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A 'country atmosphere' in Muttontown, with privacy and nearby shopping

"There's a feeling of being surrounded by wilderness,"

"There's a feeling of being surrounded by wilderness," says Muttontown Village Clerk Joe Russo, "and you don't always see your neighbors." Credit: Howard Simmons

THE SCOOP

Nestled between Routes 106 and 25A is the residential Village of Muttontown, a name that acknowledges its early days as sheep-grazing land. Today, it encompasses just 4,530 acres in the Town of Oyster Bay and about 1,200 homes that represent a blend of architectural styles spanning from early 20th century to modern, each sitting on two acres or more of land, with a few developments on half-acre lots. Home prices start at $1.2 million.

The area is mostly residential, but it includes hundreds of miles of hiking and horse trails, including the Hoffman Center, a 155-acre nature preserve. The Muttontown Preserve and Chelsea Mansion, located in neighboring East Norwich, is Nassau County’s largest nature preserve, with 550 acres of fields, woodlands and ponds, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "It’s like having your own little Central Park," says Paul Mateyunas, an agent with Douglas Elliman.

Part of the allure of Muttontown, says village clerk Joe Russo, is that it’s a centrally located pastoral setting near shopping districts on main routes, including those in Oyster Bay, East Norwich and Manhasset. It’s also about five minutes from the Long Island Expressway. The community has its own police department and includes four of the area’s top-ranked school districts.

"I think what brings people to our village is the country atmosphere," Russo says. "There’s a feeling of being surrounded by wilderness, and you don’t always see your neighbors. At the same time, we strive to maintain our various building and environmental codes. For instance, we have a strong tree policy, so residents need a permit to cut down trees."

Russo says that while there are many estates in the village, with the housing boom of the last 18 months, there has been a lot of new construction on properties where new owners have either knocked down existing homes or are renovating them.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are no condos or co-ops currently on the market.

SALE PRICES Between Aug. 31, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, there were 62 home sales with a median sale price of $1.525 million, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $950,000 and the high was $8 million. During that period a year earlier there were 40 home sales with a median sale price of $1.334 million. The price range was $835,000 to $4.9 million.

OTHER STATS

Town Oyster Bay

Area 6.1 square miles

ZIP code 11791

Population 3,512

Median age 50.3

Median household income $212,950

Median home value $1.64 million*

Monthly LIRR ticket from Syosset $308

School districts, graduation rate Jericho (96%), Locust Valley (97%), Oyster Bay-East Norwich (95%), Syosset (99%)

Parks Muttontown Preserve, Hoffman Center Nature Preserve

Libraries Jericho, Locust Valley, Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Syosset

Hospitals Syosset Hospital, Plainview Hospital

SOURCES: 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov

*Based on 26 sales in the past six months, according to OneKey MLS

NOW ON THE MARKET

$7.3 million

A 1937 wedding gift to his son from Otto Kahn, owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, this 22-room home in the style of a French château has nine bedrooms, eight full and two half baths. The 10.4-acre equestrian estate includes an inground pool, tennis court, formal gardens, paddock and barn. Taxes are $108,624. Tim Lau and Ira Gross at Laffey Real Estate, 516-922-9800.

$3.299 million

Set on 7¼ acres in a gated community with pool and clubhouse, this Baronial-style home was built in 1902 and designed by Warren & Wetmore, part of the Grand Central Terminal design team. It has 18 rooms, including 10 bedrooms and 7½ baths and has been restored to its original details. Proof of funds or preapproval is required before showing. Taxes of $110,684 are being grieved. Karen Sharf, Daniel Gale Associates, 516-972-7647.

$1.2 million

With 2,000 square feet of living space, this ranch on a two-acre lot features landscaped property, four large bedrooms, two bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen and formal dining room. Built in 1950, the house has newly finished oak floors and new Andersen windows and boiler. Taxes are $30,262. Stephanie Hunter, Daniel Gale Associates, 516-610-6975.

RECENTLY SOLD

$4.1 million

Address Orchard Ln.

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms

Built 2021

Lot size 2 acres

Taxes TBD

+/- list price -$150,000

Days on market 110

$1.225 million

Address Muttontown Eastwoods Rd.

Style Ranch

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms

Built 1966

Lot size 1.97 acres

Taxes $20,653

+/- list price +$37,000

Days on market 120

$950,000

Address Crest Rd.

Style Split-level

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 3

Built 1954

Lot size 2.1 acres

Taxes $25,471

+/- list price -$150,000

Days on market 54

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 45

Price range $1.139 million to $12.5 million

Tax range $20,364 to $108,624

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