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Date Archives: July 2018

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July
9

Long Island Lighthouses: Discover Fire Island Lighthouse

Long Island - Fire Island Lighthouse
Summer is in full swing, and it's the perfect season to bring the kids out to explore the history and grandeur of Fire Island Lighthouse. Spending a day at the lighthouse is not only a fun-filled experience for the entire family but an educational one as well. Our real estate agents will be hard at work helping you find your new home, so you can rest easy and take a break from the house hunt while you discover one of the area's most fascinating attractions.

Explore Fire Island Lighthouse and More

Fire Island Lighthouse is located at the western point of Fire Island and is open to the public for tours and special events. For many visitors, the highlight of touring the lighthouse is climbing the tower, where you can look out upon a beautiful ocean vista from the barrier island. If you visit when the skies are clear, you'll likely be able to see the New York City skyline. Visitors are treated to several interactive areas in the Keeper's Quarters, detailing the importance of the landmark in local maritime history. Step inside the lighthouse keeper's daily routine, and learn just how demanding their way of life has been throughout history. See actual lenses that have been used in the lighthouse in the new Lens Building, and stop by the Boathouse where you'll find life-saving equipment and a surf boat on display.

Nature on Display

As part of the National Park Service, Fire Island offers visitors a diverse and beautiful span of nature to explore in addition to the lighthouse. There are plenty of open spaces to enjoy on the barrier island, and ranger-guided tours can be arranged to experience the seashore, forests, and salt marshes of Fire Island.

History on the Seashore

While visiting Fire Island Lighthouse, you'll discover its rich history and the important role it has played in keeping both travelers and sailors safe throughout the years. The current lighthouse was built in the mid-19th century, replacing an older, smaller version, and was lit for the first time in late 1858. The lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships into the New York Harbor as they arrived from Europe, often being the first visible landmark to immigrants on board, and was in service until 1973.

Adventure Awaits

Bring the family and discover the story and surroundings at Fire Island Lighthouse. Tours are available daily for a small admission fee. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave for unique souvenirs that the kids will love.

To find the best selection of Suffolk County homes for sale, you need a trusted, experienced partner that knows the housing market well and focuses on your lifestyle preferences. Our real estate agents are excited to work with you and look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact us today for more information about the area and to discuss your real estate needs.

July
3

Today's Luxury Buyers Look for These 6 Things

Luxury Home Features
Buying a luxury home is a unique process. It's different in many ways from buying an ordinary house, and our real estate agents have helped countless buyers find their luxury dream homes on Long Island. Along the way, we've discovered that these are six of the things today's luxury buyers look for the most.

  1. Ample useful space. Many buyers are looking for luxury homes with a lot of room, but it's not simply a matter of having extra square footage just for the sake of having it. All that space should be well planned-out and useful – ample closet space, large dining rooms for entertaining, extra bedrooms for guests, relatives, and helpers. It's important that every room has a purpose.

  2. Unique building materials. It's about more than size and style when it comes to luxury homes. Many of today's buyers are looking for homes that integrate rare or unusual building materials into the space. Trends are also leaning toward sustainable/renewable options, which means that reclaimed materials are especially big right now.

  3. Smart technology. Advances in smart home tech have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, to the point that they have become virtually a requirement for many buyers. Being able to control the lights, air conditioning, and home security through your smartphone is now a major selling point.

  4. Kitchen perfection. The kitchen is almost universally regarded as the most important room in the home, and luxury homes are much more appealing if they come with a tricked-out kitchen. A massive, commercial-grade kitchen with lots of prep space and top of the line appliances is a great feature to have, and little extra touches like a wine refrigerator or walk-in pantry can make a house all the more appealing.

  5. Outdoor spaces. As homes become tighter and tighter, ample outdoor space is increasingly in demand. This is especially true with luxury homes, which often come with high-end features like outdoor cooking areas, expansive lawns and rooftop gardens. Big, adult trees are also a selling point.

  6. Location, location, location. There's simply nothing more important than location, and even the most perfect house loses a lot of its luster if it's in a bad neighborhood. Everyone has different needs when it comes to location – maybe you want a short commute, or lots of restaurants and nightlife spots nearby, access to the beach or a great view – but everybody agrees that location is crucial.

Contact us today to learn more about what to look for in a luxury home. Our team of REALTORS® is dedicated to helping you find the perfect Long Island home for you and your family.

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