There are lots of great choices to live in Suffolk that are w/in commuting distance to Manhattan. As you know, it's a buyers market and Long Island offers great choices in communities, homes, etc. The two western most Suffolk County towns--Huntington and Babylon (and their respective hamlets and villages)--offer a stunning array of lifestyle choices--all w/in easy reach of great beaches, bays, parks, historic sites, Manhattan, the Hamptons, Fire Island, etc. Communities inlcude: Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Village, Northport in the North; Farmingdale, Dix Hills, Deer Park in the center; and Amityville Village, Lindenhurst Village and Babylon Village in the South; along with a number of barrier island beach communities.
Feel free to check out the community profiles and real estate listings on our website: http://www.prudentialelliman.com/LI.aspx -- and call me with any further questions.
It's a great time to buy Long Island!