Located on Long Island, a major piece of prestigious suburban turf aligned with neighboring New York City (NYC), Mastic is situated in Suffolk County and its four square miles of real estate are easily accessible by any form of transport. If a drop-in by air is the preferred method, take your pick from JFK, La Guardia or Newark - all metropolitan NYC fly-ins - or, if you're coming from a U.S. East Coast city, take a shot at nearby Long Island MacArthur Airport (15 miles, 22 minutes drive-time from Mastic).
If your set of wheels can provide the means for a Mastic relocation foray, check out the Long Island Expressway - a.k.a. "LIE" and I-495 - or the more locally trafficked Sunrise Highway. A 64 mile-long daily rail service from the Big Apple is provided by the omnipresent LIRR's Montauk Line - a tad long for a Gotham work commute but nevertheless do-able in one hour and 40 minutes if the need presents itself.
The region surrounding Mastic is highly impacted by climatic change. From an economic and lifestyle standpoint, the four seasons play a major role in a person's day-to-day activities. Accordingly, it would be wise to take a pass on the winter months of December, January and February for any relocation move to the area as rain, sleet or snow, coupled with cold temps could quickly sour you before getting to enjoy the many benefits offered during the other three seasons.
The greater Mastic area is no different than other choice areas when it comes to property rentals by protective owners. Making sure to bring proper photo ID (such as a driver's license), prior workplace and landlord rental references and a recently paid utility bill in your name should fit the bill nicely.
A little burg the size of Mastic is not particularly known for its many neighborhood sections. Its close relationship with the bordering hamlets of Mastic Beach and Shirley can perhaps be construed as "neighborhoods." It might be a stretch, but Manor Park - situated between the aforementioned LIE and Sunrise Highway, immediately east of Brookhaven General Aviation Airport -- is often referred to as a section of Mastic and therefore could be dubbed as a neighborhood for real estate purposes. Whereas finding an apartment in Mastic is often limited, Shirley and Mastic Beach offer additional opportunities to source rental apartment complexes and condos for rent.
A full day, outdoor excursion to a unique, magical attraction like Fire Island is sure to rustle up a serious yearning for some favorite food fare. The fraternal trio of Mastic, Shirley and Mastic Beach has collectively not forgotten the stomach cravings of residents and visitors alike. Among these locations, various forms of international culinary cuisines abound. If you're up to it after a hard day relaxing on the beach sand once you've wound down wetting your whistle at any one of the convenient neighborhood pubs you might want to check out the May Garden Chinese Restaurant in Shirley or either the Mama Lisa or Chachama Grill in Mastic Beach. Bon apptit!