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Why living in Centerport is North Shore bliss

This home on Ridgefield Road is among the

This home on Ridgefield Road is among the housing styles in Centerport on Sept. 27, 2014. Credit: Veronique Louis

The aptly named hamlet of Centerport is nestled between Huntington and Northport. "It's a beautiful area," says Judith Carlson of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, noting the peninsula is surrounded by Centerport and Northport harbors and Northport Bay.

Folks living on streets named for presidents are eligible to join the Huntington Beach Community Association for a nominal fee, says Ellen Patterson of Signature Premier Properties. Membership offers private beach access, a club house and a place to store small watercraft such as kayaks. Members are social, says Jim McKenna of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, citing parties and festivities. Homes in this section are priced from the mid-$300,000s to $1.5 million, Patterson says.

Houses in the area of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum typically list between $500,000 and $3.5 million, while those south of Route 25A are usually priced from the $500,000s to $1.5 million, Patterson adds.

Real estate agents point to the Harborfields school district as another desirable feature. U.S. News & World Report ranked the high school 34th best in New York for 2014.

"Centerport is an easy sell," McKenna says. And with a recent influx of new listings, Patterson says, it's a good opportunity to buy.

There is a small downtown on Washington Drive, where businesses include Blondie's Bake Shop, the Beach Pub, Jimmy's Pizza and Stars of Tomorrow Dance Academy. Mill Pond House and Nicky's of Centerport are among local eateries. For everything else, residents have easy access to Huntington, Northport and Greenlawn, Patterson says.

SALES PRICES: From Aug. 1, 2013, to Sept. 10, 2014, there were 62 sales with a median price of $520,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $335,000, and the high was $2.2 million. From 2012 to 2013 during the same time period, there were 57 sales. The median price was $540,000, with a low of $275,000 and a high of $2.415 million.

ATTRACTIONS: Huntington Town-operated Fleets Cove Beach and Centerport Park and Beach, which has a picnic and pavilion area, playground and senior center; Vanderbilt mansion and planetarium; Betty Allen Twin Ponds Nature Park. Camp Alvernia for children ages 4 to 14 years.


Town: Huntington

Area: 2.1 square miles

ZIP code: 11721

Population: 5,508

Median age: 42.3

Median household income: $99,110

Median home value: $575,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Greenlawn, 57 minutes to 74 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $325

School district: Harborfields

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR;

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

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