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On Long Island, diners reign supreme. The late night meals, casual get togethers, early breakfast meetings often take place at one of the many Diners you can find on Long Island. The 24 hour food stops have something for everyone and can be found in nearly every hamlet or neighborhood. Every Long Islander has their favorite place to stop and will defend the awesomeness of that diner to the end. The Hauppauge Palace Diner is located at 525 Smithtown Bypass in Hauppauge and conveniently provides the opportunity of online ordering. The Millennium Diner is located at 156 East Main Street in Smithtown and is a local favorite. Another neighborhood spot is Premier Diner which is located at 690 Commack Road in Commack which is known for best-rated pancakes, burgers, sandwiches, coffee and pie, soups, Greek salads, coffee and traditional Greek dishes.
At EXIT Realty Achieve we work to bring you information on some of our local favorites as well as keep you current on all the real estate news for Smithtown and surrounding communities. It’s a great time to sell a home as the market is just beginning to warm up and we have buyers looking. Inventory levels are low right now across the Smithtown area and we need more homes to show our buyers. Call us at 631-543-2009 or visit us at www.EXITRealtyAchieve.com
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First Time Home Buyer Grants on Long Island are available now! Calling all FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS!!
Recently, we brought in a Grant Specialist to the office of EXIT Realty Achieve. The Grant Specialist seems to have all the information on first time home buyer grants for Long Island. There are currently many different grants available. Grants are available on a limited basis and are first come first served. A few of the providers of the first time buyer grants are Community Housing Innovations and Long Island HousingPartnership.
Perhaps money does grow on trees.... for first time home buyers anyway! The grants do come with some restrictions. For example: the buyer may be required to own the home for a specific number of years or the buyers may not make more than a specific amount of money. A great piece of news is that some of the grants are stackable so you can get funding from several organizations at one time and this can add up to a sizeable amount of money. The grants can be used for down payment assistance but also in some cases for repairs on the new home.
First time home buyers interested in home buyer grants will generally be required to go to an educational class but the time invested will certainly pale in comparison to the benefit. Many lenders and realtors on Long Island are unaware of the First Time Home Buyer grant programs so make sure you choose the right professionals to work with. Our team at EXIT Realty Achieve is knowledgeable about First Time Buyer grants and will introduce you to our Grant Specialist and the mortgage lenders who can guide you through the process. Please call us at 631-543-2009 if you want information on buying a home with a grant in Smithtown or anywhere on Long Island.
Take A Look...5 Firewood Court, St. James, NY
5 Firewood Ct, St. James, NY
Diamond Ranch Home Is Located In a Private Cul De Sac
Custom Granite Counter Tops in Kitchen,
Master Bathroom Custom Made With Hand Painted Ceilings And Jacuzzi Tub.
Master Bedroom with L Shape Walk in Closet.
9Ft Ceilings, Heated Ceramic Floors, Bar, Sauna Room, Bath and Solar Panels.
Family Room W/Fireplace, Living Room, Formal Dining Room
Eik, Laundry Room With Office, 5 bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths
Full Finished Basement
3 Car Attached Garage
Heated In-ground Pool
List Price: $1,339,000
We would love to assist you with your next real estate transaction!
EXIT Realty Achieve is in the top two percent of real estate companies serving Suffolk County, New York. Our services help individuals and families achieve their dream of home ownership. Our professional real estate experts have extensive experience with helping our clients in buying and selling residential, commercial, land, and investment properties.
Visit us at http://www.exitrealtyachieve.com/
or call us at 631-543-2009.
This lovely Ranch located at 30 Ontario Street in Port Jefferson Station NY has three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. It is truly one of a kind and it has many updates. There is a beautiful eat in kitchen, nice living room with fireplace and great backyard with above ground pool. The home features hardwood floors and plenty of storage space. Nice Belgium Block driveway as well. The home is listed for $349,900, is close to shopping and is in the Comsewogue school district. Call EXIT Realty Achieve 631-543-2009.
This house has three bedrooms...however you will never be able to sleep. Enjoyed this short real estate video and thought it may put a smile on your face too.
As always, we are always glad to help so please call on us if you are looking for real estate assistance in Smithtown, NY or anywhere on Long Island.
