Highly valued real estate, diverse communities, deep woodlands, and wonderful beaches characterize this beautiful area. This area is home to several respected institutions of higher education, including Stony Brook University, Dowling University, Southampton College, Saint Joseph’s College, and Suffolk County Community College. In this relatively compact and densely populated area, students of all ages enjoy easy access to a comprehensive education system. Although private schools are available, the public school system is one of the finest in the nation. The crown jewel of the educational system is undoubtedly Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system. In addition to the impressive 1,000-acre campus, the university’s acclaimed 18-story teaching hospital became the tallest building on Long Island when it opened in 1976.

Newcomers will also discover a network of outstanding healthcare services and facilities, both regional and community based. These facilities are supported by centers for specialized care, family practice clinics, and emergency or walk-in centers, both routine and advanced healthcare needs can be met close to home.

Boasting grand scenery, bustling business centers, and quiet hamlets, Long Island plays an important role within the fabric of New York State. This region’s rich history is part of its charm, and newcomers will find many communities that have preserved valuable artifacts, historic sites, monuments, and grand architecture from the past. Surrounded by the Atlantic, this area offers much in the way of activities and recreation, particularly water sports.

Nearly 990 miles of shoreline and more than 70,000 acres of lush parkland make the county an idyllic place to visit or to call home. Regardless of the community, open space and developed facilities for hiking, camping, biking, fishing, and golfing, swimming, league sports, and even cross-country skiing will never be far from home. Golf courses abound on Long Island, and PGA events hosted by premier facilities are not uncommon. Amusements and entertainment centers are on the rise, evidenced by the $20 million Atlantic Marine World aquarium in Riverhead, a $16 million baseball stadium in Central Islip, and the $25 million stadium at Stony Brook University that seats 8,254 for concerts and performances as well as sports events.

Cultural attractions abound showcased in fine art museums or elegant performing arts centers. Some communities have returned historic theatres to their former glory and created a regional attraction. A close-knit spirit prevails in most Long Island communities, where active organizations and informed citizens play active roles in enhancing the quality of life. The county’s regional malls have undergone expansion in recent years, and the decade of the 1990s saw an influx of national retailers that contrast with quaint shops and boutiques nestled in charming districts.

The selection of homes and settings is one of the calling cards to this suburban paradise. Bustling urban centers, business-oriented communities, the serene enclave of Shelter Island, strictly residential villages, and oceanfront living are all possibilities. Take your time exploring the many attractions and charms of Long Island. It’s likely that you will find the perfect place to live, play, and perhaps even work.

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