Over the years, Mastic and its sister communities of Mastic Beach and Shirley have been known for “zombie” homes and absentee landlords, compounded by the damage from superstorm Sandy. Today, the area, known as the Tri-Hamlet (sometimes with the Moriches), is on the upswing, residents, politicians and real estate agents say. The Town of Brookhaven is taking steps to demolish vacant and unsafe homes. A new $9.5-million ambulance company headquarters is on the way in Mastic Beach, which the Suffolk County police say they may turn into a relief point for officers on patrol. And a sewer expansion was recently approved by voters.

The historic area near the Atlantic Ocean and the bay also is seen as one of Long Island’s best buys when it comes to housing, especially for those who want to live on the water, according to real estate agents.

Please click here for the full article.