Northport’s 127-year history includes four major industries: shipbuilding, shellfishing, sand mining and law book publishing. Over the years, it has become a community "where millionaires live next door to clamdiggers in peace and harmony," says Joe Schramm of the Northport Chamber of Commerce. "It is a true hometown, the kind that Norman Rockwell would have painted."
The rich history of Northport and its environs includes former literary residents Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jack Kerouac, Eugene O’Neill, Booker T. Washington and Herman Wouk. Throughout the summer there are concerts in the harborfront park, one of several parks and beaches throughout the village.
Main Street, which still has trolley tracks embedded in the pavement from 1902, leads down to Northport Harbor and Northport Village Dock for stunning sunsets. There are specialty shops, a brewery and restaurants, including the Northport Sweet Shop and Tim’s Shipwreck Diner, both dating to the 1920s. A hotel is going up across the street from the John W. Engeman Theater, which produces Actors’ Equity plays and musicals.
Improvement projects include the FLUPSY (Floating Upwelling System) oyster habitat in the harbor and structural improvements to the Woodbine Marina. The village does have a water runoff issue that leads to flooding during downpours, for which officials are seeking federal aid.
Northport taxes have been relatively low due to the existence of the Long Island Power Authority Northport Power Station. A recent settlement between LIPA and the town of Huntington will gradually increase homeowner taxes over the next several years.
Northport has a wide variety of home architecture, including American Foursquare, Queen Anne, Cape Cod, traditional farmhouse, high ranch and contemporary.
Svetlana Wilkeyson, an agent with Douglas Elliman, said there’s little available inventory and what is on the market, starting at around $500,000, sells quickly. "This is a very desirable area to buy, in part because of the school district and the low taxes," she said.
Terry Reid, deputy director and curator of the Northport Historical Society, described Northport as a collection of small neighborhoods, many of them beach communities, such as Asharoken, Crab Meadow, Eaton’s Neck and Makamah. "Each one of them has a different flavor to it and they each have their own history," she said.
CONDOS AND CO-OPS There is one condo on the market for $1.098 million.
SALE PRICES Between July 31, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021, there were 378 home sales with a median sale price of $707,500, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $323,000 and the high was $3.25 million. During that period a year earlier, there were 258 home sales with a median sale price of $632,498. The price range was from $323,000 to $5.188 million.
Area 2.3 square miles
ZIP code 11768
Median age 50.1
Median household income $114,375
Median home value $747,500*
Monthly LIRR ticket from Northport $363
School districts, graduation rates Northport-East Northport, 96%, Harborfields, 95%
Parks Cow Harbor Park, Scudder Park
Libraries Northport-East Northport, Harborfields
Hospitals Huntington Hospital, Northport VA Medical Center
SOURCES: 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov
*Based on 138 sales in the past six months, according to OneKey MLS
NOW ON THE MARKET
This 12-room, 5,000-square-foot Colonial, built in 2001, sits on 1 acre and is two blocks to a private beach. It has an inground pool and pool house. The main house has five bedrooms, including primary suite with dual gas fireplace and home office. Taxes are $33,469. Risa Ziegler, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-457-4282.
Located in the heart of Northport village, this expanded Cape was custom built in 1968 and has five bedrooms and three baths. The 2,200-square-foot house with a fireplace is on 0.25 acre and needs some updates. Taxes are $11,554. Susan White, Salzmann, Cow Harbor Realty, 631-860-4076.
This 1925 three-bedroom, 1½-bath Cape is in walking distance to Crab Meadow Beach. It has a finished basement and is in the Waterside Park Association. The 2,200-square-foot house needs updating. Taxes are $6,819. Svetlana Wilkeyson, Douglas Elliman RE, 631-334-9914.
Address Woodbine Ave.
Lot size 0.33 acre
+/- list price Sold for asking
Days on market 61
Address Laurel Hill Rd.
Style Expanded Cape
Lot size 0.58 acre
+/- list price +$26,000
Days on market 111
Address Celia Lane
Style High ranch
Lot Size 0.13 acre
+/- list price +$30,510
Days on market 81
Number of listings 56
Price range $389,500 to $6.499 million
Tax range $6,819 to $50,249