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Buying a home in Port Washington

A bay view off Port Washington on July

A bay view off Port Washington on July 28, 2016. Photo Credit: Ivy Neal

For suburbia and city life, Port Washington provides the best of both worlds, says North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.

It’s a tranquil waterfront community that offers local museums, fine dining and recreation. The area also provides a convenient commute to Manhattan, on the only Long Island Rail Road train line that circumvents Jamaica station en route to Penn Station.

Being a peninsula, Port Washington doesn’t get much drive-through traffic, says De Giorgio, who has lived in Port Washington for nearly 20 years. This, she says, helps foster a neighborly, family-friendly community.

“In some ways, you’re only here because you want to be here,” she says. “So, you go to the supermarket, you see your neighbors. You go to the bank, you see your neighbors. You realize the charm of it once you are here.”

Construction is under way on a three-story, mixed-use building that will offer first-floor professional offices and two floors of luxury waterfront apartments across from the Town Dock on lower Main Street. Main Street is also scheduled for a streetscape beautification program expected to start this time next year, De Giorgio says.

Alvan O. Petrus Park, at the intersection of Port Washington Boulevard and Harbor Road, is also being reconstructed. It will include basketball and handball courts, walking trails, playgrounds and picnic tables.

Housing styles in Port Washington — which is neighbored by the villages of Sands Point, Manorhaven, Baxter Estates and Port Washington North — are predominantly Colonials, says nearly 30-year resident John Hellenschmidt, an agent at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. There are also split-levels and some capes and ranches.

Port Washington is known for its boating, sailing and kayaking, Hellenschmidt says. The Town dock hosts water activities and fishing tournaments in the summer and features an organic farmers market on weekends. Nearby are waterfront restaurants, including Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille, a longtime local landmark.


There are 25 condos on the market ranging in price from $188,000 to $3 million.


Between July 1, 2015, and July 25, 2016, there were 266 home sales with a median sale price of $769,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $386,800 and the high was $2.725 million. During that period a year earlier, there were 283 home sales with a median sale price of $749,000. The price range was $230,000 to $2.79 million.


Most students attend Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School. In 2015, 59 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s down from 63 percent in 2014.


Town: North Hempstead

Area: 4.2 square miles

ZIP code: 11050

Population: 15,846

Median age: 43.1

Median household income: $108,767

Median home value: $820,000*

LIRR to NYC: 35 to 49 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $252

School district: Port Washington

Sources: 2010 census;; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI


Ivy Way, $1.125 million

After 107 days on the market, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom Tudor sold for $124,000 less than its asking price. The kitchen in the 1925 home has stainless steel appliances, a limestone backsplash and Caesarstone counters. There are 16-foot ceilings in the living room, which also features a brick fireplace. French doors lead from the dining room to the back deck. Additional features of the home, which is on a 90-by-131-foot property, include central air-conditioning, a two-car garage and a full basement. Taxes are $18,096.

Reid Avenue, $780,000

This five-bedroom, one-bathroom Colonial sold for $19,000 less than its asking price after 118 days on the market. The 1923 home, with wide oak frames on its windows and doors, features a stone fireplace in the living room and a brick fireplace in the den. The house also includes an eat-in kitchen and a butler’s pantry. There’s a wide patio beneath an overhang on the 50-by-100-foot property, which also features a detached garage, a full basement and a walk-up attic. Taxes are $16,092.

North Maryland Avenue, $475,000

Originally listed for $535,000, this three-bedroom, 1 1⁄2-bathroom Colonial sold in May after 290 days on the market. Built in 1901, the home has a covered front porch that opens to the living room and dining area, both with hardwood floors. The 30-by-100-foot lot — which offers a covered front porch, a basement and attic space — is within walking distance (0.2 miles) of the Port Washington station for the Long Island Rail Road. Taxes are $9,116.


Starter, $695,000

This three-bedroom Colonial offers a living room with a brick fireplace, a dining room and hardwood floors throughout. There is a full basement and a one-car garage on the 40-by-100-foot property. The taxes are $12,413. Beth Catrone, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-647-1729

Trade-up, $799,000

This three-bedroom Colonial, on a dead end street in the Presidential Section, includes three bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a private dining room and a den. The house, on a 50-by-100-foot lot, includes a partially finished basement, a patio and a detached two-car garage. Taxes are $12,241. John Hellenschmidt, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-652-9696

High-end, $1,349,999

This six-bedroom Colonial features 3 1⁄2 bathrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and a master bedroom that opens to a terrace. Four sets of French doors open to a sunroom that offers water views. The updated 1863 home is on a 100-by-100-foot lot. Taxes are $23,645. Caroline Kosloff, Laffey International Realty, 516-643-5676


Number of houses: 101

Price range: $5,000 to $3.689 million

Tax range: $2,640 to $47,371

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