THE SCOOP: In the hamlet of Brookhaven, neighborhoods are often devoid of sidewalks and streetlights. And that's just the way residents like it, says Eileen Green, who lives in the community and is owner of Eileen A. Green Realty in
Bellport. Bruce Wallace, a resident and president of conservation group the Post-Morrow Foundation, agrees, saying it adds to the community's rural character.
In fact, the area's natural ambience and history have been well protected through the efforts of several groups, including the Post-Morrow Foundation, the Brookhaven Village Association and the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society. About 275 acres have been preserved since the Post-Morrow Foundation was founded in 1969, says Wallace, noting it is working with Suffolk County and the town to acquire a 9 1/2-acre parcel known as the Washington Lodge on South Country Road.
So where is this community? It's east of Bellport, bounded by the Great South Bay and the lower reach of Carmans River, as well as the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Beaver Dam Creek runs 2 1/2 miles through the middle of the hamlet.
Homes of various architectural styles occupy parcels that range from a quarter-acre to more than 10 acres, Green says. Though most of the waterfront is federally protected, there are a few residential properties. A three-acre waterfront with a three-story house is on the market for $3.5million, but that's the exception, says Green. Prices typically range from the high $200,000s to $1 million-plus.
Sales price: Since October 2008, there were 18 sales, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The median price was $340,000, with a low of $198,000 and a high of $1,450,000. The previous year - September 2007 to September 2008 - there were 15 sales, with a median price of $410,000. The low was $183,000 and the high was $800,000.
Attractions: Squassux Landing, a 13-acre site operated by the Brookhaven Village Association, has a marina. Residents can join a 5-acre certified Community Supported Agriculture farm (hamletorganicgarden.org).
Area: 6 square miles
ZIP code: 11719
Median age: 40.29
Median household income: $93,678
Median home value: $322,000*
Median age of homes: 34
Percent owning home: 81.8 percent
Percent renting home: 13.2 percent
Percent homes vacant: 5.5 percent
LIRR time to NYC: From Bellport, 1 hour, 30minutes to 1 hour, 44 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $362
School district: South Country
SOURCES: Claritas 2009 estimates; www.mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road;
*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island