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Buying in Lake Ronkonkoma in Suffolk County

There's fishing in Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island's largest

There's fishing in Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island's largest freshwater lake. The lake and proximity to the railroad are part of the hamlet's appeal. Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Lake Ronkonkoma is a hamlet of “outstanding people who like to get involved,” says Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle. LaValle adds that it’s a community where people take pride in caring for their homes and in showing up — whether it’s to a civic meeting or a neighborhood parade.

Parts of Lake Ronkonkoma are in Brookhaven Town, and parts are in Smithtown, and LaValle says that both have projects under way to revitalize the hamlet and help it reach its potential as “the gateway to Suffolk County.” A beautification project including new streetlights, crosswalks and decorative plantings will take place along Hawkins Road this spring and summer, LaValle says, and the community will benefit from the Ronkonkoma Hub project that will refurbish the train station.

The train line is a big attraction for homebuyers, says agent Brian Marino of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who has sold homes in Lake Ronkonkoma for 26 years. Marino says you can find a variety of home styles and prices in the hamlet, but it’s houses under $250,000 that are “flying off the shelf.” Marino says it’s predominantly first-time homebuyers who are snapping up those properties, impressed with Lake Ronkonkoma as a community of hardworking, middle-class people who are invested in their children and their schools.

Lake Ronkonkoma’s standout attractions include its namesake, Long Island’s largest freshwater lake — and the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park. The five-acre facility offers picnic and fishing areas, baseball fields, basketball and handball courts and a playground that’s accessible to people with disabilities. It was renamed in 2006 to honor of the late Navy Seal, who once worked as lifeguard and park manager.

SALES PRICES

Between March 1, 2015, and March 30, 2016, there were 96 home sales with a median  price of $290,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $131,200 and the high was $583,450. During that time period a year earlier there were 94 home sales with a median sale price of $291,775. The price range was $85,000 to $586,383.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Sachem High School North. In 2015, 62 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s up from 57 percent in 2014.

OTHER STATS

Town: Brookhaven and Smithtown

Area: 5 square miles

ZIP code: 11779

Population: 20,155

Median age: 39.8

Median household income: $90,922

Median home value: $282,500*

LIRR to NYC: from Ronkonkoma 66-85 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $377

School district: Sachem

Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

RECENTLY SOLD

Clarendon Road, $415,000

After 260 days on the market, this three-bedroom Victorian sold for $24,000 less than its asking price. Built in 2002, the house has 3 1⁄2 baths, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, a living room, a family room and an office. Its features include vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, a fireplace and a finished basement with an outside entrance. There’s a front porch and rear deck on the 90-by-100-foot property, which is on a cul-de-sac. The taxes are $10,552.

Newton Boulevard, $339,900

This three-bedroom Colonial sold for its asking price after 125 days on the market. The 1930 home offers 1 1⁄2 baths, an eat-in kitchen with granite counters, a formal dining room, a formal living room and a den. The house has 9-foot ceilings, Andersen Windows, oak floors and a Jacuzzi. There’s a workshop in the finished basement. The 100-by-150-foot property features an aboveground pool, front porch, deck and patio with a built-in barbecue. The taxes are $5,516.

Maplecrest Drive, $290,000

Originally listed for $299,900, this three-bedroom ranch sold after 121 days on the market. Built in 1955, the house has a new roof, two updated bathrooms and a renovated eat-in kitchen with oak cabinets. There’s a family room in the finished basement. The 75-by-120-foot property has an attached garage, brick patio and inground sprinklers. The taxes are $6,226.

NOW ON THE MARKET

Starter, $195,999

This three-bedroom ranch has two full baths, an updated, eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room. There’s a porch and patio on the .35-acre, cul-de-sac lot. Taxes are $12,222. Brian Marino, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-363-5428.

Trade-up, $355,000

This five-bedroom high-ranch features two full baths, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and Jacuzzi. There’s a deck and inground sprinklers on the .15-acre property. Taxes are $8,587. Christine Fiore, Century 21 Princeton Properties, 516-322-4732.

High-end, $495,000

This updated Colonial offers three bedrooms, two full baths and a living room with a wood-burning fireplace. There’s a large detached garage on the .3-acre property. Taxes are $8,541. Mark Mionis, Mionis Realty Group, 631-204-6290.

ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS

Number of houses: 40

Price range: $169,900 to $545,000

Tax range: $2,773 to $14,993

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