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.
Area: 4.1 square miles
ZIP code: 11780*
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*
Monthly ticket: $306
School district: Smithtown
SOURCES: Claritas 2009 estimates; www.mlsli.com; 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