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Buying in Lake Grove, where shopping options abound

Lake Grove has village-run parks, walking trails and

Lake Grove has village-run parks, walking trails and summer camps for village residents. Photo Credit: David L. Pokress

THE SCOOP Residents of Lake Grove live in a quaint village setting that offers an abundance of shopping options. “Anything you need is within a couple minutes from wherever you live,” says Kevin LaValle, a Town of Brookhaven council member.

That’s thanks in large part to the village’s main attraction: the Smith Haven Mall. Earlier this year, the area surrounding the mall has added popular eateries, including Shake Shack and Chipotle. Other popular chains in the area include Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco, LA Fitness, Miller’s Ale House and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

But beyond the commercial areas is the tranquillity of what LaValle calls a “well-run village” set to celebrate its 50th year of incorporation in 2018.

“With the property values here for prospective homeowners, I think they get the bang for their buck,” LaValle says. “The village does a very good job in maintaining roads, promoting local business and keeping their eye on the bottom line, making sure they provide great services for the amount residents pay.”

The most common housing styles in the area are Colonials and ranches, says longtime Lake Grove resident Diane Aversano of Re/Max Eastern Properties. Prices, she says, generally range from around $370,000 to $650,000. She says that in addition to the second phase of a housing development being built on Moriches Road, there are also high-end spec houses being constructed in the area. Lake Grove is also home to The Bristal Assisted Living Lake Grove and Encore at Lake Grove, a gated 55-and-over development.

Aversano calls Lake Grove “a well-maintained village that we take a lot of pride in.” The area, she adds, also boasts village-run parks, walking trails, its own sanitation department, summer camps for village residents and the Lake Grove Village Recreation Hall, which hosts various functions.

Lake Grove is home to the First Congregational Church of New Village, which is more than 200 years old, and a memorial park that honors veterans, first responders and those lost on Sept. 11.

CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES

There are no condos on the market.

SALES PRICE

Between Aug. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017, there were 125 home sales, with a median sale price of $369,900, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $136,500 and the high was $827,500. During that period a year earlier, there were 119 home sales with a median sale price of $350,000. The price range was $150,000 to $870,000.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Sachem North High School or Centereach High School.

OTHER STATS

Town Brookhaven

Area 3.0 square miles

ZIP code 11755

Population 11,163

Median age 39.4

Median household income $94,960

Median home value $362,500

LIRR to NYC 69-97 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket $391

School districts Middle Country, Sachem, Three Village

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

RECENTLY SOLD

$605,000

DURHAM PLACE After 100 days on the market, this four-bedroom Colonial sold for $15,000 less than its asking price. The house, built in 1967, includes 2 1⁄2 bathrooms. The formal living room has hardwood flooring and one of the home’s three fireplaces. The main level also has a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room, a family room and a sunroom. The master bedroom is on the upper level with three additional bedrooms and two full baths. The 0.35-acre property, which includes a finished basement and attached one-car garage, also has an in-ground pool. The taxes are $11,065.

$450,000

LONG STREET Originally listed for $464,999, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom Colonial sold in July after 58 days on the market. Hardwood flooring runs throughout the home’s main level, which includes the living room, kitchen dining room and den. Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are on the upper level. The house, built in 2007, also includes a full basement with an outside entrance. A deck overlooks the backyard of the 0.21-acre property, which also includes a detached 2 1⁄2-car garage. The taxes are $13,592.

$349,990

MCGAW AVENUE This three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch sold for its asking price after 34 days on the market. Built in 1963, the home features a living room-dining room combination. The kitchen has sliding glass doors that open to a covered patio. The lower level includes a family room, a summer kitchen and an outside entrance. The 0.25-acre property, with taxes of $8,113, also includes a detached two-car garage.

NOW ON THE MARKET

Starter

$359,900 This three-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch includes a living room with a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen and a dining room. The 0.35-acre property also includes a basement, a 1 1⁄2-car garage and a covered front porch. Taxes: $9,289. Kimberly Filardi, Signature Premier Properties, 516-819-1116

Trade-Up

$464,900 This four-bedroom, 2 1⁄2-bathroom Colonial offers formal living and dining rooms, an eat-in kitchen and a family room with a fireplace. The 0.23-acre property, with a two-car garage, also has a basement with a workshop. Taxes: $13,276. Bonnie Glenn, Coach Realtors, 631-921-1494

High-End

$640,000 This five-bedroom, 3 1⁄2-bathroom Colonial has a granite eat-in kitchen, a great room with a fireplace and a master suite with a bathroom. The half-acre property also has a finished basement and a two-car garage. Taxes: $17,022. Rudy and Diane Aversano, Re/Max Eastern Properties, 631-831-1162

On Multiple Listings

Number of houses 49

Price range $235,000-$1.049 million

Tax range $6,256-$23,823

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