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Creative Ways to Add Storage in the Living Room

Living Room Storage - Coach Realtors

Whether you live in a large country estate or a chic city condo, adequate storage is a necessity. Most homeowners feel they never have enough storage regardless of their home's size. With help from our REALTORS®, you can discover some creative storage solutions for your home.

Your living room serves as an entryway into your home and a gathering area for entertaining. While many Nassau County homes for sale feature large, inviting living rooms, they may lack sufficient storage space for your needs. Take a look at easy ways to add storage to your living room.

  • Invest in an Entertainment Center
    Entertainment centers are useful in living rooms because they can serve multiple purposes. As well as housing your TV, streaming boxes, and remotes, they provide valuable storage space. Entertainment centers are a great place to display books and magazines, decorative items, artwork, framed family photos, and special keepsakes that add interest to your living room.

  • Install Built-In Bookshelves
    If you're an avid reader with an extensive collection of books, built-in bookshelves are a perfect storage solution. Leather-bound books and colorful book jackets add interesting colors and textures to any room. However, built-in bookshelves are not just for books. They're also ideal for displaying beautiful pottery and china, hand-blown glassware, antique accessories, paintings and drawings, and family mementos that brighten your day.

  • Use Seating with Built-In Storage
    Buying a sofa with built-in storage drawers or benches and ottomans with hidden storage compartments can double your living room's storage capacity. Benches and ottomans with hidden compartments are great for extra seating when you have parties and large gatherings. They also provide quick and easy storage for throw pillows, blankets, and accessories that need to be put away when you want to declutter your living room.

  • Turn Window Seats into Storage Areas
    Many older Suffolk County homes for sale have unique features like sitting nooks and window seats built below large windows. If you're lucky enough to have a built-in window bench, the space underneath the seating can be used for storage. You can add drawers or turn the seating top into a flip-top bench to access the space beneath. If the walls at each end of the seat are deep enough, they can be outfitted with built-in shelves to hold books, photos, accessories, and reading lamps.

  • Re-Purpose Old Storage Items
    If you're looking for a way to increase storage and add a nostalgic flair to your living room, look for old items you can re-purpose to fit your design style. Instead of a new modern entertainment center, find an antique hutch with a large storage compartment behind doors and built-in shelving. Instead of a mundane coffee table that lacks style, look for a vintage wooden or leather truck that can serve as your coffee table with added storage below. 

  • Stock Up on Baskets and Storage Bins
    You can find a wide variety of affordable baskets and storage bins in different sizes and finishes to help with your storage needs. Wicker baskets, colorful woven or fabric baskets, and galvanized bins are great for storing small items and hiding clutter. They're ideal for smaller living rooms since they easily fit on bookshelves and on or under coffee tables and end tables. Whether storing extra throw pillows or toys for kids and pets, baskets and bins make great inexpensive storage solutions.

If you're interested in buying or selling a home in the New York area, contact us for information on available homes and prices that fit your lifestyle. 


What Goes Up - Goes Up Further | A Letter from our London Office

Nick Churton of Coach Realtor's London office looks to a genius to make some sense of the current international real estate market and offer some pointers for the future.

What Isaac Newton, who formulated the laws of gravity in the middle of the 17th century, would have made of the current gravity-defying real estate market is anyone's guess. But, no doubt, like most people he would have been flummoxed.

Even a genius like Newton, who worked from home during the plague of 1665/66, would have had difficulty making any sense of this market. Despite a global killer pandemic, tens of millions of people out of work, nations in lockdown, travel halted and national treasuries handing out trillions in support of businesses, jobs and mortgages, the real estate market booms. It should, by any calculation, have plummeted like an apple from a tree. Instead, the market didn't fall; it held itself in suspended animation for a while before surging upwards.

By any estimation the market should at least have mirrored the slowdown experienced after the great recession of 2008. But from the Antipodes to the Americas, and from Europe to the Far East, residential property prices in many countries are soaring. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), it's the fastest year-on- year growth in the past two decades.

But perhaps we can learn something from Newton, whose third law stated that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Covid made homeowners and homebuyers react by moving from cities and buying larger homes in less crowded areas where they could work from home. At the same time interest rate cuts kept mortgage repayments manageable and vaccines have generated confidence.

It wasn't long ago that real estate professionals were preparing for the worst. Now the market, which is experiencing low inventory levels, is seeing increasing values with selling prices often well exceeding their asking prices.

Whilst most pandemic market activity has been in domestic markets, the international market has also been defying gravity. Despite travel restrictions, international buyers have been buying property sight unseen. Many homebuyers have been re-evaluating their lives or bringing forward plans to buy an overseas bolthole or permanent home. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; once travel opens up the signs are that there will be a super-surge of demand and activity from international buyers.

Growing numbers of sight-unseen global sales, ultra-competitive bidding on most listings and incidence of gazumping are all sure signs of a property market in boom mode. But let's give Newton the last word in trying to make sense of what is going on. He said, "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people".


Best Breweries on Long Island to Celebrate National Drink Beer Day

Long Island Breweries - Coach REALTORS®

Some holidays don't require much explanation or instruction to enjoy, even if you're celebrating them for the first time. Such is the case with National Drink Beer Day, which is observed every year on September 28. This holiday is exactly what it sounds like – the perfect excuse to get out and explore all of the amazing breweries around Long Island! Our area is home to a diverse collection of award-winning local breweries, which produce some of the best craft beer in the country. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate, and we've got the inside scoop on 6 great Long Island breweries where you can raise a toast on National Drink Beer Day.

  1. Sand City Brewing Co. – 60 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    Located just a short trip from Northport homes for sale you'll find Sand City Brewing Co., one of Long Island's most popular craft breweries. The tasting room at Sand City Brewing is the place to be, with beer by the pint or flight. Everything is created on-site at this award-winning local brewery, so come try a taste of Long Island.

  2. Port Jeff Brewing Company – 22 Mill Creek Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    You'll never be far from a great beer when you shop for Port Jefferson homes for sale, thanks to the nearby Port Jeff Brewing Company. Port Jeff Brewing specializes in nautical-themed brews and features a fantastic tasting room that's open nearly every day of the year. Stop by anytime to enjoy some of the best Long Island has to offer and enjoy a busy schedule of special events.

  3. Six Harbors Brewing Company – 243 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    Looking for a cold brew close to Huntington homes for sale? Then head over to Six Harbors Brewing Company, Huntington's first craft brewery. Stop by the tasting room, get a growler filled, or pick up some cans to take home. Six Harbors has 13 in-house brews, with new flavors added frequently and plenty of personality to keep regulars coming back for more.

  4. LI Beer Tasting Tours – 150 Broadway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    Want to sample more than one brewery on Drink Beer Day? LI Beer Tasting Tours, located close to Rockville Centre homes for sale, provides the perfect way to do just that. The team at LI Beer Tasting Tours knows all of the best spots on Long Island and will take you on a tour of local brewing facilities. Fall in love with new flavors on your grand tour.

  5. Brew Cheese – 127 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Beer plus cheese. That's the recipe at Brew Cheese, one of Long Island's more unique craft brew spots located close to Stony Brook homes for sale. At Brew Cheese, you can sample craft beer from throughout Long Island and beyond. The knowledgeable staff is happy to help you pair your beer with the perfect cheese.

  6. Secatogue Brewing Company – 375 Union Blvd., West Islip, NY 11795
    West Islip homes for sale
    make it easy to visit Secatogue Brewing Company, where you'll find some of Long Island's best beer and so much more. The tasting room is open every Thursday through Sunday, with fresh, unique brews in an open, modern setting. Food trucks visit every day, so you'll always have something tasty to pair with your favorite beer.

Ready to find a home that allows you to enjoy all of Long Island's best breweries, all year long? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island area.


Buying a House | 9 Tips to Make Your New City Feel Like Home

Buying a Home in a New City

Moving to a new city is an exciting time.  A whole new place to explore, new friends to make, and new experiences to have.  But it can also feel scary and a lot out of your comfort zone.  Where will your new favorite pizza place be?  Who will you go to yoga class with on Tuesday nights?  It will take a little planning and a willingness to explore, but these tips will have your new city feeling like home in no time.  Our REALTORS® are experts in the area and can help you to make the transition as simple as possible.

  1. Walk Around Town
    Play tourist in your new city.  Head downtown, pick a street and get lost.  The best way to truly learn the ins and outs of a city is to explore it on foot.  You might find places that you would love to visit (like that favorite new pizza place) but would ordinarily miss as you zoom past on your way to work.  Grab your walking shoes and see what you can find.
  2. No Second Chances
    At least for a little while.  If you find a great coffee shop, keep it on the list, but try another café the next time you are out.  This will give you the chance to explore more of your new city and provide you with more options for meeting new neighbors.  And speaking of your neighbors…
  3. Look for Community Announcements
    Check online or in local newspapers to see if there are announcements about events happening around town that might be of interest.  Local Facebook groups can be a wonderful source about staying in the loop of what's going on.  This is the perfect way to find out about that annual jazz festival or pie-eating contest that you can't wait to enter.
  4. Cheer for the Home Team
    Becoming a fan of the local sports team is an awesome way to build camaraderie with your new neighbors.  It also provides a built-in schedule of events for you to attend or watch with new friends.  Hopefully, they aren't your previous city's rivals.
  5. Unpack
    While this may seem obvious, it can often take us much longer to get everything in its place that originally planned.  Once you have all your favorite pictures on the wall and your knickknacks on the shelves, it will automatically start to feel more like home.
  6. Volunteer Your Time
    Volunteering can be a great way to get to know more about your community, support a good cause, and get you out of the house.  Rather than being nervous about your new surroundings, you can feel good knowing that you are giving back and helping others.
  7. Ask Your Friends
    Even if most of your friends are in your old hometown, they may know something about where you live now or have friends that they can connect you with. They may be able to help you to explore things like the best places to shop or hangout.  You might even be able to convince someone to give you a tour.
  8. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
    As you get to know new people and start hanging out, you may start to receive invitations to do things that you may not have tried before.  Just say yes.  You'll get to know your city a little better and you may just find yourself doing a new activity that you love.
  9. Give Yourself a Grace Period
    No matter how excited you are about your new city, there will likely be moments where you may feel lonely and homesick.  Don't be too hard on yourself.  It takes time to get completely comfortable after unpacking your bags.  Just know that it does get better.

Make the most of your first few weeks and months in your new city.  Trying just a few of these tips can help you feel like a local before you know it.

If you have any questions about things to do in your new town or you would like to learn more about homes for sale in your area, contact us for more information.


Welcome September at these Long Island Fall Festivals

Long Island Fall Festivals in September
September is doubtless one of the best months of the year on Long Island, with beautiful weather, end-of-summer fun, and tons of great events for residents of all ages. Whether you're looking for a family outing, a local festival, live entertainment, or even an event where you can sample Long Island's best hard cider, you'll find it during September. Our REALTORS® are ready to enjoy the final days of summer, and we've put together a guide to six great events where you can celebrate September around Long Island.

  1. East Northport Festival – September 6 to 8 – 190 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
    Looking for family fun close to East Northport homes for sale? Then be sure to visit the East Northport Festival, which is returning for its 24th year in 2019. The East Northport Festival is considered one of Long Island's top festivals.  It features fun and game for the whole family, including games and rides, live entertainment, an international food court, sidewalk sales, exhibits, and customed characters. Connect with the East Northport community on September 6 - 8 at John Walsh Memorial Park.

  2. Pour the Core – September 28 – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
    East Islip homes for sale make it easy to attend Pour the Core, Long Island's biggest and best hard cider festival. Whether you're a hard cider fan or simply want to try something new, this unique festival is sure to have something for you. Sample some of the area's best hard cider, enjoy some delicious food, and soak up the sun at Heckscher State Park. There are over 75 ciders to sample, along with a donut eating contest and local food trucks.

  3. Italian Festival – September 5 to 8 – 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
    If you're searching for a great, local event close to Port Washington homes for sale, set aside some time for the annual Italian Festival in North Hempstead Beach Park. This is one of the largest Italian heritage festivals on Long Island, with fantastic food an so much more. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival games, educational opportunities, and a celebration of Italian culture throughout the weekend.

  4. Village Cup Regatta – September 7 – 1 Surf Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Located just a short drive from Port Jefferson homes for sale you'll find the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, which hosts the annual Village Cup Regatta. Settle in to watch Port Jefferson's annual boat race, with all proceeds going toward cancer research. Attend the reception, reserve a seat on a spectator boat, and take in a race for the ages.

