THE SCOOP One of the highest points on Long Island is in Farmingville -- Bald Hill, to be exact. Once a ski area, Bald Hill is now home to an amphitheater and a soaring landmark -- the obelisk monument in Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, which is painted in the colors of the American flag.
The hamlet also houses strip shopping centers, restaurants and services. Neighborhoods throughout the rolling terrain feature a mix of compact Capes and ranches as well as larger Colonials and Postmoderns.
A new 16-lot subdivision stretching from Hickory Avenue to Lidge Drive is almost sold out, says Tracy Michels of RE/MAX Platinum, who is marketing the development. Of 12 sold, the highest sales price to date is $589,000, Michels says, noting that prices start at $479,000. Set on half-acre parcels, each house is Energy Star-certified.
The buying pool in Farmingville, says Dave Oakley of Realty Connect USA, is a combination of first-time home buyers and those looking to trade up. Oakley notes that people are attracted to the Sachem school district and the central location, which provides easy access to major highways, the Long Island MacArthur Airport, the Ronkonkoma train station and several shopping areas. He also says that investors have been buying short sales and homes in foreclosure to flip.
Recently, the Brookhaven Town Board approved a zoning change from light industrial to a health facility for a proposed 42,000-square-foot assisted living complex on a 5.89-acre site along the Long Island Expressway North Service Road.
SALES PRICE Year over year, the numbers are slightly up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From Jan. 1, 2013, to Feb. 25, 2014, there were 118 sales with a median sales price of $282,500. The low price was $90,000 with a high of $596,600. From Jan. 1, 2012, to Feb. 25, 2013, there were 113 sales. The median price was $270,000 with a low of $85,000 and a high of $528,525.
ATTRACTIONS Farmingville Hills County Park; Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, also the site of some annual events
MORE FARMINGVILLE STATS
Area: 4.5 square miles
ZIP code: 11738
Median age: 36.9
Median household income: $93,570
Median home value: $290,000*
LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 6 minutes to 1 hour, 25 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $363
School district: Sachem
SOURCES: 2010 census; mlslI.com; LIRR
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI