A Frederick Law Olmsted Community
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The community of Old Field South consists of 135 homes in a small enclave within Setauket in Suffolk County, New York.
It is bordered on the north by the incorporated village of Old Field, and lies just east of West Meadow Beach, which lies on
the Long Island Sound.
Old Field South was founded in 1929 by Ward Melville, long-time benefactor to the communities of Setauket and Stony
Brook. It was designed by the illustrious landscape architectural firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Central Park in
Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The homes, some built nearly a half century ago, are sheltered within a park-like
environment of curving streets interspersed by small stands of mature oaks and many native species of plants including
mountain laurel and rhododendron. The historic "village centers" of Stony Brook and Setauket and the State University at
Stony Brook, are close by.
The community is guided by a set of covenants that seek to preserve a sense of architectural and natural integrity. Although
many of the homes have been recently restored, and each bears a different design, the covenants have, for over half a
century, largely ensured that the houses are white with steeply pitched roofs, no encircling fences, and no sidewalks or
unsightly appurtenances that would clash with the general sense of harmony that stems from the original community design.
A neighborhood association oversees the covenants and provides services to the residents. It is supported in its efforts by
the modest annual dues required of the homeowners.
Because there are no commercial properties of any kind in Old Field South, this quiet residential area remains a tranquil and
visually appealing place to live.
OLD FIELD SOUTH PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
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