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About our home town of Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff was settled in the 1700's by the Carpenter family as a farmland, and later in 1871 by German Methodists and was used primarily during the summer months for prayer meetings and gatherings. Some of the Village lots were actually used as tent sites by the early settlers and were later converted to building lots. Sea Cliff, at one square mile, is one of the oldest and smallest incorporated villages in the United States. The Village of Sea Cliff was incorporated in 1883.

Two-thirds of all Sea Cliff houses were built before 1940. We have the highest percentage of pre-1920 homes out of any community on Long Island! The architecture has a strong Victorian flair, but is still eclectic and unique to Long Island. Sea Cliff is situated on one of Long Island's highest points with some of the most beautiful vistas of the Long Island Sound and Hempstead Harbor that would be difficult to rival from anywhere else on Long Island.

There is a private beach for Sea Cliff residents and for under $50 a year per household any Sea Cliff resident may use the beach.

Here are a couple of telling facts about Sea Cliff:

Although it is one-square mile, there are 16 recreational parks and absolutely no traffic lights within its borders! It is truly a small-town lifestyle.

Another large benefit of home ownership in these parts are the comparative low property taxes. In large part due to the age of the homes and older lower tax assessments coupled with the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO), which built a station in nearby Glenwood Landing in the early 1920's and absorbs a good chunk of the school taxes. This really keeps a lid on the property taxes in the North Shore School District.

Each year Sea Cliff plays host to some annual events that residents, as well as folks from all over the New York City area, look forward to and attend. Every first Sunday in October the main downtown street is closed off and the Sea Cliff Mini-Mart takes place. Many thousands of people line the street to take in all the individual arts and crafts that are displayed on either side of Sea Cliff Avenue and to do some early holiday shopping. Harmonious Homes has featured the Legendary Ray Alexander Jazz Quintet in front of our office for seven consecutive Mini-Marts! There is also an annual house tour which is fun and interesting as well as the annual Arts and Crafts tour which takes place the first two weekends in December.

To round out the Village's cultural arts identity are more than four musical groups. The Sea Cliff Chamber Players plays over 30 concerts a year, not only in Sea Cliff, but throughout Long Island and in Manhattan. The North Shore Community Orchestra, made up mainly of Village residents, plays three concerts a year at North Shore High School. They are also in conjunction with the North Shore Community Chorus. Both groups are financed by the School District and private donations.

Harmonious Homes' concerts are free and open to the public. Harmonious Homes' summer concerts features our long standing July 4th Dixieland Band at Sea Cliff Beach, and the 24-piece classical orchestra, Sinfonia Pacifica, has been presented on Sea Cliff Beach during Labor Day weekends.

Here is a list of some valuable "Local Links":

LIRR Schedule
Local Community
Sea Cliff Museum
Local Schools


About Glen Cove

Directly north of the Sea Cliff/Glen Head area is Glen Cove, which is one of two cities on Long Island. The other city is Long Beach on Long Island's South Shore. Once home to wealthy families like J.P. Morgan, Charles Pratt and F.W. Woolworth, Glen Cove was hailed as the beginning of the "Gold Coast" era of Long Island during the 1920's.

Some of the mansions of the Gold Coast era have survived. Some are still private residences, but others are occupied by the Nassau County Museum, the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and the Russian Delegation to the United Nations. Filmakers have taken advantage of the grandeur of these homes. "Sabrina" and "Batman Forever" are among the recent movie scenes filmed here in addition to a slew of others.

Glen Cove is located just 27 miles east of New York City. It was founded way back in 1668 and now has a diverse population of about 24,000. It is seven square miles. Like Sea Cliff, Glen Cove has wonderful vistas of the Long Island Sound and many waterfront and waterview homes. Houses can range from first-time homebuyer homes starting in the mid-$100,000 range, to ranches, colonials, manor homes and estates that would sell for more than $5 million.

Glen Cove also offers City services such as public sewers, three beaches, a waterfront golf course, its own City fire and police departments, as well as a wonderful senior citizen program. There are 18 houses of worship, including Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, African Methodist Episcopal, Lutheran and Greek Orthodox churches as well as conservative and reform synagogues.

The school district is an excellent one and was founded in 1830. It currently educates 3,050 students in grades K through 12 and Pre-K. It has six school buildings, including a Pre-K program, four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. These are staffed by 243 certified teachers, 19 administrators and 4 central administrators. Their computer science program, athletic program, music, and science programs are all top notch. Every year individual students earn county, state and national awards for individual achievements. Of the district's high school graduates last year, 60% went on to four-year colleges and 36% to two-year colleges or technical schools.

Among the private and parochial schools in Glen Cove are Friends Academy, St. Patricks, and All Saints. Nearby are The Green Vale School and Portledge School.

The Mayor, Thomas R. Suozzi, is a young, innovative hands-on Mayor who has performed wonders with revitalizing the downtown area and is now working hard on redeveloping and revitalizing the waterfront area known as Glen Cove Creek.

The Glen Cove Real Estate market is stable. Buyers can expect approximately four percent annual appreciation. Almost half of the houses Harmonious Homes sells are in Glen Cove.

Here is a list of some valuable "Local Links":

LIRR Schedule
Local Community
Local Schools

About Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Old Brookville, Roslyn Harbor

The North Shore School District services these communities. It is a prize winning School District and is one of the more desirable districts on Long Island. There are three elementary schools which serve grades kindergarten through grade five. At grade six, all three schools consolidate to the North Shore Middle School, serving grades six through eight, and continue on to the North Shore High School serving grades nine through twelve. The average elementary class size is 16 to 18, which is the lowest in Nassau County! 97% of all North Shore High School graduates went on to higher education. 90% of all students are involved in either arts, athletics or community services.

The communities surrounding Sea Cliff are also eclectic and offer a wide range of Real Estate opportunities for the first-time home buyer, trade up buyer, and the luxury home buyer. All of these communities are within the Town of Oyster Bay, one of the oldest Townships on Long Island, and has the lowest property tax base of any other Township on Long Island. The market conditions are favorable and the appreciation value is on the rise at a rate of about four percent yearly. Resale values are solid in these areas.

About Oyster Bay

Here is a list of some valuable "Local Links":

LIRR Schedule
Local Community
Local Schools