Here is a non "real estate professional: answer. My brother has lived in Oceanside since 1994, I am looking to buy there as well. Oceanside is a great, child-friendly community of about 33,000 people, lots of families and couples. Excellent schools from elementary to high, close to Long Beach and about 45 minute ride into Penn Station in the city and about half an hour, 45 minute drive from Brooklyn if you care about that part. The community is predominantly white, many of the families are Jewish and Italian. Lots of activities for kids both at local houses of worship, and also those run by the town's department of community activities. In terms of Oceanside itself being hip-it does have nice restaurants but the nearby town of Rockville Centre has quite a night scene from what I heard, it's really close by, think of West Village and East Village in the cit y in terms of the proximity. All streets in Oceanside are walkable which often is not a case for most of the suburbs-I have seen places in NJ where there is a front lawn and the road with cars, no place for people to walk on! They also have lots of good stores-Trader Joe's for gourmet food at good prices, GAP, Jones NY, Ann Taylor. I also think the town is very safe-my nephews have been walking to school alone since the middle school, I see 8 year old kids on the streets riding their bikes by themselves.
Oceanside is divided into several areas, all of them are good, it's just some streets have a more open feel to them while some are more private and some areas are within walking distance to the LIRR while from some areas you have to drive. The areas close to LIRR are Ocean Lea and Ocean Harbor and parts of Terrell. Terrell looks a bit more industrial, Ocean Lea is my favorite, open streets, lots of families, close to LIRR and shopping but not loud at all. Then, there is Oceanside Prope which are a few streets between two busy streets-Oceanside Road and Long Beach Road, realtors don't consider this area "prestigious" but people do live there, it's absolutely as safe as others. Some parts of the Prope are also within walking distance to LIRR. Non-walking distance to LIRR, there are Estates and Wedgewood areas which are close to the golf course, I personally think it's too quiet although some people like the privacy. The Madison area is to the very south of the town with many homes on the waterfront, very nice area, large homes, most over 2000 sq feet. Terrace/Derby is area close to Rockville Centre and Baldwin, homes happen to be older, mostly small capes or large colonials.
One important thing I am looking for in Oceanside with today's oil prices is whether a home has gas for heat or an outside gas line so I could switch-some areas of Oceanside don't have outside gas.
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