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Old Field NY Homes for Sale: Your Moving Guide

Old Field is a serene residential neighborhood, nestled amongst old-growth trees, located along the north shore of Long Island within the town of Setauket. One of the premier residential neighborhoods within striking distance of New York City, Stony Brook University, and the Hamptons and East End, Old Field is known for its historic lighthouse and private, accessible beaches that rival some of the most beautiful in the world.

From the sands of Crane Neck Beach to the glacially deposited rocks of Whitehall Beach to the tidal estuary of Flax Pond, awe-inspiring water surrounds the Village of Old Field. There are no stoplights or commercial businesses—just beautiful, tree-lined roads, large private lots, and a peaceful, comforting community. If you buy a home in Old Field, expect a minimum 2-acre zoning that helps your property retain its privacy, natural beauty, and serenity.


Background and history

Incorporated in 1927, Old Field is home to the Old Field Point Lighthouse—that faint beacon in the distance just west of the harbor as you ride the Port Jefferson ferry—which stands guard over the area’s dangerous cliffs.

First built by the U.S. government in 1823 for $2,500—and finished a year later for another $1,500—the lighthouse and adjacent Keeper’s Cottage served as the Old Field village hall and caretaker’s home. The first light was built in 1868 with nine whale oil lamps, magnified by a large glass reflector until the builders switched to an automatic revolving light in 1933.

The U.S. government gave the lighthouse back to Old Field in 1935, with the provision that the government can take it back in case of a national emergency. During World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard did just that, giving the lighthouse back to the community after the war. Today, the Old Field light shines on New York’s Long Island Sound.


Housing and income

Old Field residential real estate market trends indicate an increase of $334 (+91%) in average price per square foot over the past six months with the average sales price growing from $1,280,000 to $1,400,000. The average home sits on the market for 91 days and buyers can expect to pay 92% of the seller’s asking price.

The area is home to 353 households of around three members. 87.82% of households are family establishments, 34.56% with children and 65.44% without.

The median home value is $1,092,700 and the median list price is $1,749,000, representing 38.3% year-over-year growth. The average household income is $411,611 and the median household income is $241,250.


Traffic and transportation

The average Old Field resident commutes 31.4 minutes to work. Most drive alone in a car with a small group riding the subway or elevated train and a handful traveling via bus or trolley.


Cost of living

The total cost of living when moving to Old Field, New York is $50,940 a year which includes $10,565 in gas, public transit, and car maintenance, $4,995 in out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums, $34,472 in childcare, $3,511 in food for a single adult ($10,139 for a family of four), and $10,099 in taxes.


Employment and economy

The unemployment rate in Old Field is 6.1% with a future job growth projection of 26.8% over next ten years. Most residents are white-collar workers (97.78%) with a handful of blue-collar workers (2.22%). The workforce consists of 138 entrepreneurs (27.82%), 232 private company employees (46.77%), and 101 government institution workers (20.36%).



The top public schools for Old Field residents include Ward Melville Senior High School, Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School, and Setauket Elementary School. Students can also choose between a handful of private schools including The Stony Brook School, Our Savior New American School, The Laurel Hill School, Long Island Baptist Academy, and St. Patrick Elementary School.



Things to see and do in Old Field

Old Field Point Lighthouse offers residents breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound and Connecticut. Explore the grounds—open to the public on Sundays from 8am to 4pm—and take in the natural beauty signature to Suffolk County.

Whitehall Beach is another local hot spot to enjoy some of the finest saltwater bathing on Long Island. Flax Pond offers one hundred and thirty-five acres of salt marsh, creating a place of great biodiversity and natural beauty.

Kaltenborn Commons—named in honor of the late H.V. Kaltenborn, noted radio journalist and one time resident of Old Field—is a small park located at the entrance to the village.

The Fire Ring—first designed to raise the alarm when fires broke out in the village—stands at the intersection of Old Field Road and Mount Grey Road.

You can bike, hike, or jog the roadways surrounded by beautiful vistas or swim, boat, or fish the waterways that surround the area. The main bodies of water include Conscience Bay, The Narrows, Port Jefferson Harbor, Smithtown Bay, and the Long Island Sound.


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