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Buying a house in Setauket, what to expect

The Mill Pond reflects the winter sky on

The Mill Pond reflects the winter sky on Dec. 31, 2014. It is across the street from a community gathering spot, the Setauket Neighborhood House, at 95 Main St., in East Setauket. Credit: Heather Walsh

Home of George Washington's Patriot spy ring, Setauket is as historic as it is scenic. Set along the North Shore, the greater Setauket area comprises East and South Setauket, Strongs Neck and the villages of Old Field and Poquot.

Strongs Neck, part of Setauket-East Setauket, is a peninsula that juts into Conscience Bay and Setauket Harbor. "It's total tranquillity," says Donna Ferro of Coach Realtors "It's a great area to bike ride and to walk." Most homes come with deeded beach rights. "Kids grow up on the water there," adds Linda Hickey, owner of Hickey & Smith Realtors.

Without even scratching the surface, historic sites throughout the rolling terrain include the Roe Tavern House, where George Washington slept in 1790; the 1729 Caroline Church and the Setauket Neighborhood House, originally built in the 1700s, which is now a gathering place for local organizations. Frank Melville Memorial Park -- 24 acres and privately owned -- has nature trails and is home to the Setauket post office and historical buildings.

Gallery North, a popular nonprofit art gallery founded in 1965, is expanding, says Michael Ardolino, co-owner of Realty Connect USA. Though residents can find what they need in Setauket, they often gravitate to Stony Brook and Port Jefferson Village, agents say. Travel times can vary, as local thoroughfares, including Routes 25A and 347, are often congested.

As for the housing stock, Colonials dominate, says Ferro. "Next you have Capes and ranches and every now and then there are clusters of contemporaries," she adds.

The Setaukets attract many professionals from nearby employers such as Stony Brook University and the adjoining Stony Brook University Hospital, agents say.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES: Nine listings priced $345,000 to $779,000

SALES PRICES: From Dec. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014, there were 101 sales, with a median price of $490,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $205,000 and the high was $1.975 million. From 2012 to 2013, during the same time period, there were 120 sales. The median price was $500,000 with a low of $175,000 and a high of $2.6 million.



Town: Brookhaven

Area: 8.5 square miles

ZIP code: 11733

Population: 15,477

Median age: 44.1

Median household income: $130,000

Median home value: $501,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 26 minutes to 1 hour, 43 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $363

School district: Three Village

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR;

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

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