In search of a bucolic area with a small-town feeling? It seems as if residents of Kings Park have found theirs. Natives and newcomers alike cite a close-knit atmosphere, a school district with small class sizes and two state parks, including one with a beach.
"Everyone knows each other . . . helps each other out," says 11-year resident Sean Lehmann, president of the Kings Park Civic Association.
"I'm here 33 years, and there is no other place to live," says Denise Rogers of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, adding, "It's a very tight community. . . . People are always willing to help their neighbors." Lehmann adds, "It's what the suburbs are supposed to be."
Kings Park is home to Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island Sound and Nissequogue River State Park. From the bluffs, there are "unbelievable vistas of where the Sound and the river meet," Lehmann says.
Last fall, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation proposed the next phase of improvements to the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center property, including the demolition of six deteriorated buildings, says spokesman Randy Simons. Envisioned enhancements include addition of a park setting with picnic areas, gardens, pathways and athletic fields.
New businesses have emerged in the commercial district along Main Street (Route 25A), says resident George McKnight, owner-broker of Century 21 McKnight Realtors. Well-established merchants include the Park Bake Shop, and newer restaurants such as Ciro's and Relish are often packed, Rogers says.
Neighborhoods offer a mix of modest-size homes starting at $275,000 and 3,500-square-foot postmoderns priced in the $700,000s, McKnight says. San Remo, an enclave on the northeast side of town with its own civic and property owners associations, has homes in the same price ranges, McKnight adds. Areas north of 25A are wooded and hilly, while the terrain south of 25A flattens out.
CONDOS AND CO-OPS. Seven listings between $105,000 and $549,000
SALES PRICES. From Feb. 1, 2014, to Feb. 25, 2015, there were 138 sales with a median price of $380,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $144,500 for a bank-owned property, and the high price was $725,000. During the same period a year earlier, there were 124 sales. The median price was $391,250, with a low price of $177,000 for a cottage and a high price of $770,000.
ATTRACTIONS. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking; chamber of commerce and civic events, including Kings Park Day, scheduled for June 20; a farmers market on Sundays from June to November; Friday night outdoor concerts from June through September
Area: 6 square miles
ZIP code: 11754
Median age: 43.7
Median household income: $95,098
Median home value: $372,500, based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 7 minutes to 1 hours, 24 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $377
School district: Most students attend Kings Park; some go to Smithtown
SOURCES: 2010 Census; Long Island Rail Road; mlsli.com
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: 50 (includes Smithtown listings)
Price range: $199,900 (for a fire-damaged house) to $799,000
Tax range: $4,720 to $799,000
BOXWOOD DRIVE, $440,000. On the market 43 days, this eight-room ranch sold in February for $18,000 below the original asking price of $458,000. Built in 1966 on a 0.23-acre parcel, the renovated home features a high-end kitchen, wood floors and a fireplace, as well as four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Amenities include a partially finished basement, a one-car garage, in-ground sprinklers and two outdoor decks. Taxes are $10,734.
CYPRESS DRIVE, $405,000. With an original asking price of $429,000, this nine-room raised ranch, which sold last month, was on the market 29 days. Set on a 100-by-108-foot lot in San Remo, the renovated house has a new kitchen with cherrywood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Other features include wood floors and recessed lighting. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Amenities include a new driveway and walkway. It was built in 1964. Taxes are $10,258.
KOHR ROAD, $390,000. In February, this seven-room Colonial sold for $29,000 below the original asking price of $419,000. It was on the market 46 days. Backing state land, the house, built in 1930, is set on just over a third of an acre. Interior features include wood floors, a fireplace, solid wood doors and an updated kitchen. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath. Amenities include a finished basement and finished attic and a detached two-car garage. Taxes are $9,474.
NOW ON THE MARKET
Starter, $340,000. Featuring wood floors, bay windows, an expanded kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this six-room ranch with a new roof and gutters is on a 0.17-acre lot. Taxes are $9,018. Denise Rogers, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-261-6800.
Trade-up, $449,000. Set on a quarter-acre with an in-ground pool, this seven-room Colonial has wood floors, a newer kitchen, three bedrooms, one bathroom and a half-bath, as well as an updated roof with solar panels. Taxes are $11,465. George McKnight, Century 21 McKnight Realtors, 631-269-6666.
High-end, $750,000. There is time to customize this 2015 seven-room Colonial, which has a fireplace, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath. It is set on a half-acre. Taxes not yet determined. Deirdre Prosseda and Philip Prosseda, Laffey Fine Homes, 631-547-5300.