Shirley's Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.

Shirley's Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost


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.

This Shirley home is listed for $389,000.

This Shirley home is listed for $389,000. Credit: Krzysztof Sawicki


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.            .

This Shirley house is listed for $659,900.

This Shirley house is listed for $659,900.


Town: Brookhaven

Area: 11.1 square miles

ZIP code: 11967

Population: 27,186

This Shirley house is listed for $199,000.

This Shirley house is listed for $199,000. Credit: Ted Gounelas

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;; LIRR;

*Based on 201 sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI



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

Style Victorian

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 2006

Lot size 50x125

Taxes $11,996

Reduced $19,000

Days on the market 233


Address William Floyd Parkway    

Style High-ranch

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 3

Built 2007

Lot size 100x180

Taxes $9,712

Reduced $91,888

Days on the market 105


Address Grandview Drive

Style Contemporary

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 2018

Lot size 50x100

Taxes $15,000

Reduced $56,000

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

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