Lawrence housing market uplifted by community ethos

Colonials line Meadow Lane in Lawrence, part of Colonials line Meadow Lane in Lawrence, part of the Five Towns Area in Nassau County. (Dec. 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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Hard hit by superstorm Sandy, the South Shore village of Lawrence has fully recovered, says Mayor Martin Oliner.

Homes, as well as village facilities -- including the Village Club House, golf course and dock -- have been repaired. "Everything was up to speed about seven months ahead of time [schedule]," he says, noting much of the work was done in-house.

"We had a dike that breached. We were told it would take two years and $1.5 million to fix. We did it for 10 percent of the cost in 3 percent of the time," Oliner adds.

"We are a village that is a community, and that's how we get things done," Oliner says. "Lawrence is a great place," says resident Marsha Ander of coach Realtors, adding, "Everyone stayed and made repairs after Sandy."

Even when it snows, the village quickly plows, says resident Irene Steiner of Pugatch Realty Corp.

Part of the Five Towns area, Lawrence is near Atlantic Beach, Kennedy Airport and Manhattan. It offers tranquil neighborhoods and amenities, including recreational clubs, the Rock Hall Museum and a marina. The private Rockaway Hunting Club came into the area in 1884.

Homes -- most of them large -- come in a variety of styles, including Colonials, split-levels, contemporaries, Tudors and ranch. The areas known as Back Lawrence and Isle of Wight, south of Ocean Avenue, are considered more exclusive.

Cedarhurst's shopping hub is right next door, says Georgette Friedman of Pugatch Realty.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS. There are several, including some with a doorman. New to the neighborhood is the Regency, with amenities.

SALES PRICES. From Nov. 1, 2012, to Dec. 10, 2013, there were 35 sales with a median sales price of $635,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $100,000 and the high was $2.350 million. From Nov. 1, 2011, to Dec. 10, 2012, there were 25 sales. The median price was $825,000 with a low of $139,000 and a high of $1.5 million.

ATTRACTIONS. The library and synagogues offer programs.

MORE LAWRENCE STATS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 3.8 square miles

ZIP code: 11559

Population: 6,456

Median age: 34.5

Median household income: $142,212

Median home value: $605,000

LIRR time to NYC: 47 minutes to 55 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $242

School district:  Lawrence

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;

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

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