If you're looking to buy in Albertson

These are bloom times at Clark Botanic Garden, These are bloom times at Clark Botanic Garden, a 12-acre oasis near Albertson's LIRR station. (April 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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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.

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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.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES 3 listings between $279,000 and $395,000

SALES PRICE From March 1, 2012, to April 18, 2013, there were 46 sales with a median sales price of $441,944, according to Multiple Listing Service of 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.

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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

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Area: 0.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11507

Population: 5,879

Median age: 43.5

Median household income: $83,870

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Median home value: $412,000

LIRR time to NYC: 44 minutes to 51 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $276

School districts: Herricks and Mineola. Students living in a small area known as Albertson Downs attend East Williston.

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

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*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

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