Towns in Suffolk County Long Island may be a little further from Manhattan, but what you lose in commute time, you make up for in lot size, less traffic and lower taxes. Not to mention, many of the homes you can find in the towns and neighborhoods of Suffolk County offer breathtaking views, best-in-class amenities and stunning architectural details. Here is a look at what’s on the market in some of Long Island’s most sought-after Suffolk County neighborhoods.
Huntington, Long Island is full of Victorian and Arts and Crafts-style cottages near the center of town, with split-levels, ranches and grander homes boasting sprawling lawns north of Lloyd Harbor. In the heart of the town, Huntington Village is home to approximately five blocks of shops and restaurants you won’t find anywhere else, including the largest privately-owned bookshop on Long Island, a tea lounge featuring mouth-watering, organic desserts and plenty more. There are several marinas in Huntington Township with a number of properties owning deeded beach and mooring rights, while Gold Star Beach provides the perfect backdrop for a day of kayaking, paddle-boarding and unwinding in the glow of a beautiful sunset. In addition to providing a welcoming, vibrant community 365 days a year, the schools consistently receive marks for the highest-levels of excellence.
Smithtown is a town for nature lovers, looking to set down roots. In addition to being home to the 543-acre Caleb Smith State Park, the Nissequogue River State Park, the Sunken Meadow State Park with six miles of public trails and historic sites like the Franklin O. Arthur Farm, the area has also attracted young buyers for decades with its child-friendly environment and affordable, high-quality homes. The village of Nissequogue is a particularly coveted area with beautiful luxury homes on the Long Island Sound and nearby golf and country clubs. Smithtown is a short distance from the broad range of destination and recreation spots Long Island is known for, such as the North Fork vineyards and the Hamptons, as well as an easy 90-minute commute to New York City.
Stony Brook provides the perfect picturesque setting for a relaxed, small-town life, full of unique opportunities to explore and discover the natural and historical beauty of the area. Kids will enjoy wading over to the “island” of sand to hunt for fiddler crabs at low tide, watching the ducks swim at Avalon Park and Preserve or visiting the new Avalon Sky Lab with portable telescopes and a permanent sky lab. Additionally, the Long Island Museum is billed as one of the largest Carriage Museums of its type with over 40,000 items on permanent collection. Stony Brook University attracts a diverse range of talent, arts and culture to the otherwise quaint town as well, perhaps most notably, the Staller Center for the Arts which offers year-round theater performances for adults and kids. Situated 60 miles east of Manhattan and 60 miles west of Montauk Point, Stony Brook offers the ideal central location.
PATCHOGUE, NEW YORK
Patchogue was named after the Native American tribe that occupied the area before European settlers arrived. You’ll find churches, homes and public buildings ranging from the pre-Revolutionary to Victorian to Art Deco eras. The south shore of Patchogue opens to the Great South Bay where you can watch the sun rise over Fire Island. Cultural life in Patchogue centers around the Patchogue Theatre, a Vaudeville house turned movie theater, turned local landmark. Its 1920s grandeur has been restored and it serves the village with movies and plays year-round. During the summer tourist season, the Village Bandshell on Smith Street serves up additional live music and entertainment, while the Blue Point Brewery provides a welcome place to enjoy a pint with friends any time of year.
Ronkonkoma is a hamlet located in the town of Islip that is named after nearby Lake Ronkonkoma, one of the area’s largest freshwater lakes. The beach at the lake, as well as the basketball courts, are a favorite spot for residents to relax and play. The Long Island MacArthur Airport, officially run by the town of Islip, makes Ronkonkoma an attractive home for numerous technical and engineering firms, yet the town still maintains the tight-knit character of a small-town community. While the memorable name of this hamlet may be a mouthful (it’s pronounced ron-kon-ca-muh), it’s the peaceful pace and striking natural beauty that will stay with you the longest.