Colorful deck chairs along a dock at Montauk Bay in Long Island, New York

West Long Island real estate may be a bit pricey, but active adults looking for an affordable community have several excellent options.

At 118 miles long and 23 miles wide, New York’s Long Island is the largest island in the mainland United States. About 40 percent of the state’s population lives here, and it’s easy to see why active adults are drawn to this area. Like any island, it’s surrounded by water, allowing locals and visitors bask in its scenic beauty and enjoy outdoor activities—like boating, beach time, hiking, cross-country skiing, and ice skating—throughout the year. It’s also home to The Long Island Rail Road (the oldest continuously operating railroad in this country), a dozen wineries, 10 microbreweries, and the Long Island Ducks baseball team. Oh, and by the way, Billy Joel and Mariah Carey grew up here.

There are also many places geared towards grandchildren. Day trips to science museums like the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, the Long Island Aquarium, and the DNA Learning Center make for great day trips. Adults can also have great fun at the Island’s many golf courses, farmers markets, and excellent restaurants (check out their restaurant week coming up this November).

The 16 active adult communities in West Long Island are fairly close to New York City, with the farthest ones being about 90 minutes from Manhattan. West Long Island real estate prices reflect the highly desirable location, but if you can swing it, the rewards are surely worthwhile.

The Bel Aire at East Meadow - East Meadow

High $200s - Mid $300s

The town of East Meadow in Nassau County is a thriving suburb known for Nassau University Medical Center, Eisenhower Park (it has three golf courses), and The Bel Aire at East Meadow. The latter is an intimate active adult community of 95 resale condos, built from 2004 to 2005.

These attractive condo units are housed in a four-story building, and they’re sized from 908 to 1,153 square feet with one to two bedrooms, two bathrooms, expansive master suites, in-unit laundry areas, and granite kitchen countertops. There’s a second laundry room in the building and a large parking lot for residents. Bel Aire’s Amenity Center has dining areas, computer and media rooms, and an exercise room with lockers. Additional perks include a heated outdoor pool, walking trails, and a valet and concierge. The association (HOA) fee includes heating costs, exterior maintenance, and the upkeep for the amenities.

The Seasons at East Meadow - East Meadow

Low $400s - Mid $500s

Our second pick in East Meadow is The Seasons at East Meadow, a gated active adult neighborhood that was completed in 2012 with 404 resale condos. It’s about 11 miles north of Jones Beach State Park, which offers over six miles of sandy beaches, swimming pools, and a boardwalk. It’s also less than two miles from Hofstra University, where you can attend continuing education classes, concerts, and sporting events.

The three cozy condo models range from 1,030 to 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms and bathrooms. The lower-level units have basements, and the upper-level ones feature lofts. Homes feature granite kitchen countertops, outdoor patios, and assigned parking spots in front of each building.

Homeowners can enjoy quality time at the delightful clubhouse, where they can swim laps at the indoor pool, work out at the fitness center, or watch movies in the cinema room. There’s also a multi-purpose room, a game room, an outdoor pool, plus a dog park for pet owners. The population here is especially active, and they attend events like block parties, casino outings, brunches, holiday events, and wine tastings.

Snug Harbor - Amityville

High $200s - Mid $400s

With 176 resale attached homes, Snug Harbor is an established, gated 55+ neighborhood that’s less than two miles from Oyster Bay. The lucky homeowners here take advantage of the private marina and the convenient location across the street from a Stop n Shop, coffee shop, and liquor store. Also, the Amityville Historical Society sponsors yearly events like a heritage fair, the Great South Bay 5K run, and an annual holiday party.

There are three attached home floor plans, ranging from 935 to 1,334 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half baths, and parking throughout the neighborhood. Upgrades may include balconies off the master bedrooms, pond views, and hardwood floors. The HOA fee provides for ground care, snow removal, and external upkeep.

Snug Harbor’s private clubhouse has a refreshing outdoor pool and tennis courts, plus a multi-purpose room, a card room, and a library inside. There are also walking trails and boat slips available to residents.

Dutchgate - Valley Stream

Low $400s - Mid $500s

Dutchgate’s enviable location is close to everything: It’s mere minutes from Valley Stream State Park, Green Acres Mall, and the Hempstead Beaches. It’s also just eight miles from JFK Airport.

Built from 2009 to 2015, this gated 55 community has 348 resale condo and attached homes. The majority are condo units, at 968 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two baths, in-unit washers and dryers, and a parking spot in front of each of the buildings. The attached model is 1,400 square feet with one or two bedrooms, two baths, and an assigned parking spot. Some of these tasteful homes feature dens, patios, porches, and stainless steel appliances.

On-site perks at the private clubhouse include an exercise room, a multi-purpose room, and an outdoor pool area. The property also has walking and biking trails, and residents get together for holiday parties, barbecues, game nights, and potlucks throughout the year.