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Paddle away at this St. James development

Seth Sirota and his daughter Ilysa, 12, enjoy

Seth Sirota and his daughter Ilysa, 12, enjoy a morning paddleboat ride at the Hamlet Estates at St. James. (Sept.15, 2012) Credit: Barry Sloan

Like other homeowner associations across Long Island, the Hamlet Estates at St. James offers a host of amenities, including a clubhouse, fitness center and a swimming pool. But this development has one unusual feature -- paddleboats, which residents are welcome to use to cruise around the community’s two man-made lakes.

The paddleboats and life jackets are provided by the clubhouse staff, says Rosanne Murray, director of sales.

Other amenities include a kiddie pool, playground, two lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, boccie ball court and a putting green, as well as property maintenance and 24-hour security.

Located off Route 347, across from the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, the development will comprise 127 single-family homes on lots ranging from a third of an acre to an acre.

So far, 78 have sold, and 75 families have moved in, Murray says, noting there are eight models to choose from. Prices in the development start at $738,900.

Monthly homeowner association fees are $516.

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