Tucked away between long stretches of wooded parkland, Oakdale is a quiet enclave in Suffolk County known for its historic estates and scenic landscapes.
A famous building site during Long Island’s Gilded Age, Oakdale’s lavish estates have played many roles throughout the years, from hosting some of New York’s most famous tycoons, to housing schools, artist colonies, and museums. The real estate in modern Oakdale is mainly single-family homes, condos, and co-ops. While not a large commercial hub, the hamlet maintains a dedicated market of cafes, family-owned restaurants, antique shops, and shops covering the essentials. Those looking for more shopping and dining options have plenty of nearby town centers just a short trip away.
There is plenty of beautiful natural landscapes and outdoor recreation in Oakdale. Parkland is abundant in the hamlet, with Connetquot State Park running along the northern border and Heckscher State Park resting along the southern edge. Byron Lake Park boasts lawns and trails for biking, jogging, and picnicking. Locals enjoy proximity to the bay, with nearby hotspots like the beaches at Fire Island perfect for swimming, surfing, and boating. The tight-knit community in Oakdale has the opportunity to participate in many Islip town events, from block parties and summer concerts to a week-long oyster festival in the fall.