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Hotel coming to Northport, that 'quaint little town'

Main Street in Northport, seen on Nov. 29.

Main Street in Northport, seen on Nov. 29. Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

THE SCOOP

When Ron Iannacone, president of the Northport Chamber of Commerce, first visited the village in 1996, he told his wife, “I feel like we just drove into a quaint little town somewhere in New England.”

With the turn-of-the-century buildings and shops that line Main Street and the vintage homes scattered throughout the North Shore village, “you get a sense of small town, everybody knows each other,” says Iannacone, a local podiatrist and the trombone player in the Northport Community Band.

Offering a walkable downtown, parks and a dock overlooking Northport Harbor, there was only one thing Northport was lacking, Iannacone says: “a place to have relatives stay — there really were no accommodations.”

That will soon change now that the owners of the John W. Engeman Theater on Main Street plan to build a 24-room hotel and restaurant on the property across the street.     

Northport Mayor Damon McMullen says the project is expected to be completed within one to two years. Newsday reported in October that the owner says the cost of construction would be between $9 million and $11 million and that the upscale hotel would provide year-round accommodations for theatergoers and wedding visitors.

McMullen says that earlier this year, Northport completed a sewer upgrade project that began in 2013, with the final phase replacing deteriorating lines that ran along the harbor shoreline. To further improve the water quality in the harbor, McMullen says more homes along the water will be added to the sewer system beginning in March.

The hope, he says, is to have “a cleaner harbor that you can boat in, swim in and catch a striped bass in and then come home and throw it on the grill," all of which will "keep property values up.”

“Whether you live on the water or not, we all benefit from a cleaner harbor," McMullen says.

Northport offers an eclectic mix of housing styles, with prices typically ranging from the high $500,000s to around $1 million, says Donna Loring of Coldwell Residential Brokerage in Northport. That includes vintage Victorians and Capes along the waterfront, Colonials and ranches throughout the village, as well as some modern and Contemporary homes, she adds. 

“Northport is like a little nook,” Loring says. “It’s a hideaway that’s quiet and nice but right next to everything you need.”

Northport is home to Lewis Oliver Farm, which dates back to the 1800s and serves as a sanctuary for rescued farm animals; the Robert W. Krueger Bandshell, a concert site; and Northport Village Park, offering waterside playgrounds and gazebos. Annual events include the Great Cow Harbor 10K Run and the Leg Lamp Lighting Ceremony, which was recently held at Carl’s Candies on Main Street.

CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES

There are three condos on the market ranging in price from $639,000 to $1.75 million. 

SALES PRICE

Between Nov. 1, 2017 and Nov. 29, 2018, there were 244 home sales with a median sale price of $645,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $165,000 and the high was $2 million. During that time period a year earlier, there were 221 home sales with a median sale price of $621,000. The price range was $277,369 to $3.2 million.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Northport High School.  

OTHER STATS

Town: Huntington

Area:  2.3 square miles

ZIP code: 11768

Population: 7,401

Median age: 45.7

Median household income: $115,968

Median home value: $660,000*

LIRR to NYC:  62 to 74 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $350

School district: Northport-East Northport

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
 

RECENTLY SOLD

$487,000

Maple Ave.

Style: Cottage

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Built: 1956

Lot size: .14 acres

Taxes: $8,670

Increased: $2,000

Days on the market: 106

$695,000

Doris Ave.

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half

Built: 2006

Lot size: .25 acres

Taxes: $14,249

Reduced: $55,000

Days on the market: 185

$965,000

Hollacher Dr.

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half

Built: 1968

Lot size: 1.01 acres

Taxes: $20,624

Reduced: $20,000

Days on the market: 154

NOW ON THE MARKET

$625,000

This three-bedroom, 1-1/2 bathroom Colonial includes an enclosed front porch, living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen and master bedroom with attached office or dressing room. The .35-acre property includes a detached 2-1/2 car garage and an unfinished basement. Taxes: $10,822. Janet Pushee, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 516-982-8576

$849,000

This Colonial, with five bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms, features formal living and dining rooms, a kitchen with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances and a master suite with a dressing room and marble bathroom. The .41-acre property has a covered front porch, attached 2-1/2 car garage and finished basement. Taxes: $16,850. Linda Jolly and Jon Palmer, Coach Realtors, 631-355-4588

$1.149 million

This four-bedroom, 2-1/2 bathroom Colonial offers formal living and dining rooms, a kitchen with an adjoining family room and a master suite with custom walk-in closet. The one-acre property, with water views, features an in-ground pool, an attached two-car garage and partial basement. Taxes: $19,648. Nancy Kelly Fauser, Signature Premier Properties, 631-553-3317

On Multiple Listings

Number of houses: 42

Price range: $429,000 - $2,999,999

Tax range: $6,099 - $25,995

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