West Hills, Long Island
West Hills is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. It is within the Town of Huntington. As of the 2010 census, there were 5,592 people, 1,980 households, and 1,503 families residing in the CDP. The median income for a household in the CDP was $122,560, and the median income for a family was $135,990. Males had a median income of $99,051 and $51,740 for females. The latitude of West Hills is 40.816N. The longitude is -73.432W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 348 feet.
The Whitman family left their home in West Hills and moved to Brooklyn but returned very often. In his own words: “West Hills is a romantic and beautiful spot. The ‘high hill’ affords an extensive and pleasant view of thirty, forty, or even fifty miles, especially to the east and south and southwest; the Atlantic Ocean to the latter points in the distance—a glimpse or so of Long Island Sound to the north.” Whitman is among the most influential poets in American history and often called the “father of free verse”. The Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum, a state historic site, attracts 7,000 students and 14,000 local, national and global visitors each year.
Built in 1819 by Walt Whitman, Sr., and and located at 26 Mt. Misery Road, is the "Coyler House". The design of the structure is almost identical to that of the Birthplace. The house was originally part of a farm of 80 acres acquired by Richard Coyler from Tredwell Whitman and has been the subject of numerous sketches and paintings, including those of George Avery, Rudolph Ruzicka, and Hobart Nichols. At the time of the poet's visit to the house in 1850, it was occupied by Walt's Aunt Sarah and her daughter Hannah, the widow of Richard Coyler.
The racial-makeup of West Hills comprises of 89.8% White, 0.0% African American, 0.00% Native American, 4.4% Asian, 3.8% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Most of its resident’s ancestries were Italian, Irish, German, English, and Polish.
Excellent educational facilities are available in the South Huntington School District. West Hills is known for its horses in which the area has many open spaces and many horse stables. It also has plenty of unique shops, fine restaurants, and services that line Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike.
West Hills County Park is an 855-acre tract that comprises forested hills and valleys as well as stables, picnic, and campgrounds. The park has a youth group camping area, picnic area, trap and skeet facility, campgrounds and rest rooms. West Hills offers quiet neighborhoods and the houses are of different styles including capes, ranches, split-levels, high ranches, Colonials, contemporaries, and Victorians. A few post-modern homes have been built along Round Swamp Road recently but there is no more room for further development. Estimated median home value in 2009 was $578,081.