EXIT Realty Achieve 631-543-2009
Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker
Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts
100 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11790
The Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker at Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts has become an annual holiday favorite and is considered Long Island’s premiere Nutcracker production. This classical ballet rendition has earned praise from both critics and audiences. Judith H. Bernstein of Newsday headlined her Seiskaya Nutcracker review, “A Delicious Holiday Confection for Young and Old.” Reviewer Michelle Isabelle-Stark entitled her review “Seiskaya’s Nutcracker Is Dazzling and Breathtaking.” Newsday calls it “...A Seasoned Recipe for Holiday Cheer” and the New York Times praised as “lavish.” Newsday called the production, “ENCHANTING,” “Polished,” “...child friendly - a storyteller’s Nutcracker (see Newsday.com).
The cast will be led by guest artists Nick Coppula (Cavalier) formerly with the Pittsburgh Ballet and Matthew Dibble (Nutcracker) formerly with Great Britain’s Royal Ballet plus Seiskaya’s award winning principal dancers Alexandra Palma, Danielle Lovetro and Kristina Diaz. Alexandra Palma, Kristina Diaz and Danielle Lovetro are all from St. James!
Enjoy the lavish sets, beautiful music and superb dancing performed by Seiskaya Ballet's Nutcracker at Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts this holiday season! Bring the whole family out to enjoy this wonderful holiday classic
Tickets are at the Staller Center Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS and at www.nutcrackerballet.com. Attended Box Office hours are noon to 6PM Monday through Saturday and one hour prior to all performances. Please visit Nutcrackerballet.com for more information.
Friday, December 19th at 7PM, Saturday
December 20th at 2 & 7PM
Sunday, December 21st at 1& 6PM
Monday, December 22nd at 7PM
$40 for adults, $34 children and seniors and $30 for groups of 20 or more
EXIT Realty Achieve is keeping up on all the latest finds in our community!
Newly Opened Restaurant in Our Neighborhood
169 Commack Rd, Commack NY 11725
Mannino’s Italian Kitchen has relocated from its original location on Commack Road in Commack to a beautiful new bi-level space on Jericho Turnpike. The owner is still Joe Mannino. This building, which was formerly “ToFu”, has been completely renovated. This traditional Italian fare restaurant now offers seating for about 150 people. There are prompt valet parking attendants, so do not let the lack of parking scare you away!
The first floor features a smaller dining room and a marble-topped bar and upscale lounge area. The bar and lounge area are both nice to wait for your party to be called… but be ready to wait up to an hour as they do not take reservations. The second floor has a much larger dining area and a unique outdoor area. The outdoor area currently has an inviting fire pit and seating to relax around.
I went to this restaurant recently for a special birthday gathering. As with most new restaurant openings, we expected a long wait for the table and for the food. We were lucky enough to only wait ten minutes for a party of six. Our waiter “Luis” was very attentive and informed us about the specials and the progress of our food. All of the entrees cost less $20. I thought it was a nice touch to have chilled plates placed on the table right before our salads. Some of the dishes we tried were the Tortellini, Broccoli Rabe, Chicken Mannino and Rigatoni Vodka. They were all well worth the wait! Luis and staff made every effort to make this dinner a special birthday celebration. We stayed for over three hours catching up, as good friends do, and never felt rushed. We will all definitely go back again to Mannino’s and hope that we can sit outside in the warmer months!
Around Our Town…
You may prefer to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, surrounded by family sitting down to a home cooked meal, but others might want to go out to a restaurant to enjoy a relaxing delicious meal but no matter where you go or what you do… WE HERE AT EXIT REALTY ACHIEVE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!
So for those who would enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving Dinner at a restaurant you can check out;
Garden Grill in Smithtown offers a Thanksgiving menu for $40 per person. Menu items include a Roasted Turkey, Lamb Shank, Long Island Duck and more. Dessert options include Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, Carrot cake and more. A complete menu can be viewed at thegardengrill.com.
Or Three Village Inn located in Stony Brook for a restaurant with a view. Starting at noon, they will be offering their Thanksgiving buffet for $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. They will be offering traditional Thanksgiving sides, a carving station, chafing dishes and more. More information on their Thanksgiving menu can be viewed at lessings.com.
The Fountain Grille located at the Smithtown Sheraton is offering a Thanksgiving buffet dinner with a variety of stations. The price per person is $40 plus gratuity for adults and $20 plus gratuity for children. The buffet will be served from 4pm-10pm. More information is available by phone at (631) 231-1100.
