Before Long Island became a retirement and vacation destination, it was inhabited by Native American tribes and settled by people from around the world. In fact, Western Long Island was settled by Dutch immigrants, and Eastern Long Island was settled by Massachusetts Puritans. As the years passed, the island’s breathtaking scenery attracted wealthy settlers who built lavish estates; these have since turned into parks, museums, golf courses, and residential properties.
Nowadays, Nassau and Suffolk County are among the most expensive regions to live in this country, but you don’t have to spend your entire life savings to purchase a tasteful home here. And no matter where you buy, you'll be near beaches, nature preserves, golf courses, theaters, grocery stores, and medical offices. Though it does get cold in the wintertime, at these price points, you may be able to turn into a snowbird with a second home in a warmer climate.
Here are four Long Island communities with homes for sale under $350k.
Below $100k - High $100s
Greenwood Village has plenty of amenities, charming homes, and a convenient location in Manorville. Completed in 2000, Greenwood Village is a land-lease community, meaning a resident owns the home but pays a lease on the land. The single-family and attached properties range from approximately 900 to 1,300 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. Also, some homes have desirable features like a sunroom, basement, and front porch. Current home prices range from the low $100s to the high $100s.
At Greenwood Village, residents have access to a clubhouse, an exercise room, billiards tables, card tables, a library, a woodworking shop, a catering kitchen, and more. Outside, there's an outdoor pool and patio, picnic and BBQ areas, a tennis court, two bocce ball courts, and four shuffleboard courts. There's also community transit and RV parking available.
Below $100k - Low $300s
Consisting of over 500 single-family homes, Glenwood Village offers active adult homebuyers reasonably priced properties, numerous amenities, and a picturesque setting in East Long Island. The recreation center at Glenwood Village has a library, a catering kitchen, an exercise room, and an arts and crafts room. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the pool and the putting green as well as the bocce ball and shuffleboard courts.
This 55+ community offers affordable manufactured homes available as both new construction and resale. Plans call for 588 homes, and homebuyers have a wide variety of floor plans to choose from. The original Glenwood Village floor plans feature 902 square feet, two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and either a driveway or a carport. The newer homes offer more open and spacious floor plans, starting at 1,050 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and either a carport or driveway. Most homes come with an open or covered porch. Current homes for sale range from the low $100s to the low $300s.
Mid $100s - Mid $300s
Completed in 1985, Woodridge Strathmore Terrace has 226 attached homes, offering a low-maintenance lifestyle in Mount Sinai, New York. This community also has plenty of amenities to keep residents socially and physically active. At the clubhouse, neighbors can gather in the meeting room, join a game of cards or billiards, break a sweat in the exercise room, or relax with a good book in the library. Outdoors, there's a pool and patio; courts for tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, or racquetball; a minature golf course, and walking and biking trails. Also, a community bus is available for trips to local destinations.
Homes at Woodridge Strathmore Terrace range from approximately 1,000 to 2,000 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and a parking space or attached one-car garage. These ranch-style homes contain walk-in closets, sunrooms, and wooded private backyards. Current homes for sale range from the low $200s to the mid $300s.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
Geared towards downsizing, the gated and established 55+ community of Country Village Estates is perfectly situated in the middle of the island. Northern beaches like Sound Beach and southern ones like Fire Island provide a nice variety of outdoor recreation. Plus, there are nearby parks like Rocky Point.
This tight-knit neighborhood was completed in 2001 with 195 resale attached homes, just minutes from a grocery store, a Home Depot, restaurants, and convenience stores. The five floor plans range from 1,200 to around 1,400 square feet with one or two bedrooms, two bathrooms, eat-in kitchens, open floor plans, and attached one-car garages.
For a smaller community, Country Village has some nice amenities like a community transit bus. There’s also a private clubhouse with a gathering room, a ballroom, and an exercise facility. Outside, you'll find shuffleboard and bocce ball courts as well as an outdoor pool and walking trails.