  5. Commack Day – September 28 – 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725
    Shopping for Commack homes for sale? Get a taste of what makes the community special at the second annual Commack Day, a community event for all ages. This local event is filled with food, drink, vendors, and fun games for kids. All proceeds go toward charity, so you can support a good cause while having a great time.

  6. Cow Harbor Day Weekend – September 20 to 22 – 54 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
    Want to know what makes Northport homes for sale so popular? Start by visiting the annual Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend festival, one of the biggest local events of the year. The festival features a concert, 10k run, a lighted boat display, a boat parade, great food, and plenty of fun around the docks.

Searching for a home close to all of the action on Long Island during every season? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


5 Things That Influence a Home's Value


What Influences Home Value

One of the biggest challenges home sellers face is determining how to properly price their home. There are many things that impact the value of a home, and some are more obvious than others. 

To help you out,  our REALTORS® have created their list of the five things that can influence your home's value.

  1. Location
    It's no secret that when it comes to real estate, location is key. When evaluating your home's value, the three primary concerns are the quality of the nearby schools, nearby employment opportunities, and proximity to entertainment, shopping, and recreational facilities. Convenient access to major highways and public transportation can also have an impact. 

  2. Size and Usable Space
    The square footage of your home will also impact its value. Larger homes are generally worth more. However, the amount of usable space is also an important factor. To determine your usable space, subtract the square footage of spaces like the unfinished basement, attic, and garage.

    Homes with more bedrooms and bathrooms are also usually considered more valuable. If you have extra space and can turn it into additional bedrooms and bathrooms, this may help increase your home's resale value. 
  1. Neighborhood Comps
    One of the most important things appraisers and realtors look at when determining the value of your home is the recent sale price of similar homes in your neighborhood. This is known as "Neighborhood comps." 

    When checking "comps" they'll look for homes as similar as possible and as close in location as possible to your home. The sale price of these homes serves as a benchmark. Note that if there has been a foreclosure or short sale in your neighborhood this can complicate things and could even pull down the value of your home. 
  1. Condition and Age
    The age and condition of your home will also have a significant impact on its value. In general, newer homes are worth more. If you have an older home with recent upgrades to important features like the electrical, plumbing, roof, or appliances, this will help to increase its value.

    Homes that are move-in ready will also pull in a much higher price than those that need significant work. Make sure to wrap up any unfinished projects before putting your home on the market. Taking care of simple home maintenance tasks and making your house as presentable as possible is well worth the effort when you're getting ready to sell. 
  1. Updates and Upgrades
    If your home is older and has outdated features, doing some updating will usually boost your home's value. A new garage door and updated kitchen and bathrooms are high up on buyers' wish lists.

    Before you jump into a remodel, however, make sure what you're considering will actually yield a decent return on your investment. It's a good idea to consult with a real estate professional before diving into any remodeling projects. Remember, also, that any updates you do must be up to code or you can end up doing more harm than good. 

Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals 

Determining the true value of a home is a complicated process, and it's not recommended that you try to do it on your own. Pricing your home correctly is one of the key factors to a successful home sale, so it's not something you want to leave up to chance. 

If you're selling your Long Island home, our pros at Coach REALTORS® are here for you. Contact us to get started! 


August Summer Concerts on Long Island

Long Island August Concert Schedule

The Concerts Continue on Long Island

Concerts are a big part of summer, and our REALTORS® want you in on the fun!

Long Island is known for its thriving music scene. Everything from the most refined orchestral scores to the iconic garage bands can be found on its shores. Concerts are a wonderful way to expand your musical taste and wind down the summer this August.

Many of them even take place outside so you can have a family picnic.

Free public performances are happening all over Long Island this summer. In fact, many towns and cities throughout the region have maintained these concerts for years. They're just one more reason you'll love to live in Long Island.

Let's look at some of the best summer concerts in August 2019:

  1. Northport Harbor Family Nights – Northport Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
    Northport homes for sale benefit from many wonderful cultural events, most of them free. You can attend Northport Harbor Family Nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays in August. Participants will enjoy live music and dining sponsored by top local restaurants. Vendors will be on hand with art and souvenirs, and an eye-catching selection of classic cars will be displayed.
  2. Port Jefferson's Sunset Concerts – Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Port Jefferson homes for sale aren't far from one of the most beautiful historic parks in New York. Sunset Concerts take place at Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday through August. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks and picnic out by the water as they take in performances by Pat Wictor, Marci Geller, the Dave Christian Project, and more.
  3. Dennis Cannataro Family Concert Series – 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Smithtown homes for sale are part of an active and welcoming community. Events like the Dennis Cannataro Family Concert Series mean there's always something to see and do! The performances will run from mid-July to mid-August, starting at 8 p.m. each Thursday. Tribute bands will deliver amazing covers of Beach Party, Billy Joel, and The Beatles.
  4. Summer Performances at Manorhaven Beach Park – Manorhaven Boulevard Port Washington, NY 11050
    Summer Performances at Manorhaven Beach Park will give you a night to remember near Port Washington homes for sale. This festive occasion will feature cover bands in August and July. Things will really heat up in August thanks to the Arethra Franklin tribute show, "Step," that gets started at 7:30 p.m. on Friday the 2nd.
  5. Summer Concerts on the Village Green – 129 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Stony Brook homes for sale are some of the most sought-after on Long Island. Imagine having Summer Concerts on the Village Green just around the corner! On Sundays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the town will be presenting a compilation of Music Through Time. In August, you can hear hits from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, all led by Long Island's Got Talent 2019 Finalists.

You'll have a swing in your step and a song in your heart when you find your Long Island dream home. At Coach, we make it easy for you. Contact us to learn more today.


7 Secrets of Successful Homebuyers

Long Island Home Buying Secrets

Our real estate agents are here to help you through every aspect of buying a home. From planning out your approach to finding your dream property, making a bid, and getting to closing day, we'll be there. And we know getting the right home begins months in advance.

The better a buyer is prepared, the easier it is to get through the process smoothly.

Any major goal has to be broken down into concrete steps you can take action on. The sooner you do this, the easier it is to clarify and navigate the journey ahead. It's essential to recognize and institute "good habits" related to home buying as soon as you can.

Which habits are the most important? These will get you on the right track:

  1. Start Saving as Soon as You Can
    Gone are the days when you had to have a 20% down payment just to be considered for a home. Even so, the more you save the better off you'll be. Establishing a budget is a vital first step that will pave your way to additional monthly savings. Try to put aside a little bit every month.
  2. Get a Real Estate Agent Early
    The sooner you meet your real estate agent, the better. He or she can keep you moving forward on each phase of the process. You may need to talk to more than one expert before you find the right one for you. Years of experience and insight into the local market are both essential.
  3. Attend Open Houses Regularly
    It's a great idea to start going to open houses even before you're ready to bid. By attending one each week, you'll learn what you can expect – in terms of amenities, size, layout, and price – from the homes in the area, you plan to move into. Plus, one of them might turn out to be "The One."
  4. Fine-Tune Your Finances
    Saving is crucial, but not the only step you'll need to take financially. Your credit report and total indebtedness are also key factors in your loan package. Be sure to pay monthly bills on time, pay off (but don't close) credit accounts, and review your credit report for errors.
  5. Get Going on Loan Preapproval
    Once you have your finances in order, you can start the loan preapproval process right away. When you become preapproved, your loan gets into your hands sooner, so you can act fast on the home you want. Remember, you'll have to submit plenty of documentation to get your loan package started.
  6. Get Used to Shopping Around
    Future homeowners should get used to looking for the best buy – not only in price but value. Compare lenders to get superior APR and payment terms, compare real estate agents to find one you feel comfortable with, compare homes, and compare contractors for any renovations.
  7. Equip Yourself with Reminders
    From beginning to end, buying a home is a marathon. You'll have all kinds of things you need to do, recall, and keep track of. Make it easier on yourself by writing things down or setting up app reminders. Save all relevant correspondence, including with your lender and real estate pro.

    Buying a home leaves you with a lot to do--especially when it's your first home. Break things down into bite-sized chunks and you'll find yourself moving forward faster than you imagined.

A good real estate agent is the concierge who can guide and advise you from start to finish. With our team, you get exceptional customer service along with deep local insight.

Contact us when you're ready to start your Long Island home search.


You Can Buy a Home with Student Loan Debt

Buy a Home Student Debt
Higher learning comes at a price. Student loans, not credit cards or auto loans, make up the bulk of debt in the United States to the tune of nearly $1.5 trillion. Surveys show approximately 43 percent of student loan holders put off buying a home.

If you want to buy a Long Island home for sale, don't let student debt keep you from achieving your dream. Our REALTORS® share seven tips for buying a home while you're paying off student loans.

  1. Polish Your Credit Rating
    Lenders will not turn you down for a mortgage specifically because of student loans. They're more interested in your overall financial picture and whether you're a suitable risk. Keep tabs on your credit score, correct any mistakes, and manage existing debt responsibly.
  2. Apply for Pre-Approval
    When you're pre-approved for a mortgage, you know what your buying power is so you can budget accordingly. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you're able to afford. Pre-approval also signals to sellers that you're a serious buyer with available financing.
  3. Minimize Debt-to-Income Ratio
    Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is a yardstick lenders use to determine acceptable risk. Based on a standard rule of thumb, your total obligations (including housing) should equal no more than 36 percent of your income. If you don't meet this qualification, you have two options: pay down your debt or increase your income.
  4. Automate Payments
    Your payment record impacts your credit score, and chronic late payments are a red flag that you may be overextended. Set up autopay wherever possible to ensure prompt payments and prevent expensive late fees. 
  5. Explore Financial Assistance Programs
    There are a number of programs and grants available for first-time home buyers to make down payments and closing costs more manageable. For example, an FHA loan allows for a down payment as low as 3.5 percent rather than the traditional 20 percent.
  6. Refinance Student Loans
    Some lenders will refinance student debt at interest rates much lower than the loans originally carried. Possibilities include graduated repayment, where monthly payments start low and increase every two years as income is likely to rise, and income-driven plans that cap monthly payments at a percentage of your income.
  7. Consolidate Credit Card Debt
    ​​​​​​​If you have multiple sources of credit card debt, consolidate by taking out a personal loan to pay them off. In addition to saving money with a lower interest rate, installment loans with fixed repayment times look better than open revolving loans on your credit report. 

Buying a home can be an intimidating process. Contact us and let our friendly and experienced REALTORS® guide you along every step of the journey.


5 Long Island Locations to Keep Your Kids Busy

Long Island Kid-Friendly Events

Long Island Celebrates National Anti-Boredom Month

Do your kids wait anxiously for the start of summer vacation only to start complaining about boredom by July? That was the inspiration for designating July as National Anti-Boredom Month. Celebrate with your kids at these great family-friendly events and activities around Long Island recommended by our REALTORS®.

  1. Long Island Children's Museum - 11 Davis Ave., Garden City 11530
    Want to keep the kids entertained and sneak a little learning in on the side? The Long Island Children's Museum, just minutes away from Garden City homes for sale, is full of interactive exhibits to promote exploration and skill development for all ages. Learning spaces include 14 exhibit galleries, a 140-seat theater, and four classroom-size studios. In addition, "Our Garden" is the summer-only backyard exhibit that includes a water play area. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for July and August, when the museum is open seven days a week. General admission is $14.
  2. Theatre Three - 412 Main St., Port Jefferson 11777
    Take a break from screens of all types and let your kids discover the joys of live theater at Theatre Three, conveniently located near Port Jefferson homes for sale. Theatre Three has an entire program dedicated to staging works for children. This summer's schedule includes one-hour performances of classic stories Cinderella in July and Pinocchio in August. On July 7, the 11 a.m. performance of Cinderella is sensory-free for anyone with sensitivities to lights, noise, and other stimuli. Reserved seats for all ages are $10.
  3. AR Workshop - 273 Main St., Port Washington 11050
    Arts and crafts are classic summer activities. AR Workshop offers kids and family events where you can create one-of-a-kind decor items such as pillows, wall hangings, and tote bags to dress up Port Washington homes for sale. Fees include all materials, tools, and instruction. You can also bring your favorite munchies and small appetizers to enjoy during the session.
  4. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve - 200 New Hwy., Commack 11725
    One of the benefits of Smithtown homes for sale is access to Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. The grounds feature an apple orchard, wooded areas, and a pond as well as open fields. Bring along a bird-watching guide and let the kids see how many species they can find. Afterward, they can burn off some energy at the baseball fields, playground, and water park. Pack a picnic lunch and make an entire day of it. Hoyt Farm is open 9 a.m. until dusk year-round. 
  5. Caumsett State Historic Park - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington 11743
    Caumsett State Historic Park is devoted to the enjoyment of nature found not far from Huntington homes for sale, but it has a colorful past as part of Long Island's famed Gold Coast. In the 1920s, the 1,500-acre grounds were the estate of Marshall Field III, heir to the department store fortune. Now four miles of trails wind through woods and across meadows to Long Island Sound. The park's summer calendar includes several kid-centric events such as "clown college," magic shows and guided hikes. Park hours are sunrise until sunset seven days a week year-round and the vehicle entrance fee is $8.

