Oyster Bay Cove Real Estate

What You’ll Find

Irregularly shaped and covering 4.3 square miles, the village stretches from the cove off Oyster Bay Harbor after which it is named south to Syosset. About 30 miles from Manhattan, it has no commercial area. To its west is the historic hamlet of Oyster Bay and to the east the quiet village of Laurel Hollow. Also to the north is the village of Cove Neck, where Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s home from 1885 until his death in 1919, is now a national historic site. Oyster Bay Cove has its own Roosevelt-related spots. The 12-acre Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center was established 90 years ago. Next to it is Youngs Cemetery, where the 26th president and his second wife, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, are buried.

The village has retained a country feel, with large expanses of trees and shrubbery only occasionally interrupted by houses, which range from historic colonials to modern mansions. Zoning laws require a minimum of two acres, with a few exceptions. Many properties border the 197-acre Tiffany Creek Preserve, made up of three former estates bought by Nassau County in 1992.

Census data from 2010 put the population just shy of 2,200, of whom 88.8 percent are white, 8.5 percent of Asian heritage and 1.6 percent African-American. The average annual household income for 2007 through 2011 was $399,065.

What to Do In Oyster Bay Cove

Boat owners often use the Oyster Bay Marine Center or the Sagamore Yacht Club. The nonprofit WaterFront Center, in the same area, provides sailing and marine science lessons.

The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach, a Town of Oyster Bay facility in the hamlet, is the busiest beach in the area, said Joseph Mimmo, an associate broker with Laffey Fine Homes. “It’s popular for families. They have softball, lacrosse and soccer fields,” he said.

The Commute to and from Oyster Bay Cove

Driving to Manhattan takes about 40 minutes without traffic. Many commuters prefer the Long Island Rail Road Syosset station over the Oyster Bay one, which is on a slower line. The ride from Syosset takes as little as 47 minutes, the one to or from Oyster Bay a minimum hour and 14 minutes. Both have the same fares, a monthly ticket at $276 and a one-way peak at $12.50. Ms. O’Farrell notes that the Oyster Bay ride has its charms: “It feels like you’re in the English countryside.”

The Schools

Three districts draw students from Oyster Bay Cove, depending on home location. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District has 1,668 students, about 10 percent of them from Oyster Bay Cove. SAT averages last year were 535 in reading, 552 in math and 536 in writing, versus 483, 500 and 475 statewide. The Syosset Central School District has 6,502 students, of whom 87 have Oyster Bay or Oyster Bay Cove addresses. SAT averages there were 556, 604 and 572.

The Cold Spring Harbor Central School District has only a handful of Oyster Bay Cove students among its total 1,944 enrollment. Its 2012 SAT averages were 597, 614 and 599. Some residents send their children to private schools including the East Woods School, on 46 acres within the village. It runs through Grade 8.

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