Welcome to Brookville/Old Brookville/Upper Brookville
Refined historic villages with grand homes and estates
Brookville, Old Brookville, and Upper Brookville are a group of villages within the Town of Oyster Bay known collectively as Brookville. This refined section of the North Shore of Long Island’s historic Gold Coast features numerous golf courses, the largest campus of the private Long Island University system at Long Island University Post, and Upper Brookville’s gorgeous 409-acre Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park.
All three villages are known for their grand homes and estates with historic zoning to lot sizes of between two and five acres. The Brookvilles’ stunning properties include classic Colonials, Tudors, and Victorians alongside spectacular contemporary masterpieces. These villages feature well-preserved homes from the 1920s and 30s and even a few Dutch farmhouses dating back to the 17th century.
What to Love
- Historic villages with grand homes and estates
- Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park
- Close to Wheatley Valley Plaza shopping center
The Brookvilles were named for the network of brooks that traverse this beautiful corner of Long Island. Many residents own horses, and all three villages offer access to equestrian trails. Commercial development is restricted to outside the inverted triangular area covered by the three villages, though there is a scattering of working farms across Brookville. Brookville, Old Brookville, and Upper Brookville together offer an oasis of rural tranquility within around 45 minutes of Manhattan.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
While there are no shops or restaurants within any of the three villages, there are plenty of commercial options located nearby. The Wheatley Plaza shopping center in neighboring Greenvale features close to 30 businesses in an attractive open-air setting. These include cosmetics retailer Bluemercury, designer shoe stores Jildor and Steven Dann, chic Italian-style fashion boutique Leggiadro, premier Long Island jewelry brand London Jewelers, artisanal chocolatier Lazar’s Chocolate, and kids’ books and toys emporium Funky Monkey. Dining choices at Wheatly Plaza include the hip Parisian-inspired bistro Bar Frites.
In the hamlet of East Norwich, Hunter Restaurant fuses French culinary craft with the distinctive flavors and regional cooking traditions of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Hunter Restaurant’s sophisticated meals are served in an exquisite space designed by James Beard Award winners Bentel and Bentel.
East Norwich is also home to Christina’s Epicure, an upscale grocery market stocked with seasonal organic produce and other high-quality food products. Christina’s Epicure also boasts gourmet butcher, cheese, bakery, and deli departments.
Things to Do
The North Shore Land Alliance is a nonprofit land trust working to preserve and protect more than 1,200 acres of open space across the communities of Long Island’s North Shore. Many residents of each of the three Brookville villages are members of the North Shore Land Alliance. One of the area’s most beautiful areas is the 409-acre Planting Fields Arboretum, Historic Park. The historic park surrounds the 1920s Tudor Revival mansion Coe Hall, where guided tours take visitors through faithfully preserved and furnished rooms belonging to the family of Gilded Age railroad and insurance executive William Robertson Coe. These lavish rooms are decorated with original paintings, decorative art objects, and stained glass. Planting Fields Arboretum Historic Park’s grounds also take in rolling lawns, woodlands, and gorgeous English park gardens designed by famous landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers.
Brookville, Old Brookville, and Upper Brookville are each served by the Locust Valley or North Shore school districts.
Friends Academy, Private, PK-12Portledge School, Private, PK-12
The Green Vale School, Private, PK-8
Chaminade High School, Private, Roman Catholic, Boys, 9-12