THE SCOOP Hewlett is the oldest settled community within southwestern Nassau's Five Towns area, which includes Woodmere, Lawrence, Cedarhurst and Inwood.
"We have quiet neighborhoods and beautiful Grant Park," says Rochelle Grant of Charles Rutenberg Realty, noting residents also have easy access to houses of worship, shops and restaurants. Without traffic, it's about a 30-minute drive into Manhattan, 15 minutes to Atlantic Beach and Long Beach, and about 10 minutes to JFK International Airport, Grant notes. "It's been a great place for me to raise my son," she adds.
From boutiques to Trader Joe's, "the town has fabulous shopping," says Marlene Gross of Ed McNulty Realty. Major thoroughfares dotted by shops, eateries and services include East Broadway, Broadway and Peninsula Boulevard.
Buyers can find a mix of architectural styles, including Colonials, Capes, split-levels and ranches as well as condos and co-ops. Though prices can exceed $1 million, luxury homes are mostly in the nearby villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Neck and Hewlett Harbor.
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES Three listings, $369,000 to $439,000
CO-OPS 31 listings between $59,500 and $478,999
SALES PRICE From May 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, there were 47 sales with a median sales price of $405,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $225,000, and the high was $2,050,000. From May 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, there were 48 sales. The median price was $399,500 with a low of $235,000 and a high of $855,000.
ATTRACTIONS Grant Park, part of the Nassau County park system, is on Broadway and Sheridan Avenue. The facility includes three turf baseball fields, tennis, paddleball, handball and basketball courts, two picnic areas, jogging and walking paths, a pond and roller rink that doubles as an ice rink in winter.
BY THE NUMBERS
Area: 0.9 square mile
ZIP code: 11557
Median age: 46.4
Median household income: $89,643
Median home value: $400,000
LIRR time to NYC: 39 minutes to 47 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $242
School district: The majority of students attend Hewlett-Woodmere, others go to Lynbrook
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, per mlsli.com