The beach at Lake Ronkonkoma awaits visitors on a June day.

The beach at Lake Ronkonkoma awaits visitors on a June day. Credit: Morgan Campbell

THE SCOOP Despite it being a rather sprawling hamlet, Ronkonkoma enjoys a solid sense of community, says Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “There really is a sense of pride in Ronkonkoma,” says Carpenter, noting that the annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair is perennially popular.

Another draw to the area is Lake Ronkonkoma, which boasts recreation and senior centers, tennis courts, new pickleball courts and a playground. “And, then of course: the lake and the beach. It’s really a lovely facility,” says Carpenter.

Houses along Juniper Avenue.

Houses along Juniper Avenue. Credit: Morgan Campbell

Long Island MacArthur Airport, also in Ronkonkoma, just got its fourth carrier in February, but come September, American Airlines will pull its service there, leaving Southwest, Frontier and the new Breeze Airways.

Adjacent to MacArthur is Islip’s Foreign Trade Zone, an industrial park with 35 businesses and plans to add three new buildings.

Ronkonkoma's Long Island Rail Road station.

Ronkonkoma's Long Island Rail Road station. Credit: Morgan Campbell

The Ronkonoma Hub, a transit-oriented community aiming to create a thriving downtown near the Long Island Rail Road station in the hamlets of Ronkonkoma and Lake Ronkonkoma, broke ground last year with Alston Station Square, a 53-acre development that will eventually have a total of 1,450 new apartments, 360,000 square feet of office space and 195,000 square feet of retail. Apartment rentals there range from $2,100 for a studio to $4,100 for a three-bedroom, a company spokesman said.

The Alston Station Square apartments at the Ronkonkoma Hub in 2020.

The Alston Station Square apartments at the Ronkonkoma Hub in 2020. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

The hamlet’s name is derived from Raconkamuck, which means “boundary fishing lake” in Algonquin. Long Island’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Ronkonkoma was once the boundary separating four Native American communities.

Purported to have healing powers, the lake became a magnet for development, and a resort community blossomed there in the late 19th century, which included William K. Vanderbilt II’s Petit Trianon Hotel, named for Marie Antoinette’s Versailles palace. From 1908 to 1910, Vanderbilt’s Motor Parkway was the site of 48-mile auto races, which terminated at the hotel.

The playground at Lake Ronkonkoma.

The playground at Lake Ronkonkoma. Credit: Morgan Campbell

“Ronkonkoma residents enjoy the sense of a local family community, accessibility to the LIRR, L.I.E. and Long Island local shopping, and, of course, the lake,” says Corinne Michalowski of Home Possible Realty.

The hamlet has mostly ranches, expanded Capes and Colonials, with prices typically starting around $350,000 for a one-bedroom ranch and going up to $600,000 and higher for an updated four-bedroom Colonial.

Houses along Shelter Road.

Houses along Shelter Road. Credit: Morgan Campbell

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are four condos on the market, ranging in price from $299,000 to $369,900.

SALE PRICES Between June 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, there were 357 home sales with a median sale price of $490,000, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $175,000 and the high was $840,000. During that period a year earlier there were 381 home sales with a median sale price of $426,500. The price range was $185,000 to $670,000.

OTHER STATS

Town Islip

Area 7.83 square miles

ZIP code 11779

Population 18,955

Median age 37.9

Median household income $111,052

Median home value $525,000

Monthly LIRR ticket from Ronkonkoma $365

School district, graduation rate Connetquot, 97%

Park Ronkonkoma Beach and Recreation Center

Library Connetquot

Hospitals Long Island Community Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital

Transit Suffolk County Transit Routes 6A, 7A, 57, 59, SC

SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2019 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov

NOW ON THE MARKET

Priced at $619,000, this Colonial on Avenue D has 3,000...

Priced at $619,000, this Colonial on Avenue D has 3,000 square feet of living space. Credit: Gary Busto

$619,000

This 3,000-square-foot four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial has a front porch, hardwood floors, updated eat-in-kitchen with bay window, newer gas boiler, solar panels, and a four-season sunroom. The 0.35-acre fenced-in property has a large, multilevel deck, patio and above-ground pool. Taxes are $11,667. Anthony Autera, Signature Premier Properties, 631-385-8400. 

Priced at $589,900, this expanded ranch on Borman Court features...

Priced at $589,900, this expanded ranch on Borman Court features two family rooms. Credit: IPB Photo /Cristian Paez

$589,900

Set on 0.43 acre, this 1,882-square-foot expanded ranch features four bedrooms, 2½ baths, hardwood floors, a large eat-in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and a second family room with two skylights. The fenced-in property has an attached two-car garage and flat backyard with brick patio. Taxes are $9,839; a sale is pending. Tanya Brandes Plackis, Exit Realty Achieve, 631-543-2009.

Priced at $498,000, this expanded Cape on Dennis Drive has...

Priced at $498,000, this expanded Cape on Dennis Drive has a renovated family room with fireplace. Credit: Joseph Camarda

$498,000

Recent updates to this approximately 1,900-square-foot expanded Cape include a renovated family room with fireplace, new windows, siding, roof, heating, and Trex decking in front and backyard. The house is on a fenced-in 0.17 acre and has four bedrooms, 1½ baths, hardwood floors, and kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Taxes are $7,173; a sale is pending. Corinne Michalowski, Home Possible Realty, 516-874-6565.

RECENTLY SOLD

$740,000

Smith Rd.

Style Postmodern

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms

Built 2002

Lot size 0.6 acre

Taxes $12,865

+/- List price +$40,010

Days on market 28

$560,000

Iroquois St.

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3

Built 1935

Lot size 0.41 acre

Taxes $10,470

+/- List price +$41,112

Days on market 33

$275,000

Duncan Ave.

Style Cottage

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1

Built 1931

Lot size 0.23 acre

Taxes $2,407

+/- List price Sold at asking

Days on market 66

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 49

Price range $250,000 to $1.075 million

Tax range $7,123 to $15,856

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