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Buying in Miller Place, on Suffolk County’s North Shore

The Miller Place Duck Pond is cared for

The Miller Place Duck Pond is cared for by the local Boy Scouts. It is a four-season attraction. It showed the beginnings of spring on April 15, 2016. Credit: Heather Walsh

Miller Place is a hamlet on Suffolk County’s North Shore that’s both family-friendly and family-centered, says Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner. “The school district plays a very important role in the community,” Bonner says, and the hamlet’s many clubs and organizations work well together to make Miller Place a great place to live.

Bonner says the local Boy Scout troop maintains the Miller Place Duck Pond, which is a year-round destination for fair-weather strolls or winter skating. Recent town projects have upgraded facilities at the pond, installing a new wall, railing, landscaping, benches and picnic tables.

For a small community, Miller Place has a lot to offer, Bonner says, including the historic district along North Country Road that has a “Currier and Ives feel.” Bonner says the town and county have gone to great lengths to preserve open space in Miller Place to help maintain that charming character.

Cordwood Landing County Park and Nature Preserve is another hamlet treasure, says Miriam Ainbinder of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. It’s a place where residents love to hike and escape to the quiet of the great outdoors, Ainbinder says, with some paths leading right to the water’s edge.

She says Miller Place has a country quality about it.

“It’s a place where everybody knows everybody,” she adds, and residents enjoy the fact that they can walk to the pond and to many of the schools and restaurants.


There are four condos on the market ranging in price from $439,995 to $534,900.


Between March 1, 2015, and April 10, 2016, there were 128 home sales, at a median price of $380,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low was $165,000, and the high was $740,000. During that period a year earlier, 118 homes were sold, with a median price of $373,500. The range then was $208,250 to $955,000.


Most students attend Miller Place High School. In 2015, 52 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s down from 54 percent in 2014.


Town: Brookhaven

Area: 6.5 square miles

ZIP code: 11764

Population: 12,339

Median age: 38.8

Median household income: $111,417

Median home value: $345,000*

LIRR to NYC: From Port Jefferson, 96 to 113 minutes at peak;

from Ronkonkoma, 66 to 85 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $377

School district: Miller Place (high school, middle school and two elementary schools)

SOURCES: 2010 Census;; LIRR;

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


Redbud Court, $740,000

Originally listed for $799,990, this six-bedroom Postmodern sold after 215 days on the market. The 2003 home offers three bathrooms and two half-baths, an eat-in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances and a banquet-sized formal dining room. There’s a formal living room and a den with custom cabinetry, moldings, chair rails and hardwood floors. The 0.73-acre property features a heated saltwater pool with a waterfall, a Trex deck with a gazebo, a basketball court, a pool house and a three-car garage. The taxes are $19,848.

Tallmadge Trail, $470,000

This four-bedroom Colonial sold for $1,000 more than its asking price after 120 days on the market. Built in 1996, the home offers 1 1⁄2 baths, an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a formal dining room. There are two fireplaces — in the formal living room and in the great room, which has vaulted ceilings and radiant heat — as well as a skylight, hardwood floors and a full basement. There’s an inground pool on the 0.76 acre property, which features a porch, paver patio and inground sprinklers. The taxes are $12,888.

Marbeth Circle, $288,000

After 171 days on the market, this three-bedroom ranch sold for $41,900 less than its asking price. The 1962 home has 1 1⁄2 baths, an eat-in kitchen with granite counters, a formal dining room, a den and a living room with a fireplace. There are oak floors and a finished basement with an office, rec room, bar and outside entrance. The 0.3-acre property features a deck and two-car garage. The taxes are $13,703.


Starter, $269,000

This two-bedroom ranch has one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room and hardwood floors. There’s a deck on the half-acre property.

Taxes are $9,429. Craig Holub and Jessica Harris, Bel Breeze Real Estate, 631-875-1682 and 631-331-5100

Trade-up, $628,000

This four-bedroom Colonial offers 3 1⁄2 baths, two master suites and a family room with a fireplace. There’s a front porch and rear deck on the 0.92-acre, cul-de-sac lot.

Taxes are $16,515. Miriam Ainbinder, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-988-9200

High-end, $1.29 million

This waterfront Colonial has four bedrooms, 2 1⁄2 baths, two fireplaces and a master suite with a balcony. The 1.4-acre property features a pool, deck, porch and bulkhead.

Taxes are $24,164. Michael Ardolino, Realty Connect USA, 631-941-4300


Number of houses: 93

Price range: $159,000-$1,686,000

Tax range: $7,053 to $33,846

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