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Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor features shops,

Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor features shops, eateries, a whaling museum and a library with water views, March 11, 2017. Credit: Johnny Milano

 Within Cold Spring Harbor, a concerted effort is being made not only to celebrate the community’s history but to share what the area has to offer with everyone who visits, says longtime resident Tom Hogan.

“Today we’re being visited in a similar manner to the way the community was visited in the late 1800s, when people from New York considered Cold Spring Harbor their Hamptons at that time,” says Hogan, a member of the Cold Spring Harbor Business Improvement District and Main Street Association. “It was a mecca for the tourists then as it is today, and we’re trying to capture that audience and welcome them.”

The revitalization of Main Street over the last few years has included the addition of a variety of establishments, including the Sandbar restaurant, the Cold Spring Harbor Wine Shoppe and the First National Bank of Long Island, which Hogan says was the first bank to open in the community in decades.

“People are starting to shop locally — that’s what we want,” Hogan says. “We’re trying to be something for everybody. . . . It’s done very tastefully, with a lot of respect for the heritage of the community and its architecture.”

Historic-style street lamps, provided and powered by property owners, have been installed along the north side of Main Street, Hogan says. Grant funding, he adds, will allow for additional lighting along Billy Joel-Cold Spring Harbor Park and by the municipal parking lot, near which a crosswalk was recently added to increase pedestrian safety.

To be a more welcoming waterfront and walkable community, Hogan says improved sidewalks and lighting along the popular Greenbelt Trail will help draw people in a safe manner.

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone says that Cold Spring Harbor is a great option for buyers seeking a small-town feel with larger-town amenities.

In addition to its historic buildings and nature preserves, Cold Spring Harbor is near Huntington’s cultural attractions and less than an hour train ride to New York City. The community is home to Eagle Dock Beach, which offers beach and mooring rights, the Whaling Museum & Education Center, the Fire House Museum, the Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center.

Housing styles are varied, featuring mostly Colonials, Contemporaries and ranches, says Elena D’Agostino, broker-owner of Lucky to Live Here Realty, which opened about two years ago on Main Street.

“There are homes on smaller pieces of properties, there are homes on larger plots,” she adds. “The village has your quaint, more historic-like homes.”

What makes the area attractive, D’Agostino says, is the coastal element and proximity to beaches and harbors. The Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center, which D’Agostino describes as “architecturally stunning,” also offers a multitude of events and water views.


Between Feb. 1, 2016, and Feb. 28, 2017, there were 43 home sales with a median sale price of $1,097,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $495,000 and the high was $9,000,000. During thatperiod a year earlier, there were 40 home sales with a median sale price of $1,162,500. The price range was $550,000 to $3,450,000.


Most students attend Cold Spring Harbor High School. In 2016, 87 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s up from 79 percent in 2015.


Town: Huntington

Area: 3.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11724

Population: 5,070

Median age 43.8

Median household income: $157,143

Median home value: $930,000*

LIRR to NYC: 50-65 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $338

School district: Cold Spring Harbor

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI


JENNINGS MEADOW ROAD, $2.795 million

After 62 days on the market, this four-bedroom home sold for its asking price. The 2001 home features 3 1⁄2 bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry, and a living room with one of the home’s four fireplaces. There’s also a dining room with French doors, a den and a library. The master suite, situated on the second floor along with three additional bedrooms, includes a bathroom, walk-in dressing room and fireplace. The 2.04-acre property also has an attached three-car garage and a covered patio. The taxes are $50,931.


This four-bedroom, 2 1⁄2-bathroom Colonial sold for $396,000 less than its asking price after 263 days on the market. Off the living room is a den with a fireplace and sliding glass doors that open to the yard. The dining room also features a fireplace. The kitchen opens to a windowed family room with vaulted wooden ceilings and skylights. The master bedroom, with a bathroom, is situated on the second floor along with three additional bedrooms. The 0.77-acre property includes a covered front porch, a basement and an in-ground pool. The taxes are $25,946.

GROVE STREET, $781,000

Originally listed for $859,000, this four-bedroom Colonial sold in October after first being placed on the market in April 2015. The home, built in 1930, includes three full bathrooms, a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom, with cathedral ceilings, boasts a bathroom and walk-in closet. The 0.17-acre property also includes a full basement, a covered porch and a detached one-car garage. The taxes are $9,580


STARTER, $799,000

This three-bedroom ranch, with two full bathrooms, offers an open floor plan with a living room with a fireplace, a newly designed kitchen, a dining room and a sunroom. The 2.16-acre property includes a two-car garage and a finished basement. Taxes: $18,690. Peggy Moriarty, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-769-2843

TRADE-UP, $950,000

This four-bedroom Colonial includes 2 1⁄2 bathrooms, a living room and family room, each with fireplaces, an eat-in kitchen and a dining room. The 0.46-acre property also includes a screened porch and a two-car garage. Taxes: $17,509. Elena D’Agostino, Lucky to Live Here Realty, 631-835-2759

HIGH-END, $2,888,888

This five-bedroom Hamptons-style Colonial features 5 1⁄2 bathrooms, a living room, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen, a den, a library, a bonus room, four fireplaces and a basement with a movie theater and wine cellar. Situated on 2.55 acres, it boasts an outdoor kitchen, in-ground pool, tennis court, fireplace and firepit. Linda Koziatek, Realty Connect USA, 516-502-5725


Number of houses: 34

Price range: $599,000 to $12.5 million

Tax range: $3,884 to $103,101


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