Juniper at The Vanderbilt opens in Westbury

Everyone obsesses over the cooking and the vibe and the décor and the service, but restaurant names make and break establishments more often than you might think, and selecting one often involves nervous meetings between restaurateurs and their backers. As managing partner of Civetta Hospitality, James Mallios has participated in his share of these tedious […]

Owners of new or extensively renovated homes in Nassau get tax relief in state budget

Owners of new or extensively renovated homes in Nassau County could spread out up to $750,000 in new valuation over eight years under a tax relief legislation approved this week in the State Legislature. Under Nassau’s first countywide reassessment in a decade, homeowners can phase-in valuation changes — up or down — over five years. […]

LI’s new luxury condos: Bigger, cozier, pricier

Annie Chen and her husband, Tim, know how tough and time-consuming it is to maintain a home from watching their parents. The busy millennials wanted none of that when they were planning to move from Queens — but they did want a place large enough to start a family. So, they decided on a $629,000 […]

2 new condo complexes coming up in East Meadow

Sales for two new condominium complexes from the Beechwood Organization are underway in East Meadow, with one-third of one of those communities already sold in pre-construction phase. Prices for units in both complexes start at around $619,000. Meadowbrook Pointe Gardens, on the site of the former Oberle’s Florist and Greenhouses, is now available as pre-construction […]

East Meadow boasts good food, fun, and high-achieving schools

If you’re looking for all the good stuff — quality food, fun and high-achieving schools — East Meadow has it all. That’s how businessman Jim Skinner, past president of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, sees it. “Eisenhower Park, in particular, has three golf courses and an Olympic-size swimming pool that’s among the largest in […]

Group selling luxury condos at Southampton’s historic Village Latch Inn

The Beechwood Organization has launched sales for its condominium development at the site of the historic Village Latch Inn in Southampton. Latch Southampton Village includes 20 new homes and a handful of units have been made available to buy based on floor plans. Prices range from $1.75 million for villa residences to $5 million for […]

LI’s 55-plus communities find ways to tackle pandemic, stay upbeat

Lorraine Pizzo lived in a single-family home in Westbury for more than 40 years before moving to Country Pointe Meadows, a community for older adults in Yaphank. Despite the coronavirus pandemic closing the complex’s clubhouse until further notice, the 72-year-old said her social life remains active, and she still believes that moving to the community, […]

Choosing a 55+ Community: Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy or Rent

On Long Island, 55-and-over communities continue to grow in popularity, offering residents a wide range of amenities and freedom from the time-consuming upkeep of the homes where they raised families. We asked representatives of some of these communities in Nassau and Suffolk to share the five most frequently asked questions they get from prospective buyers […]

Long Island Living: How to Choose a 55+ Community

MOVING FROM A private home to a 55-plus community is sometimes referred to as “downsizing.” But Michael Dubb, founder and CEO of the Beechwood Organization of Jericho, prefers to call this kind of move “rightsizing.” Rightsizing, he says, is when you’re ready to get rid of the big home – the stairs, the maintenance, yard […]

Country Pointe communities featured in “The golden years: 1 in 3 senior households has income of $100,000-plus, LI data show” (Excerpt)

For many gray-haired Long Islanders, the golden years are more rock ‘n’ roll than rocking chairs. Affluent and active senior citizens are buying Corvettes, filling concert halls, shopping for jewelry and booking vacations. Their numbers are growing, and businesses are taking notice. Consider the data: 34% of Nassau County householders 65 plus and 28% of […]

Long Island leads the state in electric vehicle use, report says

Long Island leads the state in its electric vehicle use, according to a new report. Of the 42,529 all-electric and electric hybrid vehicles registered in the state as of June, 30 percent were on Long Island, according to a report released this week by Drive Electric Long Island, a coalition of electric vehicle stakeholders. The […]

These Long Islanders are empty nesting, and loving it

For some Long Islanders, an empty nest means downsizing to a smaller, more manageable space. For others, it means moving to a place where you will no longer have to worry about climbing stairs or doing yard work. A few even make the bold move to upgrade by finally building what they describe as their […]

