Atlantic Beach is an affluent village located on Long Beach Barrier Island on the Atlantic Ocean. Situated just off the South Shore of Long Island within the town of Hempstead, it shares the island with Long Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Atlantic Beach Estates, Lido Beach and Point Lookout. The City of Long Beach is just to the east, and Far Rockaway and Lawrence lie to the north across Reynolds Channel.
Atlantic Beach is known for its Spanish-style stucco homes, seasonal living and famous cabana beach clubs, many of which are still thriving. During the summer months, the population of this Nassau County beachside community that the New York Times called a village that doubles as a resort grows by thousands. Residents get seasonal passes for beach access at nine beach entrances set aside for them. The beach is within walking distance of almost every house in the village. Exempt from Long Beach city government, residents of Atlantic Beach are served by the Lawrence school district.
In the late 1920s the area became a glamorous summer playground for socialites, celebrities and New York City’s business elite. The post-war boom brought a steady influx of families who winterized the summer bungalows, attracted by the easy commute to Kennedy Airport and Manhattan. Soon the majority of residents were year-rounders. This has remained the case until recently when the area is again gaining popularity as a summer resort for city folk who have grown tired of commuting for hours to the Hamptons and the Jersey Shore. Many younger buyers of bungalows and beach-club memberships spent childhood summers here. And many of them report that Atlantic Beach has changed very little since their idyllic childhood days.
Housing prices for the village’s stucco mansions and cottages have risen in the past decade. Homes on Reynolds Channel with prized water views have sold for over $2 million. The very few oceanfront houses in Atlantic Beach in the Silver Point area sell for even more (when they appear on the market at all). Smaller bungalows sell for considerably less. The few available seasonal rentals go for a premium.
With only a handful of shops and restaurants in Atlantic Beach, residents cross the bridge to Lawrence for groceries and shopping. Just beyond the village is the west side of Long Beach with its own commercial district, restaurants, bars and small shops.
The nearest Long Island Rail Road station is at Long Beach, 18 miles from Midtown Manhattan; Kennedy Airport is five miles away.