Living in Dix Hills
Often referred to as an upscale community, the hamlet of Dix Hills is set in a rolling wooded environment close to major highways.
"The location offers great access to the Northern State Parkway and the Long Island Expressway," says William Tarantola of Coach Realtors. Tarantola notes the community also is popular for its two school districts -- Half Hollow Hills and Commack. Half Hollow Hills is known for its program for students with autism spectrum disorder, while Commack High School was named in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best High Schools in the Nation.
Recreation spots include Dix Hills Park on Vanderbilt Parkway, where there is an outdoor swimming pool, a nine-hole golf course and an indoor skating rink. Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College has a 500-seat theater.
But when it comes to things such as shopping and dining out, residents have to travel to commercial areas, such as those along Jericho Turnpike. The setting in Dix Hills is more of a "private oasis," says Danielle Curti of Winkler Real Estate, noting the hamlet attracts a lot of professionals. Tarantola notes many executives relocate here.
Quiet neighborhoods feature manicured properties, most of them at least 1 acre. The next-most-popular size is a half acre. Colonials rule, though other styles can be found. Strathmore residents have their own pool and tennis club.
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION. One listing for $859,000 in the Gates at Dix Hills.
SALES PRICE. From June 1, 2012, to July 31, 2013, there were 248 sales with a median price of $600,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $191,000 and the high was $1,525,000. From June 1, 2011, to July 31, 2012, there were 175 sales. The median price was $610,000 with a low of $240,000 and a high of $1,960,000
ATTRACTIONS. Caledonia Park, with a baseball field, tennis courts, a playground and a picnic area; Otsego Park, where many Little League games are played
BY THE NUMBERS
Area: 15.9 square miles
ZIP code: 11746
Median age: 42.2
Median household income: $149,176
Median home value: $592,500
LIRR time to NYC: From Huntington, 55 minutes to 1 hour, 10 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $325
School districts: Most students attend Half Hollow Hills; others go to Commack
Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR.
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI