Thursday, November 6, 2014

Newsday: Buying in (and into) Oyster Bay

Buying in Oyster Bay

The marina in Oyster Bay hamlet's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Oct. 29, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan 
Given its location on the North Shore, the hamlet of Oyster Bay -- on Oyster Bay Harbor -- is sheltered from through-traffic. "What I love about Oyster Bay is it's quiet. . . . There's no hum of the LIE," says resident Marilyn Fox of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. Yet everything one needs is nearby, she adds. 
The area's waterfront and historic landmarks attract tourists. Museums such as the Earle-Wightman House on Summit Street and Raynham Hall on West Main Street offer a glance of life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries

The area's biggest draw is President Theodore Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill in Cove Neck, which served as the summer White House beginning in 1901. (The home is closed for rehabilitation, but the visitor center, museum and grounds are open.) Another popular attraction is the WaterFront Center, offering watercraft rentals, sailing lessons and marine environmental education.
Vintage buildings housing shops, eateries, pubs and offices, as well as a senior center and Town of Oyster Bay offices, make up the heart of the business district. Billy Joel's motorcycle collection, 20th Century Cycles, is here, too.
The downtown has received a face-lift -- a collaborative effort of volunteer community groups, including the Oyster Bay Main Street Association and government. "Our whole goal is to revitalize the downtown," says Meredith Maus, the association's executive director.
Homes styles, ages and property sizes are varied. Carol Gannon of Douglas Elliman Real Estate says many home buyers discover the hamlet during the annual Oyster Festival in October. "We always get a burst after the Oyster Festival," she says.
CO-OPS, CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES 16 listings, $99,900 to $765,000
RENTALS start at about $1,300 a month, Gannon says.
SALES PRICES From Sept. 1, 2013, to Oct. 20, 2014, there were 50 sales with a median price of $547,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $210,000 and the high was $1,699,999. From 2012 to 2013, during the same period, there were 52 sales. The median price was $531,750, with a low of $180,000 and a high of $1,200,000.


Town: Oyster Bay
Area: 1.2 square miles
ZIP code: 11771
Population: 6,707
Median age: 45
Median household income: $82,528
Median home value: $571,500*
LIRR time to NYC: From Syosset, 44 minutes to 59 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $276

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Best of Long Island - Support our Local Businesses, Organizations, & Service Providers!

The voting period is now open.  Voting is permitted once a day until December 15th!
Vote to let everyone know all that the downtown of Oyster Bay has to offer! 

Nominees from Oyster Bay:
click on the links to vote!

            Arts & Entertainment

o   Annual Event/ Festival – Oyster Bay Oyster Festival, New York AutoFest
o   Celebrity Impersonator – James Foote/ Theodore Roosevelt
o   Museum – Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
o   Public Garden – Planting Fields Arboretum

o   Foreign Auto Dealership – BMW of Oyster Bay
o   Long Island Collectible Car Club – New York AutoFest
o   Motorcycle Shop – 20th Century Motorcycles

o   Catholic School – St. Dominic College Prepatory High School
o   School Principal – Cecilia St. John, St. Dominic’s Elementary School

o   Assisted Living - Harbor House; Oyster Bay Manor
o   Day Spa – Blue Water Spa
o   Skin Care – Blue Water Spa

o   Appliance Store – Appliance World
o   Architect – Oyster Bay Drafting
o   Barbeque Store – Appliance World
o   Roofing Company – Oyster Bay Roofing

o   Craft Beer Brewery – Oyster Bay Brewery

o   Dry Cleaning Services – GreenSleeves Cleaners
o   Environmental Organization – Friends of the Bay
o   Gold Buyer – Coin Galleries of Oyster Bay
o   Republican – John Venditto
o   Taxi Service – Oyster Rides Taxi; Oyster Bay Limousine & Taxi

o   Antique Store – The Attic Door

o   Recreation Center – Oyster Bay Community Center
o   Skate Shop – L-Industrie Long Boards
o   Water Sport Rental – The WaterFront Center

o   Honey Moon Travel Planner - Cruise Planners; Oyster Bay Travel

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OBMSA's Adopt-A-Spot Program Continues to Roll Out

Before and After photos of Berry Hill "Spot" adopted by the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce.
Photographs courtesy of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association
The Oyster Bay Main Street Association is pleased to announce that, through the generous support of Mill-Max Mfg. Corp and the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce, two additional locations in the downtown have been improved.  Since August of last year, three participants in the program have adopted and pledged to maintain three high visibility sites, which serve as the gateways to our downtown, including locations on West Shore Road, Cove Road and Berry Hill Road.  For more information about the West Shore Road improvement click here.

These sites, which had largely been ignored over the years, were a high priority for the Main Street Association.  On Cove Road and Berry Hill Road, specifically, the hand-carved “Welcome to Historic Oyster Bay” signs had both disappeared and been replaced with unsightly aluminum signs that did not match the tenor of the downtown.  With their adoption, the Chamber of Commerce and Mill-Max both purchased new welcome signs for their locations as well as new plantings, which will be maintained for two years by the adopters.  The Cove Road location is slated to have a sprinkler system installed with new plantings in the Spring.

Before and After photos of Cove Road "Spot" adopted by Mill-Max Mfg. Corp.  Complete plantings and an installation of a sprinkler system for the location will be completed in the Spring.
Photographs courtesy of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association 
About the Adopt-A-Spot Program
The Main Street Association’s Adopt-A-Spot program was designed to help enhance the overall appearance of the downtown.  The program invites community groups, downtown businesses, or professional landscapers who are interested in beautifying the downtown to adopt a spot for a minimum of two years.

How to get involved

If you are interested in adopting a spot or if you want to recommend a location for adoption, please contact Meredith Maus, Executive Director of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, at 516.922.6982 or for more information.

Before and after of West Shore Road "Spot" adopted by Forest Iron Works of Locust Valley.
For more information about this Adopt-A-Spot click here.
Photographs courtesy of the Oyster Bay Main Street Association