The Village of Manorhaven in Port Washington, New York

Real Estate Agent with Laffey Fine Homes

This article was first published on the Port Washington Patch on January 28, 2010

This is Part One in a weekly series on the many different neighborhoods of Port Washington.

As a real estate agent, I've heard the question from buyers, "Where is the best place to live in Port Washington?" Well, of course it depends on what you want (and how much you can afford). Manorhaven is one of the more affordable neighborhoods in Port.

The Village of Manorhaven (one of five villages in Port Washington) is known as "The Pearl of Manhasset Bay." Others call it a "diamond in the rough." But as a resident of Manorhaven, I call it a great place to live. With such diverse residences as houseboats for under $50,000, cottages, two-family homes, and $1 million condos, there is something for everyone. It also offers a variety of restaurants, small shops and services, houses of worship, a senior center, bus service to the LIRR station and much more.

A highlight of the village is Manorhaven Beach Park. It has a beach, pools, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a boat launch, picnic area and other amenities. The annual pass for the pool is very reasonable and well worth it. The park is in the section of Manorhaven known as Beach Haven.

The other two sections of Manorhaven are Orchard Beach and Manhasset Isle. Orchard Beach is where you'll find the pricey condos and the houseboats, and the Waterview Restaurant, a favorite of my husband's. Manhasset Isle has the Manhasset Bay Marina, Tom's Point co-ops, La Motta's Restaurant, and streets with unique Native American names like Nesaquake, Secatoag and Yenicock.

But Manorhaven has its controversies too, like the much-debated cell phone tower in Manhasset Isle, and the slightly annoying alternate side-of-the-street parking that is inconvenient even in good weather. Many new residents are initiated to the community by receiving parking tickets, and then trying to locate the sign and interpret the parking rules.

All-in-all, Manorhaven is a lovely community, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any buyer looking for a great place to start out or to downsize, to retire or to raise a family, or for anyone looking for a convenient commute to Manhattan.

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