Millennials making resurgence, buying homes on Long Island

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Millennials making resurgence, buying homes on Long Island

Updated June 18, 2017 6:32 AM
By Lisa Chamoff Special to Newsday

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Despite headlines showing that thousands of people are leaving Long Island, millennials are making a resurgence here.
The number of adults from age 20 to 34 rose 7.6 percent from 2010 to 2015 after dropping for two decades, according to a recent report by the Long Island Association based on U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.
Some millennials are moving here from outside the area in search of larger homes and good schools and following educational and job opportunities. Here are portraits of some who are new to Long Island.

Omar and Dainya Smith, Hewlett Omar and Dainya Smith at their new home(Credit: Linda Rosier)

OMAR AND DAINYA SMITH
HEWLETT
WHO THEY ARE
Dainya, 30, is a registered nurse, and Omar, 31, is an applications developer for a transportation company.
WHERE THEY’RE FROM They moved to Long Island from Queens in April. Both Dainya and Omar grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, where they met in the high school science club.
HOW THEY ENDED UP HERE They were looking for an affordable home and a good school district for their future children.
WHAT THEY BOUGHT A three-bedroom, one-bathroom home for $382,500
WHY THEY CHOSE THEIR COMMUNITY They based their decision on the high ratings for the local school system and Hewlett’s proximity to work and the city. They both work in the city.
WHAT THEY ALREADY KNEW ABOUT LONG ISLAND “We knew Long Island had a reputation for good schools and more yard space,” Dainya says.
THEIR FIRST IMPRESSIONS “We met most of the neighbors, and all were great,” Dainya says. “Plus, the area turned out to be very convenient to amenities.”

Omar and Dainya Smith, Hewlett

Omar and Dainya Smith at their new home

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

WHAT THEY LIKE BETTER THAN WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE Not having to search for parking
WHAT THEY MISS MOST Easy access to the subway and being within walking distance of most things
THE ONE THING THEY WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE BUYING A HOME ON LONG ISLAND “We wish we knew how expensive property taxes were on Long Island,” Dainya says.