Access to downtown Sayville, with its restaurants and shops, is enough of a draw for homeowners who live within walking distance of the action. But living close to downtown Sayville has an additional perk: the ability to walk to the water. The community is on the Great South Bay.
“I love the fact that it’s centered directly between the ferries and downtown,” says Sheila Barnes of the home she’s selling on Hamilton Street. It’s where she and her husband, Timothy, have lived for 30 years and raised their two daughters. “I’ll miss being so close to the water.”
Newsday’s occasional series Walk to Town looks at Long Island communities where residents can use their feet to get themselves to restaurants, supermarkets, retail stores and more. The first two installments focused on Huntington and Great Neck.
Here’s a look at the Barneses’ home and two others for sale near the downtown Sayville area:
72 FOSTER AVE.
SELLERS: Philip and Patricia Nugent
WHO LIVES IN THE HOUSE: Philip, 63, Patricia, 54, Anna, 24, and Ryan, 22. Philip is a wine consultant, and Patricia is a longtime teacher and school administrator.
HOW LONG THEY’VE LIVED THERE: 11 years
ASKING PRICE: $539,000
HOUSE SIZE: Five bedrooms, four full bathrooms
WHY THEY’RE MOVING: “We went from five to two kids,” Patricia says. The Nugents’ blended family also includes Patrick, 26, Conor, 29, and Ian, 31, all of whom are now living on their own. “The house served us well.” Says Philip: “We’re definitely downsizing.”
HOUSE CHARM: The Victorian-style home features a turret. Bedrooms are spread out, with a granny attic bedroom and a master bedroom with attached sitting room. “We feel like each room has its own personality,” Patricia says. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, French doors and hardwood floors. The den has a dock-scape mural on one wall. The kitchen was redone five years ago and has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a bay window. The downstairs bathroom has a pull-chain toilet. “Everybody comments on it,” Patricia says. The house has decks in the front and back.
WALKING PERKS: “It was particularly good for the kids as they got older,” Philip says. They could get jobs locally. That was good for Mom and Dad, too. “We didn’t have to drop them off or pick them up,” Philip says. The kids worked at Subway, Stop & Shop, Butera’s restaurant, Carvel and more. When they advanced to jobs in Manhattan, they walked to the train station.
FAVORITE SUMMER WALK: “On Wednesday nights, they have concerts in the park in Gillette Park,” Patricia says. She says she also likes the park’s gazebo. The couple walk to dinner at Cafe Joelle.
GO-TO SHOPPING: Philip walks to get his hair cut at Boris’ Barber Shop. He says he also is happy that Brinkmann True Value Hardware is close by. “When you move into an old house, that’s particularly convenient. You don’t have to truck over to Home Depot.” Says Patricia: “One of my favorite stores is Sayville General Store. That’s been really convenient if you need a gift.”
TO BUY GOURMET CHOCOLATES: 368 steps to Sayville Chocolatier
TO HAVE DINNER OUT: 402 steps to Cafe Joelle
TO BUY A GIFT: 414 steps to Sayville General Store
16 ELM CT.
SELLERS: Jason Miceli and Laurie Perino
WHO LIVES THERE: Jason, 44, Laurie, 36, daughter, Maggie, 2, Yoda the mutt and Abby the cat. Jason works in network integration for schools and hospitals, Laurie is working toward a doctorate in marine science at Stony Brook University.
HOW LONG THEY’VE OWNED IT: Jason bought the 1920s house in 2006 and spent six years renovating it.
ASKING PRICE: $469,000
HOUSE SIZE: Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms
WHY THEY’RE MOVING: “My company is opening an office in Boston,” Jason says, so the couple will be moving to Massachusetts. The house just went into contract.
HOUSE CHARM: White-brick, gas fireplace and hardwood floors in the living room; renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an island with a granite countertop; central air-conditioning. The master bedroom is the sole room upstairs; the master bath has a Jacuzzi tub. “I love that it’s easy to maintain,” says Laurie of the house. “It’s a little bit smaller than other houses, so there’s not as much space to clean. Things don’t really pile up much.” Jason put pavers in the whole backyard, so there’s no mowing in back. As for the front: “It takes eight minutes to mow the lawn,” he says.
BEST FAMILY WALKS: To Sayville Running Company. “We run a lot,” Lauren says. But their toddler loves the store, too. “She can see herself in the foot mirrors,” jokes Jason. Maggie also loves the Savyille Library. “The entire bottom floor is for kids,” Laurie says. Adds Jason: “There’s toys. They have programs where they dance around and blow bubbles.”
JASON’S FAVORITE VENUES “My family all lives in Sayville,” Jason says. They like to meet up at La Tavola. Jason says he also likes the Aegean Cafe’s Greek food. “He would eat at the Aegean Cafe every day if he could,” Laurie says.
WALKING PERK: Sayville has a number of festivals in the summer. “Walking to those is great, especially because parking is so hard,” Laurie says.
TO GET A CAPPUCCINO: 1,216 steps to Dunkin’ Donuts
TO DEPOSIT A CHECK: 1,304 steps to Chase Bank
TO BUY RUNNING SHOES: 1,406 steps to Sayville Running Co.
20 HAMILTON ST.
SELLERS: Sheila and Timothy Barnes
WHO LIVES IN THE HOUSE: Sheila, 57, and Timothy, 61. Sheila is a retired social studies teacher and Timothy is a real estate consultant. The couple raised two daughters, Katie, 31, and Michael Ann, 28, in the house. Their daughters now live in Manhattan and Montclair, N.J. They have one grandchild.
HOW LONG THEY’VE LIVED THERE: 30 years
ASKING PRICE: $477,000
HOUSE SIZE: Three bedrooms, 1 1⁄2 bathrooms
WHY THEY’RE MOVING: The couple met in college in Montreal. “We met each other in an urban setting. The plan was always to move back to a city,” Sheila says. The couple have owned an apartment in midtown Manhattan since 2004 and now plan to live there full-time.
HOUSE CHARM: The 1900s Dutch Colonial has an arched passageway from living room to dining room. The kitchen has a decorative and functional pot collection hanging over the sink. A closed-in, winterized porch has black-and-white floor tiles. There’s a detached garage and an aboveground pool.
GO-TO SHOPPING: Sheila likes the women’s clothing stores, including Debra Canavan Classics, and the jewelry stores, including Dorothy’s Fine Jewelry.
FAVORITE COUPLE’S WALK: Every Thursday night the couple likes to walk to Cricket’s for an early dinner. “We know the owner really well. We always felt very comfortable and at home there,” Sheila says. “It’s an unbelievable bargain, and it’s delicious.” They especially like the burgers.
WALKING PERK: Sheila calls the walk to the water her “mental health walk.” In the summer, the family would walk to the ferry dock and take the boat to Fire Island. “Sometimes to Fire Island Pines, usually Sailors Haven,” Sheila says.
TO SHOP SPECIAL-OCCASION DRESSES: 736 steps to Francine’s Bridal Experience
TO GET A HAIRCUT: 847 steps to Vanity Square Salon & Spa
TO FIND VINTAGE HOME GOODS: 859 steps to A Cottage in the City