Sands Point, New York

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Sands Point is a village located at the northernmost tip of the Cow Neck Peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York. As of the United States 2000 Census, the village population was 2,786. The Incorporated Village of Sands Point is in the Town of North Hempstead.

Sands Point is a wealthy community on the north shore of Long Island. It is home to Long Island's most expensive real estate.[1] Sands Point is only a 35 minute commute to midtown Manhattan. Homes in Sands Point are mainly 1960's sprawling ranches and recently built larger residences with a few turn of the century estates mixed in. Many homes sit atop large hills and seaside cliffs. Sands Point contains no commercial establishments. The village uses Port Washington's library, firehouse, water and schools, but maintains its own police force. It has no street lights, curbs, or rainwater basins. Billionaire Kenneth Langone, the creator of The Home Depot resides in the village.[2]

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History

The village was incorporated in 1910. In 1917, the village absorbed the communities of Barkers Point and Motts Point. It was originally owned by three families, the Sands, Vanderbilts, and Cornwells. In 1910 Daniel Guggenheim bought his 216-acre (0.87 km2) Hempstead House, formerly Castle Gould. His son Harry Guggenheim, founder of Newsday, later erected his estate "Falaise" nearby. Today, the estate is part of the Sands Point Preserve, notable for a medieval fair run by Medieval Scenarios and Recreations, Ltd., which is held every September. In the 1960s, under less strict building codes, many homes were built on 1-acre (4,000 m2) parcels. Current zoning allows subdivisions of 2 acres (8,100 m2) or more.

The Sands Family Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[3]

Geography

Sands Point is bordered almost entirely by water - Long Island Sound to the north, Manhasset Bay to the west and Hempstead Harbor on the east. It shares land borders with the villages of Port Washington, Port Washington North, Manorhaven, and Soundview. Sands Point is located at 40°50′55″N 73°42′42″W / 40.848595°N 73.711724°W / 40.848595; -73.711724.[4]

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