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Buyers guide

  • High-end

    Price: $500,000-$600,000
    Specs: 4-5 BR, 2.5+ BA
    Victorians and post-moderns
  • Trade-up

    Price: $400,000-$500,000
    Specs: 4 BR, 2+ BA
    Colonials and Victorians
  • Starter

    Price: $300,000-$400,000
    Specs: 3-4 BR, 1-2 BA
    Capes, high-ranches, ranches
Source: Bill Chavis, RE/MAX Platinum

Home Prices

  • Median price of single-family home in Selden:

    2014 $253,750
    2013 $243,900
    2012 $226,500
    2011 $245,000
    2010 $263,950
    2009 $285,000

Community Profile

Selden is often cited for its affordable homes and ideal location: the center of Suffolk County, with ready access to communities east and west, as well as North Shore and South Shore beaches.

The community touts a renovated branch of Middle Country Public Library (the other branch is in Centereach).

A mixture of eateries, services and stores line Middle Country Road, many housed in shopping centers such as College Plaza, Independence Plaza and Selden Plaza. A few busy roads are scattered throughout quiet neighborhoods north and south of Middle Country Road.

"Our development is a real neighborhood with many of the original homeowners," said Allen Lang, who with his wife, Linda, moved to Selden 33 years ago.

Various ranch styles, as well as Capes, split-levels, Colonials and newer Victorians. "It's affordable in today's market," said Bill Chavis, a partner at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

The Langs add that the area's modest taxes have allowed empty-nesters like them to remain in Selden during their retirement years.

The Catholic Charities' Housing Department also offers affordable housing to seniors and those with disabilities at the 200-unit St. Joseph's Village on Boyle Road. "There are a lot of activities for residents," said Robert Durnell, property manager. "The units are well taken care of, and we're always upgrading." There is a waiting list; income and other restrictions apply.

The Ammerman Campus of Suffolk County Community College is also located in the hamlet.

-Lisa Doll Bruno(1/28/2005)