THE SCOOP Sometimes you can go home again. That's the case, at least, for a number of people raised in Bethpage, a community about midway between the North and South shores.
"Everybody comes back to Bethpage," says resident Kim Testa of Charles Rutenberg Realty. "It has that small-town feel," adds resident Mary Macaluso of Realty Connect USA.
Buyers can find a mix of split-levels, high-ranches, Capes and some Colonials generally priced from the $300,000s to the $700,000s.
It was in Bethpage that Grumman built the lunar module that landed on the moon in 1969. However, from 1949 to 1962, Grumman legally dumped chemicals, resulting in groundwater and soil contamination. The issue is being addressed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
"The diligence of the Bethpage water district has safeguarded residents from the environmental effects of the defense industry," says Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a resident.
And the area continues to reinvent itself. Homeland Security has offices here as does the film industry, including Gold Coast Studios.
CO-OPS Three listings, $129,000 to $179,990
SENIOR HOUSING Golden Age housing includes Central Park Estates, Sunny Lane and the Apollo. The minimum age is 62. Income and residency restrictions apply.
Long Island data. The low price was $230,000 and the high was $612,000. From April 1, 2011, to May 10, 2012, there were 124 sales. The median price was $364,750, with a low of $126,500 and a high of $695,000.
ATTRACTIONS Bethpage State Park offers a picnic area, polo field and five golf courses.
Town: Oyster Bay
Area: 3.6 square miles
ZIP code: 11714
Median age: 44
Median household income: $86,761
Median home value: $356,250
LIRR time to NYC: 45 minutes to 55 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $276
School district: Most students attend Bethpage; others go to Island Trees or Plainedge
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI