January 11, 2018 – The new tax laws may have a negative impact on some homeowners in New York, but the tax implications of owning at The Manors is expected to remain unchanged. Due to the new tax laws, owners of higher-end homes will be limited to deducting interest on mortgages for first and second residences to $750K, which is $250K less than the previous limit of $1M. Another affect of the new tax law is that homeowners will no longer be able to deduct the interest on a home-equity loan up to $100K. Also, homeowners in high-tax states like New York will only be able to deduct up to $10,000 of their local property taxes or state and local income taxes. While this is a major issue for buyers and homeowners with high property taxes, it will not impact those at The Manors. Since our community’s pricing is $100K lower than the other 55 and over community in our area, residents of The Manors will still enjoy property taxes of only $4K a year. Stop waiting. Start enjoying the club lifestyle and tax benefits of living at The Manors at The Colony Preserve. Contact us today to learn more.
December 6, 2017 – Seasonal shopping is convenient and remarkably diverse for the residents of The Manors in Shirley. Just a short drive from the community gates, shoppers can discover local neighborhoods like Patchogue and Westhampton Beach, with each providing unique one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques where you can find that perfect gift or keepsake. And, of course, just about 20 minutes away is the nationally renowned Tanger Outlet, where the most devoted shopper can find dozens and dozens of famous brand-name shops from A (Armani) to Z (Zales), with every style and taste level catered to at the best values imaginable! The extended holiday shopping hours at Tanger are from 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday; 9 AM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday; and 10 AM to 8 PM Sunday. Happy shopping!
November 6, 2017 – For residents of The Manors, finding delicious holiday deserts is an enjoyable seasonal outing that can be easily satisfied with a short 28-minute drive in the country. Of course, there are numerous specialty bakeries and farm stands throughout the East End, but Briermere Farms is Long Island’s pie colossus. On a fall weekend, hundreds of people converge on the old farmhouse to choose from among the more than two dozen pie offerings. According to Clark McCombe, whose family has owned Briermere since 1960, almost all the fruit used is grown right on the farm – out of season fruit is frozen – and pies are baked on the premises every day. In addition to traditional fruit and cream pies, a selection of jams and jellies is also available. Briermere Farms is open through December 24th; it re-opens in the spring. For directions or more information, please call 631-722-3931.
October 2, 2017 – Life at The Manors is pleasantly busy in every season – just take a look at the monthly social calendar and see how much is going on! A recent sampling included weekly movie nights, wine and cheese parties, fitness boot camps, yoga, a seminar on financial planning, bagel bingo, poker and beer, and throughout the year there are also special themed parties to celebrate Oktoberfest, Halloween and the like. “There’s always something fun happening,” a smiling resident recently noted. Of course, there’s also a superbly equipped fitness center, a luxurious great room with a fireplace and flat screen television, and wonderful neighbors to share it all with!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!