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Buying in Nissequogue

The coast at Long Beach in the village

The coast at Long Beach in the village of Nissequogue. Credit: Freelance/Photo by William Perlman

THE SCOOP: If you're in the market for a tranquil environment - and can afford it - consider the village of Nissequogue. This residential community is set on a peninsula with narrow winding roads that meander throughout a wooded landscape peppered with homes on spacious properties. "When you drive into this area, you feel like you're in another world," says Allan Eldridge, a resident and broker at RE/MAX Beyond in St. James. "You feel like you're away from it all," agrees Bonnie Glenn, also a resident and an associate broker at Coach Realtors in Smithtown.

The village is zoned for 2-acre parcels with the exception of a small section of 1-acre lots. A section called Goose Island on the eastern end of the peninsula is more of a "beachy area," says Glenn. As for the housing stock, Colonials reign, though ranches and farm ranches can be found.

There was a time when a starter home went for $950,000, says Glenn, noting houses usually start in the $700,000s. Still, prices head north to about $4 million.

The village has its own police department and volunteer fire department. It shares a post office with St. James. Privately owned roads are handled by homeowners' associations.

SALES PRICE: Things are looking up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From November 2008 to November 2009, there were 19 sales, with a median price of $900,000. The low price was $630,000 and the high was $2,100,000. From October 2007 to October 2008, there were seven sales, with a median price of $837,000. The low was $660,000 and the high was $1,200,000.

ATTRACTIONS: The town beaches of Short Beach and Long Beach are here, as is the private Smithtown Bay Yacht Club.


Town: Smithtown

Area: 4.1 square miles

ZIP code: 11780*

Population: 1,507

Median age: 45.41

Median household income: $175,926

Median home value: $837,500**

Median age of homes: 36*

Percent owning home: 86.8 percent*

Percent renting home: 9.9 percent*

LIRR time to NYC: From St. James, 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 37 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $306

School district: Smithtown


SOURCES: Claritas 2009 estimates;; Long Island Rail Road; Allan Eldridge of RE/MAX Beyond; Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

*Includes St. James

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

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