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Bayport a waterfront haven for fishing, boating enthusiasts

Bayport Beach in Bayport

Bayport Beach in Bayport Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Bayport, a small South Shore waterfront community, is a good place to live if you want to know your neighbors.

That’s how Bryn Elliott describes the tiny hamlet.

The eclectic architecture gives buyers options when searching for homes, whether those built in the 1800s or new construction, says Elliott, a real estate agent at Douglas Elliman and membership chairman of the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce.

But no matter what type of house one buys, “it’s a waterfront community and people who are about boating, fishing, beaches love it there,” he said.

Montauk Highway in Bayport is home to mom-and-pop businesses like Bayport Flower Houses, open since 1932 and Houdek’s Spirit Shoppe, in business since 1965.

“It’s tucked between Sayville and Patchogue, which both have main streets, so you have this quaint, quiet community without a lot of hustle-bustle,” Elliott said.

Bob Draffin wants to keep it that way. The Bayport Civic Association president and lifelong resident is championing the Town of Islip’s ongoing hamlet study in the hope it will keep out things like gas stations and fast-food restaurants.

Residents have said they’d like to add streetscaping, planned architectural design and traffic-calming measures “to make our little piece of downtown Bayport a little more cohesive,” he said.

The hamlet has a few unique spots, like the Bayport Aerodrome, one of the last remaining grass runways in use on Long Island that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Some new development is happening. Bayport Meadow Estates on Church Street, a 55-and-over condo complex, has sold many units but still has portions under construction.

Outlaw Acres offers horses for sale and riding lessons but is slated to close to make way for another planned residential development for people 55 and older.

Islip Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen lives in Bayport with her spouse and children and says the small-town feeling attracts people to the waterfront hamlet with good schools, including Bayport-Blue Point High School, which won the prestigious National Blue-Ribbon School Designation in 2017.

“While I could list many reasons that make Bayport special," Mullen said, "in my opinion, it is the people who live there that make it such a great place.”

CONDOS AND CO-OPS:

There are nine condos on the market, ranging from $579,000 to $639,000

SALE PRICES:

Between July 1, 2019, and July 15, 2020, there were 87 home sales with a median sale price of $491,990, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $300,000 and the high was $1,310,000. During that period a year earlier there were 60 home sales with a median sale price of $469,000. The price range was $205,000 to $1,100,000.

OTHER STATS:

Town Islip

Area square miles 3.7

ZIP code 11705

Population   8,392

Median age  45.9

Median household income $94,058

Median home value $482,000*

Monthly ticket $405 from Sayville

School district Bayport Blue Point

SOURCES: 2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; OneKey MLS; LIRR

*Based on 28 home sales in the past six months, according to OneKey MLS

NOW ON THE MARKET:

$1,400,000

This four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 5,000-square-foot house, built in 1992, sits on 1.2 acres of waterfront overlooking the bay. A wall of windows faces the waterfront in the open floor plan house with vaulted ceilings. The large deck offers spectacular water views, as does the private sandy beach, waterside pool and landscaped grounds. Taxes are $35,523. Barbara Leogrande, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, (631) 589-8500

$899,000

This five-bedroom, 3-bathroom 4,500-square-foot modern house sits on a small canal that empties into the bay. The high-ceiling waterfront property, built in 2000, is situated on more than a half-acre, a great location for and avid boater. A porch and deck offer waterfront views, with 170 feet of bulkheading. Taxes are $27,573. Dorothy Ziccardi, Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt, Eric G Ramsay Jr Assoc LLC, 631-665-1500

$559,000

This four-bedroom, two-bathroom attractive Colonial has 2,000 square feet of space, with a stone patio greeting visitors in the front yard. Built in 1890, the charming house has hardwood floors, a fireplace, modern eat-in kitchen and is secluded, sitting on three-quarters of an acre. Taxes are $10,559. Angela Prince, Prince & Associates Realty, 516-249-8625

RECENTLY SOLD

$1,310,000

Address Saltmeadow Ln

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 3.5

Built 1987

Lot size 1.54 acres

Taxes $34,464

+/- list price -$40,000

Days on market 59

$508,000

Address Connetquot Road

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 1927

Lot size 0.3 acre

Taxes $13,405

+/- list price -$7,000

Days on market 43

$425,000

Address Academy Street

Style Cape

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2

Built 1950

Lot size 0.28 acre

Taxes $12,512

+/- list price -$25,000

Days on market 98

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 25

Price range $1,495,000 to $369,500

Tax range $11,793 to $37,044

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