Though the compact hamlet of East Norwich is surrounded by the villages of Upper Brookville, Muttontown, Oyster Bay Cove and the hamlet of Oyster Bay, the community is most closely aligned with the latter, says Steve Caronia, vice president of the East Norwich and Brookville office of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, noting East Norwich and Oyster Bay share a school district and a library.

Most residents use Oyster Bay's parks and marina, adds Mara Navaretta, broker of Homes by Mara in Syosset. But East Norwich is a bit of a destination, too, because it is home to several restaurants, including Rothmann's Steakhouse, Angelina's Italian Cuisine, Luce Ristorante and Red Tomato, says Matthew Meng, a resident and president of the East Norwich Civic Association. Christina's Epicure, a gourmet food store, is on Oyster Bay Road, says Fran Covello, also of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. A TD Bank is being built on the southeast corner of Routes 106 and 25A, says Meng.

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Residents have easy access to the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway, while commuters use either the Syosset, Hicksville or Oyster Bay train stations.

Navaretta says it's rare to find new construction. Lot sizes vary from 50 by 100 feet to more than 1 acre. "The market, for the first time in the last few years, is showing sure signs of a turnaround," Caronia says. But once people move in, they often stay put, Navaretta adds.

Year over year, the number of sales and median price are up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From Aug. 1, 2011, to Sept. 20, 2012, there were 19 sales with a median sales price of $599,000. The low was $349,000, and the high was $885,000. From Aug. 1, 2010, to Sept. 20, 2011, there were 14 sales with a median price of $490,000. The low was $405,000, and the high was $935,000.

Chelsea Mansion, built in 1924, is part of the Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich. The East Norwich Beautification Committee is another civic group.


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Town: Oyster Bay

Area: 1 square mile

ZIP code: 11732

Population: 2,709

Median age: 43.5

Median household income: $131,115

Median home value: $630,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Syosset, 44 minutes to 59 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $254

School district: Oyster Bay-East Norwich

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Sources: 2010 Census;; Long Island Rail Road;

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