Great Neck Real Estate

The shopping district was bustling in the 1920s on Great Neck Road in what is now called Great Neck Plaza

Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park in Great Neck, named after a firefighter who died on 9/11, has a gazebo, spray area, playground, memorial plaque and several benches. It is open daily until 9 p.m. (Aug. 16, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

In the early 1900s, grand homes and luxury hotels filled Steamboat Road in Kings Point, serving as a summer resort for those coming by boat from Manhattan. About 70 years later, homes with such grand architecture were replaced by more modernize homes and temples. Kings Point is one of the nine incorporated villages that make up the Great Neck peninsula. The other villages include Great Neck Village, Saddle Rock, Kensington, Great Neck Plaza, Thomaston, Russell Gardens, Lake Success and Great Neck Estates. "This used to be the way you'd get to the steamboats in the early 1900s and there were luxury hotels and other services for travelers," said Alice Kasten, president of the Great Neck Historical Society. "People came to picnic for the day and stay the weekend to get away from the city."

It all began in the 1700s when pilgrims landed in Saddle Rock, which they called “Mad Nan’s Neck,” to take the northern part of the peninsula away from the Mattinecock Native Americans. Through 1910, Saddle Rock was home to large estates owned by the Allen, Hubb, Udall, Treadwell, Skidmore and Eldridge families. Saddle Rock was the first to be incorporated in 1911 and Thomaston was incorporated last in 1931. The area has become increasingly suburbanized over the last century, with a thriving business district with stores, ethnic foods and apartment buildings in the heart of the Great Neck peninsula. Kasten, who has lived in Great Neck since 1978, said there's now an influx of religious development and brand-new houses scattered throughout the neighborhoods. Temple Beth-El, the oldest synagogue in Great Neck, was founded in 1928. She said there was an influx of Persian Jews from Iran in the 1970s and many Orthodox Jews have been moving in from Queens in recent years. Jonathan Aubrey, a librarian at Great Neck Library who has lived in the area all his life, said growing up, he saw the area as diverse ethnically and economically, but now, that has changed. “Great Neck Plaza has an apartment, commuter and business culture,” said Aubrey, 47, of Great Neck. “[In the late 1980s] there was a boom of building co-ops and condos in the plaza near the train station. It was desirable [to live near the train station]." Kasten said the plaza is the part of the peninsula where there has been the most development. "New apartments have gone up and assisted living facilities," she said. "Certainly, you can eat any cuisine you want in Great Neck. There's Asian restaurants and Middle Eastern restaurants, anything you want." Aubrey said many families also moved to Great Neck for the school system. In the late 1700s, Quakers Adam and Anne Mott built a small two-story school on their 400-acre land bordering Manhasset Bay, which became the first school built on the Great Neck peninsula. Great Neck opened its first high school in 1914 and today the Great Neck School District includes two high schools, two middle schools, five elementary schools and a private school. "We have a lot of unique parks," Kasten said. "You can tromp through a forest, you can go boating and you can play ball in these parks. In general, the quality of life in Great Neck is quite high." Kasten said that the area has become more diversified as the years go by. “You'll see that if you look at the stores, the churches, temples, restaurants, you'll understand the diversity,” she said. “It's really cool that I can go into one store and buy Asian stuff and go into another and buy the very best in dried fruits and nuts. You have the wealth of all of these different nationalities to choose from.” Kasten plans to stay in the area because she wouldn’t want to miss out on the services it provides and the rich historic background waiting to be dug up. “To me, it has a very homey feel,” she said. “Even though it has a large diverse community, you find your niche and where you belong. It becomes your little world.”

 

