THE SCOOP If you're not familiar with the tiny hamlet of Albertson, you will miss it, says resident Bill Clark, a resident who grew up here. Clark, an agent at Coach Realtors of the Willistons, adds, "That's part of the charm."
So where is Albertson? It's between Mineola and Roslyn. "It's a terrific location for highways, shopping, hospitals, houses of worship and schools," says Ronit Berman of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. It's an easy commute into the city, adds Guy Barbieri of Laffey Fine Homes.
The village square at the corner of I.U. Willets Road and Willis Avenue has a World War II memorial, Clark says, noting the community hasn't lost its small-town feel.
Buyers can find a mix of Capes, Colonials and ranches and the occasional new construction, including a four-bedroom Colonial on Chaffee Avenue, which Barbieri is marketing for $924,900.
Long Island data. The low sales price was $311,000 and the high was $855,000. From March 1, 2011, to April 18, 2012, there were 37 sales. The median price was $475,000 with a low of $270,000 and a high of $1,190,000.
ATTRACTIONS The 12-acre Clark Botanic Garden on I.U. Willets Road and John D. Caemmerer Park on Wentworth Avenue
BY THE NUMBERS
Town: North Hempstead
Area: 0.7 square miles
ZIP code: 11507
Median age: 43.5
Median household income: $83,870
Median home value: $412,000
LIRR time to NYC: 44 minutes to 51 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $276
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI