Eastern Long Island zip codes are amongst the most prestigious on the East Coast. With so much dramatic natural beauty, highbrow and lowbrow cultural opportunities, and home buying options, it’s easy to understand why. Active adults have a special advantage since this stretch of the island has 32 different 55+ communities.
A leisurely lifestyle is easily attainable on “The Island” since it is dotted with stunning Hamptons beaches, a glorious wine country, biking trails, and three marinas. Golf courses like Indian Island Golf Club and parks like Hubbard County Park and Maple Swamp contribute to a peaceful, relaxing lifestyle. Fine dining, shopping opportunities, and quaint farm stands are practically everywhere.
Eastern Long Island has all this, plus easy access to New York and Connecticut. Here are some of the best active adult communities worth looking into.
Greenwood Village - Manorville, NY
Who says you can’t afford to live on The Island? This established community's 512 attached and single-family homes are surprisingly affordable. It is a land-lease community; residents own their homes, but pay an additional monthly fee for the land.
Greenwood Village’s attached homes are around 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and an attached one-car garage. Single families range from 900 to 1,300 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage.
Residents spend quality time at the clubhouse, exercise room, outdoor pool and patio, tennis court, library, trails, and picturesque ponds. There is also an RV parking lot, plus a community bus. Shopping centers, golf courses, and area parks are all within short driving distance.
Strathmore Gate East - Coram, NY
This small, established community of 173 attached resale homes also has a reasonable price tag. The ranch style homes at Strathmore Gate East come in three models sized from 750 to 1,000 square feet. They have two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms, some have garages, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters.
Homeowners gather at the community clubhouse, which features an exercise room, rec room, and library. There’s also an outdoor pool, bocce ball, and billiards. This close-knit community also has lovely, tree-lined streets and walking trails throughout.
A monthly homeowners' association fee provides for lawn care, trash, and snow removal. Strathmore is near Selden Shopping Plaza, antique shops, golf, theaters, and restaurants, and the historic town of Port Jefferson.
The Waterways at Moriches - Moriches, NY
The Waterways at Moriches is an optimally-sized active adult community of 343 attached resale homes built from 1985 to1999. There are eight models, sized from 1,500 to 2,072 square feet with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached one or two-car garages.
There is an incredible array of social activities, including a vibrant clubhouse, outdoor pool and spa, tennis, bocce ball, walking and bicycle trails, an exercise room, plus its own private marina with access to Forge River. It is also close to all of the modern shopping conveniences, restaurants, South Bay Medical Care Hospital, and several parks and wildlife refuges.
Plymouth Estates at Mount Sinai - Mount Sinai, NY
Located in the coveted North Shore area of Long Island, Plymouth Estates at Mount Sinai is a new active adult community of 285 attached resale homes. The stunning property is intertwined with nature, including miles of serene trails, five ponds, gazebos, and a putting green.
The six elegant models range from 1,306 to 1,654 square feet and come with one to two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage, and a basement. Upscale features like bay windows, covered porches, patios, and cathedral ceilings are offered.
Plymouth Estates also has a modern clubhouse with a plasma TV, exercise room, outdoor pool, and tennis courts. A North Shore location gives residents the advantages of many charming marinas, harbors, museums, vineyards, plus outstanding shopping and dining.
Village Vistas - Port Jefferson, NY
The small, private active adult community of Village Vistas is a great place for 55+ homeowners to enjoy an upmarket, rewarding lifestyle. Northwind Group began construction on this intimate community of 43 attached homes in 2013.
The two models are both 2,300 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some of the upgrades include granite countertops, fireplaces, full basements, and Brazilian hardwood cherry floors.
Plans for a state-of-the-art clubhouse with an exercise room, great room, and outdoor pool and patio are underway; the property also has walking and biking trails, a putting green, and overlooks a ten-acre conservation area. Nearby golf courses are Port Jefferson Country Club and Heatherwood. Local parks and beaches include Laurel Ridge Setauket Woods and Cedar Town Beach. John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and Village Vistas shopping center are both down the street.