THE SCOOP Once a busy seaport known as Near Rockaway, East Rockaway today is a compact boating community composed of a village and the unincorporated area of Bay Park, which hugs the border of Hewlett Bay and East Rockaway Channel.

The area includes a few shops and restaurants, a library, two train stations and one supermarket. "There's a quaintness to it because it is so small," says Barbara Green, a resident and agent at Ed McNulty Realty in East Rockaway. Darlene Henrichs, a 20-year resident, agrees, adding, "The people here are really nice."

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Village revitalization efforts have been tireless, including the recent construction of a marina and park at the Talfor Boat Basin, which Dennis McCabe, village clerk-treasurer, says has been successful. Next up is the restoration of a vacant vintage building on Dock Street that will be a restaurant tavern called Talfor Basin Inn, or TBI. Come spring, a kayak canoe launching station will be built on the Mill River side.

Neighborhoods - some with associations - feature Capes, Colonials, various ranch styles and some contemporaries. Some original summer bungalows have been winterized and expanded.

CO-OPS 24 listings; $119,000 to $229,000.

SALES PRICE According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, 54 homes have sold since October 2008. The median price was $405,000 with a low of $200,000 and a high of $915,000. From September 2007 to September 2008, there were 60 sales with a median price of $412,000. The low was $210,000, and the high was $1,040,000

ATTRACTIONS Recreation areas include Bay Park, Hewlett Point Park and the John Street complex with athletic fields and courts. The senior activity center is on James Street.

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Other stats

Town: Hempstead

Area: Village, 1.0 square mile; Bay Park .05 square mile

ZIP code: 11518

Population: 11,920

Median age: 42.62

Median household income: $73,473

Median home value: $405,000*

Median age of homes: 58

Percent owning home: 71.2 percent

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Percent renting home: 26.7 percent

Percent homes vacant: 1.9 percent

LIRR time to NYC: 39 to 47 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $232

School district: East Rockaway and Lynbrook

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SOURCES: Claritas 2009 estimates; www.mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island