Pedram Bral, the Village of Great Neck's new mayor, is working on the revitalization of a district along Middle Neck and Steamboat roads. He says he is studying a proposal set forth under former Great Neck Village Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman.
The village will soon be home to Avalon Great Neck, new luxury rental apartment units on East Shore Road. The project is under way and expected to be completed by mid-2016.
"I am studying many different possibilities regarding housing, business and commerce," says Bral. "Many people were against the Avalon Great Neck project, so we are getting some pushback on new developments. I am not against new development. I am trying to find a happy medium and also address the natural growth of the community."
One of the major draws of living in the village is the Great Neck Park District, which offers its residents programs, playing fields and parks. Parkwood Sports Complex features an Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor-outdoor tennis courts, an indoor ice skating rink and even a lazy river. From Aug. 21 to 31, a skate park will be available to those with a park card and skate park pass.
"This is the first year we are offering our residents a skate park at our recreation center for skateboarders and in-line skaters," says Michelle Siegel, spokeswoman for the Great Neck Park District. "It is something new and exciting."
Middle Neck Road is the main corridor featuring a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Various shops, restaurants and kosher and non-kosher markets are in the area. There also are a number of houses of worship.
"The houses closer to the synagogue are getting higher prices than the ones that are only a mile further," says Andrea Levine, owner-Realtor of Keller Williams Gold Coast Realty. "The buyers want to be within a mile of their synagogue because they walk on Shabbat."
There is a mix of Colonials, capes, ranches, Tudors and Mediterranean-style homes. Along Arrandale Avenue are many Victorians, some dating to the 1880s. Prices in the village start in the $600,000s and run into the millions.
Earlier this year, the Great Neck Historical Society presented the first Outstanding Restoration Award to a home at 17 Arrandale Ave. "It is a magnificent house that has a long history," says Alice Kasten, president of the Great Neck Historical Society. "Rather than knock it [a house] down, as many people who move in have done, the current owners beautifully restored it to the home's integrity."
Since January, about 52 homes have come on the market, and of that number, 35 have sold, says Lainie Charmatz, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Allen Chen moved from Fresh Meadows, Queens, to Great Neck Village in June with his wife and two children, ages 13 and 10. He says he learned about the area from a friend who had moved to the village in the fall. "I was impressed with what she told me about the school system," he says. Chen looked at four houses in the area before purchasing a five-bedroom Colonial for $1.060 million.
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES: 17 listings for co-ops, $109,000 to $579,000
SALES PRICES: From July 1, 2014, to July 26, 2015, there were 296 sales, with a median price of $1.050 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price was $350,000, and the high was $19.888 million. During the same period a year earlier, the number of sales was 333. The median price was $999,888, with a low of $430,000 and a high of $11.500 million. (Prices reflect Great Neck and the Village of Great Neck; MLSLI doesn't break the sales prices down by village.
ATTRACTIONS: Great Neck House Village Green and Rose Garden, and Memorial Field.
Town: North Hempstead
Area: 1.4 square miles
ZIP code: 11023 (and certain parts of 11024)
Median age: 39.5
Median household income: $88,975
Median home value: $852,500
LIRR time to NYC: About 35 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $252
School district: Great Neck Union Free School District is made up of four elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. Students who live in the village attend the E.M. Baker School in the Baker Hill section of the village; North Middle School and John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School.
Sources: 2010 CENSUS; MLSLI. COM; LIRR
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
ON MULTIPLE LISTING
Number of houses: 71
Price range: $109,000 to $4,98 million
Tax range: $965 (co-op maintenance charge) to $44,224 (single family unit)
NOW FOR SALE
This co-op in the Hadley Arms Development features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, wood floors throughout and an elevator in the building. The monthly maintenance charge is $1,133 (which includes maintenance and residential taxes). Elissa Cron, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 516-384-4116.
Trade up, $985,000
Built in 1898, this renovated 10-room Colonial has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, a formal living room with fireplace, den with fireplace and an updated eat-in kitchen. Additional amenities include central air-conditioning, a one-car garage with additional carport, an in-ground sprinkler system and a new roof. The lot is 80 by 123 feet. The taxes are $18,700. Edna Mashaal, Edna Mashaal Realty, 516-504-8884.
High end, $1,488 million
Built in 1990, this brick Colonial features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath, a living room, a den and an eat-in kitchen. Other amenities include central air-conditioning and a finished basement. The lot is 54 by 111 feet. The taxes are $17,905. Anita Aharonoff, S. Sharf Realty, 516-428-5307.
BRAMPTON LANE, $955,000
With an original asking price of $1.199 million, this eight-room Contemporary sold in April. It was on the market for 77 days. It has four bedrooms, and two bathrooms and a half-bath. The lot is 80 by 100 feet. Taxes are $17,046.
WOODBOURNE ROAD, $1.05 million
Sold this month after being on the market 70 days, this nine-room Contemporary sold $128,000 below the original asking price. Built in 1948, the home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room and a finished playroom. The lot is 75 by 100 feet. Taxes are $17,700
OLD COLONY LANE, $1.06 million
Built in 1938, this 10-room Colonial sold in February. The original asking price was $1.25 million. It was on the market 204 days. The house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a formal dining room and a finished full basement. The lot is 81 by 100. Taxes are $18,533.