THE SCOOP Four words: Park at East Hills. This village playground is the pride of East Hills.
Approaching its sixth anniversary, the state-of-the-art park -- set on the 50-acre-plus site formerly owned by the Air Force -- offers swimming pools, athletic fields and courts, trails, a theater, a senior center, a great lawn and two "bark" parks for dogs.
"There are terrific family [oriented] events at the park, such as concerts and holiday celebrations," says resident Michelle Cohen, executive vice president and associate broker of Laffey Fine Homes in Greenvale. Kids Day is scheduled for tomorrow. "We always try to come up with something new and creative," says Mayor Michael Koblenz.
"The facility has brought the community closer, I think," Cohen adds. It's also become a selling point. "People are coming to East Hills for this the park]," says resident Roy Sobel, owner-broker of Coldwell Banker Claire Sobel in Roslyn Heights.
And then there's the rest of East Hills, which Cohen says is aesthetically appealing and heterogeneous as far as age range and ethnic diversity are concerned.
The village includes the communities of Country Estates, Lakeville Estates, Nob Hill, Fairfield Park, Norgate, Strathmore and Westwood, Sobel explains, noting the terrain in some areas is rolling hills.
A property on Northern Boulevard that had been occupied by the Pall Corp. is expected to be turned into a business office center, Koblenz says, following its sale by Lowe's Corp. to Bethpage-based Steel Equities.
SALES PRICE Since May 2010, there have been 70 sales, with a median price of $902,500. The low and the high were $576,000 and $2,750,000, respectively. The previous year -- April 2009 to April 2010 -- there were 53 sales with a median price of $851,200. The low was $545,000, and the high was $2,260,000.
ATTRACTIONS Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center on Forest Drive
Town: North Hempstead
Area: 2.3 square miles
ZIP code: 11577*
Median age: 40.1
Median household income: $198,750
Median home value: $827,500**
Monthly ticket: $254