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Buying in Port Jefferson

Small shops line Port Jefferson's Main Street, which

Small shops line Port Jefferson's Main Street, which gets plenty of visitors, in part because the Bridgeport, Conn., ferry docks nearby. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

THE SCOOP From affordable housing near the train station to multimillion-dollar homes overlooking the water, Port Jefferson has “something for everybody at all price points,” says Mayor Margot Garant.

The village is in the midst of carrying out its master plan, adopted and approved in 2015, to revitalize Upper Port, a strip near the train station that lacks the pizazz of the waterfront downtown area just a mile away.

Garant says the village was awarded grants to redevelop Upper Port’s infrastructure into mixed-use units that offer retail and affordable housing, and redo the train station parking lot, which is expected to be completed by November 2018.

The mixed-use structures generate “new life downstairs and more apartment dwellers upstairs, and I really believe that is critical to keeping your Main Street vibrant,” Garant says.

To attract and keep young professionals and encourage the use of mass transit, one- and two-bedroom entry-level apartments were built near the train station in a complex called The Hills. The first 36 units, with rents ranging from about $1,700 to more than $2,000, became available last year and were quickly rented, Garant says. The second phase of 36 units are scheduled to be rolled out on June 1, she adds.

Luxury apartments, which Garant estimates could range from about $2,200 to $3,500 per month, are being developed across from the harbor.

In addition to ferry service to Bridgeport, Connecticut, amenities in Port Jefferson include a country club with an 18-hole golf course and eight tennis courts and two private beaches — East Beach and West Beach — for resident use. Port Jefferson is also home to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and St. Charles Hospital.

“Train, ferry, two major hospitals,” Garant says, “those things keep us humming.”

As do the storefronts that line the tourist-friendly Main Street — which includes shops, eateries, a theater and art galleries — and annual events such as the Charles Dickens Festival.

As one of the oldest ports on Long Island, Port Jefferson includes many historic homes, says Lisa Jaeger, a broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate and resident of Port Jefferson. The area, she says, is composed mainly of single-family homes and Colonials. There are also large developments, such as Jefferson Landing, and a variety of condominiums.

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson was listed as one of the top 500 high schools in the nation in Newsweek’s annual list, released in August (ranked No. 463). The school, Jaeger says, averages a graduating class of about 85 to 100 students, giving it an intimate private-school feel. The village also offers before- and after-school care at affordable rates for residents.

Homeowners’ property taxes tend to be lower than in some surrounding areas, Jaeger says, due to the taxes paid by the Long Island Power Authority power plant, which she puts at about 30 percent of total property taxes.

“Whereas a four-bedroom Colonial in Three Village would be about $20,000 in taxes, it’s going to be $14,000 or $15,000 in Port Jeff,” Jaeger says.

 

CONDOS There are 13 condos on the market, ranging in price from $240,000 to $925,000.

 

SALES PRICE Between Feb. 1, 2016, and March 13, 2017, there were 70 home sales with a median sale price of $445,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $150,000 and the high was $1,240,000. During that period a year earlier there were 66 home sales with a median sale price of $455,500. The price range was $226,000 to $2,463,000.

 

SCHOOLS Most students attend Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson. In 2016, 70 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation.

 

OTHER STATS

Town Brookhaven

Area 2.6 square miles

ZIP code 11777

Population 7,750

Median age 43.6

Median household income $110,681

Median home value $422,500

LIRR to NYC 96-115 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket $391

School district Port Jefferson

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;

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

RECENTLY SOLD

$1.24 million

DAVIDS WAY Originally placed on the market in May 2015 for $1.499 million, this four-bedroom, 3 1⁄2-bathroom Postmodern sold in September for $259,000 less than its asking price. The 1993 house, which offers views of the Long Island Sound, features an open floor plan that includes a living room with a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room and a den. The master suite includes a bathroom with a walk-in shower and step-up tub surrounded by windows. The 1.3-acre property also includes an attached 2 1⁄2-car garage and a finished walkout basement. The taxes are $18,252.

$740,000

LANDING LANE This five-bedroom Colonial sold for $10,000 less than its asking piece after 120 days on the market. The 2008 home features 2 1⁄2 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with a center island, a family room with a gas fireplace and formal living and dining rooms. The master suite includes a bathroom with a walk-in shower and stand-alone tub. The 0.35-acre property also includes a full unfinished basement, an attached two-car garage and a paver patio in the backyard. The taxes are $13,310.

$468,000

PINE TREE COURT Originally listed for $538,000, this five-bedroom Colonial sold in December after 229 days on the market. The 1974 home, with 2 1⁄2 bathrooms, includes a living room, a dining room and a family room with a fireplace and sliding glass doors. The renovated eat-in kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast room. The master bedroom, with a full bathroom, is on the second floor with four additional bedrooms. The 0.37-acre property also features an attached two-car garage and a basement with a workshop. The taxes are $10,850.

NOW ON THE MARKET

Starter

$489,000 This three-bedroom expanded ranch, with three full bathrooms, includes an granite eat-in kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, a den and a master bedroom with a full bath. The 0.33-acre property also boasts a finished basement with a bar and an attached two-car garage. Taxes: $9,922. Lisa Jaeger, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-828-9630

Trade-Up

$699,000 This six-bedroom, three-bathroom Colonial offers a granite kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, a den with a fireplace and a master suite with a balcony. The 0.78-acre property also includes an unfinished basement and attached two-car garage. Marilyn Flanagan and Peter Castelli, Exit Realty Achieve, 631-879-7506, 631-835-9399

High-End

$899,000 This four-bedroom Postmodern, with views of Mount Sinai Harbor from every room, includes 2 1⁄2 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and a great room with a fireplace. The 1.08-acre property also has an attached two-car garage. Michael Silano, Coach Realtors, 631-987-9829

On Multiple Listings

Number of houses 36

Price range $333,100-$4.5 million

Tax range $4,211-$30,540

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