If you want to test out living in the suburbs before committing to homeownership, renting a house is the route to take. And if being within commuting distance to New York City is important, Suffolk County, New York, which is on Long Island, has options for most budgets.
Suffolk County is suburban and very spread out, so you will need a car to get around. However most areas are served by the Long Island Railroad for connections to New York City.
When you’re looking at listings for houses on line, search results may bring up vacation rentals with monthly rates that vary by the season. So for longer (and more affordable) leases, steer clear of vacation destinations—mainly the high-end enclaves on the East End and the North Fork.
Another consideration: Living in a house requires more hands-on responsibility than living in an apartment, so ask who maintains the yard, handles snow removal, makes repairs, and pays utilities.
To help with your search, here are five rentals in Setauket, West Islip, Huntington, Holbrook, and Remsenburg.
344 Main St., Setauket
This three bedroom, three and a half bath is listed for $3,950 a month. The Colonial features hardwood and tile floors, built-ins, moldings, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a walk-in closet, heated garage, and a covered porch.
214 Douglas Ave., West Islip
This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $4,200 a month. It has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, several windows, and a large yard. Utilities are not included but the landlord will maintain landscaping and snow removal.
27 Ohara Pl., Huntington
This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $5,300 a month. The renovated house has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, moldings, a dining room, deck, and attached garage. Utilities are not included.
140 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook
This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $7,000 a month. It has moldings, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, skylights, ceiling fans, a large patio, outdoor stove, wraparound deck, and an inground pool. Utilities are included.
4 Garland St., Remsenburg
This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $9,900 a month. The Colonial features a fireplace, moldings, hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, central air, an outdoor shower, inground pool, and an attached garage.
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