If you're looking to buy in St. James

The St. James General Store is the oldest

The St. James General Store is the oldest continuously operated general store in the United States. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Named for the Episcopal church on North Country Road, St. James is a North Shore community known for its historic landmarks, antiques shops, nurseries and restaurants.

"It's heaven on Earth," says lifelong resident Eric Neitzel, owner-broker of DeBarbieri Associates, citing vintage structures, houses of worship and amenities such as "wonderful" town beaches and parks.

Historic sites include the 1856 St. James General Store, the country's oldest continually operating general store, the circa 1845 Greek Revival house at Deepwells Farm County Park and the restored St. James railroad station.

Shops, services and eateries can be found along thoroughfares such as Route 25 and Lake Avenue, the community's downtown.

Although the housing stock is dominated by traditional Colonials, buyers can find a mix of older and newer homes on lots that range from a quarter-acre to more than an acre.

A new, gated, six-house subdivision off Edgewood Avenue -- Mystic Falls -- has custom-built homes starting at $1,250,000, says William Tarantola of Coach Realtors in Smithtown.

CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES
12 listings between $151,990 and $1,099,000

APARTMENT RENTALS
About $1,200 to $1,700 a month

55 AND OLDER COMMUNITIES
Kensington Gardens and Fairfield at St. James

SALES PRICES
From July 1, 2011, to Aug. 20, 2012, there were 79 sales with a median sales price of $430,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low was $221,500, and the high was $1,125,000. From July 1, 2010, to Aug. 20, 2011, there were 61 sales. The median price was $440,000 with a low of $267,500 and a high of $1,075,000.

ATTRACTIONS
Olsen Memorial Park, Gayner Park, golf courses, hiking trails and water sports along the Nissequogue River. The chamber's fall fling is scheduled for Sept. 21; the Fall Festival is scheduled to begin Oct. 6.

BY THE NUMBERS

Town: Smithtown

Area: 4½ square miles

ZIP code: 11780

Population: 13,338

Median age: 43.0

Median household income: $96,473

Median home value: $415,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 37 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $334

School district: Smithtown

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road

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

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