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Bohemia, Long Island Homes for Sale

Bohemia is a beautiful hamlet with a long, rich history and heritage. Located in Suffolk County, in the Town of Islip, and situated along the South Shore of Long Island, Bohemia is approximately 50 miles from New York City, where many residents commute to work.

Just over ten thousand people live here, many of whom trace their ethnic heritage back to southern Italy, Ireland, and the historical Czech lands. Bohemia has grown more diverse over the years, especially as more people migrate here from western Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens.

From horseback riders and nature lovers to white- and blue-collar workers, people from all walks of life can find a reason to explore Bohemia homes for sale.

History of Bohemia

The Secatogue tribe of the Algonquian peoples were the first to inhabit Bohemia. The area was founded in 1885 by Slavic immigrants whose pilgrimage coincided with a wave of Bohemian nationals emigrating to the United States, many embodying the free spirited and enlightened lifestyles synonymous with bohemianism.

The Slavic immigrants brought excellent cigar-making skills, which sparked a thriving local cigar industry that continued until the 1930s when mechanized production replaced hand manufacturing. Despite their impact on the town’s history and heritage, none of Bohemia’s eight original cigar factories remain today.

Over the years, many people tried to change the name of Bohemia over fears that ties to one ethnic group would keep new people and businesses from coming to the town. None of the proposed new names—including Sayville Heights, Lidice, and MacArthur—received enough public support to finalize a change.

Town highlights

Bohemia is home to Connetquot River State Park, the horseback riding haven that influences the town’s unique equestrian culture, where many residents own stables and walk their horses along the town’s tree-lined streets. If you’re ready to buy a home in Bohemia, Long Island, you can also explore the preserve’s 50 miles of hiking, cross-country skiing, and nature trails, as well as fishing along the Connetquot River.

To this day, residents continue banding together to keep Bohemia a great place to live. Founded in 1984, The Bohemia Historical Society pursues the goal of preserving the rich heritage of the hamlet through educational programs, slide presentations, community activities, a newsletter, website, and museum.

Governor’s Comedy at McGuire’s—the neighborhood venue for a night of good laughs—hosts fundraisers, dinner show combination packages, and other events. The popular venue also teaches students the art of stand-up comedy. 

Demographics

10,180 people, 3,326 households, and 2,554 families reside in Bohemia. Residents come from a mix of races including White (94.61%), Hispanic or Latino (4.41%), African American (0.86%), Native American (0.05%), Asian (2.38%), people from other races (0.83%), and people from two or more races (1.27%).

Households include a mix of families with children under the age of 18 (34.2%), married couples living together (63.9%), female householders with no husband present (9.3%), non-families (23.2%), individuals (18.9%), and people over the age of 65 living alone (7.3%). The average household size is 2.86 and the average family size is 3.28.

The median age of Bohemia residents is 38. The population includes people under the age of 18 (23.2%), 18 to 24 (6.6%), 25 to 44 (31.9%), 45 to 64 (25%), and 65 or older (13.4%).

The median income is $65,308 for a household, $73,218 for a family, $46,449 for males, and $34,403 for females. The per capita income is $25,942 with about 3.2% of families and 3.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including people under 18 (3.8%) and people 65 and older (9.8%).

Transportation 

The Oakdale and Ronkonkoma stations of the Long Island Rail Road give Bohemia commuters easy access to Manhattan where many residents work. Long Island MacArthur Airport, partially located in Bohemia, serves New York travelers who want a more convenient alternative to the congestion at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports. If you want to buy a home in Bohemia, New York, expect no shortage of public transportation options.

Schools, business, and the community.

Students no longer attend Bohemia’s schoolhouses but rather the Connetquot Central School District, which has a preschool, seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one senior high school. The Thunderbirds are the Connetquot mascot. Magician and television personality Michael Carbonaro is a famous alum.

Residents hold a mix of white- and blue-collar jobs. Bohemia is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. Locals work in office and administrative support (14.97%), sales jobs (10.80%), and management occupations (9.15%). There are more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of places in the U.S.

Bohemia has an unemployment rate of 6.1% with 26.8% job growth projected over the next ten years. 39.13% of adults hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

The Bohemia Civic Association, formed in 1986, helps keep the local community a great place to live. Their mission is to preserve the quality of the neighborhood, keep the community informed on issues, and provide a unified voice for residents on issues related to local government. The association also gives scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding community service.

The real estate numbers

The median listing price for a Bohemia home is $525,000. The median listing home price per square foot is $289 and the median home sold price is $505,000. Bohemia is a buyer’s market with a 99.51% sale-to-list price ratio. On average, homes sell after 99 days on the market with 57.1% of homes selling above list price and 25% of homes with price drops.

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