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  • Dock Ln Great Neck, NY 11024
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    A Stunning Integration Of An Authentic Versailles And Modern Living Situated On 3 Acres Of Picturesque Waterfront Property In The Prestigious Village Of Kings Point. The French Limestone Mansion Faces A Rare Marble Fountain Imported From The Rothschild Estate In France, Contains Multiple Parquet De Versailles Floors, Boiserie Removed From Centuries-Old French Chateaus, Verre Eglomise Mirrors And Pietra Dura Floors. The Property Boasts A Private Deep-Water Dock, Sandy Beach And Marble Pool.
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  • 5 Horizon Way Great Neck, NY 11024
    $16,988,000
    5 Bedrooms 6 Full Baths 2 Half Baths
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    The Epitome Of Sophistication And Luxury, This Spectacular Private Waterfront Estate On Li's Gold Coast Boasts Breathtaking Panoramic Water Views, Mesmerizing Vistas Of The Manhattan Skyline And City Bridges, As Well As Glorious Sunsets. This Contemporary Architectural Masterpiece Offers Grand Scale Entertaining Both Indoors And Outdoors All Year Round With Over 2 Acres Of Lushly Landscaped Grounds With Specimen Trees And Includes A Private Dock And Indoor Pool And Spa. A Magnificent Property.
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  • 4 Harbor Way Great Neck, NY 11024
    $16,500,000
    8 Bedrooms 9 Full Baths 3 Half Baths
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    Welcome to Villa-Forte, a stunning custom built waterfront Italian Villa, situated on over 2.5 acres of perfectly manicured grounds in the prestigious Village of Kings Point. The home boasts unobstructed water views from most rooms, exemplary craftsmanship/millwork and clear lines of sight throughout the home. The property features a private dock, a mosaic in-ground pool with a hot tub, a large patio with an outdoor kitchen and a driveway with private gates.
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  • 198 Kings Point Rd Great Neck, NY 11024
    $10,000,000
    9 Bedrooms 82 Full Baths 2 Half Baths Sq. Ft. 11000.00:#
    Single Family For Sale ML# 3133150
    Drive Up To This Flawless Stately Mansion In Kp...11000 Sq Ft Of Ultra Lux Living On 5+ Acres W/Indoor & Outdoor Swim Pools & Tennis Ct.It Features Cath Foyer, Huge Lr, Lge Fdr, 2 Dens + Media Rm, Double Chef Euro Eik.9 Bedrms 8.55 Designer Baths + 3000 Sf Basement.Multi Zones Gas Heat , Cac & Generator.Also 2 Cottages W/Their Own Sep Entry, Each W/2 Bedrms & 2 Baths & Much More..
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  • 10 Rodney Ln Great Neck, NY 11024
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    Build your dream home on this magnificent waterfront property with views of Manhattan and the bridges in one of the most sought after areas of Kings Point.
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  • 16 Sinclair Dr Great Neck, NY 11024
    $8,300,000
    8 Bedrooms 5 Full Baths 2 Half Baths
    Single Family For Sale ML# 3093676
    Lg Waterfront Property In Kings Point.Spectacular Unobstructed, Panoramic Views Of Nyc, Throgs Neck Bridge, Merchant Marine Academy And The Bronx.Gaze At The Sunset From Every Window Or Enjoy It From The Pool Or The Porch. Truly A Property For Entertaining Or Relaxation. Vacation At Home Every Day Of The Year. Custom Crafted Floors And Other Design Elements Throughout.
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  • 16 Sinclair Dr Great Neck, NY 11024
    $8,300,000
    8 Bedrooms 5 Full Baths 2 Half Baths
    Single Family For Sale ML# 3093655
    Lg Waterfront Property In Kings Point.Spectacular Unobstructed, Panoramic Views Of Nyc, Throgs Neck Bridge, Merchant Marine Academy And The Bronx.Gaze At The Sunset From Every Window Or Enjoy It From The Pool Or The Porch. Truly A Property For Entertaining Or Relaxation. Vacation At Home Every Day Of The Year. Custom Crafted Floors And Other Design Elements Throughout.
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  • 10 Cove Ln Great Neck, NY 11024
    $7,500,000
    4 Bedrooms 4 Full Baths 2 Half Baths
    Single Family For Sale ML# 3139433
    1.25 Waterfront Acre Retreat! This Gorgeous Modern Ranch is located in prestigious Village of Kings Point. An entertainer's Dream with Panoramic West Side water views of the Manhattan Skyline & City Bridges. An Oasis built by renowned architect. Spectacular sunsets, luscious green lawns and specimen plantings. This Gem features a Master Suite, 3 Additional Bedrooms, 4 Full Baths and 2 Half Baths, Lovely Eat-in-Kitchen, Spacious Living room with fireplace, Full Generator, Pool & so much more
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  • 17 Split Rock Dr Great Neck, NY 11024
    $6,980,000
    7 Bedrooms 8 Full Baths 1 Half Bath
    Single Family For Sale ML# 3132737
    Stunning waterfront Mediterranean style home on approximately 1 acre of beautifully manicured property in the heart of prestigious Kings Point. The home features an in-ground pool and hot tub overlooking the water, an outdoor bar/kitchen, expansive patio and a long private driveway leading to the residence.
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  • 211 Kings Point Rd Great Neck, NY 11024
    $6,975,000
    7 Bedrooms 7 Full Baths 3 Half Baths
    Single Family For Sale ML# 3128481
    Custom built brick and stone center hall colonial situated an acre of flat property in the prestigious Village of Kings Point. The resort style grounds features a stunning pool with inset hot tub, fountains, oversized stone patio and an expansive outdoor kitchen. The home's interior boasts the highest quality finishes and craftsmanship.
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