Welcome to Locust Valley
An idyllic suburb on Long Island that is considered one of the best places to live in the New York City area
Located about 23 miles from Manhattan, Locust Valley is a peaceful suburb with a rural feel where many young professionals live. There are several elite polo and country clubs and highly-rated schools.
Locust Valley traces its roots to 1667 when Capt. John Underhill negotiated with the Matinecock Indians to purchase land for a settlement. In 1856, the town’s name was changed from Buckram to Locust Valley because of the large number of locust trees in the area. The arrival of the Long Island RailRoad helped spur commercial development.
The peaceful village has a population of about 3,500. The median sale price of a home is about $1 million, and the median household income is about $124,000.
What to Love
- Barney’s is a favorite for refined French and New American cuisine in a romantic, cozy room with a fireplace
- Bailey Arboretum is a secluded 40-acre nature center with rare Dawn Redwood trees, exotic gardens, and a play area for kids
- Mill Neck Manor is a nearby majestic Tudor Revival mansion on an 86-acre scenic estate overlooking the Long Island Sound
People & Lifestyle
Locust Valley has been described as friendly and charming, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else. It has a small-town feel with beautiful homes and a small waterfront on Beaver Lake. The Long Island Sound is not far away.
Locust Valley is one of the safest places to live on Long Island and is a great place to raise a family. It has an easy suburban feel while being a manageable commute into the city.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Locust Valley has a lovely dining scene along the central business district. Barney’s offers refined French and New American dishes. Buckram Stables Cafe is a busy pub serving burgers and other American favorites in a stable-like setting. Basil Leaf offers Italian fare in an intimate setting with a terrace.
The small but quaint downtown area offers a number of consignment and antique shops. The Valley Attic and The Perfect Find Consignments offer unique home furnishings at affordable prices. For antiques, check out The Finer Things and Silver Creek Antique & Estate.
Things to Do
There are a variety of activities in Locust Valley. It is part of horse country, and a number of stables offer horseback riding, including Gold Coast Equestrian. Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club provides children and teens a safe place to have fun, make friends and learn new skills. Bailey Arboretum offers community and educational programs for all ages, with trails, peaceful gardens, and other attractions spread out over 42 acres.
There are a number of private clubs in Locust Valley, including Piping Rock Club, Nassau Country Club, and Creek Club.
Locust Valley is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Locust Valley High School is a public school that has a high participation rate in advance placement classes
- Portledge School is an independent college-preparatory day school with approximately 400 students in pre-nursery through 12th grade
- Friends Academy is an independent Quaker college-preparatory private school founded in 1876 that serves early childhood through 12th grade