Long Island Apartments for Rent
Montauk Point Lighthouse was authorized by
President George Washington in 1792.
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Path through the sand dunes
on a quiet Long Island beach.
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View from the Pier of the East River Ferry
An Aerial View of the Long Island Coastline
The Jones Beach State Park Water Tower was built in 1930.
The beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum dates back to 1887.
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Perched on a cliff above waves crashing along the rocky shoreline, Montauk Point Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of Long Island. This historic landmark is the oldest lighthouse in New York, authorized by the Second Congress under President George Washington in 1792. Long Island offers many beautiful locations, dotted with award-winning beaches, historic architecture, and stunning parks.
On the flip side, Long Island is a densely-populated and busy area of New York. And while it contains four counties, Kings and Queens are more often associated with New York City, while Suffolk and Nassau are considered “Long Island.” Long Island is home to nearly 8 million residents – roughly 40 percent of the state’s entire population.
Long Island extends 118 miles, making it the longest and largest island in the country – it is also the most populated. From the stunning Gold Coast to Sag Harbor to Oyster Bay, there’s a reason so many people move to (and fall in love with!) Long Island. If you are ready to be one of them, here’s what you need to know about renting apartments in Long Island!
Things to Do in Long Island:
There’s only one place to begin when listing all of the great things to do in Long Island, and that’s at the beach! Long Island has some of the nation’s best beaches (according to Dr. Beach), and since Long Island is the nation’s longest island, there are miles of shoreline to choose from!
Long Beach began as a resort area in the 1880s and today offers plenty of soft, powdery sand and a two-mile boardwalk. Long Beach is a popular tourist destination and is home to a variety of events, such as a boardwalk arts and crafts show, beach tennis tournaments, a film festival, and summer concerts.
Jones Beach State Park has a band shell, a boardwalk, and more than six miles of beach. Many events and concerts are held in the park, including an annual air show, a holiday light show, art shows, and sports events.
Main Beach is a beautiful beach located in glamorous East Hampton. Known as a playground for the rich and famous, you might do just as much celebrity-watching as you do seashell hunting. Main Beach and other beaches in the Hamptons are more challenging for non-residents to enjoy. Non-residents must pay to use these beaches and seasonal passes and parking is extremely limited. This is also true for Coopers Beach, named the best beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2010. Coopers Beach is lined with big, elegant mansions owned by even bigger names.
Fire Island offers some terrific and less-populated beaches. A ferry transports visitors to the island, which is lined with gorgeous beaches, a boardwalk, and the historic Fire Island Lighthouse. And if surfing is your thing, there’s one beach that will inspire you – Montauk. Montauk is at the eastern tip of South Fork and it has been called one of the best surfing beaches in the US. Montauk also has that famous lighthouse, more than 20 marinas, and amazing seafood restaurants.
Of course, if you want to do a little sight-seeing after spending time at the beach, head to the North Shore and Oyster Bay! This amazing hamlet was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s, and it was home to President Theodore Roosevelt. Sagamore Hill was Roosevelt’s home from 1885 until his death in 1919. While Roosevelt was in office, Sagamore Hill became famous as his “Summer White House.” Today, this National Historic Site covers 83 acres and includes the house museum, forests, salt marsh, beaches, picnic areas, a visitor’s center, and a nature trail.
In addition to amazing beaches, Long Island is famous for its golf courses – more than 60 of them. If you enjoy golfing, be sure to explore these courses after you’ve moved to your Long Island apartment (or choose an apartment near a golf course!). Even if you are just a casual golfer, be sure to check out Bethpage State Park, which is famous for its five world-class golf courses. And if you’d rather go biking, horseback riding, hiking, picnicking, sledding, or cross-country skiing – then still go to Bethpage State park! This amazing park truly does have something for everyone.
If fishing is your thing, you’ll love fly-fishing at Connetquot River State Park Preserve and saltwater fishing at Captree State Park. Of course, Long Island is a boater’s paradise with waterways that include the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, and a variety of lakes and rivers to explore.
Long Island is filled with historic sites, art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, wineries, farms, theaters, and more. Be sure to explore all of them after choosing your new apartment in Long Island. Be sure to visit the Parrish Art Museum, the Nassau County Museum of Art, and historic Belmont Park.
From the quirky (be sure to check out the Big Duck, built in 1931) to the fascinating (the Brewster House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built around 1665 and is the oldest house in the Three Villages area), you’ll always have plenty to do when living on Long Island!
What to Consider When Moving to Long Island:
Long Island isn’t the typical suburb – it is a densely-populated community filled with apartment buildings and condos. Less than 40 percent of Long Island housing are detached homes. There are two cities on Long Island – Long Beach and Glen Cove. There’s also a variety of towns, hamlets, and villages. As you begin your search for Long Island apartments, be sure to explore the variety of unique enclaves. Some, such as Oyster Bay, Sag Harbor, and Port Jefferson, resemble quaint New England villages, while the Gold Coast and the Hamptons contain elaborate mansions and stately homes.
Long Island has a strong economy due to tourism and due to its proximity to New York City. While there is some industry on Long Island with Symbol Technologies, Sperry Rand, and Motorala all having a presence in the city, the eastern end tends to be more agricultural with a variety of vineyards and farms. LaGuardia Airport and JFK International Airport are located in Queens. The island is also home to laboratories, such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Long Island is considered a wealthy area and is home to some of the nation’s most expensive houses, especially in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Like New York City, Long Island is very pedestrian-friendly with an extensive mass transit system. The Long Island Rail Road is the nation’s busiest commuter railroad systems – and one of the oldest, starting in 1834.
Long Island is also home to several colleges and universities, including Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, Adelphi University, Brooklyn College, and Queens College.
Why Long Island Apartments Are Hot:
Perhaps it’s that Long Beach sand in your shoes, or fantastic historic buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Maybe it is the stunning lighthouses, the arts, the culture, unique parks, or the plethora of amazing seafood restaurants. Whatever it is that draws you (and so many others!) to this amazing stretch of sandy beaches and busy streets, there’s no doubt that apartments in Long Island are in high demand!