Learn why Long Island is a wonderful place to raise a family. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® for help from one of our friendly Long Island real estate professionals.


Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

Long Island July 4
It's almost time to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular holidays with July 4 fireworks, cruises, and celebrations throughout our local communities.

Long Island hosts some of the country's most spectacular fireworks displays on Independence Day. Whether you're looking to explore local history, settle in with the family for a night of fun, or hit the water for an evening of dining, drinks, and spectacular fireworks shows, you'll find a Long Island event right for you. Our REALTORS® have the details about how you can celebrate America this July 4 on Long Island.

  1. Stars Over Montauk - Umbrella Beach, Old Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
    Suffolk County homes for sale offer easy access to the Stars Over Montauk July 4 celebration, which always ranks as one of the biggest on Long Island. Presented by the acclaimed Grucci Fireworks team, Stars Over Montauk is a spectacular show that only seems to get bigger and better every year. The fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and are visible from a variety of beachfront locations.

  2. Long Island Ducks Fireworks - 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip 11722
    Head out for an evening of baseball, fireworks, and family fun when the Long Island Ducks take on the Sugarland Skeeters.  The Long Island Ducks Fireworks Spectacular is easy to reach from East Islip homes for sale, and games are popular local gathering places throughout the summer. The fireworks don't start until after the game ends, so this event provides a full evening of fun.

  3. Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular - 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh 11793
    Nassau County homes for sale make it easy to watch the Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular, which features some of the most creative pyrotechnics that you'll find anywhere on July 4. Watch a brilliant display of fireworks, set to an array of patriotic songs, surrounded by the beautiful setting of Jones Beach.

  4. Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise - 412 W Lake Dr., Montauk 11954
    If you want to experience Stars Over Montauk from a unique point of view, be sure to reserve your spot on the Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise. The cruise features a buffet, drinks, music, dancing, and unmatched views of the fireworks.

  5. Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise - 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport 11520
    Heading to Jones Beach, instead? There's a fireworks cruise there, too! The Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise has a live DJ, cash bar, snacks, and a smooth ride to the best seats in the house for the fireworks show.

  6. Parade of American Flags  – 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai 11766
    Looking for something fun and educational to do before all of the great fireworks start? Head to the Avenue of America for the Parade of American Flags, located close to Mount Sinai homes for sale. Here you'll find a collection of 100 national, state, and territorial flags spanning the history of America. Learn about the history of each flag and discover the symbols that make each flag special. This free event is open to all ages and is a great way to experience some patriotic pride on Independence Day.

Are you searching for a home of your own, close to all of the great holiday events on Long Island throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


How to Celebrate Long Island Dads on Father's Day

Long Island Fathers Day

Father's Day is June 16th, and our REALTORS® want to take a moment to thank the many father-figures that have made our lives amazing. Whether a father works long hours at the office or spends day and night caring for his children, being a dad is no easy job. In appreciation of the hard work and sacrifices our fathers have made, celebrate of Father's Day by grabbing your dad or grandfather and treating them to a delicious meal, cold beverage or fun activity around Long Island.

  1. Rothmann's Steakhouse – 6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich, NY 11732
    Treat your dad to a dinner fit for a king at Rothmann's Steakhouse. Not far from East Norwich homes for sale, Rothmann's has been attracting diners from far and wide for over a century — including famous faces like President Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Taylor. One of New York's premier steakhouses, Rothmann's is known for their 38-day dry aged prime beef steaks, live Maine lobsters and special sushi rolls. Bring dad for a dinner of steaks and scotch or get an early start with a brunch buffet of omelets, seafood and more!

  2. Harbor Links – 1 Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Spend the afternoon on the links with dad at Long Island's premier public golf course. Harbor Links, close to Port Washington homes for sale, features the award-winning 18-hole Championship Course and a par-31 9-hole Executive Course.  We're sure every dad will agree — a rough day on the putting green is better than a good day at work!

  3. Huntington Humidor – 8 New St., Huntington, NY 11743
    Does your dad love the taste of a smooth cigar? Then take him to the Huntington Humidor for the finest quality cigars near Huntington homes for sale. Specializing in the best tobacco selections from around the world, you and your father can hang out in the public lounge and enjoy a quiet smoke. Looking for a more exclusive gift? Rent a private lounge for the two of you which includes Wi-Fi, multiple televisions, coffee service and so much more!

  4. Port Jeff Brewing Company – 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Trust us — your dad deserves a cold beer and there's no better place in Port Jefferson to find a delicious craft beer than the Port Jeff Brewing Company. Located just a few minutes from Port Jefferson homes for sale, Port Jeff Brewing Company is a craft brewery that has a tasting room perfect for sampling their small-batch beers. Their year-round selection includes the Trippel H Belgian style ale, the Party Boat IPA and the powerful Porter. They also release special beers throughout the year so you never know what tasty brew on tap might become your dad's new favorite beer.

  5. Angler Fishing Fleet – 405 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Every dad deserves an adventure at sea, and The Angler Fleet fishing charter will give your father an amazing half-day trip on the Long Island Sound. Set sail from Inspiration Warf near Port Washington homes for sale and head into the Sound to catch striped bass, blackfish, flounder and porgy. These calm waters are perfect for casting a line and kicking back for a relaxing afternoon with your dad!

  6. Bowlero Commack – 2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    Bowling plus beer and bite-sized snacks equal the perfect Father's Day afternoon! Iron your dad's old bowling shirt and bring him to Bowlero for a few frames of fun. Just down the street from Commack homes for sale, Bowlero has 40 lanes, an arcade, sports bar and lounge area where you two can spend the day trying to conquer the dreaded 7-10 split. If you're looking for a budget-friendly activity after dinner, be sure to stop by after 6 pm for reduced game prices and arcade card deals.

Would you like to treat your dad to more Father's Day fun? Contact us today and let us help you make this Father's Day special by finding Dad the perfect Long Island home for sale.


Long Island Outdoors: Favorite Spots to Go Running

Long Island Running Trails

Long Island — are you ready for a run? June 5th is National Running Day, and our REALTORS® are ready to lace up our running shoes and get our hearts pumping! Whether you run 5Ks like there's no tomorrow or can only fit in a good jog when work calms down, any time spent running is a great way to clear the mind and strengthen the body. We hope you'll join us in celebrating National Running Day at some favorite Long Island spots for running.

  1. Avalon Park & Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Run away from it all — or at least for a little while — with a trip to Avalon Park & Preserve. Just across from Stony Brook homes for sale, this natural conservation area is home to jogging trails that will you across five different types of habitats. You can create a running route of any length around this 8-acre preserve as the various trails intersect and loop at different points. Pavement, crushed stone and boardwalk paths will give your feet a change of pace as you get lost in the labyrinth located in the center of the park.

  2. Blydenburgh County Park – 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Surrounding Smithtown homes for sale are several parks including Blydenburgh County Park. Run their trail from the entrance to Stump Pond or follow the trail as it connects you to Forestwood Park and Caleb Smith State Park. Blydenburgh County Park is also a perfect place to get your run in with your furry friend. Let them off the leash at the Blydenburgh Dog Park and run around together in celebration of National Running Day!

  3. Heckscher State Park – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 1730
    Not far from East Islip homes for sale is Heckscher State Park, a perfect spot for tons of outdoor activities including a great run. This 1,600-acre park has four miles of paved trails. Jog along the Great South Bay and keep your eye out for deer, birds and other wildlife that you may encounter on the trails.

  4. RVC Athletic Complex/Hempstead Lake – Peninsula Blvd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    Do you prefer track or trail? What about indoor or outdoor? At the RVC Athletic Complex, you can run whichever route you desire! Located just across the street from Rockville Centre homes for sale, the RVC Athletic Complex is home to Malloy College's sports teams. Run on their indoor track or soak up some sun on the outdoor track. For those who want to go the distance, you can run the trail around Hempstead Lake.  

  5. Northport Nautical Mile – From Laurel Ave School (158 Laurel Ave) to Northport Village Dock (1 Main St.), Northport, NY 11768
    The Northport Nautical Mile is a June 15th race organized by the Northport Running Club, however, you can run this route any day of the year! Explore the village as you run passed Northport homes for sale down to the Northport Bay. If you extend your run, continue north beside Northport Park or south near Cow Harbor Park and enjoy the refreshing breeze along the bayside.

Looking for Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale?  Our REALTORS® are ready to help you get the race started toward homeownership in one of our nearby communities.


6 Sip-Worthy Wineries on Long Island

Long Island Wineries
Did you know that it's almost time to celebrate one of the most delicious holidays of the year? We're talking, of course, about National Wine Day! Celebrated every year on May 25th, National Wine Day is an opportunity to pay homage to everything you love about your favorite glass of wine.

Naturally, a wine goes best with a good meal and even better people, so National Wine Day also presents the perfect chance to explore Long Island's wine scene with friends and family. No matter what corner of Long Island you call home, there's a great winery, vineyard, retailer, or tasting room close to home. Our REALTORS® are here with a guide to six Long Island destinations for celebrating National Wine Day this year.

  1. Del Vino Vineyards – 29 Norwood Rd., Northport 11768
    Located just a quick trip from East Northport homes for sale, Del Vino Vineyards is the first stop on the popular North Shore Wine Trail. This family-owned and operated vineyard has a history dating back more than 100 years, and today is known for creating some of the best wine on Long Island. It's also a great spot for weddings, parties, and other big events.

  2. Testa Wines of the World – 1035 Oyster Bay Rd., East Norwich 11732
    Finished shopping for Huntington homes for sale, and looking to celebrate National Wine Day in your new dwelling? Testa Wines of the World is one of Long Island's best-known wine importers, with a bottle to match every taste, and offers a convenient location just west of Huntington. Stop by, tell the friendly, knowledgeable staff about your favorite types of wine, and pick the perfect bottle to go with your National Wine Day meal.

  3. Harmony Vineyards – 169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor 11780
    Stony Brook homes for sale make it easy to reach the delightful Harmony Vineyards, a perfect destination for celebrating National Wine Day this year. Stop by for a National Wine Day brunch, or hang out late into the night with other wine enthusiasts.

  4. The Wine Cellar on Main – 70 Main St., Northport 11768
    Looking for great food and even better wine located close to Northport homes for sale? Look no farther than the Wine Cellar on Main, where music, wine, and food are always on the menu. The Wine Cellar features live music most nights, and plenty of great food to pair with your glass.

  5. La Parma – 415 Main St., Port Washington 11050
    What could go better with a fine glass of wine than a big, traditional Italian dinner? La Parma, located around the corner from Port Washington homes for sale, offers an ideal mix of fantastic food, fabulous wine, and friendly, personal service – perfect for celebrating National Wine Day with your favorite people.

  6. Whisper Vineyards – 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James 11780
    Smithtown homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Whisper Vineyards, where there's never a bad time to celebrate with a great glass of wine. This award-winning vineyard, established in 2004, has quickly grown into one of Long Island's premier destinations for fine wine and great times. In addition to wines created on-site, Whisper Vineyards offers spirits from a variety of local producers.

Still searching for the perfect home close to all of the excellent food and drink available on Long Island? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the Long Island area.


What to Expect Your First Year Owning a Home

First Year Owning a Home
Buying your first house is an exciting time and often filled with thoughts of new furniture, gallons of paint, and hardwood floors. It is wise to prepare for unexpected issues that can occur during the first year of homeownership.

That's especially true if you're used to the renter's life. There are plenty of things to consider when you--instead of a landlord--are responsible for maintenance of your new digs.

Don't panic. It just takes planning, and a willingness to embrace the inevitable surprises that come with owning a home. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make a seamless transition into your first year of owning a home.;

  • Shopping with the Future in Mind
    One of the best things about moving from renting to owning is that your stuff now has a long-term home, too. For many first-time homeowners, that presents the opportunity to upgrade from the thrifty furnishings of an apartment to something more permanent for your own home. It's essential to keep an eye on finances during your first year, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up some new furnishings or decorative items for your home.

