WERTHEIM NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE INVITES YOU TO FIND A BLACK TUPELO TREE NEARBY.

Black Tupelo Tree.

August 9, 2017 – Did you know that black tupelo trees (also known as black gum trees) are capable of living well over 650 years? Though not the dominant species in this area, you can find them in the nearby Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, just a short drive from The Manors front gates. These trees are identifiable by their light brown, deeply furrowed bark and their simple oblong leaf pattern. The black tupelo is one of the first trees to start changing colors in the fall; scientists suggest this early color change helps alert birds to their newly ripening fruit, which is an important food source to migrating birds and overwintering residents; its flowers are also an important source of nectar and pollen for honey making bees. You’re invited to visit Wertheim and learn more about this hardy member of your neighborhood!

POOL SEASON PUTS THE MANORS RESIDENTS IN THE SWIM OF THINGS AGAIN!

Aerial of The Manors clubhouse and pool.

May 25, 2017 – It’s “summertime and the living is easy” here at The Manors, especially with the resort-style amenities offered at the club. The heated outdoor pool is a popular seasonal gathering spot, as is the separate Jacuzzi pool. The spacious deck offers 150 chaise lounges, umbrellas and two shade cabanas. Pool hours are scheduled to begin Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday; the first two weekends in June on Saturday and Sunday; then every day from June 15th to Labor Day. Daily hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. So come on in – the water’s fine!

FOR RESIDENTS OF THE MANORS, BEACH TIME IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER… AND JUST 2 MILES FROM THE FRONT GATE!

Sunset over the water at Shirley Park.

MAY 15, 2017 – The summer solstice may still be some weeks away, but the beach season is scheduled to kick off later this month as Memorial Day Weekend arrives, and the traditional start of the beach season gets underway. Just 2 miles from The Colony Preserve’s front gates you’ll find Suffolk County’s largest oceanfront park, Smith Point County Park, which is part of the Fire Island National Seashore. This unique natural amenity offers everything from miles of white sandy beaches, saltwater fishing and scuba diving to surfing, swimming, hiking, camping, playgrounds, food concessions and special events all summer long. The park also boasts The Smith Point Beach Hut, where a diverse menu and regular live entertainment are sure to please. Lifeguard duty is scheduled to begin Memorial Day Weekend and run all summer. For more details, you are invited to call 631-852-1313.

LONG ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEK SET FOR APRIL 23 – 30

Rack of Lamb at a Long Island Restaurant.

APRIL 7, 2017 – For all those food-loving residents of The Manors, Long Island restaurants will again be providing a moveable feast this season, with over 150 different venues expected to participate throughout Nassau, Suffolk and the East End. The spring version of this delicious tradition will take place for eight days in late April, from Sunday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 30th. Each restaurant plans to offer a special three-course prix fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $28.95 (drinks, taxes and gratuities are additional; some restrictions apply so please check with the restaurant). The meals – and deals – are sure to whet your appetite so plan ahead and make your reservations. For more information, visit longislandrestaurantweek.com.

3 SPRING DÉCOR TIPS FOR YOUR LONG ISLAND CONDO

Spring Decor

The seasons are changing on Long Island, as winter snow is giving way to the blooming flowers and chirping birds of spring. Before you jump into spring-cleaning your Manors’ condo, here are three spring décor tips that’ll liven up your home while embracing the beautiful transformation that’ll soon be happening outside.

Spring Décor Tips and Decorating Ideas

  1. Bring the Outside In
    Spring is about new beginnings, as symbolized by flowers, nests, and eggs. Add soil, moss, and spring flowers to a shallow birdbath to create a miniature indoor garden. Decorative birds nests and artificial eggs can also be added to create a unique nature experience inside your condo.
  2. Lighten and Brighten
    When the weather warms, you shed your winter wear. Naturally, your furniture should do the same. Swap your decorative velvet and silk pillowcases for some covered in linen or cotton. Opt for soft pastels and fresh patterns to add a lively feel to each room. In the bedroom, you can complement your new pillows with a coordinating duvet, bedspread, and bed skirt.
  3. Food Coloring Flowers
    Add a punch of vibrant colors to your condo by adding food coloring and white flowers to a glass vase or jar. While the water itself adds color to the room, the flowers will soak up the water to create a bright bouquet.

