Popular for its waterfront, school district and direct train line into Manhattan, Port Washington is a cherished enclave, says resident Phyllis Realmuto, an associate broker at Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty.
Residents have access to just about everything, say real estate agents, who point to community features like waterside restaurants, marinas, eclectic shops, services, parks, a library and a theater.
It's a close-knit community with a high priority on children, says resident Debbie O'Brien of Harding Real Estate, noting that Landmark on Main Street is home to the Port Washington Children's Center, the Port Washington Youth Council's Teen Center and the Parent Resource Center.
The Landmark is also home to the 425-seat Jeanne Rimsky Theater, where shows and concerts are staged. "There's something to do every weekend," Realmuto says.
Set on a peninsula with Manhasset Bay to the west and Hempstead Harbor to the east, Port Washington comprises four villages — Sands Point, Port Washington North, Manorhaven and Baxter Estates — plus a portion of Flower Hill.
Buyers can find a variety of architectural styles and price ranges — from less than $400,000 to more than $10 million, agents say. "We have a big rental population here," Realmuto says, noting the train line is a big draw. "Manorhaven is a renter's haven," adds O'Brien, noting there are many two-family homes here.
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES. 13 listings between $560,000 and $1,499,000
CO-OPS. 17 listings between $190,000 and $620,000
TWO-FAMILY HOMES. 15 listings between $429,000 and $1,150,000
MONTHLY RENTALS. 54 listings between $1,350 and $6,500
SALES PRICES. Year over year, the numbers are up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From July 1, 2012, to Aug. 26, 2013, there were 281 sales with a median price of $730,000. The low price was $235,000; the high was $1,929,000. From July 1, 2011, to Aug. 26, 2012, there were 221 sales. The median sales price was $692,000 with a low of $181,000 and a high of $1,780,000.
ATTRACTIONS. Town Dock Park; Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society
PORT WASHINGTON STATS
Town: North Hempstead
Area: 4.2 square miles
ZIP code: 11050
Median age: 41.8
Median household income: $116,392
Median home value: $735,000*
LIRR time to NYC: 35 minutes to 49 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $242
School district: Port Washington
Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, per MLSLI