Beautiful Orient is an hamlet of bucolic landscapes with farmland, salt marshes, and exquisite beaches. A civil war monument near the causeway marks the entrance to Orient. Although “Orient” and “Orient Point” are used interchangeably, “Orient” refers to the hamlet, and “Orient Point” refers to a physical location at the end of the North Fork of Long Island, which is located within the hamlet of Orient. Orient Point has a population of roughly 743 residents. Orient is the easternmost hamlet on Long Island’s beautiful North Fork. Orient has a total square area of a little over six square miles with one square mile of that being water. The Orient has warm humid summers since the climate borders on humid continental and humid subtropical. The winters are cold and damp, however, the average temperature in the summer is a near-perfect 74 degrees.
The Algonquin tribe of Native American Indians named the area “Poquatuck”. Later, European settlers named the area Oyster Ponds because of the abundance of oyster beds in area waters. In the 17th century, Orient was settled by five families whose surnames still exist exist in local families. Benedict Arnold and local Tories use the Orient as a base of operation during the American Revolution and conducted raids on Yankee strongholds in Connecticut. Orient’s summer population swells to over 1,000. There's no real center of commerce in Orient however the basics are easy to find with a post office, gas station, country store, ice cream parlor, and a few seasonal venues available. A greater variety of shopping venues can be found in nearby Greenport. Many local residents are employed at the United States Government's Department of Agriculture lab on Plum Island, a five minute boat ride from Orient Point. Some residents work in farming and commercial fishing, while others commute to the metropolitan area. Ferry service has been available to Orient Point for over a century. A vehicle/passenger ferry currently operates between Orient Point and New London Connecticut. Students in Orient attend schools in the highly regarded Oysterponds Public School District which functions more like a private school with small class sizes and personalized instruction.
Orient has a distinctly New England flavor. Many of the homes in the area have been built over the last three centuries. Many of the structures in Orient are included in the Orient Historic District and some vintage structures are on the National Register of Historic Places. Homes in Orient fall into one of three basic categories: settlement houses in the Federal Style, shingled summer cottages built at the turn of the century by the well-to-do, or suburban tract houses. Orient is largely a community of single-family homes however lots are also available on which to build your custom home. The average listing price for a lot in Orient is $1,416,454 the price can go up from there approaching $7,000,000. The average listing price for a single-family home is $1,315,942 and can go up to $3,295,000. Homes are in high demand in Orient.
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