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Nesconset Homes for Sale

Nesconset is a wonderful community filled with driven people, thriving businesses, and beautiful parks and destinations. This safe, quiet, and family-friendly place to live is home to lots of small children with lots to do. A centrally located Suffolk County hamlet, convenient to Lake Ronkonkoma and the Smith Haven Mall, Nesconset is close to the hearts of residents for being close to everything.

The perks of buying a home in Nesconset are plenty. Nature lovers frequent this serene lake setting and the Nature Preserve, Walter S. Commerdinger, Jr. County Park. Locals dine and shop just minutes from home. Your choice of house styles includes spacious Colonials, Split Levels, and Expanded Capes with manicured lawns on beautiful tree-lined blocks in the highly desirable Smithtown and Sachem school districts.

 

Background

For several years after World War II, the hamlet of Nesconset at the southeastern border of the Town of Smithtown tottered on the brink of turning into a rural slum. Tarpaper shacks and tiny bungalows dotted the dying area until the 1950’s veteran-driven housing boom changed everything.

By the 1970’s, home buyers flocked to Nesconset, drawn to its attractive wooded landscape, accessibility to major roads, well-regarded school district, and shopping availability including the new Smith Haven Mall, now a million square feet.

Today, only a few remaining parcels remain undeveloped. Everything people used to love about living in the hamlet continues to draw new residents, igniting a red hot residential real estate market with high demand and a short supply of Nesconset homes for sale.

 

History

The hamlet of Nesconset didn’t exist until the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the area was a heavily forested and virtually impenetrable wilderness until the first homesteaders cleared the trees to build homes and roads including summer residences along Midwood Avenue, Lake Avenue South, Southern Boulevard, and the Lake Ronkonkoma area along Gibbs Pond Road.

In 1908, the newly established settlement was named after Smithtown’s local historical figure, Nasseconsett, chief of the Nesaquake Indians, who deeded their lands to Richard Smythe. In 1909, the first post office opened followed by a handful of local businesses including two general stores, a florist, candy store, and gas and service station.

Proximity to Lake Ronkonkoma, a bustling Long Island summer community located just to the south, attracted an overflow of visitors who built and rented tiny cottages within its borders. The summer population dwindled after World War II, stunting Nesconset’s economy and growth. However, once development began again, the hamlet saw unstoppable population growth. Between 1960 and 1970 alone, Nesconset’s population tripled from 3,070 to 10,048.

 

Housing and income

Most Nesconset households own properties with values between $400k and $500k and take home salaries in the $200k+ range. The median property value was $476,800 in 2020 with a respectable 85% homeownership rate and a median household income of $125,409. If you’re looking to buy a home in Nesconset, expect to pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

 

Traffic

The average one-way commute in Nesconset is 32 minutes. Most residents drive their own car alone to work (84.7%) while the rest carpool with others (5.87%), use mass transit (4.4%), and work from home (5.97%). Some residents drive super commutes longer than 90 minutes (10.5%). The average Nesconset household owns two cars.

 

Cost of living

The cost of living in Nesconset is 27% higher than the New York average and 52% higher than the national average. Nesconset real estate prices are 58% higher than the New York average and 124% higher than the national average.

Despite the higher cost of living, Nesconset residents earn 46% more than the national average with a $43,658 per capita income. A high livability score ranks Nesconset a better place to live than 83% of areas across the country. The unemployment rate is also 15% lower.

 

Health

Per capita personal health care spending in New York is $9,778. 96.8% of Nesconset residents have health coverage including employee plans (64.2%), Medicaid (2.74%), Medicare (12.8%), non-group plans (16.7%), and military or VA plans (0.33%).

 

Employment

The most common jobs held by Nesconset residents are in management, sales, business, and finance. The most common industries are education, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific, and technical services.

The most specialized jobs include law enforcement, firefighting, protective service workers, and legal professionals. An unusually high number of residents work in wholesale trade, public administration, and professional, scientific, and technical services.

The highest paid jobs are in computers and math ($151,118), law enforcement ($122,763), and management ($105,972). The highest paying industries include information technology ($107,059), wholesale trade ($104,609), and finance and insurance ($100,417).

 

Shopping

Buying a home in Nesconset means living close to about 100 stores in small shopping strips that line Smithtown Boulevard and Lake Avenue. Initiated in 1989, Nesconset Day, held at Nesconset Plaza, introduces 24 stores and restaurants, a public library branch, craft vendors, amusement rides, a petting zoo, marionette shows, and a parade.

The Stony Brook Homes hosts a craft fair and flea market in May and a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremony in December. A calendar year full of shopping experiences and events instills a large dose of community spirit for a hamlet without the defined borders of a village.

 

Parks and recreation

Nesconset is home to several small pocket parks and two larger parks open to residents with a free parking sticker.

The 8.75-acre Sprofera Park on Brown’s Road features four softball fields and a playground. The 6.25-acre Andreoli Park on Gibbs Pond Road features four basketball courts, a horseshoe court, playground, and freshwater pond where residents can fish without a permit.

The 115-acre Lake Ronkonkoma County Park features a nature preserve with walking paths. Other reputable parks scattered across the hamlet include the 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial Park, Nesconset Gazebo, and Charles Toner Park and Nesconset Library.

 

Schools

Excellent schools give families a reason to explore Nesconset homes for sale. Compared to the national average, Nesconset students earn higher test scores (+40%), more high school diplomas (+13%), and more bachelor’s degrees (+45%). All Nesconset students attend Smithtown Central School District with a total enrollment of 8,023.

85% of the student graduating class goes on to higher education. Students can enroll in advanced placement courses and French, German, Spanish, and Italian language courses. Nesconset’s gifted-and-talented program begins in grade 3 and Tackan Elementary School offers a statewide pilot program integrating technology and math into science in one third- and one fourth-grade class.

Clearly School for the Deaf enrolls 75 students ages three months to 21. The five-acre nondenominational day school is the only school for the deaf in Suffolk County, attracting students from as far away as Montauk for the past 73 years.

Nesconset public schools include Mills Pond Elementary School, Cherokee Street Elementary School, Great Hollow Middle School, Smithtown High School East, and Smithtown High School West.

 

Best dining

Nesconset Plaza is the place to find great food no matter your mood. Head over to this local spot for everything from the Italian, Acropolis, and Greek cuisine at Sun Dried Tomato to the Japanese food at Kasu.

Indulge in unique pastries at Florie’s Finales bakery. Nappi’s Nook serves up everything from chicken fingers for lunch to eggs with home fries, pancakes, and toast for breakfast. Jeco’s Deli and Catering serves breakfast all day and has earned a solid reputation for its homemade hot and cold catering.

Farm to Table Catering and Café by Filomena invites you to eat simply and organically, awakening your palate to the true flavors of the earth. You can savor the best Latin food in one place at Empanadas and More, get your fill of Mexican cuisine at Kings Taqueria and Deli, or grab some signature rolls at Kushi Sushi.

 

 

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