And for those who would like to enjoy their Thanksgiving at home here are a few places to order prepared dishes;
Elegant Eating, located at 739 Smithtown Bypass offers a special Family Thanksgiving dinner, which includes turkey, sides such as stuffing and Sweet Potato Casserole and dessert which serves eight to ten family members for $225. All Thanksgiving offers can be seen at eleganteating.com.
Uncle Giuseppe's in Smithtown is taking orders for Bell & Evans Thanksgiving turkeys.
North Shore Farms
40 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Commack, NY 11725
“Bringing you healthy and delicious ingredients and foods at great prices”
On a very rainy Saturday last weekend, we were in Commack by Motor Parkway and needed a quick stop for a few grocery items. I happened upon North Shore Farms, a market on the corner of Commack Rd. and Motor Parkway. I hadn’t heard anything about it yet but it was convenient to just run in so we did.
What a NICE surprise! It is a combination of a grocery store, farmer’s market, seafood and specialty shop. They have gourmet items, gluten free and organic foods. You really can find everything you need here. Not only is there an amazing selection of fresh and fine foods but I found the prices very affordable.
At the fish counter, there is quality seafood including wild salmon, fresh clams, live lobsters, fresh shrimp and flounder. There is also a wide variety of sushi that’s prepared every day in their on-site kitchen. My husband loved this department and has already been back for the sushi.
The store is very clean and the employees are helpful. I asked an employee, at the cheese counter, if he had shaved parmesan cheese (flakes). He walked me over two aisles to find it…yes that’s how big the cheese department is! There is a huge variety of cheese. You’ll also find information by most of them on their origins, wine pairings and tasting notes. There are sampling stations though out the store so you can taste items for yourself.
There’s a nice sized deli with a large selection of prepared food. I took home spare ribs and home-made macaroni and cheese – my family loved it!! Fresh baked bread is also available daily - baked on premises.
We also loaded up on organic fruits and vegetables which I found to be reasonably priced.
There are a handful of reasons why you should get off the fence and buy a home now.
Mortgage Rates have fallen to the lowest level since June 2013 and this gives you more buying power. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday that the rate on the average 30-year fixed-rate loan fell to 4.2% last week, from 4.3% the week before. Rates stood as high as 4.72% at the beginning of the year. If you are thinking of buying anytime in the near future, you should take advantage of the great rates and lock in the potential to save over the long term.
Real Estate consistently outperforms other investments over time. Once again, people have spoken in this regard. The Gallup organization conducts an annual report entitled the Economy and Personal Finances Poll, which asks Americans to choose the best option for long-term investment. It was no surprise that real estate returned to the top position over other investment categories (gold, stocks/mutual funds, savings accounts/CDs and bonds). Plain and simple, real estate is just a great investment vehicle.
The Long Island housing market is still a little heavy on inventory which means there are more homes to choose from and pricing of homes may be somewhat flexible. Currently, there are 174 homes for sale in Smithtown with a median price of $475,000. Watch our market video for more information on the Smithtown market. Realtor.com reports an average selling price of $488,000.
Take advantage of the great opportunites in the marketplace today!
Long Island Restaurant Week is this Sunday November 2nd to Sunday November 9th. Some of the finest food on the East Coast is available in this bi-annual event. Each participating restaurant offers its own unique three-course prix fixe for $27.95 all night (except Saturday when it is offered only until 7 pm).
Inspiration for the first Long Island Restaurant Week in 2006 came from the Hamptons Restaurant Week, and its precursor, New York Restaurant Week. The campaign is presented by Long Island Restaurant & Hospitality Group. It is a bi-annual event, during the fall, between post-summer spending and pre-holiday saving, and in the spring, between warm weather getaways and summer barbecues. The campaigns, which span across the region's 118-miles from Garden City to Montauk, boast nearly 250 participants each fall and more than 160 during the spring. Many of these participating restaurants are in OUR neighborhood. Don’t miss out!
Free Restaurant Reservations at www.opentable.com
Commack | Italian
Northport | Contemporary American
Smithtown | Italian
Smithtown | Cuban
Smithtown | Seafood
St. James | Contemporary American
St. James | Italian
St. James | Italian
(Prices are per person; do not include beverage, tax or gratuity and Prix-fixe menu valid on Saturday until 7pm)