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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. 

 

1. Stony Brook

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Suffolk Brookhaven Three Village Central 9/10 $469,000 Avalon Park & Preserve LIRR 57 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. 

2. Massapequa Park

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Nassau Oyster Bay Massapequa 9/10 $447,000 Brady Park, Colleran Park, Mansfield Park LIRR 40 Miles

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

3. Wantagh

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Nassau Hempstead Wantgah 9/10 $468,000 Wantagh Park, Forest City Community Park LIRR 37 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.

 

4. Commack

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Suffolk Smithtown Commack 9/10 $473,000 Hoyt Farm Town Park, Whitman Hollow Park LIRR 43 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.

 

 

5. Holtsville

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Suffolk Islip Sachem Central 8/10 $349,000 Wildlife & Ecology Center LIRR 2.25 miles away 56 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. 

6. Bellmore

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Nassau Hempstead Bellmore 9/10 $469,000 East Bay Park, Newbridge Road Park LIRR 35 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. 

 

7. Lake Ronkonkoma

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Suffolk Islip Sachem Central 8/10 $352,000 Lake Ronkonkoma County Park LIRR 53 Miles

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

 

8. Smithtown

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Suffolk Smithtown Smithtown Central 9/10 $479,000 Blydenburg County Park, Caleb Smith State Park LIRR 50 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. 

 

9. Massapequa

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Nassau Oyster Bay Massapequa 8/10 $497,000 Massapequa 
Preserves
LIRR 39 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.  

 

10. Manorville

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County Town School District GreatSchools.org Rating Median Home Value Parks Access to Mass Transit Proximity to NYC
Suffolk Riverhead

Eastport-South Manor Central

7/10 $419,000 Manorville Hills County Park, Robert Cushman Murphy County Park LIRR 5.9 Miles away in Mastic Shirley 70 Miles

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

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