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New roads, village green buff up Laurel Hollow

Artist Lewis Comfort Tiffany once owned a nearly

Artist Lewis Comfort Tiffany once owned a nearly 600-acre estate in Laurel Hollow. The Tiffany Tower, a waterfront smokestack that Tiffany had redesigned to a minaret, still stands and is visible from Laurel Hollow Beach. Credit: Howard Schnapp


Laurel Hollow, a waterfront community between Cold Spring Harbor and Oyster Bay Cove, offers a “unique combination of natural beauty, interesting history and strong sense of community,” says Village Mayor Daniel F. DeVita.

The bucolic village of 610 homes features lush hills that fold into the rocky beaches of the harbor, DeVita says.  Lined with bluffs and beaches, the harbor and bay are now mostly used for recreation, but the waterways remain the largest commercial oyster producer in New York, he adds.

Adding to the area's appeal is a two-phase, $3-million road reconstruction program that will be completed over two years, with the first phase nearly done.  DeVita says 60 percent of the roads in Laurel Hollow will be repaved, and portions with cement curbing that is more than 60 years old will be replaced with Belgian block curbs.  “This is the largest reconstruction program in our 92-year history,” he says.

The village green, next to Village Hall, in recent years has added LED lighting, a playground, new public bathrooms, landscaping and other improvements, DeVita says.  

Laurel Hollow Beach, which is private to residents and offers a dock and kayak racks, bookends the season by hosting end-of-school-year and end-of-summer parties.  Laurel Hollow is also home to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, world-renowned for its research into genetics and cancer, and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.    

The predominant housing styles in Laurel Hollow are Colonials and Capes, says Jeanne Leonard of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in nearby Cold Spring Harbor. The north side of Laurel Hollow, which she says features rolling hills and tree-covered parcels, offers waterfront properties.  Prices can range from just under $1 million to homes that command close to eight figures. Attractions, she says, include the Cold Spring Harbor schools and access to Oyster Bay beaches.

The area has drawn notable residents, including former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, actress Lindsay Lohan and artist Lewis Comfort Tiffany, the son of the founder of Tiffany & Co., who owned the nearly 600-acre Laurelton Hall estate.  The Tiffany Tower, a waterfront smoke stack that Tiffany had redesigned to a minaret, still stands and is visible from Laurel Hollow Beach.


None on the market.   


 From Oct. 1, 2017, to Nov. 6, 2018, there were 30 home sales at a median price of $1,412,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $920,000 and the high was $3.7 million. For the year-earlier period there were 23 sales at a median price of $1,249,999. The price range was $720,000 to $3,550,000.


Most students attend Cold Spring Harbor High School.  


Town: Oyster Bay

Area:  2.9 square miles

ZIP code: 11791

Population: 1,952

Median age: 44.7

Median household income: $218,750

Median home value: $1.35 million*

LIRR to NYC:  From Syosset, 44 to 59 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $297

School district: Cold Spring Harbor

SOURCES: 2010 Census;; LIRR;

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



Laurel Hollow Road

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

Built: 1985

Lot size: 2.07 acres

Taxes: $17,213

Reduced: $149,001

Days on the market: 125

$1.8 million

Woodvale Drive

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half

Built: 1965

Lot size: 2.05 acres

Taxes: $23,577

Reduced: $5,000

Days on the market: 89

$3.7 million

Ridge Road

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half

Built: 1997

Lot size: 2.3 acres

Taxes: $53,049

Reduced: $195,000

Days on the market: 133



This ranch, on a 2.99-acre property with a four-car garage, has four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. It includes a living room with vaulted ceilings and a wall of windows and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a wood-burning fireplace. Taxes: $22,557.  Mary O’Rourke Cashin, Signature Premier Properties, 917-854-0347

$1.85 million

This four-bedroom, 2½ bathroom Colonial features a two-story foyer with a staircase, an eat-in kitchen with radiant floors and an en suite master bedroom with a walk-in closet. The two-acre property includes a two-car garage and bluestone patio with a built-in bar and kitchen. Taxes: $27,469. Amanda Light, Lucky to Live Here Realty, 917-499-2334, 631-692-7100

$2.499 million

This Colonial, with six bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms, sits on 2.8-acre property offering water views of Cold Spring Harbor. The 1868 house features a living room, dining room, library, eat-in kitchen, sunroom and attached 2½-car garage. Taxes: $48,952. Peggy Moriarty, Christina Porter, Lisa Eastman, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-692-6770, 516-759-4800 

On Multiple Listings

Number of houses: 30

Price range: $898,000-$8.8 million

Tax range: $17,437-$59,210

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