  • Maintenance Takes Time and Money
    In the past, you may have called your landlord when there was an issue with your rental property. Now, you're responsible for maintaining your home. There are plenty of minor maintenance issues you can tackle DIY or contract out for a reasonable fee, but eventually, there will be bigger issues that may carry a more significant cost and require the help of an expert.

  • An Emergency Fund Is Your Friend
    Since you can't always predict when a significant maintenance issue will pop up, it's crucial to have an emergency fund. Set aside some extra cash whenever you can, so that when something big arises – like roof or plumbing issues – you'll be able to cover it without breaking your budget. If there's a maintenance emergency, you'll be happy that you have some funds ready to address it quickly.

  • Renovations May Have to Wait
    It's perfectly normal to dream about the upgrades that you'll make to your new home, but the first year isn't always the best time to tackle big renovation projects. Take some time to get used to owning a home, get comfortable with your budget, and decide which renovation projects are right for the home.

  • Prepare for the Cost of Utilities
    Heating and cooling an apartment may not cost a ton, but some utility costs may increase when you make the upgrade to owning. Be prepared for extra monthly expenses, especially when it comes to heating and cooling.

  • Setting Priorities Is Crucial
    Whether we're talking maintenance, renovation projects, or anything else around the house, setting priorities makes life much easier when owning a home. Make the most of your budget by prioritizing maintenance issues and projects. The to-do list never really ends, but for many, that is part of the joy of owning a home.

Are you a renter, and still searching for the right home to call your own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to learn more about how we help both new and experienced buyers find their ideal home.


Celebrate Long Island Living at the Montauk Music Festival

Montauk Music Festival
Montauk residents and music lovers from across the state are anxiously awaiting the 10th annual Montauk Music Festival (MMF). This year, the four-day event will feature over 400 up-and-coming musical artists from a variety of genres including rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, folk, jazz, reggae, blues, country, and more!

Our real estate agents rank MMF as one of their favorite events of the year, and once you check it out, you'll understand why. Here's everything you need to know so you and your family can get the most out of this not-to-be-missed event.

4 Days of Entertainment at Montauk Music Festival

MMF kicks off on Thursday, May 16th with an opening party at The Montauk Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to midnight. For the next three days, visitors will be able to choose from a variety of free concerts at over 40 different venues throughout the city.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will also be open-air concerts at the Montauk Lighthouse. Grab a blanket, some chairs, and your family and friends, and plan to spend the day there. There will be food, soda, and alcoholic beverages for sale as well as a variety of interesting vendors including a pop-up store for Rudy's Custom & Vintage Guitars. You'll also find a variety of workshops and exhibitions at the Ocean's Institute located at the foot of the lighthouse. 

"Ask the Experts" Event

If you're an aspiring musician or are interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look into the music industry, you won't want to miss the "Ask the Experts" event on Friday, May 17th. It will be held at the Lighthouse from noon until 5 p.m. Last year's event included yoga, one-on-one mentoring sessions with the artists, an industry panel, a group listening session, and a wellness workshop. When the 2019 schedule is released, it will be updated on the MMF Ask the Experts page

Getting to MMF

Depending on where you're coming from, your best transportation options may be the Hampton Jitney, Long Island Railroad, or the Hampton Hopper free shuttles. The Montauk Yacht Club is located at 32 Star Island Road, and the Montauk Lighthouse is located at 2000 Montauk Highway.  

Although the open-air concerts are free, those going to the outdoor concerts will have to pay for museum admission. The cost for all three days is just $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. The full admission price goes towards supporting the lighthouse, and your ticket also gives you the opportunity to tour the museum and climb to the top of the 200-year-old lighthouse.

For an inexpensive, fun, and family-friendly weekend, you can't go wrong with the Montauk Music Festival.  

Your Montauk Real Estate Professionals

The thriving music scene is just one of the many things to love about living in Montauk. If you're thinking about moving here, we would love to show you around. Contact us today to get started!


Long Island Easter Events for Your Family

Long Island Easter Events
Spring will be here before you know it, and that means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and, of course, the Easter Bunny! One of the things our real estate agents love about living in Long Island is that there are always so many family-friendly things to do, and celebrating Easter is no exception. Here's a rundown of some of the area's most popular Easter attractions. 

  1. Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival: Gantry Park | 4-09 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 10007
    Head out to Gantry Park on Saturday, April 20th for the Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival. This event runs from 10 am until noon and features three separate Easter egg hunts to ensure that kids of all ages can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

    Although the event is free, tickets are required and won't be sold that day, so make sure you go online and complete your registration!
  1. Easter Kids Party Cruise: Skyport Marina | 2430 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010
    Kids and parents will both enjoy the Easter Kids Party Cruise hosted by the Easter Bunny himself! With six different cruise times over Easter weekend, you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch this not-to-be-missed event.

    Enjoy two stories of music and family fun featuring face painting, clowns, balloons, dancing, and a magic show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door if they're still available. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
  1. Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival: 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets
    The annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. This loosely-formed parade is different than what you'd expect from a traditional NYC parade. Instead of fancy floats, here you'll find "paraders" marching down the streets dressed in all kinds of themed costumes and Easter bonnets. There are also always plenty of costumed pets.

    The parade begins at 10 am and continues until around 4 pm on Easter Sunday. The route goes right past St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is one of the best viewing spots. Since this is an informal event, you might even want to don your best bonnet and join in on the parade!
  1. Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt: Doha Nightclub | 38-34, 31st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101
    Perfect for the little ones and their parents, the Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt at Doha nightclub is an Egg-citing good time! From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, your kids will get to meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying plenty of music and dancing, face painting, a magic show, and, of course, tons of candy! There will also be a balloon egg hunt and a toy raffle. 
  1. Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park:  Wantagh Park Children's Playground | 1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793
    On Sunday, April 14th, the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park. Bring your little ones to meet the Easter Bunny and search for over 4,000 hidden eggs. There will also be treats, raffles, and more. This popular community event is always a hit!

Want to learn more about what makes Long Island one of the best places to raise a family? Contact us! We would love to show you around the area and help you find your dream home. 


About Town - Long Island Neighborhoods to Discover

Long Island Neighborhoods
Long Island is a unique place because it is home to such a diverse collection of neighborhoods where every resident can find something to love. Whether you're interested in art, the outdoors, shopping, dining, an excellent school district, great golf, or fun on the water, you'll find a Long Island neighborhood that's perfect for you. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know local communities, with our guide to some of Long Island favorite neighborhoods.

  1. Huntington
    Huntington real estate is perfect for anyone who loves a community that blends the best of past and present. The city was founded in 1653 and has been making history ever since. Huntington is a dynamic community, encompassing a variety of well-known smaller towns and hamlets, along with exciting historic sites. Some of its landmark attractions include the birthplace of famed poet Walt Whitman and the majestic Huntington Lighthouse.
  2. Garden City
    Are you searching for a sense of community, and a neighborhood where the word "neighbor" still means something important? Garden City homes for sale put you in the heart of an area known for rolling out the welcome mat for newcomers and working hard to make every resident feel at home. Garden City is an upscale neighborhood, with a wealth of gourmet dining options and attractions. Museum Row, located in Garden City, is home to some of Long Island's most popular museums, including the Long Island Children's Museum, Cradle of Aviation Museum, and Nassau County Firefighter's Museum.
  3. Northport
    Does a scenic, historic waterfront community sound like the perfect hometown? Northport, located on Long Island's North Shore, is a small, quaint town, known for its unique collection of small businesses and vibrant, historic Main Street. Northport real estate is also ideal for anyone who likes to spend time on the water, with a deep-water harbor and a variety of excellent marinas where you can store your boat. It's also a community with a reputation for fun, free special events, like the Summerfest Concert Series, where the city gathers to make music and memories by the water during the warmer months.
  4. Port Jefferson
    Known as "Long Island's hidden treasure," Port Jefferson is a waterfront community located on the North Shore, with a wide variety of historic businesses and delightful dining spots. The town is still an active port, and Port Jefferson real estate makes it easy to take a scenic ferry ride to and from Bridgeport, CT. You'll also have plenty to do close to home in Port Jefferson, whether you like gourmet dining, unique shopping destinations, or spending time on the docks at a local marina.
  5. Rockville Center
    Searching for a community with easy access to... well, everything? Rockville Center homes for sale put you just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan, with a 15-minute commute to JFK Airport and a 35-minute ride to Penn Station via LIRR. But you won't have to leave town for great attractions and even better food. The Rockville Center dining scene is known as one of Long Island's best, with cuisine from around the world.

Are you searching for a home in one of Long Island's vibrant, unique neighborhoods? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Using Spring Curb Appeal to Sell Your Long Island Home

Sell Your Long Island Home Curb Appeal
As soon as the weather starts to get warmer, so does the Long Island real estate market. Our REALTORS® are already hearing from sellers who are getting ready to list their homes in time for spring. First impressions are critical and putting some effort into improving your curb appeal will go a long way towards helping your home stand out from the crowd.   

While you certainly could make major changes like painting the entire exterior of your home, that's not always necessary. Often, a few simple and inexpensive updates can make a huge difference. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

  1. Give Your Home a Thorough Cleaning
    Before you start any work on your home, give it a thorough cleaning. You'll be amazed at how much dirt, mildew, and other build-up has collected on your house.

    Start by washing your siding with soapy water and a long-handled brush. Pressure-wash your driveway and walkways and clean all of your windows inside and out. Don't forget to scrub down your garage door so it goes back to the color it was originally intended to be.
  1. Dress Up Your Entryway
    Your front entryway is the main focal point for visitors, so this is a smart place to invest some time and money. If your door is old and dingy, consider repainting it with a blast of color or replace it with a stylish new one. Make sure the door handle is clean and polish all metal fixtures.

    Add a personal touch to your entryway by hanging a wreath or swag and adding a nice welcome mat and some potted plants.
  1. Add Some Accent Lighting
    If your front doorway doesn't already have symmetrical accent lights, consider adding them. Low-voltage landscape lighting can also make a huge difference. Add lights along pathways and under trees for a nighttime look that's sure to impress potential buyers. 

  2. Give Your Mailbox a Makeover
    If your mailbox has seen better days, now is the time to replace it. Choose a stylish box that matches the vibe of your home and dress it up even more by painting the post the same color as your home's exterior. If you have space, consider planting a flower garden around your mailbox for added appeal.

  3. Update Your House Numbers
    Popular styles for house numbers change over time and keeping up with the trends will boost your curb appeal. There are plenty of styles to choose from, so make sure you pick something that reflects the overall design of your home.

  4. Replace Gutters and Downspouts
    Gutters and downspouts that have rust spots or chipped paint detract from your home's look and create a sense of neglect. Replacing your entire system is a fairly easy project that makes a big difference. If you don't need to replace your gutters, make sure you clean them out thoroughly before listing your home. 

  5. Beautify Your Landscaping
    Your front yard is another focal point for would-be buyers. Feed and water your grass so it grows in thick and green. Start taking care of bare spots as soon as the snow melts by putting down grass seed or sod. 

Prune your bushes, trim your trees, and remove any dead branches. Add a dark-colored mulch to your plant beds to give your lawn a rich look. Remove any dead plants from your flower beds and replace them with brightly-colored flowering plants. A few pops of color will go a long way towards attracting the eye and appealing to would-be buyers.

Are you thinking about selling your home this spring? With the right professionals by your side, it's easier than you think. Contact us today to learn how we can help.


Long Island Landmarks - Pepsi-Cola Sign Gantry Plaza

Long Island Gantry Plaza Pepsi Sign
At Coach REALTORS®, our real estate agents know curb appeal when they see it. The Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City is one of our hometown's favorite head-turners, lighting up the East River with its neon red letters. The sign is a beloved part of the Queens waterfront area does a great job making its neighborhood feel more distinct. But do you know the history behind the billboard that beckons Long Islanders home?

An iconic throwback that waves "hi" to Manhattan every night, the Pepsi-Cola sign is the perfect welcome if you live on Long Island. It's also a point of pride with deep roots in local industry and art. Here's what you need to know about the Pepsi-Cola sign:

Most of the Sign Was Replaced in the 90s

The original sign looked a little different… because it was a different sign. The sign has had a few different looks and homes since it was first erected. In 1936, Pepsi installed the Art Deco billboard on the rooftop of their Hunters Point bottling plant. When they modernized their logo with a single dash in 1942, the sign changed too. And when they redesigned their bottles in the 1970s, they also redesigned the hand-painted metal bottle on the sign, which originally had a bottle cap with a 5-cent price tag.

