of $255,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $55,000 and the high was $619,000. During that time period a year earlier, there were 430 home sales with a median sale price of $225,000. The price range was $60,000 to $529,000. .
Area: 11.1 square miles
ZIP code: 11967
Median age: 35.3
Median household income: $84,312
Median home value: $265,000
LIRR to NYC: 99 to 110 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $461
School district: William Floyd and Longwood school districts
SOURCES: 2013-17 American Community Survey Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on 201 sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
NOW ON THE MARKET
This two-bedroom, one-bathroom ranch features new siding, new insulation, new 150-amp electrical service, a new cesspool system, and a refurbished heating system. The wood floors were recently refinished. Taxes are $6,662. Theodore Gounelas, Coldwell Banker M & D Good Life, 631-455-6018
On a .82-acre lot that backs up to the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, this four-bedroom, two-bath Cape built in 1985 has many updates. Amenities include an in-ground pool, a finished basement and in-ground sprinklers. Taxes are $10,814. Patrick Schultz, Cardinal Realty Group, 631-872-6617
Set on 310 feet of bulkheading on Unchachogue Creek, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom Contemporary features 20-foot ceilings, four skylights, a fireplace and many windows. There’s a private boat ramp in the backyard. Taxes are $13,543. John Williams, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-363-5434
Address Seymour Drive
Lot size 50x125
Days on the market 233
Address William Floyd Parkway
Lot size 100x180
Days on the market 105
Address Grandview Drive
Lot size 50x100
Days on the market 316
On Multiple Listings
Number of houses 160
Price range $95,000 to $659,900
Tax range $5,009 to $13,543