High-profile entrepreneur William Reynolds had a vision for Lido Beach when he dredged the channel that now bears his name and began to develop the resort area of Long Beach. His iconic pink stucco Moorish-style Lido Beach Hotel hosted a whirl of socialites and celebrities. Though the majority of Reynolds’s plans for a Venice, Italy on Long Island were never fully realized, the area remained a beachside haven through the mid-20th-century era of private beach clubs, and is still a coveted waterfront location today. The Lido Beach Hotel was converted to a 184-unit condominium residence called Lido Beach Towers, and residents are convinced now as they were in the resort-era heyday that this off-the-radar island is the best place in the world to live. Neighbors become friends in this small, close-knit community.
The community is served by Long Beach school district; The Lido Beach National Wildlife Management area is used for the school district’s environmental education program. Lido Beach is almost entirely residential, and many of the homes here are used as summer homes. The village’s stucco mansions and cottages have had an uptick in value in the past decade. Homes in The Dunes, situated on a guarded, private oceanfront beach with no street parking command some of the area’s highest rices.
With only a handful of shops and restaurants in Lido Beach, residents cross the bridge to Lawrence and Oceanside for groceries and shopping. Just to the west is Long Beach with its own commercial district of 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.