Just wondering but is Port Jefferson living as good as I have heard?.. How is the commute to NYC? Thank you!

Asked by Jo, Bayside, NY Fri Aug 31, 2007

Thinking of moving to Port Jefferson becasue of affordable homes available and the serenity of it. But how is the commute to NYC?

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Cynthia McKe…, Agent, Hauppauge, NY
Sat Sep 22, 2007
The commute on the LIRR is just under 2 hours. The commute by car is at least that long. Many commuters take the train from Ronkonkoma to shorten travel time. I would suggest that you take a daytrip and visit Port Jefferson in order to see what the commute is like. As far as living in Port Jefferson, it is wonderful! There are many things to do, the schools are great, it is quiet and serene, I could continue.....
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Shannon Eliz…, , Virginia
Wed Oct 15, 2008
Hi Jo,

As a former resident of Eastern Long Island, I lived about 20 minutes South of Port Jeff. I did the commute into the city for a little over a year. I also did the commute within Long Island. They are both HORRIBLE. No matter what time of day you work, the LIE, the Southern State, the Northern State are always a parking lot. The LIRR is ALWAYS late, and/or CANCELLED! I was stranded in Jamaica and in other odd places on numerous occasions. Once you factor in all parts of the commute, you're looking at 2.5+ hours each way, on a day where traffic is okay and trains are on time. Forget about driving into the city! If you are looking for serenity, yes, Port Jefferson will provide it, but your commute will take it right away! Also, if you are single it may be okay that you spend so much time away from home, but if you have a family, you will be spending a lot of time apart if you are commuting on a regular basis. If you can telecommute then you'll be good. This is the main reason I chose to move to NJ... 45 minutes door-to-door ,on a bus that hasn't been late once in a year, I'm at work. Long Island, in my humble opinion, is vastly overrated.
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Tom C, , Smithtown, NY
Wed Oct 15, 2008
It's a long long trip in. Everyone else is still asleep and it seems like 2 AM when you drive to the station. It's worse coming home. You get in the habit of leaving work early, and if you work late, your looking at the slowest commute in the world. Your kids grow up without you. You see them sleeping when you leave, you see them sleeping when you get home.
You trick yourself by looking at the train schedule. It may be accurate, but there are always delays. And then you have to get to your job. Work on LI or move closer to NY. If the wife pushes to live in, or east, of Port Jeff, then take her on a sample commute trip, in early and out late.
Why do you think the homes are more affordable out here? Don't trust the realters.
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Gina Lollo, Agent, Setauket, NY
Wed Oct 8, 2008
Port Jefferson is a beautiful village. Something always brings them back to Port Jeff. So many special events going on downtown., the ferry to CT is centrally located, the walks up and down Main st. Come give us a vist, you wont be disappointed.
By the way It is approximately 2 hours by train from Penn Station.
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Diane Glander, Agent, Spring Lake, NJ
Fri Aug 31, 2007
The commute from that part of the island whether by car or the LIRR is horrible!
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Robert Leigh…, Agent, Setauket, NY
Wed Aug 17, 2011
Hi Joe,
I am a native of Bayside! I went to Cardozo HS, PS 74 and PS 205. I lived on Bell blvd for over 25 years and Moved out to Port Jefferson/Port Jeff Station.. I was commuting to Manhattan for a while, and must admit it was tedious. If you have the type of job where you can get flex time to beat the rush hour, you can make it in under 2 hours.. and even better if you can work from home a day or 2 a week. The lifestyle out this way is could be worth it..
If you don't mind the train (bring your laptop and phone), you can make a go of it.. but If you don't enjoy train rides I would recommend that you consider other options..like moving closer in ..
I am a full time realtor and could shed some light on the reality of commuting to the city from various parts of Long Island- Give me a call anytime..

Rob Leighton
Certified Buyer Representative
Certified Short Sale Realtor
Charles Rutenberg Realty
631-828-4404 516-575-7500
Web Reference:  http://www.LIHomebuyer.com
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Jo, Home Buyer, Bayside, NY
Thu Nov 25, 2010
We actually moved to Beacon, NY upstate in 2008.. thank you for all your answers.
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Ralph Windsc…, Agent, Hauppauge, NY
Thu Nov 25, 2010
Quite some time ago, you posted an inquiry on Trulia seeking real estate advice. If you are still considering purchasing or selling real estate or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. Please accept my best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Ralph Windschuh
Associate Broker
Certified Buyer Representative
Senior Real Estate Specialist
Century 21 Princeton Properties
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Frank P. Edw…, , Port Jefferson, NY
Wed Jul 15, 2009
I live in port Jefferson , great top schools for kids, village ammenities, golf tennis parking resturants ferry to new England fishing a real life. I used to drive 20 minutes to LIRR Ronkonkoma and it was a 1 hour express train to manhattan , great commute. Did it for 20 years. I did a lot of work on the train with my laptop got to read the whole newspaper in the morning, was able to wind down from my business before I got home. Raised to kids had weekends off, it was worth it.
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Lawrence&She…, Agent, Plainview, NY
Sat Oct 18, 2008
Hi Jo, Port Jefferson is a beautiful town and a great place to be especially in the warmer weather. When you walk through the streets of downtown Port Jeff, you feel like you are visiting a vacation town and many islanders spend the day in town, watching the ferry, shopping or eating at some great restaurants. It's a real treat! As far as the commute is concerned, it is a long ride on the Long Island Railroad and a long commute into New York City...but sometimes being "there" makes up for it. If you need any additonal information regarding Port Jefferson or any other Long Island North Shore community, please email us at: longislandrealtors@gmail.com
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