Wyandanch, NY 11735, Homes For Sale
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Wyandanch is a land-locked hamlet in the Town of Babylon in Western Suffolk County New York. With a population of 11,647 on a total area of 4.5 sq miles, Wyandanch is easily accessible to many public transportation and major highways. Surrounded by Deer Park, North Babylon, Wheatley Heights and Disx Hills, Wyandanch was first named Half Way Hollow Hills, then West Deer Park, before it was renamed Wyandanch in 1903. Between 1880 and 1955, Wyandanch was heavily populated by German, Irish, Italian and Austrian settlers.
In the 1920s, seeking access to the Long Island Rail Road, African Americans started populating a nearby area in West Babylon building homes and later opening up businesses. Properties in the area were sold very cheaply and realtors continuously steered African Americans to this community. Soon the vast majority of the West Babylon area was populated by African Americans and by the 1950’s and 1960’s Wyandanch had become of the heaviest black populated communities in Suffolk County. In the 1960’s racial tensions created conflicts and for many years Wyandanch appeared neglected with very few repairs or improvement to the infrastructure. However in recent years the Town of Babylon has been very proactive in revitalizing the area and the community appears to be on the rise.
Despite its, close proximity to major highways, large properties and large homes, homeowners in Wyandanch experienced a severe lag in home prices compared to all the neighboring communities. The stigma attached to Wyandanch continued to drive housing prices down for many years, however, the market is showing signs of upward movement. The very modern apartment complex recently added, coupled with new restaurants and stores are attracting new industries to the area. Improvement to parks and numerous other outdoor recreational activities are bringing residents from the surrounding areas back into Wyandanch. Empty nesters, with a need to downsize, desiring walking distance to the train, good restaurants and shops are returning to the area. Younger residents seeking relief from the higher rents of the surrounding communities while fulfilling their need for easy access to the train to New York City and other areas are moving into Wyandanch.
With the continued investment of the local government, Wyandanch is continuing to expand. The median home sale price in Decemebr 2018 was $190,275 which was a 17.5% increase since the prior year. The highest home sold during 2018 was a hi-ranch which sold in October. That homeowner received a selling price of $375,000 – previously unheard of in Wyandanch. Builders are starting to build new homes in Wyandanch and buyers are eagerly coming into Wyandanch to own a piece of Long Island.