They say there’s nothing the like the smell of a new car, but here at 55places.com, we think that new construction homes give those cars a run for their money. There are many advantages to purchasing a new home in a retirement community, such as modern designs, energy-efficient features, and customizable colors and fixtures. Also, it’s such an exciting feeling to move into a brand-new space that you helped create.
West Long Island has some magnificent retirement communities, and four of them offer new construction homes. This part of Long Island covers parts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and it's home to some of the most prestigious real estate in New York State. Some call it home year-round, while others spend summers or vacation time here. If you’re planning to set down roots and you want new home construction in a truly picturesque part of the mid-Atlantic, have a look at these four standout communities.
Award-winning home builder Engel Burman Group is developing this upscale, gated 55+ community of 256 new attached homes less than five miles from Long Island’s North Shore. The Seasons at Elwood is close to the Jericho Turnpike, which is dotted with shops, services, and restaurants; nearby landmarks include the Vanderbilt Museum and Northport Golf Course.
The two generous floor plans are offer 2,786 or 3,559 feet, two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, oak wood flooring, nine-foot ceilings, walk-in showers, and attached one-car garages. Upper-level residences have covered entries and private elevators, while lower-level units have full basements.
Resort-style amenities include a modern clubhouse with multipurpose rooms, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor spa, and a tennis court. There’s even a playground for your grandchildren. For a day out, homeowners can head into Downtown Northport, a historic maritime village with waterfront parks, a town dock and harbor, and 19th-century houses.
Low $1Ms - High $1Ms
Also under construction, Kensington Estates is a gated 55+ community being built by Triangle Equities in the Oyster Bay area. It's slated for 80 new attached homes on a six-acre property that's complemented by abundant greenspace.
Homebuyers can choose from five tastefully designed floor plans ranging from 1,569 to 2,662 square feet with two or three bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Features include basements, oversized walk-in closets, garden tubs, lofts, vaulted ceilings, and private elevators. Kensington’s private clubhouse has its own fitness center and yoga studio as well as multipurpose rooms, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool and patio.
This exceptional neighborhood is also close to the Jericho Turnpike, and whether you drive east or west, you'll run into shopping centers, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and restaurants. Nearby medical facilities include Syosset Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. There are many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors at Stillwell Wood Preserve and West Hills County Park (the latter has a dog run), and Cold Spring and Crest Hollow country clubs are both nearby.
Low $400s - Low $600s
Closer to the South Shore, Harbor View Estates is a welcoming active adult community that appeals to discerning homebuyers who prefer smaller neighborhoods and low-key lifestyles. The property is being developed by AJG, and it will have 40 homes when work is completed.
The townhomes offer 2,400 square feet, two bedrooms, three bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and attached one-car garages. These well-appointed homes also have patios and balconies facing the water. The 1,200-square-foot condos offer one bedroom, two bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, dens, gourmet kitchens, and private elevators in the buildings.
For a smaller community, Harbor View Estates has a very nice clubhouse, with a recreation room, a gym room, and a library. Residents also have use of a bocce ball court, a bar area, and a private dock. Another perk of living here is the shopping center within walking distance—on nice days, you can pop over to the market or grab a bite to eat at any of the three restaurants.
Harbor View is also only minutes from Oyster Bay, and this part of the island is filled with marinas as well as outdoor recreation areas like Jones Beach and Massapequa Preserve. Local hospitals include St. Joseph’s and Northwell Health.
Low $700s - Low $3Ms
Continuing with the smaller is better theme, Knickerbocker Bay Club is a 62+ age-restricted community with 32 new and resale condo homes designed by Cord Meyer Development. This exclusive property has a pristine location in the seaside village of Port Washington, right on Manhasset Bay.
The floor plans range from 1,300 to 2,569 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, luxury bathrooms, private terraces, and two underground parking spots. Amenities include a rooftop deck, an outdoor kitchen, a putting green, a fitness center, a private dock, and a community boat launch. Boating and sailing are big here, and friends and neighbors enjoy spending time at bonfires and barbecues.