Home to Nassau County's largest natural area -- the 550-acre Muttontown Preserve -- the village of Muttontown is "an exclusive area with beautiful properties and estates," says Maria Babaev of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

"It's a special area," adds Michelle N. Cohen of Laffey Fine Homes, noting residents have easy access to highways, shops, services and eateries in Syosset and Hicksville.

Bucolic neighborhoods feature manicured properties with homes that come in a variety of sizes and architectural styles. Zoning stipulates lots of a half-acre, one acre, three acres and five acres. While some original estates remain, many properties have been subdivided. "You can find old world and new world," Cohen says.

Stone Hill at Muttontown -- a gated community on the former B.K. Stevens estate, which will have 80 homes on 148 wooded acres -- is about 75 percent sold, says Roberta Feuerstein of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. In the final phase, the community's largest homes are being built on one-plus- and two-plus-acre lots, and are priced between $3 million and $6 million, Feuerstein says. Parcels -- priced between $1.2 million and $1.8 million -- are available to those who want to bring in a builder. Monthly homeowner association fees range from $950 to $1,200.

In 2011, Muttontown founded its own police department after its contract expired with the Old Brookville Police Department, which protected the village for 62 years.

SALES PRICES: From Feb. 1, 2013, to March 10, 2014, there were 37 sales with a median price of $1.250 million, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $851,286, and the high was $7 million. From Feb. 1, 2012, to March 10, 2013, there were 30 sales. The median price was $1.499 million, with a low of $930,000 and a high of $4.150 million

ATTRACTIONS: Muttontown Preserve; Chelsea mansion; Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary

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MORE MUTTONTOWN STATS

Town: Oyster Bay

Area: 6.1 square miles

ZIP codes: 11791; 11732; 11545; 11753

Population: 3,512

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Median age: 44.7

Median household income: $221,429

Median home value: $1.321 million*

LIRR time to NYC: From Syosset, 44 minutes to 59 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $276

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School districts: Most students attend Jericho and Syosset; others go to Oyster Bay-East Norwich and Locust Valley

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI