The communities share a ZIP code, but are governed by different townships.
Lake Ronkonkoma is unique for its lake — Long Island's largest — formed by a glacier about 20,000 years ago.
Ronkonkoma is home to Long Island MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma train station.
An ambitious project on the drawing board — the Ronkonkoma Hub — would redevelop 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma train station into a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly district.
The overall location of these two communities is very desirable, says resident Mike McLean of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, noting folks love it “because everything is right there.” Resident Katherine Kennedy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agrees, saying, “Most things you need are less than five miles away.”
When it comes to housing, buyers can find Capes, ranches, high-ranches, Colonials, contemporaries and Post-moderns. Most sales right now are for homes priced right around the $300,000 mark and below, Kennedy says.
20 listings between $135,000 and $234,900
In Ronkonkoma, there were 161 sales from June 1, 2011 to June 29, 2012, with a median sales price of $295,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $120,000 and the high was $790,000.
In Lake Ronkonkoma, there were 67 sales from June 1, 2011 to June 29, 2012. The median price was $268,000, with a low of $150,000 and a high of $535,000.
Lake beaches and fishing, and Music at the Lake (Aug. 12) in Lake Ronkonkoma; the Ronkonkoma Street Fair on Hawkins Avenue (Sept. 2).
BY THE NUMBERS
ZIP code: 11779
Population: Ronkonkoma, 19,082; Lake Ronkonkoma, 20,155
Median age: Ronkonkoma, 39; Lake Ronkonkoma 39.9
Median household income: Ronkonkoma, $85,271; Lake Ronkonkoma $82,606
Combined median home value: $290,000*
LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 6 minutes to 1 hour, 25 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $334
School districts: Connetquot and Sachem
*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island