Lloyd Harbor is a village in the town of Huntington on Long Island's North Shore. Situated on a peninsula that extends northward into Long Island Sound, the Suffolk County village boasts nearly 20 miles of shoreline along Cold Spring Harbor, Lloyd Harbor, Huntington Harbor, Huntington Bay and Long Island Sound. The majority of this waterfront village is covered by wooded hills, park land and wildlife preserves, the epitome of the unspoiled natural beauty that first attracted the wealth of the legendary Long Island Gold Coast.
The more remote neck section of the village at the end of West Neck Road is known as Lloyd Neck; the portion of the village closer to downtown Huntington is known as West Neck. A long causeway connects the two. The two areas joined to become the municipality of Lloyd Harbor in 1926, several decades after the Gold Coast era began bringing wealthy families who bought land and built seaside estates and mansions.
Many of the area's public parks and nature preserves exist on historic sites that were formerly grand estates. The largest, Caumsett State Park, occupies 1,500 acres the entire middle section of Lloyd Neck of what was once the English manor-style estate belonging to department store heir Marshall Field III. Another former estate, the 80-acre Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge, shelters upland forest, a rocky beach and vernal ponds.
Homes some with private beaches on Long Island Sound command top dollar here, and include stunning contemporary houses as well as classic estates, historic older homes and over sized ranches on lots no smaller than two acres with many far larger. In addition to being a heavenly retreat for the rich and famous, the area attracts families to the outstanding Cold Spring Harbor school district. Lloyd Neck has, at various times, been home to Charles Lindbergh, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel, and, more recently, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The entirely residential village has even banned streetlights in some areas to preserve the wilderness atmosphere and privacy. Yet this country haven doesn't sacrifice convenience: It only takes about an hour to get to New York City, and the Long Island Rail Road stops at Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington.
There are virtually no businesses to disturb the peace in Lloyd Harbor, but the lively historic downtown section of Huntington is only a few minutes' drive away. The Lloyd Neck Bath Club is a private beach club used by local residents. Parks filled with wildlife in its natural habitat and beautiful beaches and water views are always steps away, offering hiking and bird watching as well as boating and other water sports or just watching the sun set over the sound.
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