Dix Hills and Melville are lovely residential communities located in the southern part of the Town of Huntington – from the Nassau County Line to Commack Road – about 40 miles from Manhattan. There are approximately 46,000 residents who live within this area of tree-lined streets and rolling hills. All parkways, public transportation and shopping (the Walt Whitman Shopping Center is nearby, as well as the Village of Huntington) are located nearby – making this a desirable place to live. The South Shore Beaches, The Hamptons and Manhattan are all easily accessed. The 110 Corridor is a prime business and corporate area, located in Melville, within the boundaries of the Half Hollow Hills School District.
Dix Hills takes its name from Dick Pechegan, an Indian who lived here in the 1600’s. Dick’s Hills eventually became known as Dix Hills. William Vanderbilt built the first concrete road built in the United States, first used as a private raceway for himself and his friends and later as a toll road. The 35-mile raceway ran from Queens to Ronkonkoma and passed through Dix Hills and was called Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. Flanked by large landscaped homes, part of that roadway that ran through Dix Hills remains in use today. During the Gold Coast era, such well-known personages as Baruch, Gould and Vanderbilt set up many large estates and hunting lodges in Dix Hills.
Today, the zoning laws and the diligent efforts of the residents have kept Dix Hills a largely residential area, with few commercial enterprises. Although there is no “main street’, residents find a community life centered on the schools, the numerous religious organizations and the active civic groups. There is ample shopping, both upscale and moderately priced in close proximity – including the Walt Whitman Shopping Center located on Rte. 110. The parkways nearby make the other shopping areas on Long Island, such as the Roosevelt Shopping Center, Smith Haven Mall, The Arches in Deer Park and even The Tanger Outlet Mall in Riverhead is easily accessible.
Dix Hills Park is a 149-acre town-owned recreation area. There one can find a 9-hole golf course (open year round), an outdoor pool complex featuring a 50 meter swimming pool with 3 diving boards, decks and kiddie pool, a band amphitheatre, playgrounds and picnic areas. An enclosed ice-skating rink is open year-round. The Town of Huntington runs a full day Adventure Camp – which includes swim instruction and ice skating – at the Park during the summer. There also are 5 small parks with picnic areas, tennis and handball courts and playing fields. Local sports clubs use the numerous playing fields located on school grounds for their programs. The track at High School West is popular with residents as a place to walk and meet other residents to run. Swimming programs for residents are offered through-out the year at the Natatorium, located next to HS West on Wolf Hill Road. In addition, the Town of Huntington has numerous town beaches and parks that are located nearby.
Melville developed at the intersection of two Indian paths that became major roads: now known as Route 110 and Old Country Road. Originally known as Sweet Hollow, the name was changed to Melville (in honor of Herman Melville) in the school record of 1854. Later most of the area was used for agriculture, but eventually the farms were sold for development. Long Island’s tallest point, Jayne’s Hill – with an elevation of 400.9 feet (122.2 m) above sea level, is located nearby.
Melville is home to the US headquarters of many national and international corporations – often referred to as the “110 Corridor. Canon USA is building a beautiful new facility on their North and South American headquarters campus. It will serve as one of Canon Inc.’s three worldwide headquarters. Several beautiful hotels are located on the 110 Corridor also.
Many beautiful residential areas are located on either side of the Rte. 110 corporate centers. Large homes are set on 1 and 2-acre lots with spacious lawns and rolling hills. The past can be found in the historical homes and buildings throughout the area. Lovely neighborhoods with homes on smaller lots abound. In addition, there are condominium developments, housing and assisted living for seniors, new residential communities for those 55 and above, including “The Greens” – a development of about 1200 units, ranging from 2-bedroom condo flats to large 2-story semi-attached luxury homes bordering a golf course. Avalon, a large upscale rental complex, is located on the border with Farmingdale. Other gated residential communities are available in Dix Hills & Melville for those who are looking for that type of housing.