Located on Long Island's South Shore and in Suffolk County, West Islip is a hamlet of nearly 28,400 with an awesome location. Right on the Great South Bay, West Islip is within 45 miles of New York City. The hamlet buzzes with a big city vibe, while still having fun its own way. With views of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and a proud history, it's easy to get swept away by the charm of West Islip.
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Enjoy time by the ocean! Folks flock to the West Islip area during the summer and for good reason. The West Islip Town Beach and Marina Park is the spot for laying in the sand, darting off to sea in a boat and snapping photos. This beach and marina is located off Montauk Highway and near Lake Capri.
Find a house beside the water! Single family homes account for 96.5 percent of housing units in West Islip and many of these units are within walking distance of the ocean (or at most a very short bike or car ride). The competition for properties beside Great South Bay is tough, but with a little patience, effort and luck, newcomers may be able to find a house for sale or rent to own within steps of the sea. If nothing can be found that close, however, know that there are usually more listings north of the Montauk Highway, near West Islip Public Library and La Grange Inn (note that this is still very close to the water!).
Go out for a meal! Great eateries line the streets of West Islip, so foodies should have no problem satisfying their appetite. Villa Monaco Restaurant serves up delicious pasta and seafood; Pudgie's Famous Chicken is great for a casual lunch; Carousel Diner is popular for breakfast and Cafe Europa cooks up a range of tasty contemporary dishes. Regardless of what day it is, there is good food to enjoy in West Islip.
Save on housing prices! Property value per square foot in West Islip is about $140, which is significantly less than the New York City metropolitan average. Generally speaking, rental and purchase prices for homes get more affordable in West Islip the farther they get from the water. To get a good price, try looking north of Sunrise Highway; pads here are cheaper and still near eateries like West Islip Bagel and stores like Dairy City Supermarket and B.T.J's Jungle.
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