Unfortunately, a winter storm did serious damage in 1992, after decades of neon outages, electrical problems, and corrosion. After an extensive rebuild, a reconstructed version was back in place two years later, complete with new paint and primer for the support structure, new ruby red curlicue letters, and a brand new bottle that faithfully replicated the details of the original. Finally, when Pepsi closed and sold their plant in 1998, they had a stipulation: the sign would have to be part of any new construction.

New Apartments Were Built Around the Sign

Long Island neighborhoods are constantly evolving, but sometimes New York history doesn't clear the way for new real estate. When developers picked the site of the Pepsi-Cola sign for a new 25-story apartment tower, the city, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission made sure they kept their promise and modified their plans to accommodate it.

The sign now backs up to the building, which is hollowed out behind it to create a "shadow box" effect and keep the first eight floors of apartments at a safe distance. Today, its front yard is scenic Gantry Plaza State Park, a riverfront recreational area with 12 acres of gardens, piers, athletic courts, and one more restored piece of the area's industrial past. Namesake gantries, originally used to load and unload rail cars from barges, are the perfect complement for the historic Pepsi-Cola sign on the far end of the park.

Whether you want to live behind the Pepsi-Cola sign or find your next family home somewhere else on Long Island, our real estate team at Coach REALTORS® can help. Contact us to learn more about buying or selling a home here in New York.  


The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival - THAW Fest 2019

Hamptons Arts Festival Thaw Fest 2019
It's almost time to shake off the winter cold, thaw out for the spring, and enjoy one of Long Island's most popular festivals. THAW Fest 2019, presented by the Hamptons Art Network, features a full weekend of exciting, art-related events. There will be art exhibitions, live music, comedy shows, open houses, live performances, and plenty of great parties to complement all of the action. If you've been looking for the perfect opportunity to celebrate the return of spring, this is your chance. Our REALTORS® have all of the key details on what to expect from THAW Fest 2019, and how to enjoy the weekend's events.

THAW Fest 2019: Celebrate the Arts and the Start of Spring 

The Festival: THAW Fest 2019 – Presented by the Hamptons Art Network
March 22 - March 24, 2019
Events Friday Evening, All Day Saturday and Sunday
Location: Art Galleries, Performance Venues, and Businesses in the Hamptons

Kick Off THAW Fest 2019 with a Friday Night Full of Events

  • Cocktail Party and Comedy Show – 5 pm to 8 pm – Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor – The weekend's events kick off on Friday night, with an invite-only cocktail party featuring live music from Dwayne Kerr.

  • DJ and Dancing with Open Galleries – 7 pm to 9 pm – Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill – Enjoy a night of dancing, music, and art with DJ Twilo at the Parish Art Museum. The galleries will also be open so that you can explore all that the museum has to offer.

Spend Your Saturday and Sunday Exploring Local Art

Southampton Events

  • Art Exhibition and Garden Tour – Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm – The Madoo ConservancyExplore the gorgeous gardens of the Madoo Conservancy, and enjoy browsing through the extensive art exhibition on display.

  • Visit the Watermill Center – Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm – The Watermill CenterHead to the Watermill Center in Southampton for a tour of the facilities, and a chance to hear from musician Marina Rosenfeld.

  • Film Screening with Hamptons DocFest – Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm – Parrish Art MuseumReturn to the Parish Art Museum for a film screening and discussion with a special guest speaker to close out the weekend.

Bridgehampton Events

  • Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival – Saturday 6 pm to 8 pm – Bridgehampton – Enjoy a delightful evening of chamber music, featuring a two-piano program that you won't soon forget.

Easthampton Events

  • Visit Historic Mulford Farm – Saturday 10 am to 3 pm – Historic Mulford FarmMake a trip to one of the area's most charming historic farms for a special decorative arts tour.

  • Explore Spectacular Gardens and Art Collections – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm – Longhouse ReserveVisit a true one-of-a-kind property to soak in the beautiful gardens, fantastic sculpture collection, and vibrant art at the Longhouse Reserve.

Learn More about the Hamptons Art Network

While ThawFest is a marquee event each year, the Hamptons Art Network also works throughout the year to build and grow the art community in the Hamptons. The Hamptons Art Network is made up of a variety of local non-profit organizations, which includes art galleries, festival organizers, performance venues, cultural organizations, and museums. Thaw Fest is a chance for these organizations to show off the work that they do all year long.

Are you still searching for the perfect home close to legendary Long Island festivals like THAW Fest? We are here to help. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes in the Hamptons and throughout all of the Long Island real estate market.


6 Italian Restaurants on Long Island

Celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

Long Island Italian Restaurants

Alfredo di Lelio's wife Ines was in the throes of perinatal pain, refusing to eat. She had no appetite until her beloved Alfredo, way back in 1908, mixed up some fresh pasta, cheese, and butter. Thursday, February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, to offer thanks to Alfredo (and Ines, his muse) for his tasty invention. Our REALTORS® offer these six Italian restaurants to celebrate this delicious holiday.

  1. La Nonna Bella, 660 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
    Along the way to sniffing out good real estate bargains on Garden City homes for sale, you may be tempted by the delicious aromas emanating from Erica and Lino's La Nonna Bella. A mix of classic Italian dishes (from Bari, the Puglia region, and all over the peninsula) and new culinary trends, "The Beautiful Grandmother" feeds you, and feeds you, and feeds you. You may not always find Fettuccine all'Alfredo on every menu, but you will always find something amazing to enjoy. 

  2. Calogero's, 919 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
    Ines di Lilio did not live by fettuccine alone. Italy features some 350 different pasta shapes, after all; experience some of them at Calogero's, like the pan-seared scallops in herbed butter sauce with crispy gnocchi (pasta dumplings) and roasted brussels sprouts. Calogero's also offers gluten-free penne or whole wheat penne for many of its dishes. 

  3. Antonino's, 997 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset
    Visiting Manhasset homes for sale with your friendly, local real estate agent can certainly work up an appetite. Whether you need to dine to break bread and narrow your choices in homes, or you want to dine to celebrate a great find, Antonino's is an excellent place to park for lunch or dinner. 

    In case you worried that no Long Island restaurant actually offered February's famous fettuccine, we offer Antonino's menu, with two Fettuccine Alfredo options: $12.95 for a single serving, or $36.95 for a family of three to four (or two extremely hungry people, or one ... you get the idea). 

  4. Cipollini Trattoria and Bar, 2110 Northern Boulevard, Suite C, Manhasset
    Cipollini is one of several restaurants ably managed by Poll Restaurants. Expand your palette for Italian foods with Cipollini's lunch and dinner menu, featuring such temptations as Capellini ai Frutti di Mare (angel-hair pasta with fresh-caught seafood), Rigatoni alla Nonna (a different grandmother from Erica's and Lino's), and Pizza Robiola (with truffle oil).

  5. San Remo Ristorante Italiano, 328 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre
    If, after a day of open houses at Rockville Centre homes for sale, you feel the need to recharge, stop off at San Remo Ristorante Italiano. This restaurant's impressive menu and long wine list are only the beginning.  

    With all due respect to the immortal Alfredo, remember that Italians love to innovate with great ingredients. Try San Remo's own fettuccine dish, Fettuccini Alla Selva. It is a mouth-watering delight of handcrafted fettuccine noodles with Portobello, shitake and champignon mushrooms in truffle oil and garlic. 

  6. 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre, at 285 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre
    We end our tour with another Fettuccine Alfredo offering, at 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre. Whether you book for February 7 or any other day to celebrate great pasta, 3 Brothers offers you hearty traditional Italian fare. Going beyond, though, 3 Brothers also offers delicious vegan recipes. Most items can be ordered with whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. 

Whatever your appetite, please remember our experienced real estate agents eagerly wait to serve you. Contact us today to see how Coach REALTORS® can make every evening in your new Long Island home a buona notte


Long Island: 5 Spots for Sunday Brunch

Long Island Restaurants for Sunday BrunchSunday brunch with family and friends can turn an ordinary weekend into a special event. Long Island has no shortage of delightful restaurants serving up a delicious brunch menu. Our real estate agents share some of their favorite Sunday brunch spots with a perfect blend of food and ambiance.

  1. Jonathan's Restaurant - 2499 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
    Jonathan's Restaurant is billed as "An American Bar & Grille" and their brunch menu includes regional favorites from all parts of the country. Choose crab cakes Benedict from the Atlantic Seaboard, enjoy the Southern flavor of pecan-crusted chicken and waffles or take a trip to the Pacific Northwest with a smoked organic salmon omelet. Champagne and mimosas come with a complimentary refill for only $7. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted.

  2. Rustic Root - 7927 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury
    Rustic Root is as casual and inviting as it sounds. Executive Chef Tom Gloster's creativity earned him a spot as champion on Food Network's Chopped, and Rustic Root's brunch menu reflects his love for traditional comfort food with an innovative twist. Bacon is made in-house and dishes such as oven-roasted chicken wings, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and skillet cornbread are made with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Several vegetarian and gluten-free items are available. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted for Mother's Day only.

  3. The Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel - 207 Main Street, East Hampton
    Lush Atlantic seafood is the star of the brunch menu served by the Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel. Select from lobster, Peconic Gold oysters, littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp and tuna tartare a la carte or in seafood towers serving up to four people. Omelets and eggs Benedict are available for traditional breakfast lovers. Planning a romantic special occasion? Book a room or private cottage for the evening before or after. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted. 

  4. Big Daddy's - 1 Park Lane, Massapequa 
    "Laissez les bon temps roulez" at Big Daddy's, where the Blues Brunch menu features a distinct New Orleans flavor. Zesty dishes such as gumbo, shrimp and grits, chicken fried steak and blackened gator will transport you to the heart of the bayou. All egg dishes include a side of decadent French bread toast. Entrees include a complimentary Bloody Mary, mimosa or screwdriver, and you can upgrade to bottomless brunch cocktails for just $15. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted. 

  5. Thyme - 8 Tower Place, Roslyn
    Located in a two-story vintage home overlooking Gerry Park and Roslyn Duck Pond, Thyme is truly a place to get away from it all for a couple of hours. The $22 prix fixe menu includes choices such as Nova Scotia smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive scramble and Thyme's take on eggs Benedict served on a potato cake with Black Forest ham and sautéed mushrooms. Pasta, burgers, and salads are available if you're in the mood for lunch. Brunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted.   

Why not treat yourself to brunch before a Sunday afternoon of viewing Long Island homes for sale? Contact us to learn more from our friendly and experienced real estate agents. 


Long Island Fine Wine & Food Festival

Long Island Fine Wine & Food Festival
Living on Long Island means that you're never far from a fantastic meal, the perfect glass of wine, or your favorite spirits. So, wouldn't it be nice to sample the best food and drink that Long Island has to offer, all under one roof? The Fine Wine and Food Festival is your chance to enjoy the best of Long Island dining while sampling some of the best wine, craft beer, and spirits that the region has to offer. This year's Fine Wine and Food Festival is right around the corner, and our real estate agents have all the details on how to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular annual events.

The Event: The Long Island Fine Wine and Food Festival
The Nassau Coliseum – 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
Date: January 19, 2019
Time: Session 1 – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Session 2 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Sample Long Island's Best Fine Wine, Spirits, and Craft Beer

Long Island will be bringing out its best for the Fine Wine and Food Festival, and your ticket buys you the chance to sample it all. Throughout the day, you can enjoy delicious drinks from a wealth of local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. This event features many of the biggest stars from the local culinary scene, all under one roof. Grab your souvenir Fine Wine and Food Festival tasting glass, and explore the best that Long Island has to offer.

Delicious Dining from the Region's Best Chefs and Restaurants

While seeing the sights, sampling the drinks, and hearing talks from experts, you're sure to develop an appetite during your day at the Fine Wine and Food Festival. Fortunately, many of the top restaurants and chefs in the area will be on handing serving delicious meals and providing free samples. Sit down and savor a gourmet meal, or travel from vendor to vendor to sample a little bit of everything.

Learn from Leading Figures in the Food and Beverage Industries

Throughout the day at the Fine Wine and Food Festival, you'll have chance sit down for talks from some of the area's top food and beverage producers. Whether you're involved in the industry, want to add some new flavors to your own creations, or want to keep up with Long Island's latest, the festival is a great chance to hear from a wealth of industry experts in one convenient location.

