The housing market is tight in Coram, and competition for rental housing is fierce. There is a very low vacancy rate, which means that you need to move fast and have everything that you need when you make appointments to look at housing. Be polite, and show up on time. You don’t want to be "Oh, yeah, the guy who made me wait an hour." You might just need that landlord’s good-will come decision-making time.
Have all your the necessary paperwork ready to go when you arrive; Coram doesn't smile upon slackers. You'll need your credit report, rental application, employment confirmation and rental references (if you have them). And oh, yes, your checkbook should be in your hand, as well. If they say yes, write that check out before someone else nudges you out of your place in line.
Pine Road: This area is made up of mostly small (one-bedroom apartments to two-bedroom houses) to medium-sized housing units and apartment complexes. In this area approximately 40% of those who live here work in executive or management positions.
Jefferson Avenue: Lower than average rents make Jefferson Avenue attractive to renters, but housing is hard to come by. This area is composed mostly of medium to large single family homes, and they are mostly owner-occupied. Rental vacancies are only around 2%, which is a good sign the tenants are happy with the area!
Canal Road/Patchogue/Mt. Sinai Road: More medium- to large-sized houses are found here, but the price is a little lower than Pine Road. There is a high rate of homeownership in this area, so if you are looking at places for rent, your options might be limited. If you can get a house to rent here, thank you stars - this is a stable neighborhood.
Quarrystone Lane/Westfield Road: Great for families, this area contains mostly medium-sized single family homes. Vacancies are less than 5%, so looking for house rentals may be problematic. Start your search early.
Route 112/Middle Country Road: This is the most reasonable place to live in Coram, NY. There's a mix of owners and renters in the area and mixed small- to medium-sized apartments or homes. The demand for housing is high, and the vacancy rate is less than 3%. There are many row houses in this area, which can sometimes rent inexpensively.
Public Transportation Most people commute to work here, and the average commute is about 35 minutes. There is widely available public transportation, however. Several bus lines and trains service Coram, and most residents make use of these public offerings. If you opt to leave your car in the driveway and get around solely by public transport, you won’t be alone. When you do use your car, heavy reliance on public transport keeps traffic to a minimum, which is another plus for the area.
The Consensus If you can put up with the long commute to work, the high cost of living and the high cost of rentals, Coram is actually a wonderful place to live. It is a stable hamlet with great neighbors, plentiful public transportation and low traffic congestion.