THE SCOOP: Often referred to as a hidden gem, the North Shore village of Nissequogue is bordered by the Nissequogue River to the west, Long Island Sound to the north and Stony Brook Harbor to the east. "It's like a piece of New England, three miles from the suburbs of Long Island," says resident Allan Eldridge, broker-owner of RE/MAX Beyond.
About 600 homes share the bucolic peninsula with its town beaches and preserves. Short Beach is on the western end; Long Beach and Otto Schubert Beach are on the eastern edge. The David Weld Sanctuary offers hiking trails and a variety of habitats and wildlife. A joint commission with the Village of Head of the Harbor works with state agencies to safeguard the shoreline environment.
Perhaps the biggest change in Nissequogue is the transformation of the horse farm along Moriches Road, which was purchased a few years ago by a family that created an equestrian center, says Mayor Richard Smith. Silver Oak Stable, a private, 26-acre boarding facility, put in miles of new fence that provides a beautiful view coming into the village, Smith adds.
Two years ago, a renovation and expansion of village hall was completed, Smith says. And this year, the volunteer fire department will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Narrow roads weave throughout the village, where homes, including Colonials, ranches and sprawling manses, rest on two or more acres. One area of about 40 homes is one-acre zoned. Since many streets are private, maintenance and snow removal are handled by homeowners' associations.
Market activity is picking up, Eldridge says.
SALES PRICE: From May 1, 2013, to June 1, 2014, there were 21 sales with a median price of $775,000 in the 11780 ZIP code, which includes St. James, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $365,000, and the high was $3.8 million. From May 1, 2012, to June 1, 2013, there were 18 sales. The median price was $944,038, with a low of $475,000 and a high of $2.25 million.
ATTRACTIONS: Canoeing and fishing on the Nissequogue River; Long Beach offers a boat ramp and marina; Smithtown Bay Yacht Club and Nissequogue Golf Course are private.
MORE NISSEQUOGUE STATS
Area: 3.6 square miles
ZIP code: 11780
Median age: 46.2
Median household income: $182,813
Median home value: $775,000*
LIRR time to NYC: from St. James, 1 hour, 20 minutes to 1 hour, 37 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $363
School district: Smithtown
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsIi.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past 12 months, according to MLSLI