THE SCOOP: Blue Point oysters did, indeed, come from this compact bedroom community. In fact, these oysters, which are now gone, put Blue Point on the map, says Gene Horton, a resident and local historian. The story goes something like this:
In the 19th century, oysters harvested in the Great South Bay were distributed worldwide, bringing global attention to Blue Point. It's been said Blue Point oysters were Queen Victoria's favorite.
Blue Point was a popular tourist destination in the early 20th century. From about 1900 to the 1930s, the community was home to about 10 large hotels. The area also attracted big names, such as Humphrey Bogart, says Tom Ruddy, owner of Saltbox Realty in Bayport.
Today, the hamlet is a family-oriented community with a partner. "Bayport and Blue Point are sister communities," Ruddy says. The two share a school district, a library, a chamber of commerce and a Lions Club.
Commercial activity in Blue Point is light, so folks often shop and dine in nearby areas, including Sayville, says Joyce Roe, a resident and an agent at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Medford.
Buyers can find a mix of ranches, Capes, Colonials, contemporaries and post-moderns, priced from the $300,000s to more than $1 million, Ruddy said.
CONDOS: A 66-unit waterfront community (with boat slips) has three listings between $682,000 and $699,000. An adult community (55 plus) has four listings between $325,000 and $374,900.
SALES PRICE: From October 2008 to October 2009, there were 22 sales, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The median price was $392,750, with a low of $220,000 and a high of $650,000. From September 2007 to September 2008, there were 33 sales with a median price of $400,000. The low was $255,000, and the high was $705,000.
ATTRACTIONS: Town-operated Corey Beach; Flo's Famous Luncheonette, which is nearby.
Area: 1.8 square miles
ZIP code: 11715
Median age: 40.50
Median household income: $91,969
Median home value: $375,000*
Median age of homes: 46
Percent owning home: 79.2 percent
Percent renting home: 15.5 percent
Percent homes vacant: 5.5 percent
LIRR time to NYC: 1 hour, 23 minutes to
1 hour, 37 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $306
School district: Bayport-Blue Point
SOURCES: Claritas 2009 estimates; www.mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island