It's just a matter of time until the mountain laurels are in full bloom in Laurel Hollow. Touted for its beachfront and bluffs overlooking Cold Spring Harbor, the tranquil village offers unparalleled beauty and a high quality of life, says Mayor Daniel F. DeVita.
Given the environment, it's not surprising the village has attracted such residents as Louis Comfort Tiffany, the stained-glass artisan and son of the founder of Tiffany & Co., as well as former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono.
The North Shore community is the last in Nassau County before entering Suffolk County, says Peggy Moriarty of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. The terrain north of Route 25A -- dotted by older homes and estates -- is rolling and wooded, while areas south of the route are flat and occupied by newer developments, including Tall Oaks and Harbour Ridge, a gated community.
Most of the land has been built out, but a few dividable plots remain, DeVita says, noting there are 620 homes in the village. Zoning is primarily two acres, though smaller parcels are grandfathered in. While the village has a highway department, private roads are maintained by separate homeowner associations.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, celebrated for its research into genetics and cancer, is in the village, as are Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and St. John's Church. The only commercial property is Scarcellas Florist on Route 25A.
Residents can visit Syosset and Woodbury, or go to Huntington to shop and dine, says Karen Ravn Heuwetter of Signature Premier Properties.
SALES PRICES. From Feb. 1, 2014, to March 15, 2015, there were 27 sales with a median price of $1.595 million, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $715,000 and the high was $2.988 million. From 2013 to 2014, during the same period, there were 25 sales. The median price was $1,258,750, with a low of $600,000 and a high of $3.5 million
ATTRACTIONS. Laurel Hollow Beach -- for village residents only -- has a lifeguard in the summer. The dock is accessible from April 15 until about Thanksgiving, depending on weather. A harbormaster is on hand during this time. Racks for dinghies and kayaks are provided. In the last couple of years, residents have organized an end-of-summer party at the beach and village green, with food and live music, DeVita says.
Town: Oyster Bay
Area: 2.9 square miles
ZIP code: 11791
Median age: 41.9
Median household income: $195,000
Median home value: $1,377,500*
LIRR time to NYC: From Syosset, 44 minutes to 59 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $276
School districts: Most students attend Cold Spring Harbor, while some go to Oyster Bay and a few go to Syosset.
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: 40
Price range: $799,000 to $9.45 million
Tax range: $14,104 to $85,276
Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
Ridge Road $2.95 million. With an original asking price of $3.395 million, this 20-room manse, which was on the market 192 days, sold earlier this month. Built in 1931 on 3.25 acres, the house has seven fireplaces, as well as five bedrooms and six bathrooms and a half bath. Amenities include an in-ground pool. Taxes are $61,292, with an additional village tax of $8,480.
Vista Drive $2,508,888. Sold last month, this 11-room postmodern in the Harbour Ridge development was on the market 193 days. The last asking price was $2.649 million. Set on two acres, the house features two fireplaces, marble floors and mahogany doors. It has six bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths. A finished basement, an in-ground pool and a three-car garage are among the amenities. The house was built in 1994. Taxes are $43,966, with an additional village tax of $6,067.
Cold Spring Road $940,000. On the market 79 days, this 11-room cape sold last month for $59,000 below the last asking price of $999,000. Built in 1985 on 2.5 acres, the house has a fireplace, as well as five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half bath. Central air conditioning and a finished basement are among the amenities. Total taxes are $18,848.
NOW ON THE MARKET
Starter, $949,000. Featuring an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings, two fireplaces, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, this 2,352-square-foot chalet-style home is on two acres with a separate artist's studio and free-form pool. Total taxes are $17,458. Gayle Snyder, Coach Realtors, 516-238-4796.
Midrange, $1.699 million. Set on two flat acres with a gunite pool, hot tub, Har-Tru tennis court and basketball court, this nine-room Colonial has a fireplace, a high-end kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms and a half bath. Total taxes are $24,141. Lauryl Palatnick, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 631-692-6770.
High-end, $9.45 million. Offering panoramic views from Cold Spring Harbor to Connecticut, this 9,500-square-foot Hampton-style home with three fireplaces, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath is on 4.14 acres. Total taxes are $82,970. Karen Ravn Heuwetter, Signature Premier Properties, 631-766-6679.