If you're looking to buy in Woodmere

North Woodmere Park in Woodmere (June 6, 2012)

North Woodmere Park in Woodmere (June 6, 2012) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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Residents of Woodmere love both its proximity to New York City and its small-town feel, local real estate agents say. Situated in the southwestern part of Nassau County, it is one of the Five Towns, along with Hewlett, Lawrence, Inwood and Cedarhurst.

Realtors say Woodmere attracts buyers from all parts of the city and Long Island. "Residents enjoy an easy walk to the train station, shopping and all houses of worship," says agent Robin Post of V.I. Properties in Hewlett.

Woodmere encompasses two school districts -- Lawrence and Hewlett-Woodmere. Most students attend in the Hewlett-Woodmere district.

A revitalization effort has been under way in the community's business district. "Over the past several years, we have installed brick paver walkways, Victorian streetlights and trees along Broadway," partly in an effort to attract new businesses, says Mike Deery, spokesman for the Town of Hempstead.

Dr. John Santopolo, past president of the Woodmere Merchants Association, says decorative banners have been hung on poles, barrels have been planted with flowers and there was a cleanup day with student volunteers from Hewlett High School.

The community has a mix of Colonials, Tudors, ranches, capes, split-levels and high-ranches. "There has been a trend in razing smaller homes and rebuilding to accommodate larger families," says realty agent Doris Cohen of Morton M. Haves in Hewlett and a longtime Woodmere resident.

CONDOS, COOPS AND TOWN HOUSES
36 listings between $45,000 and $599,000

SALES and PRICES
From April 1, 2011, to May 20, 2012, there were 77 sales with a median price of $556,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low was $222,500, and the high was $985,000. From March 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, there were 57 sales. The median price was $580,000, with a low of $235,000 and a high of $1,400,000.

ATTRACTIONS
North Woodmere Park offers a nine-hole golf course, lighted driving range, tennis, handball-paddleball and basketball courts, pools, picnic areas, fishing and cross-country skiing.

BY THE NUMBERS

Town. Hempstead

Area. 2.6 square miles

ZIP code. 11598

Population. 17,121

Median age. 39.5

Median household income. $121,543

Median home value. $515,000*

LIRR time to NYC. 44 to 48 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket. $223

School districts. Hewlett-Woodmere and Lawrence

Sources: 2010 Census; www.mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road; Morton M Haves Real Estate

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

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