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Medford NY Homes for Sale: Your Moving Guide

Medford is a place to enjoy peaceful suburban living and a small-town charm in the heart of Long Island. With proximity to urban amenities and easy access to the hustle and bustle of nearby New York City, Medford offers an ideal balance between urban convenience and suburban serenity.

Moving to Medford, Long Island immerses you in a premier suburb with conveniences like Target, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and more just outside your front door. With the Long Island Expressway running directly through town, you are always just a few exits away from nearby cities, amenities, and attractions.

Medford is a town of several family-friendly neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and charm. Residents zoned to the Patchogue-Medford School District enjoy access to beautiful homes, well-maintained parks, top-notch schools, and plenty of green space.

 

Background and history

The Long Island Rail Road established the Medford station in 1843 in a flat wilderness in the Long Island Central Pine Barrens. The station connected to the Patchogue Stage Road between Patchogue and Port Jefferson, and a post office was established.

In 1907, the LIRR established the Medford Prosperity Farm on 80 acres to show that crops could be raised in the Pine Barrens. Theodore Roosevelt visited the station in August 1910. As the car drove across a trail between Medford and Wading River, it got stuck in the mud and Roosevelt was said to take a “flying leap” to get out.

By the mid-to-late-20th century, developers were building new neighborhoods within Medford. Eagle Estates was built along Horse Block Road east of NY 112 in 1963, although it was planned as far back as the 1930s. The development included a Blue Jay Market shopping center on Horseblock Road west of Eagle Avenue, and a youth baseball and athletic field east of Sipp Avenue between Wave and Race Avenues.

The Long Island Expressway was built through Medford in 1970, with interchanges at New York State Route 112 and Horseblock Road, the latter of which is close to an older interchange with Horseblock Road and Long Island Avenue, and was not completed until 1999. The Pines was established in the 1970s east of Buffalo Avenue, south of Jamaica Avenue, north of Woodside Avenue, and far west of Patchogue-Yaphank Road.

A segment of Peconic Avenue east of Buffalo Avenue has been lined with automotive junkyards since the mid-20th century. Two long-standing auto wreckers have been Medford Auto Wreckers and Gershow Recycling.

 

Housing, living, and income

Buying a home in Medford lands you among 24,702 residents with a median age of 42.7 live in Medford. There are 8,061 households made up of around 3 members with 70.19% of homes representing family establishments and 30.36% of households having children.

A strong and steadily rising real estate market includes high demand from buyers seeking life outside the hustle and bustle of New York City but still within close commuting distance.

Home prices in Medford range from $400,000 for a starter home to upwards of $1 million for luxury estates. The median sales price hovers around $500,000.

Medford residents earn an average household income of $117,118 and a median household income of $104,773.

Most jobs are white collar (74.76%) with blue collar jobs making up the remaining 25.24%. Residents are self-employed (6.59%), private company employees (67.17%), government workers (20.18%), and not-for-profit employees (6.07%).

 

Things to do in Medford

Medford offers something for everyone, whether you prefer the thrill of adventure or the joy of relaxation. Despite living in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, you can still enjoy the fruits of the great outdoors including scenic views, outdoor recreation, and family-friendly fun. From hiking and biking to exploring cultural attractions like the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, activities abound in Medford.

County Fair Entertainment Park in northern Medford is a one-stop-shop for family-friendly entertainment and adventure where the whole family can enjoy a miniature golf course, driving range, arcade, and more.

Medford is just a few miles from Southaven County Park, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, and Smith Point Park. The town is also half an hour away from Sunken Meadow State Park, where you can enjoy miles of sandy beaches and beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. Other nearby parks and recreational areas include Heckscher State Park, Fire Island National Seashore, Wildwood State Park, Captree State Park, and Robert Moses State Park.

Local museums include the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, the Northport Historical Museum, and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The Wildlife and Ecology Center, the Bartlett Arboretum, and the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium are all accessible from Medford.

 

Schools

Patchogue Medford Union Free School District is home to five elementary schools including Barton Elementary School, River Elementary School, Bay Elementary School, Canaan Elementary School, and Eagle Elementary School. Adding to the list of local schools are three middle schools including Oregon Middle School, South Ocean Middle School, and Saxton Middle School, as well as Patchogue Medford High School.

 

Best dining in Medford

Karvers Grille strives to be not just another restaurant but also your neighbors, friends, next-door chefs, and down-the-street bartenders. The popular restaurant believes in a craft approach of the highest-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and partners.

Chops Steakhouse is the premier steakhouse of Long Island, located in the heart of Patchogue. Their prohibition-inspired menu includes the finest dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood creations, a world class bourbon selection, and an array of creative infused cocktails.

Ruta Oaxaca brings authentic Mexican cuisine into the heart of town where you can taste all the amazing fresh and authentic flavors along the route from Mexico City to Oaxaca.

Mamma Lombardi’s serves classic Italian specialties including quality steaks. Book a private room for special occasions or dine outdoors with a view of the Great South Bay. Lombardi’s on the Bay has something for every guest.

Drift 82 is where the sea is your best friend and the sun always shines on the good side of day. Located on the South Shore of Long Island in the burgeoning town of Patchogue, Drift 82 sits right on the Patchogue River which leads to the mouth of The Great South Bay. Ferries from Fire Island’s Davis Park pull in only steps away from the restaurant’s doors.

Chachama Grill is a New American restaurant located in East Patchogue, where a friendly, warm atmosphere meets amazing service. Discover a diverse menu focused on freshness and simplicity including superb cocktails and an extensive selection of wines by the glass or bottle.

Locale is an Italian Gastropub located in the heart of Patchogue Village where you can savor delicious Italian favorites including chicken Milanese and veal saltimbocca as well as gourmet, hand-made pizzettes, all served in a hip environment with top-notch service.

Ristegios serves well-prepared new-American cuisine including sushi, steak, and seafood with ethnic flair. Discover exciting specials and something for everyone including seasonal menus, personalized catering, and lounge live entertainment.

The Oar Steak and Seafood Grill offers casual waterfront dining right on the docks of the Patchogue River. The Oar serves up fresh and delicious steaks and seafood including chef-prepared specialties like coconut shrimp, a 36-oz sizzling prime porterhouse, lobster quesadillas, and fresh Bluepoint oysters and clams delivered daily.

 

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