THE SCOOP Elwood may not have its own ZIP code, as it is part of the larger communities of East Northport and Huntington, but the 5-square-mile hamlet does have small-town appeal.
Known for its small school district — with an enrollment of about 2,200 students — the area only got its own library in 2004. In 2009 it moved into the former Blockbuster on Jericho Turnpike, an unusually small footprint.
“Like the school district, we are small relatively speaking for Long Island, and it creates a homey, cozy kind of welcoming feeling,” said Susan Goldberg, director of the Elwood Public Library. “We certainly feel that's how we are at the library and I think that's true for the whole community. At the library we generally recognize all our patrons and call them by name.”
Goldberg said that The Seasons at Elwood, which opened on the site of the former Oak Tree Farm Dairy in 2018 as a 55-plus townhome community, has brought new patrons. “We're seeing people from the surrounding communities who are moving into Elwood, and they’re enjoying it as a retirement community, which is also something nice,” she said.
Elwood was once known for its farmland, and while homes have replaced the majority of them, there are still two that do a booming farmstand business on Elwood Road, Carlson's and DeLea, though both technically have East Northport addresses. In addition, Makinajian Poultry Farm & Country Store has been a fixture on Cuba Hill Road since 1948, where customers can get fresh poultry, eggs and other products, all while watching birds walk around the property.
It’s across the street from 17½-acre Elwood Park, with rolling hills, a playground, bocce courts, a soccer field, horseshoe pits, a picnic pavilion and sprinkler park. The Elwood Quad movie theater, which has been in the area since the 1960s, is due to reopen soon after a COVID-related closure.
The hamlet is near three train stations — Northport, Greenlawn and Huntington — and though it doesn’t have its own village, residents have easy access to all the shopping and restaurants in the surrounding towns.
While the majority of the home styles are Colonials, ranches and expanded Capes, there are a variety of pricing options, according to Nordeen Accardi, an agent with Coldwell Banker American Homes in Huntington. The Beaconsfield subdivision, which was built in the 1950s in East Northport, contains street names beginning with “El” and houses as low as $350,000. There are other East Northport homes on ½- to full-acre lots in the $600,000 to $900,000 range. On the higher end are 1- to 2-acre properties in Old Chester Hills with a Huntington address for more than $1 million.
CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are no condos or co-ops on the market.
SALE PRICES Between Sept. 1, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022, there were 90 home sales with a median sale price of $616,250, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $435,000 and the high was $1.225 million. During that period a year earlier there were 94 home sales with a median sale price of $603,500. The price range was $390,000 to $900,000.
Area 4.78 square miles
ZIP codes 11743, 11731
Median age 43.9
Median household income $143,521
Median home value $605,000
Monthly LIRR ticket from Greenlawn $327
School districts, graduation rates, Elwood (97%), South Huntington (93%)
Parks Berkeley Jackson County Park, Elwood Park
Libraries Elwood, South Huntington
Hospitals Huntington Hospital, St. Catherine of Sienna Hospital
Transit Suffolk County Transit Routes 54, H40
SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2020 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov
NOW ON THE MARKET
Built in 1968, this updated four-bedroom, 2½-bath Colonial on 1 acre has a kitchen with a breakfast nook, formal living room with a 12-foot ceiling and radiant-floor heat, family room with a stone fireplace and sliders to a paver patio and in-ground pool. There are two garage spaces and a partially finished basement. Taxes are $22,082. Nordeen Accardi and Jill Gilliard, Coldwell Banker American Homes, 631-673-6800.
This center-hall Colonial built in 1970 on 0.42 acre with four bedrooms and 2½ baths has a circular driveway and in-ground heated pool. There is an entrance foyer, French doors to the living room, a dining room with a swing door to the eat-in-kitchen, two pantries, a laundry/mud room and great room with a fireplace and sliding doors. Taxes are $14,911. Kelley Taylor, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-549-4400.
This Cape built in 1950 on 0.34 acre has four bedrooms, two baths and a detached two-car garage with a storage loft. There is a covered porch, new hardwood floors on the first floor, a fireplace in both the formal living room and family room, and a new oil burner. Taxes are $11,245. Rosemary and Robert DeLorenzo, Signature Premier Properties, 631-360-2800.
Whistler Hill Ln.
Bathrooms 3 full, 2 half
Lot size 1 acre
+/- List price +$40,000
Days on market 114
Little Plains Rd.
Lot size 1 acre
+/- List price -$34,000
Days on market 156
Lot size 0.31 acre
+/- List price +$15,000
Days on market 84
ON ONEKEY MLS
Number of listings 19
Price range $509,999 to $1.075 million
Tax range $11,245 to $22,082