Huntington Station, a hamlet in Western Suffolk, is well on its way to becoming a destination again with new housing, new shops and new office buildings as part of a revitalization project, say residents and town officials.
Claudia Fortunato-Napolitano, executive director of the Huntington Historical Society and who grew up in Huntington Station, says she is excited about the change. "I loved growing up there," she says. "I was fascinated that we had such a thriving commercial area, and because of urban renewal in the 1960s it became mostly parking lots. Now with the renaissance taking place, we will have that downtown feeling again, which is great."
Plans by the Town of Huntington and Renaissance Downtowns of Plainview, the master developer selected by the town for the revitalization project, include a hotel and office building, a multiuse building that will include residential and retail units and artists' residences and gallery space. Later this year, the town plans to break ground on 14 units of housing for veterans at the intersection of Railroad and Columbia streets and Lowndes Avenue. Additional plans also include turning the former New York State Armory on Fifth Street into the James D. Conte Community Center, says Town of Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter.
The residential portion of Huntington Station comprises a variety of split-levels, high ranches, ranches and Colonials starting on a quarter acre. Prices range from the low $100,000s and can run into the $700,000s.
"Huntington Station offers affordable homes on winding tree-lined streets -- it is very charming," says Lida "Lee" Russo, who moved to Huntington Station from Manhasset Hills 11 years ago when her husband retired. Last month, Russo, who works as a Realtor, sold her home on Trudy Court during her first open house. "After my husband passed away, it was too much for me to maintain," she says. "I loved the house. It has spacious rooms and is in a great location."
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES: Three condo listings, from $289,000 to $389,000; two co-op listings, from $297,000 to $349,0002
SALES PRICES: Since June 2014, there have been 224 sales, with a median price of $317,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $75,000 and the high price was $605,000. From June 2013 to June 2014, the number of sales was 242. The median price was $300,000, with a low of $100,000 and a high of $1.244 million.
ATTRACTIONS: Breezy Park; Depot Road Park; Gateway Park; nearby is the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington Lighthouse and Oheka Castle
Area: 5.5 square miles
ZIP code: 11746, 11747, 11750
Median age: 36.7
Median household income: $70,745
Median home value: $300,500
LIRR Time to NYC: About 1 hour and 3 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $338
School District: Huntington Union Free School District and South Huntington Union Free School District
SOURCES 2010 Census; MLSLI. COM; LIRR
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
ON MULTIPLE LISTING
Number of houses: 152
Price range: $110,000 to $749,000
Tax range: $6,146 to $13,347
NOW FOR SALE
Built in 1971, this seven-room high-ranch features four bedrooms, a bathroom and a half-bath. Some updates include the bathrooms, new kitchen cabinets, a new roof and new windows. The house is on a cul-de-sac and sits on a .16-acre lot. Taxes are $8,430. Cathy Deignan, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 631-664-3938.
Trade up, $449,500
This nine-room Colonial has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and hardwood floors throughout. The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings with private sitting area. Other amenities include new hot water heater, central air-conditioning and patio with an enclosed hot tub. It is on a .18-acre lot. Lida Russo, Douglas Elliman Realty, 516-641-9692.
High end, $599,000
Rebuilt in 2012, this eight-room Colonial has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a formal dining room and a den with a fireplace. Additional features include central air conditioning and a one-car garage. The house is on a .37-acre lot. Taxes are $13,068. Amanda Longobucco, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-353-2171.
PUTNAM PLACE, $369,000
This six-room ranch sold in May. It was purchased by a contractor and completely renovated and sold after being on the market 57 days. Features include three bedrooms, three bathrooms, radiant heated floors in the kitchen and hardwood floors throughout. It is on a .25-acre lot. Taxes are $9,556.
TRUDY COURT, $435,000
Sold last month $15,000 below the asking price, this house was on the market seven days. Built in 1966, the six-bedroom ranch has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a new roof, a new hot water heater and a two-car garage. It is on a .29-acre lot on a cul-de-sac. Taxes are $9,415.
MEADOWBROOK DRIVE, $339,000
This nine-room Colonial was a foreclosed property that sold in May. It was on the market six months. Features include four-bedrooms, three bathrooms, a front porch and a full basement. It is on a .12-acre lot. Taxes are $15,436.