Port Washington

With rolling hills and a serpentine coastline in the northwest corner of Nassau County, Port Washington is studded with marinas, yacht clubs and golf courses. The Great Neck peninsula is across Manhasset Bay to the west; Manhasset and Plandome are to the south; Roslyn lies southeast. Besides an unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead, Port Washington is home to four incorporated villages: Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point, plus part of the village of Flower Hill.
Main Street’s business and restaurant district runs down to Manhasset Bay from the post office on Port Washington Boulevard.
Bay Walk Park in Port Washington North, which runs nearly two-thirds of a mile along Shore Road’s waterfront, was finished two years ago; it has a pier with a gazebo, a fishing pier, a dock and water taxi service, said Robert Weitzner, the mayor.
Manorhaven has marinas, houseboats, restaurants and the newly refurbished North Hempstead pool, along with two-family homes, pricey waterfront condominiums and, at Tom’s Point, more affordable co-ops. Colonials, split-levels and ranches line the Soundview neighborhood of Port Washington North. Tudors, Mediterraneans and colonials, some with views of Manhasset Bay, punctuate the terrain around Baxter’s Pond in Baxter Estates.
On the eastern side of the peninsula, waterfront bungalows at the Beacon Hill Colony, a co-op, are terraced Malibu-style into a hillside, going down to a private beach. The Port Washington line is the only branch of the Long Island Rail Road circumventing Jamaica; its express trains take 36 minutes to reach Penn Station. Commuters can count on finding a seat — and because their stop is the last, they don’t have to worry about dozing and missing it on the ride home. Monthly passes are approximately $250. By car, Manhattan is 17 miles via the Long Island Expressway. Optimal time: about 35 minutes.

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