Eastport is one of the lesser-known and lesser-traveled portals to the South Fork.
Much of the country-hamlet charm of Eastport lies in its “road less traveled” atmosphere. Eastporters, especially those with backyard docks on Little Seatuck Creek, Moriches Bay, and East River, like it that way.
Living in Eastport
Eastport is one of the least known gateways to the South Fork. Situated across a network of waterways and marinas, it has retained a rural charm. Eastporters tend to like it that way, enjoying waterside peace, a village-like calm and a sense of community. It retains the unspoiled feel of Long Island from a bygone era. There are wonderful rural spots with wooded lanes leading down to quiet waterside locations. It's no wonder that people see Eastport as something of a hidden gem in Long Island.
Eastport provides seclusion and quiet away from the city crowds, as well as the convenience of shorter journey times from New York, compared with the more distant Hamptons.
Beginning as two hamlets, Seatuck and Waterville, the hamlet became known as Eastport in 1860 when the postal service asked the residents of both to combine and choose one name. Eastport was their second choice. Their first preference, Seatuck, was rejected as too similar to Setauket.
In the early 20th century the area was famous for its duck farms, with 6.5 million Long Island ducks from 29 farms a year going to market; at one time Eastport was known as "the Duck Capital of the World". Now just one family-run Long Island duck farm remains in the area, and none in Eastport itself. Historic houses dating from the late 19th century were originally farmers' residences, or built for summer guesthouses. In the early 20th century it was a popular spot for weekending New Yorkers, who came for seafood and roast duck dinners but tended not to build residences here.
One historic sight to look out for is the World War I memorial dating from 1922. It stands in front of Eastport Elementary school and depicts a US soldier striding across the globe.
Things to do in Eastport
Most activities in Eastport revolve around the water. Its location provides access to Moriches Inlet and the Atlantic, with full-service marinas on Seatuck Cove. Taking a boat out for the day, fishing and relaxing are all top activities for those who choose the quiet of Eastport for their summer getaway or year-round residence.
If you want to stay on land, opt instead for a peaceful, reflective walk in the woods. The 70-acre Our Lady of the Island shrine is at the northern edge of Eastport. A short path up a wooded hillside leads to an 18-foot statue of the Virgin Mary. The views from here across the South Shore are without equal, with Moriches Bay, Westhampton's beach and the Atlantic all visible in the distance.
For more than 20 years, Eastport has been drawing in keen antiques collectors thanks to the numerous antiques and gift shops in its historic district on Montauk Highway, Eastport's Main Street. Alluding to the hamlet's days as a duck-farming centre, the vintage duck decoys are especially beautiful keepsakes.
Small and charming, Beyond the Beaten Path specialises in vintage clothing, jewelry and costume rentals, while KC Kollection is worth browsing for its vast stock of unusual homewares, antique lights and original artworks.
If you prefer a more contemporary look, then Eastport's Little Secret should be your first port of call for stylish jewelry, a well-curated choice of bright accessories, gifts for children, and some irresistible luxury items for the home.
Eastport is all about local, low-key charm. Eastport Luncheonette is a cozy, old-style diner perfect for a relaxed breakfast, omelets and pancakes. It's located on Montauk Highway, and you can stop for brunch or lunch here while antique shopping along Eastport's main street.
Likewise, the Triangle Pub retains a casual, locals feel. It's the kind of place you'll relax over a drink, good conversation and a burger freshly made with hand-ground meat, and you can customize your burger as you wish.
However, anyone staying in Eastport will want to venture out towards the water. To take in the marina views while you dine, pay a visit to Trumpets on the Bay. Its simple yet elegant dining room that looks out over the bay makes for a perfectly romantic location to dine on lobster salad or crab cakes. They also champion local winemakers, and you can join them for evenings of tastings and wine pairings.
Eastport real estate
In Eastport, properties that have private docks on Little Seatuck Creek, Moriches Bay, and East River are the most coveted. These give access to the marina and waters, and you can row your boat or kayak right from your backyard. Historic houses dating from the late 19th century provide period character"think elegant eaves and wide terraces"while modern contemporary designs are also available, with large terraces that take advantage of the setting while still providing privacy. Spacious Eastport homes, with private pools, barbecues and personal waterside docks, will appeal as summer rentals.
Tucked-away cottages and condos provide relaxation and peace, while still being convenient for the golf courses, beaches, and larger destinations of the Hamptons.
If you're looking for Eastport houses for sale, consider the Seatuck Cove Estate area, which offers perfect seclusion and open parcels of land with development potential. It's surrounded by water on all sides and the bays are at the end of the street, making it the perfect spot for fishing and boating.
No Place Like Home
"Originally the center of the Long Island Duck industry, Eastport has definitely seen its share of change. But in spite of that change Eastport has maintained the small town charm that makes it special. The perfect place to summer or live year round"
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