Now it’s time to put these spring décor tips to use in your Long Island Condominium. When you’re done, share the finished product with us on our Facebook page by clicking the link here.

WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE MANORS CLUBHOUSE?

The Manors Clubhouse in the Long Island Community of Colony Preserve.

March 13, 2017 – Looking to fill up your social calendar with a host of different and fun options? Then look no further than your own private clubhouse at The Manors, where the monthly calendar of events is as diverse and entertaining as you could want! Consider a sampling of recent offerings, which included special yoga classes; wine and cheese events; bingo night; afternoon poker; afternoon and evening movie showings; tailored workout programs; and lots more. Programs vary by month, of course, but you can see there are plenty of different opportunities to socialize and have fun – so come out and join in!

LONG ISLAND HOME PRICES UP AS INVENTORY DECREASES

Newsday LI Home Prices up 7%

In January, Long Island home prices increased over 7% from the previous month. According to a recent Newsday article, the rise in values is due to a combination of low inventory, rising interest rates, and an influx of buyers from New York City.

The Long Island MLS reported last Monday that the number of homes for sale is down 22% from a year earlier. With few homes to choose from and interest rates expected to continue increasing through 2017, savvy homebuyers are acting fast to close deals as quick as possible. As such, in Suffolk County, the number of closed transactions was up 9.5% compared with the previous year.

So what’s this mean to you if you’re looking for a home in Long Island? It means that a new construction condominium like those in The Manors at The Colony Preserve may be your solution to low inventory while allowing you to take advantage of rising values.

Act now by contacting The Colony Preserve Sales Team at 631-772-5310 or by visiting the Sales Center at 333 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, New York 11967. The Sales Center is open from 10AM to 5PM every day but Thursday.

LET IT BLOW, LET IT SNOW WHILE YOU SIT BY THE FIRE AND GLOW!

The Manors at Colony Preserve Clubhouse Fireplace.

Feb. 13, 2017 — Winter weather is not really a problem for residents of The Manors. While a professional staff deals with the cold and wet and takes care of outdoor chores (no need to lift a snow shovel anymore!), our lucky residents can stroll over to their private Clubhouse and find plenty of more entertaining activities to keep busy. Sit by the cozy fireplace and catch up on your reading. Watch s movie on the flat screen in the Great Room. Join in a friendly game of cards. Or work up a different glow by using the fitness center with the LifeFitness® cardio and circuit training equipment you need to stay active and fit. Winter is a great season for residents to take full advantage of their private Clubhouse!

3 REASONS TO START HOME SHOPPING IN JANUARY

Looking for a new home calendar.
Now that the holidays have come to an end and the seasonal hustle has slowed, it’s the perfect time to start looking for your dream home. While spring and summer may get a lot of hype for being the best time to buy, here are three reasons why you should get a head start and begin looking now.

  1. Beat the Crowd
    When the droves of homebuyers pour into the market during spring and summer, the increased competition could make it more difficult to get your lot of choice.
  2. Better Prices
    With less competition come lower prices. By acting now, you can get in before prices increase during spring and summer. The lower price may also enable you to get a larger home than you’ll be able to afford during peak season.
  3. Lower Interest Rates
    In 2017, interest rates are expected to rise, making now the best time to lock in a lower rate. Just like with the better prices, the lower rate may help you afford a more expensive home.

Are you ready to start home shopping now? Visit The Colony Preserve to learn more about the 55 and over condo community at The Manors.

SHORT WINTER ROAD TRIPS ARE EASY FROM THE COLONY PRESERVE!

Manors Colony Preserve Map.

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January 17, 2017 — Even though it might be cold and blustery for a few months, there is no reason to be shut in when you live at The Colony Preserve! That’s because the community’s convenient location puts residents within an easy drive of all kinds of entertainments and fun. There’s the renowned shopping of the Tanger Outlet with its dozens and dozens of brand-name stores in one handy spot. Or the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques that can be found a little further east in the charming villages of the Hamptons. Feel a little more adventurous? Dress warmly and enjoy a brisk guided or independent hike at the Fire Island National Seashore, or the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge – either of which is only a few miles away from your front door at The Colony Preserve. Want to stay indoors? Soon the season will be underway at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, where you’ll enjoy Broadway-caliber musicals in an intimate, award-winning performance venue. Indoors or out, there is plenty to see and do in your neighborhood, and it’s all just a short distance away. So get out and have fun!