If you want to buy in Roslyn Harbor

Cedarmere House, on Bryant Avenue in Roslyn Harbor, Cedarmere House, on Bryant Avenue in Roslyn Harbor, was once William Cullen Bryant's getaway. (April 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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 It's no wonder that in 1843, William Cullen Bryant, a poet, newspaper editor and civic leader, chose to purchase property in Roslyn Harbor for his country getaway, which he named Cedarmere.

Roslyn Harbor, about 18 miles from Manhattan, is bucolic. The compact village, which straddles the towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, stretches along Hempstead Harbor for more than a mile.

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    The environment makes you feel like you're removed from the hustle and bustle of today's life, says Joy Benjamin of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty.

    Roslyn Harbor is "mostly known for its beautiful spacious properties and for the schools," says Joyce Styne of Laffey Fine Homes. (The school districts are Roslyn and North Shore). The village also boasts historic sites and is home to museums, a preserve and private golf course, says Connie Liappas of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

    There are about 365 homes in the village, according to its website. Zoning is one acre. Styne says that houses, dating from the early 1900s to the 2000s, vary in size and architectural style. But there is a price to pay to live in a countrified atmosphere so close to Manhattan. Of 10 properties listed on the Multiple Listing Service website, six have asking prices of more than $1 million. Even so, "inventory is always low, and houses sell rapidly," Benjamin says.

    SALES PRICES. According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 11 sales with a median price of $967,500 from Feb. 1, 2012, to April 1, 2013. The low price was $750,000 and the high was $2,700,000. From Feb. 1, 2011, to April 1, 2012, there were 13 sales. The median price was $974,500 with a low of $795,000 and a high of $2,633,000.

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    ATTRACTIONS. Cedarmere (Bryant's home) on Bryant Avenue is closed for renovation, though the grounds are open daily; Nassau County Museum of Art, housed in a restored Georgian mansion on the former Frick estate, is on 145 acres with nature trails and sculpture gardens; the private Engineers Country Club has an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a pool.

    BY THE NUMBERS

    Towns: North Hempstead and Oyster Bay

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    Area: North Hempstead, 1.0 square mile; Oyster Bay, 0.2 square mile

    ZIP code: 11576

    Population: 1,118

    Median age: 45

    Median household income: $204,375

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    Median home value: $1,430,000

    LIRR time to NYC: From Roslyn, 47 minutes to 54 minutes at peak

    Monthly ticket: $276

    School districts: Roslyn and North Shore

    Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

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    *Based on four sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

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