Port Jefferson Station, before it was a town, was mostly a farming community. It began to grow up when, in 1873, the Long Island Rail Road built a station to serve the seaside area of Port Jefferson. This station effectively split Port Jefferson in two; the port part of town and the station part of town. In fact, the northern border with Port Jefferson proper is formed by the railroad track.
Port Jefferson Station is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York. The city is about 60 miles out on Long Island, east of New York City. Less than 8,000 people live here and you'll find it's just a great small town with the perfect balance of tree-lined streets and quiet neighborhoods that are close to some great stuff.
Moving to Port Jefferson Station
In the mid-1950s the Nesconset Highway was built through town and the area quickly grew from a farming community into its present state of suburbia. It may seem far, but plenty of folks commute into the Big Apple for work; the Long Island Rail Road makes that easy. It sure beats driving a car into Manhattan every day.
While rental prices are not cheap compared to the rest of the country, if you can live in Port Jeff Station and work in the city, you'll likely make out ahead of the game.
You should allow a little bit of time when looking for a apartment for rent or home for rent in Port Jefferson Station. There is a healthy mix of both, and a pretty big range of styles, so finding what you like may take three or four weeks.
While you're looking, make sure you are ready to commit should your place come up. Make sure you have first month's rent and deposit, which is usually another month's rent. Be prepared for a credit check if you're renting from a complex. Even some private rentals will run a credit and/or background check these days.
Neighborhoods of Port Jefferson Station
Port Jefferson Station takes up a total area of 2.6 square miles of Long Island Real Estate. Not much really, but this area has many property rentals . Here you will find townhouses for rent, duplexes and single-family homes. While a mile or two in any direction might not seem to make much of a difference, it can if you are commuting to work every day. The boundaries of Port Jefferson Station form a triangle. Here are some of the areas to consider.
Southeast: The southeast border is the Nesconset Highway and this is where you'll want to be if you have to drive Long Island to get to work. This area has the most home rentals but there is a complex too.
Southwest: The southwest border of Port Jeff Station is Old Town Road. This is about the quietest area of town, bordering on the Laurel Ridge Setauket Woods Nature Preserve. There are no complexes in this area and there are fewer houses than other parts of town. You'll be driving a couple of miles to anything from here. But maybe that's just fine!
North: The triangle is closed on the northern side of town by the border with Port Jefferson at the railroad tracks. This is closer to the seaport of Port Jefferson so it starts to get busier and more populated as you go. There are a couple of complexes here.
Top Apartment Complexes
Woodcrest Estates: This 55+ community offers one and two bedroom apartments for rent with in unit washer and dryer hookups and plenty of activities and amenities such as swimming pool, library, media room and a community garden.
Heatherwood House Apartments: This complex has studio, one and two bedroom apartments for rent and offers residents amenities such as a pool, fitness center and cable TV. Heatherwood is also pet friendly and is within walking distance to stores and restaurants.
Fairfield Knolls North: This community offers two-bedroom apartments for rent. Hot tub, swimming pool and tennis courts. Larger than average with a minimum of 1,299 square feet. This community is located right next to the Heatherwood Golf Club.
Living in Port Jefferson Station
Long Island, at least the eastern part, is well known for its plethora of transportation options. You can get anywhere from here. The Port Jefferson Station stop of the Long Island Railroad is on Route 112, known as Main Street, and Oakland Avenue. In addition, there are many bus routes serving the town by the Suffolk County Transit Bus system.
It's a trek into New York City, but well worth it if you are up for a fantastic night, but if you want an easy night out there are plenty of options in Port Jefferson Station.
If you are a pizza connoisseur, be sure to check out Colosseo on Patchogue Road. Locals say their white pizza is the best to be had anywhere. Here's a tip for you: they only accept cash!
The Road Trip American Ale House on the Nesconset Highway offers over fifty beers on tap to please even the pickiest ale drinker.
On the southwestern edge of the town is the Laurel Ridge Setauket Woods Nature Preserve. This is a Long Island mountain biker's paradise and is also great for hiking and just getting out there.
If your apartment search brings you to Port Jefferson Station, you'll feel right at home with the quiet, tree-lined streets of this area. You still have easy access to all the shopping and restaurants you may want and then when you're done, you can head on into the little streets of Port Jefferson Station for some peace and quiet.