Sharing a barrier island with Atlantic Beach, Long Beach and Lido Beach, Point Lookout -- on the island's most eastern end -- is surrounded by Reynolds Channel to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and Jones Inlet to the east. "There's one road in and one road out," says resident Billy Meier of William Meier Real Estate. That road is Lido Boulevard, which accesses Loop Parkway -- the link to the mainland. About 122 acres, the hamlet of Point Lookout is 11 blocks long and three blocks wide, says resident Tom Hug, owner of Hug Real Estate, noting there are about 860 residential lots.
The community has its own food store (a renovated IGA Market), a bank, two churches, a gas station, other services and a bevy of restaurants and bars. In the summer, you'll see beachgoers commuting by bike or foot, often with a red wagon in tow, Hug says. Of two beaches, one -- with a cabana for chair storage -- is for residents only. Boating and fishing are popular, too. East Marina and West Marina are operated by Hempstead Town. Boat rentals can be found at such places as Scotty's Fishing Station and Ted's Fishing Station.
Since Point Lookout Park on Lido Boulevard has been neglected, a group of volunteers has raised about $80,000 to date for renovations, says Robin Amato, president of Point Lookout Park Project.
During superstorm Sandy, Point Lookout fared better than some other barrier beach communities, agents say, while noting that the bay area experienced water intrusion from the surge. "We were lucky," Meier adds. According to Town spokeswoman Susie Trenkle-Pokalsky, "On the ocean side, flooding was ameliorated by 15-foot dunes."
Neighborhoods feature homes in a mix of sizes and styles that often sit on 35-by-60-foot lots. The land that housed the former Doxsee Sea Clam Co. was subdivided into three 6,000-square-foot lots, each with an asking price of $1.2 million, Hug says, noting one lot sold for $930,000 and another for $900,000. Many times, homes are listed privately, Gomez says, noting some are priced north of $5 million.
SUMMER RENTALS: Range from $8,500 to $35,000 for July and August, Meier says.
SALES PRICES: From March 1, 2014, to April 10, 2015, there were 13 sales with a median price of $835,000, according to Multiple Listing Service data. The low price was $328,000 and the high $1.3 million. From 2013 to 2014, during the same time period, there were 23 sales. The median price was $620,000 with a low of $275,000 and a high of $1.8 million.
ATTRACTIONS: Events include the Beach to Bay 5k, in July, to raise funds for playground revitalization; local groups include a chamber of commerce, civic association and historical society.
Area: .25 square mile
ZIP code: 11569
Median age: 46.6
Median household income: $109,763
Median home value: $700,000*
LIRR time to NYC From Long Beach: 51 minutes to 59 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $287
School district: Long Beach
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: 22
Price range: $425,000 to $2,250,000
Tax range: $6,835 to $25,673
Lynbrook Avenue, $940,000
On the market 34 days, this nine-room cape sold in January. The original asking price was $975,000. Built in 1938 on a 50-by-75-foot lot with an ocean view, the house has wood floors and a fireplace, as well as four bedrooms and two bathrooms. An in-ground pool and a one-car garage are among the amenities. Taxes are $14,486.
Inwood Avenue, $649,000
In November, this eight-room cape sold for the original asking price. It was on the market 41 days. Set on a 35-by-120-foot lot, the house features a fireplace and a heated front porch. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Amenities include a one-car garage. The house was built in 1938. Taxes are $12,750.
Lido Boulevard, $445,000
With an asking price of $455,000, this four-room cottage, which was on the market 519 days, sold in February. About two blocks from the ocean, the 1920 house has an updated bathroom, one bedroom and a new eat-in kitchen. Taxes are $7,500.
NOW ON THE MARKET
Starter, $569,000: Featuring wood floors, a fireplace, three bedrooms and one bathroom and a half-bath, this eight-room brick cape with open front porch is on a 35-by-60-foot lot. Taxes are $11,138. Billy Meier and Kelli Meier, William Meier Real Estate, 516-897-4888.
Trade-up $1.399 million: Set on a 35-by-60-foot lot near the private ocean beach, this three-story Mediterranean-style house with water views has arched entranceways and windows, a fireplace, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a half-bath. Taxes are $18,152. Paul Gomez and Loretta Gomez, Point Realty, 516-476-2009.
High-end $2.25 million: About 100 feet from the beach, this 2,850-square-foot house with wood floors, a fireplace, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath is on a 80-by-75-foot lot with views of the ocean and Jones Inlet. Taxes are $25,673. Tom Hug, Hug Real Estate, 516-431-8000.