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Ridge, the 'gateway to the East End,' seeing big changes

A new firehouse, a new restaurant, lots of new housing and new projects at the schools all coming to Ridge, which is equidistant from North Shore and South Shore beaches.

A rural feel at the Ridge Conservation Area.

A rural feel at the Ridge Conservation Area. Photo Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

THE SCOOP

Ridge, situated amid the Pine Barrens, features horse properties and miles of nature trails that help create a rural setting, says longtime resident Michael Loguercio, a Town of Brookhaven council member. Ongoing projects will soon bring new amenities to the country-like area. In addition to recent subdivisions — including Paramount Woods, which added 79 single-family homes, and Country Pointe Estates at Ridge, a development of nearly 100 homes — construction is underway on what will be Ridge’s second restaurant.

The family-style restaurant is being built at the former McDonald’s on the corner of Route 25 and Medford Road.  Loguercio says the restaurant, expected to open next year, is owned by the proprietors of Alfredo’s Pizzeria, Ridge's other dine-in eatery.  Given the lack of restaurants in Ridge and surrounding areas, “it will be an attraction,” says Lee Brooks, president of the Ridge Civic Association.

The area also will be getting a brand-new firehouse after a $14 million bond was approved in August.

“Most firehouses, when they pass, they win by close margins,” says Loguercio, also a member of the Ridge fire department.  “This bond passed 5-to-1.  It shows you the dedication of the community.”  

Housing styles vary, from smaller starter homes to newly constructed Victorian-style houses, says Chris Sosik of H&G Realty New York.  Prices within Ridge range on average from around $250,000 to more than $500,000, she says.  Ridge also is home to the expansive 55-and-over communities Leisure Glen, Leisure Village and Leisure Knoll. 

Offering easy access to the Long Island Expressway and the William Floyd Parkway, Ridge is “the gateway to the East End,” Sosik says.  “It’s close to all East End amenities.  It’s equidistant from North and South Shore beaches. It’s unique in that it has a lot of open space, so you get a real feel of being in the country.”

The 184-acre Ridge Environmental Conservation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities and wildlife.  Ridge Community Park includes a playground, a gazebo and various gardens.  The Longwood Estate, on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts annual fairs and events.

Residents passed a $39.1 million Capital Improvement Plan in October 2017 to make various improvements at campuses within the Longwood Central School District.  A status update released by the district in August showed that recent projects included new roofing, masonry work and paving, the reconstruction of the track at the junior high school, and new athletic fields and courts and paving and masonry work at the high school.       

CONDOS 

There are 57 condos on the market ranging in price from $139,999 to $519,000. 

SALES PRICES
Between Sept. 1, 2017, and Oct. 4, 2018, there were 123 home sales with a median sale price of $299,999, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $135,000 and the high was $610,000. During that time period a year earlier, there were 141 home sales with a median sale price of $297,000. The price range was $100,000 to $499,000.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Longwood High School.  

OTHER STATS

Town: Brookhaven

Area:  13.2 square miles

ZIP code: 11961

Population: 13,336

Median age: 48.2

Median household income: $63,081

Median home value: $305,000*

LIRR to NYC:  From the Mastic-Shirley station, 97 to 110 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $461

School district: Longwood

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales  in the past six months, according to MLSLI

RECENTLY SOLD

$225,000

Whiskey Rd.

Style: Ranch

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half

Built: 1977

Lot size: 100x426

Taxes: $12,177

Reduced: $4,900

Days on the market: 65

$345,000

Scout Trail

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half

Built: 1974

Lot size: 100x202

Taxes: $10,350

Increased: $10,000

Days on the market: 97

$477,000

Madeline Rd.

Style: Victorian

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half

Built: 2014

Lot size: 0.50 acres

Taxes: $13,831

Increased: $2,010

Days on the market: 344

NOW ON THE MARKET

$298,000

This three-bedroom, one-bathroom ranch offers an open layout that includes a living room, dining room and kitchen with vaulted ceilings.  The 0.22-acre property, with taxes of $7,999, also includes an attached one-car garage.  Tal Adla, The Adla Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-764-3106

$379,000

This expanded Cape, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, includes a living room, a dining room with sliding glass doors and a new eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and granite countertops.  The one-acre property has taxes of $10,159.  Chris Sosik, H&G Realty New York, 631-345-5600, ext. 26; 516-971-0380

$439,999

This newly constructed Colonial, with four bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, features living and dining rooms, a granite kitchen with a center island and cedar shake cabinetry, and a master suite with full bathroom.  The 1.07-acre property, with taxes of $10,000, includes a full basement and an attached one-car garage.  Bryan Karp, Re/Max Eastern Properties, 516-384-0571   

On Multiple Listings

Number of houses: 40

Price range: $184,900-$1,100,331

Tax range: $3,140-$29,864

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