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LIVING IN DIX HILLS / A Hamlet With a Colonial History

Named for its hilly terrain, Dix Hills features mostly

colonials, but it also has ranches, contemporaries and capes that generally

occupy large, manicured properties.

Homes for the most part are valued in the mid-$300,000 to $2 million range,

but some can sell for as high as $5 million, real estate brokers say.

The hamlet also features houses of worship, the 152-acre Dix Hills Park,

the nine-hole Dix Hills Golf Course and Five Towns College, a private

institution.

There is easy access to the Long Island Expressway and Northern State

Parkway.

The community's name reflects that of one of its early occupants - Dick

"Richard" Pechagan, a Secatogue Indian who controlled the area in colonial

times.

In 1700, Pechagan sold what was known locally as Dick's Hills to the

trustees of the Town of Huntington for a few bottles of rum, some coats and

some axes. Over time, the spelling was changed from "Dick's" to "Dix" Hills.

The community lacks a downtown district, but residents can do food shopping

at a nearby Waldbaum's and Pathmark and find plenty of other shopping and

services along Jericho Turnpike or Commack Road. The Walt Whitman Mall on Route

110 also is close by.

Most students attend the highly regarded Half Hollow Hills school district,

with a small number attending the Commack Union Free School District.

From midtown Manhattan, it is about 37 miles to Dix Hills, about a

45-minute drive to Exit 51 off the Long Island Expressway.

IF YOU WANT TO BUY:

STARTER: Ranch, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, some with basement, no

garage, 1/3-acre lot, taxes $4,000-$6,000.

PRICE: $350,000-$450,000

TRADE-UP: mostly colonial, farm ranch, ranch, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths,

eat-in kitchen, some with basement, 2-car garage, some with pool, tennis court

and fireplace, 1-acre lot, taxes $10,000-$14,000.

PRICE: $680,000-$850,000

LUXURY: Colonials, 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2-5 1/2 baths, eat-in kitchen, basement,

3-car garage, amenities, taxes $15,000-$19,000.

PRICE: $1-2 million

CONDOS and CO-OPS:

PRICE: Not available

IF YOU WANT TO RENT: No apartment complexes; house rentals are rare.

RECENT SALES: Westwood Court, $740,000, 5-bedroom colonial, 3 1/2 baths,

eat-in kitchen, partial basement, fireplace, skylight, 2-car garage, pool,

0.90-acre lot, brick-cedar, taxes $11,923.

Faulkner Lane, $767,500, 5-bedroom farm ranch, 3 1/2 baths, eat-in kitchen,

full basement, fireplace, six skylights, 2-car garage, 28 years old, pool,

1.22-acre lot, cedar-brick, taxes $14,457.

Buttonwood Drive, $825,990, 5-bedroom colonial, 3 baths, eat-in kitchen,

full basement, fireplace, 2-car garage, newly built, .75-acre lot, frame, taxes

not available.

Red Cedar Court, $899,000, 5-bedroom colonial, 3 1/2 baths, eat-in kitchen,

full basement, fireplace, 3-car garage, approximately 1-acre lot, stone-vinyl,

taxes $14,500.

Hunting Hollow Court, $910,000, 5-bedroom colonial, 4 1/2 baths, eat-in

kitchen, full basement, fireplace, 3-car garage, 3 years old, .50-acre lot,

frame, taxes $14,100.

Half Hollow Road, $1.050 million, 7-bedroom colonial, 4 1/2 baths, eat-in

kitchen, full basement, 2 fireplaces, 2-car garage, 5 years old, pool,

1.36-acre lot, brick, taxes $14,807.

SOURCE: Dianne Scalza, Prudential Long Island Realty

Town: Huntington

Area: 15.9 square miles

Population: 26,024

Median age: 38.7*

Median household income: $104,160

Median home value: $386,100

Travel time to NYC: From Huntington, 55 to 70 minutes by LIRR during peak

times.

ZIP code: 11746

* Includes Huntington Station ZIP code

Sources: Claritas 2001, 2000 U.S. Census, Long Island Rail Road

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