Country Pointe Shops’ retail offerings to range from pizza to Pilates

The 118,450 square feet of retail space at Country Pointe Plainview is 90 percent leased, the developer says. If you’ve driven by the new Country Pointe Plainview mixed-use development lately, you’ve likely seen more foot traffic as the residential and retail project takes shape. Most of the space in the $45 million retail portion of the development now has […]

A community helps treasured Plainview hardware store make move

The owners say the move to a space twice as big represents a win for small business in an era when local stores struggle to compete with corporate chains and online retailers. Dan Naftol has been shopping at Trio Hardware in Plainview for 30 years, dropping in once or twice a week to buy nuts […]

Luxury Westbury apartment complex 50% leased

The Vanderbilt features rents from $3,500 to $8,000, and amenities such as a fitness studio, library, dog park, swimming pool and restaurant. Apartments at The Vanderbilt, a luxury rental complex opening this month in Westbury with monthly rents topping out at $8,000, are more than 50 percent leased, the developer said. Steven Dubb, principal at […]

LI developers spend millions to protect from future storms

Long Island developers are making multimillion-dollar investments to protect new projects — waterfront and inland alike — from rising sea levels and the risk of major storms. In Glen Cove, RXR Realty said it is raising the ground level of its 56-acre waterfront development, Garvies Point, by 6 to 10 feet. The effort required enough […]

Historic inn to open for the summer, but owners eye condo conversion

A historic Southampton hotel will open as a “pop-up” inn in time for Memorial Day weekend, but its new owners are eyeing converting it to luxury condominiums after the summer season. The Latch Pop-up Inn, housed in the former Village Latch Inn, a 67-room hotel built at the turn of the last century, will offer […]

East End lures baby boomers year-round

The East End is luring a small but hardy group of baby boomers who are moving there year-round, drawn by the region’s proximity to New York City, its offseason serenity, cultural activities and relatively low property taxes that help offset high home prices. Some newcomers start as summer vacationers and eventually move to their East […]

Country Pointe Huntington Development Sales Begin

The Beechwood Organization has launched pre-construction sales for Country Pointe Huntington, the newest development to go up in Huntington Station. Seventy-six single-level and two-story homes are being built along East Fifth Street. Buyers have four models to choose from, ranging from 1,500 to 2,300 square feet, with prices starting at $439,000. Floor plans feature a […]

Home building boom returns to the Hamptons

In the Hamptons, New York City’s financial elites are scooping up gleaming new mansions as fast as builders can construct them. New home permits are being issued at their quickest pace since before the housing bust that began in 2007. Last year, developers got approval to construct about 555 homes across the Hamptons — the […]

Beechwood buys Huntington Station land for 76 condos

A Jericho-based developer has purchased land in Huntington Station where it intends to build 76 condominiums. The Beechwood Organization closed last month on the purchase of 6 acres from Virginia-based AvalonBay Communities, said Chris Capece, a senior development director at AvalonBay. The land is at the southeast corner of AvalonBay’s newly built apartment complex, at […]

AvalonBay Huntington Station Holds Grand Opening

Officials from AvalonBay Huntington Station recently hosted a grand opening for the 379-unit development. Brandishing a Newsday front page with a headline that declared “Rejected” and dated Sept. 22, 2010 — the day after the Huntington Town Board voted down a proposed 490-unit development — senior vice president of development for AvalonBay Communities Matt Whelan […]

Apartment-Hotel Complex Earns Zoning Approval

The Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a zoning change that would make way for a $60 million, 195-unit apartment-hotel complex at the former Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury. The board voted 7-0 to change the zoning from industrial to cluster residential housing, which will allow the construction of the development — The Portofino — […]

E. Rockaway Condo Plan Receives Environmental Approval

The Beechwood Organization sought to convert a warehouse and marina on the border of East Rockaway and Oceanside into condominiums. Beechwood Atlantic Avenue hopes to transform the 2.72-acre property near the East Rockaway train station into six four-story buildings with 84 total units and at least 65 boat slips. Hempstead’s Town Board passed a resolution […]

