Long Island: Oak Beach

Oak Beach, Long IslandAccording to the 2010 census, Oak Beach (Captree) had a populations of just 286 people. The median income for a household was recorded at $142,583. The racial makeup of the area is White (89.5%) followed by Hispanic (8.0%) and Two or more races (1.0%).

Oak Beach is a finely cut gem of pristine quality in the necklace of natural marinas that adorns Long Island’s tantalizing curves. The waters off Oak Beach are wealthy even by Suffolk’s mountainous standards. Common flounder is about 2 pounds, Oak Beach holds a record to this day that has stood for more than half a century, for a 1948 landing of a fish that weighed no less than ten times the average. Knowledgeable sports fisherman know how many nautical miles a pelagic expedition must cover before one can hope for a 20-pound catch! Oak Beach gifts such wonders with indulgence, as anyone who has taken a fishing charter from Captree State Park can testify.

The magic continues as you step ashore and wonder through the deep glades that lie landward of Oak Beach. It is a telling indictment of our times that the last recorded sightings of rare and endangered birds goes back beyond 1940. It does not need the patience, experience and sheer love of a birding enthusiast to observe the numbers, variety and zest of spring and autumn flocks that grace Oak Beach surroundings, as they make their mysterious flights of migration from the Arctic to warmer climes. There is no evidence of the sightings that are lost each year, and there does reside the real Oak Beach charm.

Fire Island view from Captree

Single family homes are still available in Oak Beach in secluded areas amongst groves of trees, with unbroken views of the ocean and with direct access to beaches. Ocean front property in Oak Beach has enormous value that will endure as Babylon transforms its natural potential. The median sales price for a home in Oak Beach NY in late 2012 was $825,000 with just 12 properties for sale.

The people who live in Oak Beach have unusual lifestyles that are always threatened by marauding developers. This humble hamlet is home to one of the largest adult volleyball associations in the North Eastern United States. 800 members represent a gamut of players ranging from the casual and looking for fun to the highly accomplished with a passion for the sport. Games are played at night on the beach and the association promotes a healthy lifestyle.

The Nassua-Suffolk Pigeon Fanciers is a group of lovers of these birds based in Oak Beach and with national affiliation. The Association supports everyone who is interested in pigeons and invests in developing interest in the birds amongst young people. It is also a forum for social interaction and gives people the opportunity to make new friends.

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