Sands Point, New York

Sands Point, New York
—  Village  —
Sands Point, New York
Castle Gould, now part of Sands Point Preserve, once belonged to the Guggenheim family
U.S. Census Map
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Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°50′55″N 73°42′42″W / 40.84861°N °W / 40.84861; -73.71167
Country United States
State New York
County Nassau
 - Total  dunams (14.6 km2 / 5.6 sq mi)
 - Land
 - Water
Population (2000)
 - Total 2786
 - Urban density
 - Rural density
 - Metro density
 -  Density
 -  Density
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 11050
Area code(s) 516
FIPS code 36-65035
GNIS feature ID 0964415

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]



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 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 parcels. Current zoning allows subdivisions of or more.

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


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 .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.6 km2), of which, 4.2 square miles (11.0 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (24.56%) is water.


As of the census of 2005, there were 2,845 people, 878 households, and 783 families residing in the village. The population density was 657.5 people per square mile (253.7/km2). There were 902 housing units at an average density of 212.9/sq mi (82.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.89% White, 1.2% African American, 7.8% Asian, .3% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 878 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.3% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.8% were non-families. 8.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.12 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was in excess of $200,000, as is the median income for a family. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $60,938 for females. The per capita income for the village was $95,647. About 2.1% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over. ]

The town and "The Great Gatsby"

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Sands Point was referred to as "East Egg". East Egg residents inherited their fortunes and were considered more respected than the nouveau riche in newer "West Egg" (Great Neck/Kings Point) because Sands Point had "old money." The story's fictional Buchanans lived in the western part of Sands Point. Legend suggests that Fitzgerald who was often a guest at a mansion on Hoffstot Lane on Prospect Point in Sands Point used the site as his inspiration for the fictional Buchanan home in East Egg.[citation needed]


  3. . . National Park Service. 2009-03-13.