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Mastic NY Homes for Sale: Your Moving Guide

Mastic is a hamlet 59 miles east of and about a 90-minute drive to Manhattan. Located in the southeastern part of the town of Brookhaven in central Suffolk County, Mastic is home to a population of 15,481 residents who enjoy the many fruits of the quiet beachside lifestyle and the many perks of owning low-cost beachfront property.

Mastic is home to plenty of parks like the Long Island Greenbelt Trail, giving people the chance to respect nature throughout different year-round activities. Mastic is a place to explore multiple eateries, local stores, and a national center located on the Southeast corner of New York State at the mouth of the Hudson River.

The intertwining hamlets of Mastic, Shirley, and Mastic Beach remain a working-class stronghold on the South Shore of Long Island, where the beaches and boats form a paradise that sits on a 15-square mile peninsula of about 45,000 residents that leads to Fire Island to the south. If you plan to buy a home in Mastic, expect a unique place for you to sail, clam, fish, swim, and raise children.


Background and history

Mastic was originally known as Forge and occupied by the Algonquian-speaking Native Americans. The name derives from an Algonquian term meaning “big stream.” The hamlet changed its name to Mastic in 1893.

The Long Island Rail Road built a station in 1882 and, on July 15, 1960, the stop was moved 7,010 feet west and renamed Mastic–Shirley. The Poospatuck Indian Reservation lies entirely within the community, near its southern end and along the Forge River, which looks toward the Montauk Branch of the LIRR.

The northernmost section of the hamlet is called Manor Park, which stretches from Sunrise Highway to Moriches-Middle Island Road immediately east of Brookhaven Airport. Part of the neighborhood lies within the hamlet of Shirley but is served entirely by Mastic’s zip code of 11950.

Housing, living, and income

The median age in the mostly white-collar town is 32.4. There are 4,354 households with mostly four members, with 84.08% of households representing family establishments, and 44.24% of households representing families with children.

A median household income of $96,139 lands residents into homes built in a median year of 1977. The median price for Mastic homes for sale is $409,000—up 11.3% year over year—with a median cost of $290 per square foot.  The average home in the neutral market sells in 67 days with 57% of homes selling over asking, 36% selling under asking, and 7% selling at asking.

For transportation, 6,763 Mastic residents commute by car, 142 walk, and 67 take the bus or trolley bus. Traveling is convenient with the Long Island Mac Arthur Airport nearby. For education, residents hold a mix of high school degrees (47.48%), college certifications (20.43%), bachelor’s degrees (11.11%), and graduate degrees (5.23%).


Cost of living

The cost of living in Mastic is $50,940 per year, which is greater than both the New York State ($46,110) and national ($38,433) averages. Homeownership is considered affordable for residents who earn a median household income of $79,842, which is three times the $240,200 median home value in Mastic.

Transportation expenses including gas, public transit, and car maintenance cost a single adult $10,565 a year. Health care in Mastic is higher than the $4,266 national average, costing residents $4,995 a year, which is closer in line with the $5,018 New York average.

Childcare costs residents $34,472 for two children aged 4 and 8. Single adults pay $3,511 per year for food and $10,099 in taxes.


Nearby attractions

For an afternoon of family-friendly fun, discover 10 acres and hundreds of animals to pet, feed, snuggle, and cuddle at Long Island Zoological Society’s Animal Farm Petting Zoo and Family Park. The Long Island Aquarium is another fun place where you can take part in an interactive and exciting educational experience, embark on tour boat adventures, join summer adventure day camps, and more.

Explore discovery-based, hands-on learning experiences centered on a variety of scientific principles at Brookhaven’s Science Learning Center or discover boat building, shipwrecks, shellfish harvesting, recreational boating, and more at the Long Island Maritime Museum.

Smith Point County Park, located on the Fire Island barrier beach, is a haven for sportsmen, surfers, and beach lovers, where you can enjoy the white sands, rolling Atlantic surf, and adjoining camping facility. You can also immerse yourself in an enchanting collage of coastal life and history at Fire Island National Seashore, where you can experience rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forests, historic landmarks, and glimpses of wildlife.

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum is a place to learn about Bellport’s 19th century captains who piloted deep sea ships, fishing boats, and pleasure yachts while exploring their Bellport Lane homes.

Hallockville Museum Farm takes Long Island back to its family farming roots, inviting you to visit for a museum tour, educational class or workshop, special events, fairs, and festivals throughout the year.

Get inspired at the Long Island Museum, where you can explore American art, history, and carriages as expressed through the heritage of Long Island and its diverse communities.


Best dining in Mastic

Happy House Restaurant believes that fresh, healthy, great tasting food is an important part of a fun and happy life, reinventing fast food and pioneering Asian express cooking back in 1976.

The pizzeria, restaurant, bar, and catering company at Mama Lisa serves family style recipes that originated in Italy and got passed down through the Costiglioa family that owns the restaurant.

Enjoy classic diner comfort food including breakfast, brunch, and American fare with your favorite locals at Jimmy’s Diner.

From Sangria Sundays and private parties to walk-in dining and bespoke catering packages created with your tastes and needs in mind, La Buena Vida serves Spanish cuisine by both land and sea.

The Volpe family, part of the local community for over 30 years, brings you a taste of Italy at La Volpe Ristorante. The original pizzeria and restaurant—Anton’s Pizzeria—has since grown into a successful and unforgettable restaurant experience.

Drop by the casual bar and contemporary American eatery at Painters’ Restaurant where you can indulge in lobster stuffed baked clams, the Frida Kahlo Caliente Burger topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, cheddar, and Monterey jack, and the white pizza topped with roasted garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, bleu cheese crumbles, truffle oil, and crispy arugula.


The William Floyd School District includes an elementary school, middle school, high school, and learning center. A handful of elementary schools include John’s Hobart Elementary School, Moriches Elementary School, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, and Tangier Smith Elementary School. Higher education local to Mastic include Saint Joseph’s College – Suffolk Campus, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Suffolk County Community College- Western Campus.


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