THE SCOOP Bucolic Fort Salonga shares many of the prized features of a North Shore community, including scenic water views and a rolling wooded terrain. But this hamlet offers its residents a little something extra: fairly quick access to major highways via Sunken Meadow State Parkway.

"It's a huge advantage," says Jim Spampinato, a 34-year resident and agent at Coach Realtors. "You can get to the Long Island Expressway in 10 minutes and to the South Shore in about 20 minutes," he says. And you can get to the local beaches and parks in about three minutes, adds Katy Anastasio of Anastasio Associates, who has lived there 25 years.

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Though the area is largely residential, a shopping strip on Route 25A is anchored by an IGA supermarket. Eateries and services are scattered about as well.

Fort Salonga straddles the towns of Huntington and Smithtown and is split between two school districts: Northport-East Northport and Kings Park. Taxes tend to be lower in the former because of the presence of the Long Island Power Authority's Northport Power Plant, Spampinato says.

Housing styles include 1970s and '80s Colonials, farm ranches, ranches and recent Postmoderns. The area is zoned 1 acre, but pre-existing half-acre lots can be found.

Prices generally range from the mid-$600,000s (sometimes lower) to more than $2 million, Anastasio says.

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SALES PRICE From Jan. 1, 2012, to Feb. 18, 2013, there were 39 sales with a median price of $599,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $330,000, and the high was $1,175,000. From Jan. 1, 2011, to Feb. 18, 2012, there were 34 sales. The median price was $767,500, with a low of $330,000 and a high of $2,715,000.

ATTRACTIONS Callahan's Beach and boating; Fort Salonga Association's events include the upcoming Easter egg hunt on March 23 (rain date: March 31) at Callahan's Beach; Sunken Meadow State Park, Makamah Preserve, Crab Meadow Beach Park, Crab Meadow Golf Course and Indian Hills Country Club are nearby.


Towns: Huntington and Smithtown

Area: Huntington, 5 square miles; Smithtown, 4.3 square miles

ZIP code: 11768

Population: 9,955

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Median age: 43.8

Median household income: $131,729

Median home value: $599,000

LIRR time to NYC: From Huntington, 55 minutes to 70 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $299

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School districts: Kings Park and Northport-East Northport

SOURCES: 2010 Census;; LIRR

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island