Mastic Beach doesn't have the best reputation, nor is it--by far--the most-expensive place to live on Long Island. It's a few miles from the super-chic Hamptons, and it houses many low-income families, as well as many people who just want to enjoy the beauty of the place. It's on the south shore, with views over the Great South Bay, and close to one of the few road bridges to the beaches of Fire Island.
Surrounded by wetlands, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, the village is susceptible to floods at the will of the moon and the tides. There are mosquitos in summer, impassible snow drifts in winter, and ongoing squabbles between the people who live there, rooted deep in the history of the place (and quite unintelligible to those of us who didn't grow up there). And yet... it's one of the most beautiful places that I've ever lived. I will go back and visit, one day, soon...
Now I'm in yet-another new home... and it will be beautiful, too. We are home in our hearts, and home is where we are.
Music provided by the kindness of the wonderful guitar player, Richard Peikoff. If you haven't heard his music, check it out,
(The real estate business card at the end of this video is way out-of-date. If you're considering buying or renting a home in Mastic Beach or anywhere on Long Island, check out Sparrow Realty of New York,)