Beechwood Organization sells 40% of Country Pointe North Bellmore

A new development on a long vacant piece of property in North Bellmore is almost half sold, with the 79 single-family homes now commanding prices north of $700,000. About 40 percent of Country Pointe North Bellmore, which the Beechwood Organization has been building on a 17-acre former Army base that closed in 1996, has sold […]

Developer scales back plan, hoping for OK

Michael Dubb doesn’t want to repeat the stunning moment four years ago when billionaire Charles Wang yanked a rezoning application after opposition grew to his multiuse development plan in Plainview. So Dubb, founder of the Jericho-based Beechwood Organization, has proposed a less dense, mostly residential development on 143 acres at the corner of Old Country […]

Wang in contract with home builder for Plainview land

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is handing over the right to build on his 144 acres of Plainview property to home builder Michael Dubb, of the Beechwood Organization in Jericho, Dubb said Wednesday. Newsday reported last week that the Shinnecock Indian Nation was eyeing the same swath of wooded land as a potential casino […]

Beechwood Throws A Barbeque Bash For Country Pointe At Kings Park Homeowners

Neighbor greeted neighbor, some meeting for the first time at the Beechwood Organization’s first annual barbeque for homeowners at Country Pointe at Kings Park. Just before the barbeque, the community held the first annual meetings of the Homeowners Association, electing the Board of Directors of the HOA and the Board of Managers for Condominiums I […]

Good Gates, Good Neighbors?

Gary and Eileen Smith were ready for a change. The couple had had enough of taking care of their large Stony Brook home – everything from making sure the snow was shoveled to calling a service crew each year for the pool and Jacuzzi. Plus, with a vacation home in Florida, they wanted to come […]

The Market Rolls On

KATHY AND AL GRIMALDI say they have no regrets about purchasing their L-shaped ranch earlier this month. “In the past year, prices have gone up considerably,” said Kathy, a sales manager. “I heard they’re going to go up even more.” After looking for a house for more than six months, the newly married couple expects […]

Homebuilding Surges Nationwide

Unseasonably warm weather, a weak stock market and low interest rates contributed to an unexpected surge in new home construction nationwide last month, experts said yesterday. Housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.645 million in November, up 8.2 percent above the revised October estimate of 1.521 million and 6 percent above […]

New Housing Runs the Price Gamut

December 7, 2001 IN THE MIDST of an economic slowdown and post-Sept. 11 anxiety, there is still a strong demand for new homes in a wide price range, as evidenced by the plans for developments in both Queens and on Long Island. On Monday, for example, New York City officials announced a $350-million development of […]

Arverne Renewal To Begin In June

City officials yesterday tapped two Long Island developers to undertake the $350 million development of Arverne-by-the-Sea, a 100-acre oceanfront community in the Rockaways. At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other city officials said that a plan by Benjamin-Beechwood LLC, a joint venture, was selected from among several competitive proposals for the […]

7 Tips To Find New Housing

IN RECENT YEARS, the Rock Development Corp. has built about 35 two-family homes annually in the Far Rockaway and Arverne sections of Queens. But if you are looking to purchase one of these homes this year, you’re out of luck: Contracts for those under construction were signed months ago. Buyers coming in now are committing […]

Buyers and Cellars

NOWADAYS, a parcel of several hundred acres is almost unheard of in local builders’ circles.Yet that’s exactly what developer Michael Dubb, a partner in the Beechwood Organization, secured several months ago in Manorville, two miles south of the Long Island Expressway in eastern Suffolk. Last week, he broke ground on that property and hopes to […]

Top Tips From L.I. Builders

RANCH HOUSE or colonial, a man’s / woman’s home is his / her “castle” — but sometimes even castles need improvements. Just ask Michael Dubb, chairman of the board of the Long Island Builders Institute. Whether you’re investing time and money to sell your home or just enjoy a better lifestyle, here are some of […]