Enjoy a VIP Experience with Two NY Sports Legends

Interested in taking your experience at the Fine Wine and Food Festival to the next level? A general admission ticket will allow you to enjoy much of what the festival has to offer, but the VIP experience is a great option for anyone seeking a little something extra. This year, former New York Mets ace Dwight Gooden and former outfielder Mookie Wilson will be on hand at the Grant Thornton VIP Lounge for a truly memorable meet and greet experience. VIP tickets also get you early access to the festival (30 minutes before general admission), private wine tastings, specialty cocktails, fabulous food samples, and a chance to hear from VIP speakers.

The Fine Wine and Food Festival is an excellent example of the events that you can enjoy when you live on Long Island, and a chance to sample some of the great restaurants in the region. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy, sell, learn about real estate in the Long Island, NY area.


Long Island Homes: 5 Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays

Buy a Home During the Holidays
With the holiday season waiting just around the corner, why not consider purchasing yourself the greatest gift of them all? The holidays are a busy time for buyers and sellers alike, but this time of year also happens to offer some of the best opportunities to shop for homes in Long Island. 

Since other buyers may sit out the holiday market, this is an ideal time to shop with less competition, find the best deals, and invest some of your vacation time into shopping for the home of your dreams. Our real estate agents know what it takes to land the right house at the right time during every season, and we've put together five key reasons to buy a home during the holidays.

  1. Shop with Less Competition
    Not every shopper is willing to dedicate time to house hunting during the holidays, which is excellent news if you're still in the market. Shopping with less competition makes life easier in so many ways, and there are few times of the year when you'll find less competition than during the holiday season. With fewer people on the market, you'll have an easier time seeing all of the houses that make your list, and a better chance of negotiating an advantageous price for your budget.

  2. Motivated Sellers Ready to Make a Deal
    Just as with buyers, not every seller will be interested in marketing and showing their home during the holidays. The sellers who do remain will often be very motivated to make a deal – whether they're trying to close before year's end or make a quick sale so that they can move into their next home. Motivated sellers are naturally great news for buyers, because they may be more willing to compromise on price, contingencies, closing, and other important perks.

  3. Putting Your Vacation Time to Good Use
    For many shoppers, the holidays are among the few times of year where you may enjoy the opportunity to use up some vacation time. That makes the holidays a great time to shop for Nassau County homes or homes in other Long Island communities because you'll have more free time to devote to your search. You can still enjoy all of the great traditions around the holidays while setting some time aside to find a home that you truly love at a price you may not be able to get during busier home shopping seasons.

  4. An Accurate Picture of Your Target Homes
    The warm-weather seasons, with blooming flowers, lush landscaping, and verdant green as far as the eye can see, can make it easy to hide deficiencies in a home's appearance. Shopping during the late fall and early winter provides the perfect opportunity to see if the house still looks beautiful without all of the bells and whistles of springtime. After all, you want a home that looks great during every season.

  5. Quick Closing before the New Year
    If you're shopping during the holidays, that may mean that you're looking to close the deal quickly either before or just after the new year begins. The good news is that sellers who are still on the market will often be looking for the same thing! If you're looking for a quick closing, the holidays are an excellent time to shop.

Is finding the perfect Long Island home at the top of your priority list for the holidays this year? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Coach Realtors Partners with Pajama Program for Long Island Kids

At Coach Realtors, we live, work, and play in many of the same Long Island communities where we do business. So the health of local communities and their residents is an important priority, especially during the holiday season. This year, we are partnering with the Pajama Program throughout the holidays, to help bring a good night's sleep to children in Long Island communities. Our real estate agents have the details on what the Pajama Program is all about, and how you can pitch in to help provide a healthy night's sleep to area children. 

Long Island Pajama Program

Now through December 1, help us bring joy to the children in our communities by bringing unused pajamas and books to your local Coach Realtors office. The Pajama Program has a simple mission: Good Nights Are Good Days. The program was founded by Genevieve Piturro, who discovered during visits to local shelters that the children didn't have pajamas or books to enjoy before bed. The charity has been growing ever since, with Pajama Program chapters located in every state across the country.

The catchy slogan of the Pajama Program speaks to the genuine need for children to enjoy a healthy night's sleep, and to have the energy, comfort, and confidence to approach the next day. Imagine being a child, not knowing what pajamas are, and not having a story to read before going to bed? Sleeping in a shelter, with little in the way of bedtime comfort or personal space, can make having the energy to get through school each day a real challenge.

From humble beginnings with a bag of new pajamas and children's books, the Pajama Program continues its mission to bring a good night's sleep to children throughout the country. The program is supported by the hard work of volunteers, many of whom have already devoted their professional lives to working with children.

Help Support the Pajama Program

The Pajama Program also relies on local organizations across the country, like Coach Realtors, to set up pajama and book drives for children. We're proud to play our part in the process, and we'll be accepting donations at our offices from now through December 1, 2018. Bring unused pajamas and books to your local Coach Realtors office, and we'll handle the rest. The holiday season is an excellent time to donate to a worthy cause, and what could be a better gift than a good night's sleep? Pajamas and bedtime stories provide comfort to children, no matter their background, and a good night's sleep is one of the keys to a successful day. Your donation can help local Long Island kids approach each day with confidence.

Are you interested in becoming a member of one of the many communities located throughout Long Island? We'd love to help! Contact us at Coach Realtors to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Long Island Landmarks: The Paramount in Huntington

Huntington NY The Paramount Theater
Did you know that Huntington, NY is home to one of the most popular club venues in the world? The Paramount Theater, located in downtown Huntington, is an excellent example of why Huntington's downtown ranks as the trendiest, most dynamic downtown on Long Island. Huntington is home to a diverse collection of restaurants, performance venues, shopping spots, and attractions that make it a very hot destination for people of all age groups. The Paramount Theater is one of the crown jewels of downtown Huntington, and our real estate agents have the inside scoop on what to expect from this popular, local entertainment destination.

A World-Class Entertainment Destination in Huntington

Attraction: The Paramount Theater
Location: 370 New York Ave. Huntington 

A Show for Every Interest at the Paramount

No matter what you love to watch, you'll find a performance at the Paramount with your name on it. The Paramount Theater hosts more than 200 events every year, and you never know what will be coming up next on the packed schedule. There are live music performances from world-famous artists new and old, major boxing matches, and comedy shows that will have you laughing until your stomach hurts.

Since it opened in 2011, the Paramount has become a favorite stop for big-name artists, thanks to its excellent atmosphere, energetic crowds, and reputation as a world-class club venue. Musical performances at the Paramount span every genre, with a Tribute Series for classic artists, and plenty of opportunities to catch the hottest new acts on stage close to home.

Take the final few months of 2018, for example. In the last few months of this year alone, performers as diverse as Michael McDonald, Jim Breuer, Tracy Morgan, Skid Row, O.A.R., Jewel, Ken Jeong, and the Beach Boys will be taking the stage at the Paramount. There will also be tons of tribute shows, with popular cover bands playing your favorite classics from artists like Fleetwood Mac, Cream, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, and Tom Petty.

Become a Founder's Club Member for Unforgettable Experiences

Visiting the Paramount is a great experience no matter where you sit, but there is one place that will truly take your night out to the next level. The Founder's Club at the Paramount is a private, members-only club that provides the unique opportunity to rub elbows with the big-name acts who take the stage. Membership includes meet and greets, a private entrance, discounted food and drinks, a full concierge service, private performances, and complimentary access to the Founder's Club. There are both individual and corporate memberships available for the Founder's Club, so it's also a perfect place to entertain your clients and employees.

Get to Know Long Island's Hottest Downtown

The Paramount Theater offers more than enough to make a trip to downtown Huntington an excellent experience, and it's only the start of the attractions that you'll find in the area. Whether you're looking for a formal meal, a quick, tasty bite, sensational shopping, or the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks before the show, Huntington offers everything you need for a fabulous night on the town. And it's not just a great place for adults. Families love visiting downtown Huntington as well, and there are a ton of family-friendly attractions that will be as fun for parents as they are for the kids.

Don't want to miss a minute of the action at the Paramount? There's never been a better time to call Long Island home. Contact Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Huntington, NY area.


Suffolk County Marathon Takes Off October 28

Suffolk County Marathon October 28
The cool, crisp air of autumn, beautiful foliage and vibrant downtowns of Suffolk County serve as the backdrop to one of our area's most anticipated marathons each year. The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon is coming up on October 28, providing the perfect opportunity to put your running skills to the test and support a great cause in the process. In addition to the full marathon, there are shorter runs designed for runners of every experience level and background. Our real estate agents have all the details on this year's edition of the Suffolk County Marathon.

Great Race, Great Cause: The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon and Freedom Fest

The Event: The Suffolk County Marathon
Date/Time: October 28, 2018 at 8:00 am
Registration: Online Sign-Up Available Pre-Race

Choose Your Race and Save the Date 

Whether you've been training for a marathon or simply want to do your part to support a good cause, there's a race during Suffolk County Marathon festivities with your name on it. In addition to the full marathon (26.2 miles), there will be a half-marathon (13.1 miles), 5k run/walk, kids fun run, and a four-person relay marathon. There will also be wheelchair races for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5k, along with virtual races for every race length. Each race will have a special start time for active-duty military members and veterans.

The course for the Suffolk County Marathon starts and ends in Patchogue while winding through a number of great Suffolk County communities in between. There will be water, Gatorade, energy gel, and restroom stops spaced out along the route, as well as plenty of supporters along the way. Explore the downtown areas of Suffolk County communities, enjoy a great workout, and maybe even shop for Suffolk County homes for sale along your race route.

Run to Support a Great Cause

The Catholic Health Services of Long Island along with other local supporters sponsors the Suffolk County Marathon.The races wouldn't be possible without the work of countless local volunteers, who give their time to make the marathon a memorable experience for all in attendance. Proceeds from the Suffolk County Marathon go directly toward improving services for military veterans in the Suffolk County area, so supporting the race is also a great way to say "thank you" to those who have served.

In addition to raising money for a good cause, the Suffolk County Marathon is an opportunity to find out what makes communities in the area so special. Every race will give you a chance to explore the natural scenery and historical, downtown neighborhoods of local communities from a truly unique perspective.

Enjoy Freedom Fest after the Race

The fun at the Suffolk County Marathon doesn't stop when the races end – it's just getting started! After a day of running, walking, or cheering on participants, be sure to make time to visit the Freedom Fest celebration. Freedom Fest is a fun chance to enjoy local dining, drinks, and shopping from Suffolk County's small businesses. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce arranges Freedom Fest, and it's the perfect way to relax after a busy day at the races.

Whether you're ready to lace up your running shoes or you're looking for the perfect place to call home, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Suffolk County, NY area.


Long Island Landscape: Penn Station

Long Island Penn Station
As a busy, thriving metropolis, one of the most important aspects of New York City and its surrounding areas is the local metro systems. Taxis, buses, subways, and trains - NYC has them all. Our real estate agents recommend that anyone living in or interested in moving to the Long Island area be well-acquainted with the various metro services NYC has to offer. These services include the main intercity railroad station in NYC, Penn Station.

So...What is Penn Station? 

For residents and potential future residents of Long Island, Pennsylvania Station - or Penn Station, as most know it - stands as one of the critical transportation locations with which to become familiar. Penn Station represents the busiest transportation hub in the entirety of the Western Hemisphere.

With 21 railway tracks fed by seven tunnels and three concourses for travel, Penn Station is one of the go-to options for both intercity and interstate travel. There are individual concourses for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road (often abbreviated to LIRR), and New Jersey Transit services. Penn Station also connects New York to Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and several intermediate points.

In 2017, Penn Station opened its West End Concourse as well, allowing passengers to enter the station and board their trains using the historic James A. Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue. This is part of a larger plan, overseen by New York Governor Cuomo, to modernize and renovate Penn Station - a change that would be greatly appreciated by modern commuters.

Penn Station Tips

With more than 650,000 daily commuters flowing in and out of Penn Station, it's important to know a few things about the station. For one, the station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The general consensus on the best way to reach the station is to take the closest subway or bus - avoid driving or taking a cab (but then, most NYC natives do that already!).

If you need to grab a bite to eat while you're at the station, top recommendations seem to be that the Shake Shack is the best place to grab some grub inside Penn Station. There's also The Pennsy, a thriving food hall on the corner outside the station, as well as Rose's Pizza at Penn Plaza.

Our best tip is to take the time to stop by Penn Station as soon as possible. Familiarizing yourself with the rails, you might be using may save you some time (and confusion) on down the line! Of course, Penn Station offers maps throughout its three concourses and plenty of signage to point the way. Aside from rubbing shoulders with the other commuters, you shouldn't have too many problems figuring out where you need to go when the time comes.

