East Norwich, a one-square-mile hamlet on Nassau County's North Shore, is referred to by its residents as "Pleasantville," says agent Vicki Walsh of Realty Connect USA.
Walsh has lived in East Norwich for 15 years and says the hamlet is "very desirable because of its simplicity." The community is a throwback, she says, where children play street games and walk and bike freely. The homes are built close to each other, so it's a place where neighbors visit on their stoops and host what Walsh calls "driveway parties."
Most of the homes in East Norwich are capes, but buyers can also find split-levels and ranches, depending on the block. There are only a few homes on the market at any given time, Walsh says, because "people have roots here, so they don't like to move."
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto says that's no surprise, calling East Norwich a community that is "rich in history and features beautiful, tree-lined suburban neighborhoods, convenient shopping and excellent schools."
There's one small downtown area in East Norwich where residents can get the basics, but residents do most of their shopping in Oyster Bay, and make use of the town and county park and beach facilities.
The Muttontown Preserve along East Norwich's southern border is more than 500 acres of fields, ponds and woodlands. It's Nassau's largest nature preserve, offering marked trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. The preserve also has a nature center that provides educational programs for students, prekindergarten to college, and guided walks for all ages.
SALES PRICES. Between Aug. 1, 2014, and Sept. 20, 2015, there were 25 home sales, with a median sale price of $575,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $400,000 and the high was $725,000. During that same period a year earlier, there were 15 sales with a median price of $590,000. The price range was $448,000 to $745,000.
ATTRACTIONS. Chelsea Mansion is a 40-room French Renaissance-style mansion built in 1923 by William Delano; Rothmann's Steakhouse opened in 1907 and has played host to President Theodore Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.
Town: Oyster Bay
Area: 1 square mile
ZIP code: 11732
Median age: 45.7
Median household income: $130,307
Median home value: $582,500*
LIRR time to NYC: From Oyster Bay, one hour 16 minutes to 1 hour 23 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $287
School district: Oyster Bay-East Norwich
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: 15
Price range: $375,000 to $1.5 million
Tax range: $7,681 to $23,570
$450,000, Martling Street
After 217 days on the market this four-bedroom cape sold in August for $49,000 less than its asking price of $499,000. The 1953 home offers two updated bathrooms and a combination living and dining room with a fireplace and crown moldings, and a cedar closet in the master bedroom. There's a full, finished basement with den and office space. The 60-by-100-foot property features a free-form, in-ground pool and brick patio. Taxes are $8,225.
$505,000, Yorkshire Drive
This five-bedroom expanded cape sold for $54,000 less than its asking price after 319 days on the market. The house was built in 1954 and offers three updated bathrooms and a new architectural roof with new gutters and leaders. There's a formal dining room and a full finished basement. Amenities include custom hardwood kitchen cabinets and a Jacuzzi tub. There's a deck, patio and in-ground sprinklers on the 60-by-100-foot property. Taxes are $9,784.
$605,000, Floyd Place
With an original asking price of $619,000, this three-bedroom Colonial sold in July after 71 days on the market. The 1928 home has been updated with a new roof, Andersen windows, a rebuilt front porch and two bedrooms that were combined to create a master bedroom. There are two full bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen with a wood-burning stove, a formal dining room and family room. The 50-by-181-foot property features a brick patio and perennial plantings. Taxes are $10,502.
NOW ON THE MARKET
Located on a cul-de-sac, this four-bedroom cape has two full bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen and a full basement. There's an enclosed porch leading to a brick patio on the 69-by-97-foot property. Taxes are $7,681. Vicki Walsh, Realty Connect USA, 516-806-6860.
This five-bedroom split-level has three bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms and an eat-in kitchen. Amenities include a fireplace, stainless steel appliances, new Andersen windows and designer brickwork and landscaping on the 115-by-103-foot property. Taxes are $12,661. Andrea Sorrentino, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-639-2596.
This four-bedroom ranch has three full bathrooms, a formal dining room and a living room with vaulted ceilings and a brick fireplace. The master bedroom is en suite. The back of the wooded acre property abuts a golf course. Taxes are $15,155. Cheryl DeCarlo, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-455-2109.