10 Awesome Long Island Neighborhoods for Young Families
Published by Contour Mortgage on October 06 2015

10 Awesome Long Island Neighborhoods for Young Families

Topics: Home Buyers

Long Island is a big place. With all of the towns, villages and hamlets, it can get a little confusing – especially if you are a new family looking for a fresh start in your first home.

Things to consider: 

How does the school district rate?
Which neighborhoods have the best parks?
Access to the LIRR
Are there other young families in the area? 

Long Island, New York is made up of two counties, Nassau County & Suffolk County. Nassau County is comprised of three towns, two cities and 75 villages & hamlets, while Suffolk County boasts 10 towns and 131 villages and hamlets.

Imagine that – even for those born and raised on Long Island, having to choose between 2 counties, 2 cities, 13 towns and 206 villages and hamlets to purchase a Long Island home can be overwhelming even for the most Long Island-savvy individual.

Lucky for you, Nerdwallet recently conducted an extensive study on the best New York neighborhoods for new and growing families (with populations over 10,000). The study focused on home affordability, prosperity & growth potential, quality of education and family friendliness. Nerdwallet’s study was encompassing all of New York State (and guess what? Long Island homes made up 6 of the Top 10!) – so we have plucked out the top 10 Long Island neighborhoods for Young Families and have broken each one down for you.

We're pretty enthusiastic about all of Long Island, but in a place this big having a place to start is always helpful. 

 

Looking to buy a home in one of these neighborhoods? Our Home Buyer's Guide  outlines the 6 steps you will need to take.

 

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1. STONY BROOK

County: Suffolk
Town of: Brookhaven
School District: Three Village Central
GreatSchools.org Rating: 9/10
Median Home Value: $469,200
Parks: Avalon Park & Preserve
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 56.97 miles
 

Local Tip: Try the duck breast with cherry sauce from Mirabelle Restaurant at the Three Village Inn. Also, stop by during the holidays – the décor is breathtaking.

 

 

 

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2. MASSAPEQUA PARK

County: Nassau
Town of: Oyster Bay
School District: Massapequa
GreatSchools.org Rating: 9/10
Median Home Value: $447,300
Parks: Brady Park, Colleran Park, Mansfield Park
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 40.35 miles

Local Tip: For amazing kebabs, the family owned and operated Ephesus Mediterranean and Turkish Cuisine is a hidden gem that will not disappoint.

 

 

 

jones-beach.jpg3. WANTAGH

County: Nassau
Town of: Hempstead
School District: Wantagh
GreatSchools.org Rating: 9/10
Median Home Value: $469,700
Parks: Wantagh Park, Forest City Community Park
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 36.84 miles

Local Tip: The summertime is booming at Jones Beach, home to several beaches and the infamous Nikon Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater hosting various live events such as the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, the Kevin Hart Comedy Tour, and concerts from artists such as Jimmy Buffet, Zac Brown Band, Val Halen and Neil Young. More of a foodie? Thom Thom Steak and Sushi’s Chilean Sea Bass is a local favorite.

 

commack-ny.jpg4. COMMACK

County: Suffolk
Town of: Smithtown
School District: Commack
GreatSchools.org Rating: 9/10
Median Home Value: $473,300
Parks: Hoyt Farm Town Park, Whitman Hollow Park
Access to Mass Transit: *Closest LIRR Station 3.05 miles away in Northport
Proximity to NYC: 43.37 miles

Local Tip: Tucked away behind a strip mall, you will find House of Bagels, a local haven for weekend doughy bagel goodness, and a variety of spreads that will surely satisfy any palate.

 

 

holtsville-zoo.jpg5. HOLTSVILLE

County: Suffolk
Town of: Islip
School District: Sachem Central
GreatSchools.org Rating: 8/10
Median Home Value: $348,800
Parks: Wildlife & Ecology Center
Access to Mass Transit: *Closest LIRR Station 2.25 miles away in Medford
Proximity to NYC: 55.84 miles

Local Tip: Home of Long Island’s most famous weatherman, Groundhog Day is always an event at the Holtsville Ecology Center where Holtsville Hal will appear on a chilly February morning to let us know when spring will arrive.

Photo Credit: Hungry Travel Baby

 

bellmore-village.jpg6. BELLMORE

County: Nassau
Town of: Hempstead
School District: Bellmore
GreatSchools.org Rating: 9/10
Median Home Value: $469,000
Parks: East Bay Park, Newbridge Road Park
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 35.47 miles 

Local Tip: For a cozy brunch, the Morning Rose Café is widely regarded for its variety of omelets including a roasted tomato, spinach and Gruyere egg-masterpiece that is a house favorite.

 

 

 

crazy-crepe-cafe.jpg7. LAKE RONKONKOMA

County: Suffolk
Town of: Islip
School District: Sachem Central
GreatSchools.org Rating: 8/10
Median Home Value: $351,900
Parks: Lake Ronkonkoma County Park
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 53.23 miles

Local Tip: Chilly morning? The toasted marshmallow latte at The Crazy Crepe Café will be sure to warm you up. 

 

 

 

 

maureens-kitchen.jpg8. SMITHTOWN

County: Suffolk
Town of: Smithtown
School District: Smithtown Central
GreatSchools.org Rating: 9/10
Median Home Value: $479,100
Parks: Blydenburg County Park, Caleb Smith State Park
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 50.36 miles

Local Tip: The locals call it the “best breakfast on LI” – so check out Maureen’s Kitchen and their stuffed or croissant French toast to decide for yourself.

 

 

 

tobay-beach.jpg9. MASSAPEQUA

County: Nassau
Town of: Oyster Bay
School District: Massapequa
GreatSchools.org Rating: 8/10
Median Home Value: $497,400
Parks: Massapequa Preserves
Access to Mass Transit: Long Island Railroad Station
Proximity to NYC: 38.69 miles

Local Tip: After a day at Tobay Beach, swing by the family-owned and -operated All-American Drive In for a true feeling of nostalgia… their French fries, milkshakes and “double doubles” have summer-goers visiting their hamburger stand from all over Long Island. What’s even more awesome? Their prices are insanely affordable. 

 

 

manorville-county-park.jpg10. MANORVILLE

County: Suffolk
Town of: Riverhead
School District: Eastport-South Manor Central
GreatSchools.org Rating: 7/10
Median Home Value: $419,400
Parks: Manorville Hills County Park, Robert Cushman Murphy County Park
Access to Mass Transit: *Closest LIRR Station 5.9 miles away in Mastic Shirley
Proximity to NYC: 69.52 miles

Local Tip: The Yogurt Café is your go-to for all natural, fat free or low fat and gluten free yogurt needs.  

Photo Credit: Clyde's Guides

 

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