Old Stony Brook is an area located in Suffolk County in the town of Brookhaven, Long Island, New York. Old Stony Brook isn’t too far from Stony Brook University, but that doesn’t mean that it feels like a college town at all. While the school does provide jobs and educational opportunities for the region, it doesn’t dominate the area. Unlike downtown Stony Brook, Old Stony Brook has a very rural feel.
Many homes in the surrounding area were built on wooded lots. Most of these lots remain forested in the modern era. These provide natural barriers, which means that people often don’t need fences to divide their properties. The area has many one-way streets and cul-de-sacs which parents of small children love.
Even though agricultural activities are more associated with upstate New York, Suffolk County is the leading farming county in the state. Rich soil has continued to provide for many people who work the land. Area residents have taken the opportunity to plant gardens and grow their own vegetables.
Natural activities also provide jobs for many people who live in the surrounding area. That being said, a good percentage of people who actually live in the Old Stony Brook community work in the professional or business sectors. According to some, this gives the region a somewhat elite feeling that contrasts well with the nearby college town. Unlike some of the local villages, Old Stony Brook has a relatively high median age. It’s still not as high as many retirement communities, but some people have considered the area a decent place to retire.
Home sales have remained rather steady in the area. This has had an overall positive influence on property values. The majority of residents are seemingly holding on to their lots, however. According to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, the median home value in the Stony Brook area is $361,900.
Many people have started families in Old Stony Brook. It’s not considered a trendy neighborhood, but rather one that is steeped in families who have old money. This might be one of the reasons the city is considered to be so safe. Research has shown that crime rates are quite low. The chances of an individual becoming a victim of a violent crime in Old Stony Brook are infinitesimal according to the FBI 2009 Universal Crime and incidence reports, OnBoard analysis with personal crime incidents accruing to 1 person out of every 1,000.
Though property crimes are somewhat more common (16 out of every 1,000), the area has few registered offenders. That’s one of the reasons that so many individuals have decided to start up families in the surrounding area. Those who are willing to travel a bit will find plenty to do, and people living in Old Stony Brook aren’t too far away from a Long Island Rail Road for travel travel.
The Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge and the Fire Island National Seashore both make for a nice day trip or even the Montauk Lighthouse being that it is just eighty (80) miles away with an average drive time from the Stony Brook area of 1 hour and 48 minutes.