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Thinking of buying in Commack?

THE SCOOP "Hot" is the word real estate agents are using to describe Commack. "It's been a very hot 2013 in Commack -- I need my roller skates," says Ronni Tranes, an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Katy Anastasio, owner of a real estate agency that bears her name, agrees: "Oh, it's a hot place," she says, adding that the school district is a big draw. Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Commack High School as one of the Best 100 schools in the United States, according to the district's website.

Though the community lacks a downtown, residents have access to "all kinds of shopping and restaurants, proximity to parkways and the Y , which has day care and activities for all age groups," Tranes says. Jericho Turnpike and Veterans Memorial Highway are the main thoroughfares.

Straddling the towns of Huntington and Smithtown, Commack's housing stock is dominated by Colonials, split-levels and high-ranches, though other styles can be found. Prices run the gamut from the low $300,000s to more than $1 million, Tranes says.

A new subdivision -- Manorwood Estates, with 19 homes in two cul-de-sacs -- has one house and one lot left, says Anastasio, who is marketing the homes.

Buyers also can find condos and town homes, including those at The Hamlet, a gated community.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES 22 listings priced between $299,995 and $879,900

SALES PRICE Year over year, the number of sales as well as the median price increased, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From Jan. 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013, there were 224 sales with a median price of $405,000. The low was $217,000 and the high was $1,200,000. From Jan. 1, 2011, to March 1, 2012, there were 181 sales. The median price was $400,000, with a low of $206,000 and a high of $890,000.

ATTRACTIONS Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve; the Hamlet Golf & Country Club, a private club


Towns: Huntington and Smithtown

Area: Huntington, 3.7 square miles; Smithtown, 8.3 square-miles

ZIP code: 11725

Population: 35,791

Median age: 42.2

Median household income: $102,008

Median home value: $385,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Deer Park, 54 minutes to 70 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $325

School district: Commack

SOURCES: 2010 Census;; Long Island Rail Road;

*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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