Living in Wheatley Heights

This garden sculpture sits in the Kevin Ver This garden sculpture sits in the Kevin Ver Pault Memorial Park in Wheatley Heights. (June 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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THE SCOOP When asked to describe Wheatley Heights, longtime resident Sandy Thomas refers to the community as a lovely place to live. "It's a solid, middle-class community that is multicultural. . . . It's a place where families can enjoy parks, friendship and good neighbors," Thomas says. "And [rocker] Gary U.S. Bonds lives here," Thomas notes with a chuckle.

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Wheatley Heights is home to two parks, a small commercial center and several civic groups, adds Kathleen Doerrie of Coach Realtors. Hermann Griem Park is between Brown Boulevard and Landscape Drive, while Kevin Ver Pault Memorial Park is off of Little East Neck Road.

Though the community is largely residential, there is access to a small shopping center, the post office and a gas station on Colonial Springs Road. The Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds and the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts are also on Colonial Springs Road. The community plaza, a beautification effort with decorative fencing and lighting, benches, landscaping and pathways, is there, too. It is a project of the Concerned Taxpayers of Wheatley Heights/Dix Hills Civic Association.

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Thomas, who is president of the civic group, notes there are "various organizations doing positive things." She cites in part The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights, Wheatley Heights Concerned Fathers Association and the Wyandanch Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corp.

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As for housing, buyers can find Colonials, Capes and various ranch styles. There's a co-op complex on Main Avenue, too, where units "go quickly," says Doerrie.

CO-OPS Wheatley Gardens on Main Avenue. There aren't any listings on the MLS website.

SALES PRICE From May 1, 2012, to June 1, 2013, there were 20 sales with a median sales price of $325,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $74,000, and the high was $390,000. From May 1, 2011, to June 1, 2012, there were 26 sales. The median sales price was $312,000 with a low of $75,000 and a high of $467,000.

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ATTRACTIONS To keep an eye on community events, visit the civic's website: wheatleyheightscivic.org; Town of Babylon Summer Concert Series kicks off June 28

BY THE NUMBERS

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Town: Babylon

Area: 1.4 square miles

ZIP code: 11798

Population: 5,523

Median age: 37.7

Median household income: $99,583

Median home value: $365,000

LIRR time to NYC: From Wyandanch, 49 minutes to 64 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $325

School districts: Most students attend Half Hollow Hills; others go to Wyandanch

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, per MLSLI

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