New York City stands as one of the largest, thriving metropolitan areas in the world - a crossroads for people from all walks of life, and the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world. For those of us drawn to the hustle and bustle of urban life, NYC stands as the best representative of city life.

Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

If you're a homeowner or prospective buyer interested in the Long Island area, then be sure to contact us and see what we can do for you! Our professionals at Coach Realtors are always happy to help a new client meet their real estate goals!


Fall Festivals and Fun on Long Island

Long Island Fall Family Fun
As the calendar flips from summer to fall, communities around Long Island are gearing up for some of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Whether you're looking for a classic family fall festival, an opportunity to explore local farms, or something spooky to celebrate Halloween, there is a Long Island festival with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on five popular Long Island festivals to enjoy this fall.

Fall Family Fun: Find the Best Fall Festivals on Long Island

  1. Huntington Fall Festival – October 5-8, 2018 – Huntington, NY
    Whether you're shopping for Huntington homes for sale or simply looking for a fun way to spend a day, the Huntington Fall Festival is a great opportunity to get in touch with everything that makes the community special. The festival features two international food courts with flavors from around the world, a carnival with fun activities for every member of the family, and four stages that will be packed with live entertainment from start to finish. 

  2. Schmitt Family Farm Fall FestivalWeekends Mid-Sept. through Halloween – Dix Hills, NY
    Dix Hills homes are located near a number of historic family farms, and the Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival is your chance to to experience the agricultural side of the community. This family-friendly festival offers pumpkin picking, rides, activities for kids, fall food favorites, and so much more. You can even pick up some fall decorations that are perfect for setting the mood of the season.

  3. Spooky Fest – Oct. 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28–Rockville Centre, NY
    Before you head out with the family for a night of trick or treating at Rockville Centre homes, be sure to make time for the popular Spooky Fest. This festival includes scary activities – like haunted woods and a maze of zombies – for older kids and adults, along with a selection of "non-scary" activities for younger members of the audience. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, an amazing animals exhibit, and plenty of fun surprises for all in attendance.

  4. Manhasset Fall Festival – October 6, 2018 – Manhasset, NY
    Take a break from shopping for Manhasset homes for sale to experience one of Long Island's most enjoyable fall festivals. Get ready to shop, dine, and participate in activities that the whole family will enjoy. The Manhasset Fall Festival offers the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin, purchase unique, hand-made Halloween decorations, participate in fun fall activities, and enjoy fresh, local food from some of the most popular restaurants in the Manhasset area.

  5. 39th Annual Garden City Fall Festival and Street Fair – October 20, 2018 – Garden City, NY
    Beloved public events are among the many reasons that Garden City homes for sale are so popular, and this year marks the 39th Annual Garden City Fall Festival and Street Fair. The Street Fair is a huge, all-day event, and is tied in with homecoming festivities in Garden City. There will be a big parade at noon to celebrate homecoming, along with a fun, festive atmosphere all day long on the streets of Garden City. Shop from local vendors, participate in fun activities with the kids, and take the opportunity to explore the many things that make living in Garden City so special.

Fall festivals on Long Island are an excellent chance to explore local communities, and find the perfect place to call home. Contact Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY real estate area.


Gantry Plaza State Park - a Midtown Manhattan Oasis

Gantry Plaza - Long Island
There's nothing like New York City excitement. NYC has 24/7 art, culture, and entertainment, but sometimes you just need a moment of peace. Our real estate agents recommend Gantry Plaza State Park. It's a city oasis in Long Island City that's close enough for you to enjoy a moment of peace and get right back to the action. 

About Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a peaceful green space that's perfect for a mid-city escape. The 12-acre park curves along the banks of the East River in Long Island City, Queens. Since its opening in 1998, the developers have transformed the park in stages to include activities and facilities for everyone.

Gantry Park offers traditional park amenities in a city setting. You'll find spaces for picnicking, organized sports, evening concerts and more. You can follow the curved steps down to the waterfront plaza. There you can sit quietly and look out over the river to a panoramic New York City skyline view. If you bring your fishing gear, you can claim a spot along one of four piers and cast your line into the river.

A Historic Industrial Past

The park's location was once an abandoned dockyard and industrial site. Instead of tossing aside its past, Gantry Plaza State Park honors its once-thriving industrial roots. Two refurbished gantries give the park its name and a historical focal point. The structures were built in 1925 to help dock workers unload goods from railway cars and load them onto New Jersey-bound barges.

Gantry Plaza - Pepsi-Cola Sign
The bright red, four-story Pepsi-Cola neon sign is a national landmark and an essential element of Gantry Park's personality. The original sign was placed on top of the company's bottling plant in 1940. After decades of transitions and deterioration, Pepsi reproduced the sign in 1993. Despite the reproduction sign's young age, the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave it landmark status.

The Pepsi-Cola sign and the gantries are unmistakable waterfront landmarks. Together, they make Gantry Park stand out when viewed from either side of the river.

Outdoor Fun & Recreation

Gantry Park is a great location for families that want a park with more than a fabulous view. There's pier fishing, Adirondack chairs for lounging, and picnic tables for casual outdoor dining. The playgrounds provide child-friendly fun, and the park's playing fields are available for organized sports.

Special Events

Gantry Plaza State Park hosts a schedule of events and concerts. Visit the New York Parks website for information on Fishing Fridays, Live at Gantries, and other upcoming events.

Park Fees

As with most New York State Parks, Gantry Plaza State Park visitors must pay a vehicle access fee. If you have an Empire Pass card, you qualify for entrance to Gantry Park, other New York State Parks, and State Department of Environmental Conservation venues.

When you schedule a group picnic, you must pay a fee based on the number in the group. You must apply for a permit to conduct a wedding photo shoot or other photo or video production. Teams must apply for a permit to use park playfields. 

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New York living can be exciting as long as you know the best places to go when you need to slow down. Our real estate professionals can help. Contact Coach REALTORS® when you're buying or selling a home in Long Island City or if you want to know more about the communities we serve.


Long Island Living: Coney Island and Luna Park

Long Island Living Coney Island and Luna Park
Living on Long Island certainly has its share of perks. Aside from its array of stylish and beautiful homes, Long Island offers a variety of activities for your entire family to enjoy. While finding the perfect Long Island home for you is our priority at Coach REALTORS®, we also want you to discover all that the area has to offer. For a fun-filled day, our REALTORS® leave your cares behind and head out to Coney Island and Luna Park where adventure awaits in this iconic amusement venue which was inspired by the original 1903 park.

Coney Island and Luna Park: A New Take on Classic Fun 

Coney Island is legendary, in part because of its history as the place to go for a day of fun, food, and thrills. With the original Luna Park being one of three amusement parks established in the early twentieth century on Coney Island, its newer namesake embodies all the excitement of years gone by with modern touches and attractions. Although the original park was devastated by fire in 1944, visitors will find that today's Luna Park and Coney Island are reminiscent of its glorious past. The Parachute Jump ride--once nearly everyone's favorite--is no longer in service, but the attraction still stands, now covered in thousands of LED lights. The new Thunderbolt coaster pays homage to the classic wooden coaster that served up thrills to park guests for decades, and visitors of all ages will delight in riding the beautifully restored B & B Carousell.

Ride, Play and Enjoy the Day

For guests who are looking for over-the-top thrills, Luna Park makes the grade with rides like the Coney Island Cyclone, Zenobio, and the Sling Shot. Feel the wind in your face as you take a ride on the Steeplechase, another of the park's classic thrill rides with ties to its past, and get your adrenaline pumping as you climb aboard the Coney Clipper. If less intense attractions are more your taste, rides like the Circus Coaster and Lynn's Trapeze are sure to please. Younger riders will love the Mermaid Parade and Speed Boat rides. At Luna Park, you'll also find plenty of midway type games that bring back the nostalgia of a summer carnival. Try your luck at one or all, and bring back a fun prize as a souvenir.

Great Food and Priceless Memories

All the excitement you'll find at Coney Island's Luna Park might cause you to work up an appetite. You'll find plenty of mouthwatering treats throughout the park from savory and satisfying to refreshingly sweet. Enjoy delicious seafood offerings at Place to Beach, and don't miss the original Feltman's of Coney Island for the ultimate hot dog experience. Cool down with a creamy scoop from Coney's Cones or indulge with a treat from Fried Delights. You'll make so many great memories when you spend the day at Luna Park, and Thunderbolt Retail captures them in photos that you can take with you. Purchase souvenirs and trinkets at the Cyclone Shop and Last Stop Coney Island to remember your day.

Coach REALTORS® - Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

Treat yourself and your family to a day of fun that you'll long remember. Coney Island and Luna Park are sure to become a favorite destination on Long Island. Our real estate agents are ready to help you find the home of your dreams, and we're excited to work with you. Contact Coach REALTORS® to get your home search started.


An Insider's Guide to Buying a Home in the Hamptons

Buying a Home in the Hamptons
Are you daydreaming about living in the Hamptons? Visions of picture-perfect properties, unique restaurants, and a haven for fun are probably dancing in your head. For lucky locals who already call the Hamptons home, their community is this and so much more.  Our REALTORS® want to introduct you to some of the best-kept secrets about the Hamptons with this insider's guide.

  • Engage with a Thriving Art Community
    From large-scale to intimate and understated, the East End communities are full of art centers, museums, and resident artists. The Parrish art museum in Water Mill has been a part of Southampton since 1897, and Bridgehampton's Dan Flavin Institute has been a favorite in the area for over two decades.

    Hampton Beaches
  • Beat the Crowded Beaches
    During the summer months, when tourists and renters flock to the Hamptons, public beaches are crowded. If seclusion and quiet are what you're looking for, our real estate agents will help you find a perfect beachfront home that you'll love year-round.

    Hamptons Restaurant
  • Live a Foodie's Dream
    Farms are the traditional natural resource of the Hamptons, offering locals the opportunity to enjoy plenty of fresh-grown produce as part of their daily meals. You'll also find fresh seafood shacks, an array of local wineries, and delicious farm-to-table restaurants. Living in the Hamptons means there's never a shortage of delicious cuisine.

    Hamptons Shopping
  • Enjoy Some Savvy Shopping
    The Hamptons is home to plenty of upscale boutiques and quaint locations where you can find everything from everyday essentials to bikinis and fashionable work-wear.

    In addition to the mainstays, new locations pop up every summer, so you'll always be surprised with new shopping options. Until you're officially a "local," you'll want to ask around, so you don't miss out on any of the best shopping opportunities.

  • Get Your Fitness On
    Many Hamptons locals venture out from their homes to partake in fun fitness classes. Check out local cycle or spinning classes, yoga instruction with world-famous instructors like Rodney Yee, or "yoga in the vines" at your favorite local winery.

  • Perfect Your Swing with Top-Notch Golf
    If you're a golf lover, you'll appreciate the variety of top-notch courses to play in the Hamptons. Some of the most popular options include:

    • Shinnecock - known as the hardest golf course in the Hamptons
    • Maidstone - deemed the hardest short course in America
    • Peconic Bay - designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak
    • Friar's Head – a links-style 18- hole course loved by locals and tourists alike

The Hamptons always provide something fun to do in and around the area. After you learn to live like a local, you'll never want to leave.

Are you ready to become a Hamptons insider? At Coach REALTORS®, our agents have the knowledge and experience to help you find your perfect Hamptons property. Contact us today to learn more.


Sagamore Hill | President Theodore Roosevelt Oyster Bay Home in Long Island

Long Island Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

Some people move to Oyster Bay for the quiet. Some move here to be near the seashore. And others for the history. In fact, historic homes for sale in Oyster Bay are popular.  And often disappear from the local housing market as quickly as they enter. However, one historic home sure to remain an icon in the Oyster Bay community is Sagamore Hill, the former home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

Sagamore Hill is a national treasure waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Congress established it as the Sagamore National Historic Site to preserve the house as a part of the National Park Service.  It was soon after listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house is a must-see for Nassau County residents and visitors and is a source of pride for the community.

Our REALTORS® are excited to tell you about the history of Sagamore Hill and Oyster Bay and can't wait to show you homes for sale in Long Island.

History Unfolds at Sagamore Hill

Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

When you step onto the grounds of Sagamore Hill, it's easy to leave your everyday life behind as history begins to unfold around you. The home itself is the centerpiece of the estate, having been the residence of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until the former President's death in 1919. While he was in office, Roosevelt's "Summer White House" was the site of several peace talks and visits from foreign dignitaries.

An Inside Look at Roosevelt's Legacy

Touring Sagamore Hill gives you a glimpse into the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the acclaimed political figure and the charismatic man. One of the highlights of the tour, the North Room showcases many of Roosevelt's prized trophy heads, animal skin rugs and gifts presented to him by various heads of state. You'll also find a collection of thousands of books and a diverse assortment of art acquired by Roosevelt throughout the home. The Queen Anne style home still has original furnishings and decor in its 23 rooms and underwent a meticulous renovation a few short years ago. Guided tours of Sagamore Hill are available for a small admission fee; you'll want to stop by the visitor center and bookstore during your visit.

Explore the Grounds

Sagamore Hill Historic Site includes not only the home but 83 acres of countryside once enjoyed by the Roosevelt family. Take advantage of the property's trails and picnic areas to relax and explore the salt marsh, beach, forest and meadows with your family. Part of the National Park Service, Sagamore Hill provides a tranquil setting for the outdoor enthusiast combined with the rich history of one of our country's most celebrated leaders. You can visit the park year round from sunrise to sunset.

The Oyster Bay area of Long Island is both charming and steeped in history, and Sagamore Hill is a shining example of both. You can visit President Roosevelt's Sagamore Hills home at 12 Sagamore Hill Road in Oyster Bay, New York.

Coach Realtors is your trusted source for buying and selling Long Island real estate. You can achieve your dreams of homeownership with the help of our real estate agents. Contact us to get started.


Your Kids Will Love Garden City's Museum Row

Cradle of Aviation
For a day of kid-friendly learning and excitement, gather the family and make your way to Garden City's Museum Row. With plenty to see and do Museum Row you could easily spend the day exploring some of Long Island's most fascinating museums. This collection of museums is constantly bringing its guests new and interesting exhibits, so each visit promises to be a family adventure.
Our real estate agents want you to get to know the area as you search for your new home, and Museum Row is the perfect way to relax with your family. Here's a preview of the fun you'll discover in Garden City.

Four Long Island Museums Your Family Won't Want to Miss

  1. Cradle of Aviation
    Children love the wonders of space and flight, and Museum Row's Cradle of Aviation brings the mystery and science of the two together in this fascinating museum. Marvel at more than 75 spacecraft and aircraft on display in the exhibition hall and let your kids live their dream with more than 30 hands-on exhibits and several cockpits to explore. Interactive stations throughout the museums such as short videos help bring history and the aviation frontier to life. Cradle of Aviation hosts annual summer mini-camps where kids can immerse themselves in the world of space and air exploration.

    Firefighters Museum
  2. The Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center
    Lots of children dream of one day becoming a firefighter, and thankfully, some of them do. The Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center is not only an exhibition of firefighter memorabilia and history but also a tribute to their dedication and service to our communities and an educational resource for fire prevention. The museum covers 10,000 square feet and is home to restored firefighting equipment and historic displays. The center prides itself on its educational programs and hands-on learning experiences for kids.

  3. Long Island Children's Museum
    With such a variety of exhibits and special programs, Long Island Children's Museum is sure to become one of your family's favorite destinations. The museum maintains a focus on nurturing the natural creativity that resides with everyone, offering special events and programs centered around art, science, nature, storytelling, and theater. Kids will love the interactive exhibits which include a bubble making station and Sound Showers, which allows children to learn about different types of sound.

  4. Long Island Museum of Science and Technology
    Currently, under construction, Long Island Museum of Science and Technology is certain to be an exciting new addition to Museum Row. The museum will showcase a wealth of exhibits to encourage the budding scientist in your family. Mom and Dad just might learn something too!

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Find a world of fun, family activities at these museums and many more when you visit Garden City's Museum Row. Contact us at Coach Realtors to learn more about our beautiful area and to discover the spectacular selection of available Garden City homes for sale.


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.


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.


6 Long Island Restaurants Our Locals Love

Long Island Restaurants
One thing is for sure if you live on Long Island: you'll never go hungry. Our real estate agents make it their mission to help you find your dream home on Long Island, but we've learned a lot about finding great restaurants as well. These are some of the best local favorites.

  1. Novita - 860 Franklin Ave. Garden City, NY
    A sleek, modern wine bar and Italian restaurant in Garden City, Novita offers an incredible selection of 100 wines from around the world, all temperature-controlled by a state of the art digital preservation tap system. They also serve some fantastic small plates that pair well with every wine on the menu. If you're with a large group, go with the Grand Board – an extensive selection of cured meats, cheeses, Sardinian flatbreads, fig jam, apple mostarda, olives and Marcona almonds.

  2. Babalu NY Bistro - 286 New York Ave. Huntington, NY
    At Balabu NY, chef Alan Gotay crafts mouth-watering, gourmet Cuban cuisine in a cozy, relaxed space. Hit them up at lunchtime for one of the best Cuban sandwiches you'll ever have, or head over a little later to explore the extensive dinner menu. They recently started serving beer and wine too, and offer 2 for 1 mimosas during Sunday Brunch.

  3. Besito - 399 Montauk Hwy. West Islip, NY
    Founded by restaurateur John Tunney after years of traveling through Mexico, Besito brings the flavor and spirit of Mexico to New York. From appetizers like tortilla soup with pulled chicken, avocado, cilantro and queso Chihuahua, to specialties like slow- cooked Sonora ribs glazed with agave-chipotle and lime, you can't possibly make a wrong turn on their vast menu of unique Mexican fare. And if you want to keep it simple, Besito also makes some seriously great iron-skillet tacos.

  4. Crabtree's Restaurant - 226 Jericho Tpke. Floral Park, NY
    Whether you reserve a table in the white-tablecloth dining room or grab a spot to dine out in the garden, Crabtree's Restaurant offers an incredible menu centered around expertly-prepared Mediterranean fare, with a particular focus on amazing seafood. The Mediterranean seafood salad, with marinated calamari, octopus and shrimp is a perfect option if you're looking for something light, and the dinner menu is packed with great dishes like Mediterranean seasoned grilled swordfish with chopped tomatoes, onions, white wine, Kalamata olives and fresh herbs.

  5. Mirabelle - 150 Main St. Stony Brook, NY
    Located in the historic Lessing's Three Village Inn, Mirabelle is one of Long Island's most iconic restaurants. This elegant eatery offers the refined French cuisine of chef Guy Reuge, who uses farm-to-table ingredients to put a fresh, local twist on classic dishes like Hudson Valley foie gras, seared loin of lamb and summer squash ragout.

  6. Ahuva's Grill - 1326 Peninsula Blvd. Hewlett, NY
    Ahuva's Grill is a Middle Eastern kitchen that serves fantastic housemade Yemenite-Israeli dishes in a simple, no-frills setting. Family owned and operated, Ahuva's Grill serves up the authentic creations of Yemenite-Israeli chef Ahuva Tsadok, who brings her roots and years of culinary experience to every dish. The restaurant is famous for its Yemenite soup and crispy whole wheat Kubaneh bread, and also makes some of the best kebabs, falafel, shawarma, and schnitzel around.

Contact us at Coach Realtors to learn more about life on Long Island. From finding a great home to living Long Island life to the fullest, our team is here to help every step of the way!


Best Beaches for Long Island Families

Long Island Family Beaches

From the North Shore to the South, it's hard to imagine a place that offers a greater wealth of beautiful beaches than Long Island. It's one of the things our real estate agents really love about our community, and we're excited to showcase some of our favorite Long Island family beaches. Read on if you're looking for the perfect home for your family.

  • Robert Moses State Park, Babylon
    Spanning 875 acres with nearly five miles of beaches, Robert Moses State Park offers endless options for family entertainment. Playgrounds, nature trails, picnic areas, fishing piers and a golf course give you plenty to of ways to keep busy, along with an expansive stretch of coastline with a boardwalk and four guarded beaches. The park's location at the westernmost end of Fire Island makes it easy to get to, and there is parking near the beaches.
  • North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington
    North Hempstead Beach Park overlooks Hempstead Bay and provides an incredible view across the bay to Long Island Sound. This 60-acre park includes a broad stretch of sandy beach that's great for swimming, building sand castles and sunbathing. Take a stroll on the promenade, try a little fishing from the pier, and be sure to check out the basketball, volleyball and bocci ball courts. Hit up the concession stand, or pack a lunch and enjoy it at the shady picnic area.
  • Crab Meadow Beach, Fort Salonga
    With a playground and covered picnic area overlooking a vast expanse of Long Island Sound, Crab Meadow Beach is an off-the-beaten-path spot for a relaxing family beach trip. A kayak launch and boardwalk are located near the beach, along with an on-site restaurant, called La Casa Cafe, which has a pizza and ice cream window.
  • Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh
    Families have been flocking to Jones Beach State Park for years, making it one of Long Island's most famous and popular beach destinations. With over six miles of shoreline, the park offers swimming, picnic areas, beachfront boardwalks and a series of iconic beach tunnels that lead down to the surf. Concessions offer classic beach favorites like hot dogs and ice cream. Weekends and holidays pack in beach lovers, so plan your visit mid-week if you want to beat the crowds.
  • West Meadow Beach, Brookhaven
    West Meadow Beach is a beautiful spot to take a dip and watch the sun go down across the water, but the real hidden gem here is the splash park, which is a great place for kids to play and cool off. There's also a volleyball area, walking trails, picnic gazebos, playgrounds, and plenty of parking convenient to the beach. Swimming lessons are offered daily, and lifeguards are on duty until 6 pm.

Contact us at Coach Realtors to find out more about living on Long Island. From great parks and beaches to picturesque towns and rolling farmlands, Long Island is a beautiful place to call home.


10 Insider Secrets for Buying a Luxury Home

Long Island Luxury Living
The word "luxury" means something different to everybody. It could be an estate in the Hamptons or a loft in Manhattan. It's important to remember that luxury is subjective, but there is one constant--the process of buying a luxury home is a bit different from a typical home search. Whatever your definition of luxury may be, our luxury home REALTORS® offer these tips before buying your Long Island dream home.

  1. Understand the Search Process
    In many cases, luxury homes are unlisted. This is to protect a seller's privacy, and these properties are often found through your real estate agent's personal connections rather than typical real estate listing websites and publications.
  2. Depend on a Local Expert
    Having a great buyer's representative who is familiar with local communities is essential when it comes to buying a luxury home.  Look for a local REALTOR® with experience in luxury markets, a knowledge of the local markets, and a complete understanding of all the financial implications involved.
  3. Look Beyond the Photos
    You've heard "Don't judge a book by its cover."  When it comes to buying a home, don't judge a home by its listing photographs.  Often times, large homes don't photograph well.  Seeing a home in person is often the only way to truly appreciate it. Google Maps is also a great tool to explore the property and the surrounding area.
  4. Use a Lender With Which You Have a Relationship
    It makes the buying process much easier by working with a lender with which you already have a relationship and understands your portfolio. 
  5. Document Everything
    Financial documentation is critical for buying any house, but all the more so when buying a luxury home.  There is so much more scrutiny in the high-end real estate market today. Make sure you have proof of funds ready to submit with your offer, whether you're getting a loan or paying with cash.
  6. Don't Neglect Title Insurance
    Title insurance is important because it means that you'll be insured against any unforeseen problems, and choosing the right title company makes all the difference. Ideally, it should be a company that is local, but well-known.
  7. Hire Advisers You Can Trust
    You need someone who has experience, connections, and expertise, but above all, you need someone who is trustworthy and has your best interests in mind. Look for an agent who will make skilled and thoughtful suggestions.
  8. Consider New Construction
    If you find a luxury home that you love, remember to mind your surroundings. Find out if any construction is planned around you, and if so, how it will influence your property's value and your enjoyment of your home.
  9. Don't Skip the Inspection
    A skilled, detail-oriented inspector is important no matter what home you're planning to buy. But it's even more crucial for a luxury home. You need a professional inspector who understands all the special needs that come with a luxury home. This can potentially save you from sinking huge amounts of money into a property with unseen defects.
  10. Remember That You Can Negotiate
    Luxury homes command a particular price for various reasons--the view, the surroundings, the amenities, or any of countless individual points--but that doesn't mean the price is set in stone. Ask your REALTOR® to research comparable properties that have recently sold nearby before you make an offer.  If it turns out that the home you're considering is overpriced, don't be shy about negotiating.

Contact our real estate experts at Coach Realtors to learn more about purchasing one of Long Island's luxury properties. Our team is here to help you every step of the way!

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