Named for the Episcopal church on North Country Road, St. James is a North Shore community known for its historic landmarks, antiques shops, nurseries and restaurants.
"It's heaven on Earth," says lifelong resident Eric Neitzel, owner-broker of DeBarbieri Associates, citing vintage structures, houses of worship and amenities such as "wonderful" town beaches and parks.
Historic sites include the 1856 St. James General Store, the country's oldest continually operating general store, the circa 1845 Greek Revival house at Deepwells Farm County Park and the restored St. James railroad station.
Shops, services and eateries can be found along thoroughfares such as Route 25 and Lake Avenue, the community's downtown.
Although the housing stock is dominated by traditional Colonials, buyers can find a mix of older and newer homes on lots that range from a quarter-acre to more than an acre.
A new, gated, six-house subdivision off Edgewood Avenue -- Mystic Falls -- has custom-built homes starting at $1,250,000, says William Tarantola of Coach Realtors in Smithtown.
CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES
12 listings between $151,990 and $1,099,000
About $1,200 to $1,700 a month
55 AND OLDER COMMUNITIES
Kensington Gardens and Fairfield at St. James
From July 1, 2011, to Aug. 20, 2012, there were 79 sales with a median sales price of $430,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low was $221,500, and the high was $1,125,000. From July 1, 2010, to Aug. 20, 2011, there were 61 sales. The median price was $440,000 with a low of $267,500 and a high of $1,075,000.
Olsen Memorial Park, Gayner Park, golf courses, hiking trails and water sports along the Nissequogue River. The chamber's fall fling is scheduled for Sept. 21; the Fall Festival is scheduled to begin Oct. 6.
BY THE NUMBERS
Area: 4½ square miles
ZIP code: 11780
Median age: 43.0
Median household income: $96,473
Median home value: $415,000*
LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 37 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $334
School district: Smithtown
*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island