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Old 06-18-2018, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Hi Guys,



I am new to here and would like to have some opinions and suggestions. My partner and I are looking to buy a house and we have been hunting around, and we are first time buyer so we have no experience at all. We are now down to 2 options between Middle island and Stony brook, the one is Stony brook is 40K more expensive but it is small without basement, built in the 60s and no AC, the house is well maintained and the neighborhood is great; and the one in middle island is huge with whole basement, newer construction, however renovation is needed and it is less convenience. Both areas are considered safe neighborhood.

We are planning to grow our family in the next few years and settle down. We are struggling where is the better choice. We are from Brooklyn - so if anyone who lives in either neighborhood can give us more ideas?


Will you guys choose size over location? I know the first rule of buying a house is location, location, location, but size also matters to us.


I know it is all up to our personal preference but I would like to know you guys' thoughts!


Thanks guys!
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:51 AM
 
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On LI the first rule is school district, school district, school district. Three Village SD is better than Longwood, no question.


https://www.niche.com/k12/d/three-vi...l-district-ny/

https://www.niche.com/k12/d/longwood...l-district-ny/
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:01 PM
 
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I would choose location over size.

There's always clever things that you can do to maximize space.
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Old 06-19-2018, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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Location, location, location
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: East Northport
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I would go with location. It's the one thing you cannot change.
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Answer: LOCATION!


As you can see, the opinions are unanimous (which is rare here )
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Hi Guys,

I am new to here and would like to have some opinions and suggestions. My partner and I are looking to buy a house and we have been hunting around, and we are first time buyer so we have no experience at all. We are now down to 2 options between Middle island and Stony brook, the one is Stony brook is 40K more expensive but it is small without basement, built in the 60s and no AC, the house is well maintained and the neighborhood is great; and the one in middle island is huge with whole basement, newer construction, however renovation is needed and it is less convenience. Both areas are considered safe neighborhood.

We are planning to grow our family in the next few years and settle down. We are struggling where is the better choice. We are from Brooklyn - so if anyone who lives in either neighborhood can give us more ideas?


Will you guys choose size over location? I know the first rule of buying a house is location, location, location, but size also matters to us.


I know it is all up to our personal preference but I would like to know you guys' thoughts!


Thanks guys!
Location beats size. There's a reason that Middle Island house is $40K less. Middle Island borders on some questionable areas (Coram, Gordon Heights) and the schools are mediocre at best.

I live in Stony Brook, bought a small, much older house years ago. My experience: You can always add on to the Stony Brook house. You can always install HVAC. I had a partial basement that was only accessible from outside until we added on to the house. You can use an attic (or garage) for storage as opposed to a basement.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Massapequa
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OP, you already know the answer to this. I assume you posted this hoping someone would tell you to go for the bigger house... not going to happen. Location, location, location. Get the house you can afford now in the better neighborhood and school district. You can always upgrade if you outgrow it. Good luck.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Huntington
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Three Village Schools are much better than out in Middle Island. Stony Brook is the better location by far. Resist the temptation to go for the larger/cheaper house in the so-so area. It will be a huge mistake to buy in a mediocre area - a poor investment if you want to look at it from a financial point of view, and a typical rookie mistake.
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Merrick, Long Island
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You know what they say about real estate. It holds doubly true on LI.
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