It's no coincidence that the syllables in Lynbrook and Brooklyn are reversed. Long before Lynbrook was a village, the community was known as Pearsall's Corners, but because the area attracted so many Brooklyn residents moving east in the late 1800s, the name Pearsall's Corners was changed to Lynbrook in 1894.
Today, the thriving village is home to shops, restaurants, professional businesses, houses of worship and recreation areas.
"It's a great place to raise kids," says resident Dorothy Hall, of Becker Realty Services, citing youth sports programs, as well as annual events. Perhaps the most talked-about is the pre-prom party for Lynbrook seniors, who walk a red carpet on Atlantic Avenue, get interviewed and are greeted by the mayor. Family and friends come to watch, says Hall. "It's televised on the Lynbrook channel," adds resident Sheila Cavallo of Century 21 American Homes. Afterward, a breakfast for everyone is held at the recreation center, says Mayor William Hendrick. "It's a nice homey town," says Joan Fusco, also of Century 21 American Homes.
While Atlantic Avenue is the pedestrian-friendly center, other commercial areas include those along Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway.
MTA properties under the railroad on Atlantic Avenue, which were dilapidated and vacant for more than a decade, have been revitalized and are ready for new businesses, Hendrick says. Other projects include renovation of the Regal-owned movie house on Merrick Road, which, when complete, will be a luxury theater with reclining seats.
The village has its own police force, a volunteer fire department, a department of public works and a building department. Proximity to Southern State Parkway, Kennedy Airport and Manhattan, as well as three local hospitals -- Mercy Medical Center, South Nassau Communities Hospital and Franklin Hospital -- are key, residents say.
As for housing, Colonials dominate, though other styles, including Capes and ranches, can be found, says Cavallo, noting the average lot size is 40 or 50 feet by 100 feet. Many original homes have been renovated, while the occasional newly constructed home is priced from the mid- to high-$600,000s, Hall says. A small section of Lynbrook is unincorporated.
CONDOS AND CO-OPS. 34 listings, $75,000 to $349,000
SENIOR HOUSING. Nathan Hale apartments
SALES PRICES. From Feb. 1, 2014, to Feb. 28, 2015, there were 173 sales with a median price of $390,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $180,000 and the high was $999,000. During the same period from 2013 to 2014, the median price was also $390,000. The low was $170,000 and the high was $665,000.
ATTRACTIONS. Greis Park has a roller hockey rink, a pool, playing courts, fields and a recreation center. There are 65 programs from Zumba classes to arts and crafts for seniors, Hendrick says. Annual events include the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt. Summer festivities include concerts and a car show every Thursday.
Area: Village, 2 square miles; North Lynbrook, 0.1 square-mile
ZIP code: 11563
Population Village, 19,427; North Lynbrook, 793
Median age: Village, 43.5; North Lynbrook, 53.8
Median household income: Village, $88,208; North Lynbrook, $96,326
Median home value: $418,750*
LIRR time to NYC: 32 minutes to 41 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $242
School districts: Most students attend Lynbrook, while others go to Malverne, East Rockaway, Valley Stream or Hewlett-Woodmere.
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: 47
Price range: $190,000 to $799,000
Tax range: $8,243 to $19,593
Sources: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR; *Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
SPENCER AVENUE, $584,000
With an original asking price of $599,000, this nine-room Colonial, which was on the market 97 days, sold in January. Built in 1936 on a 80-by-110-foot lot, the house has wood floors, as well as a new kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is in the Lynbrook school district. A finished basement and a one-car garage are among the amenities. Taxes are $9,785, with an additional village tax of $2,715.
SCRANTON AVENUE, $440,000
Last month, this seven-room Cape sold for $18,000 below the last asking price of $458,000. It was on the market 84 days. Featuring wood floors and a fireplace, the updated 1949 house has a new kitchen, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Amenities include a finished basement and a one-car garage. It is set on a 60-by-100-foot lot in the Valley Stream school district. Taxes are $8,359, with an additional village tax of $3,895.
CHERRY LANE, $385,000
On the market 42 days, this seven-room split-level in the Lynbrook school district sold early last month. The last asking price was $412,000. Set on a 54-by-100-foot lot, the 1957 house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a half-bath. Amenities include a finished basement and a two-car garage. Taxes are $12,405, with an additional village tax of $5,337.
NOW FOR SALE
Set on a 50-by-166-foot lot, this six-room Colonial features wood floors, a fireplace, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a rear screened-in porch. The school district is Malverne. Total taxes are $12,947. Joan Fusco and Sheila Cavallo, Century 21 American Homes, 516-825-6511.
Priced on the lower end of the trade-up category, this nine-room Colonial features wood floors, moldings, four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a finished basement and attic. It's on a 40-by-100-foot lot in the East Rockaway school district. Total taxes are $12,735. Dorothy Hall, Becker Realty Services, 516-644-6421.
Offering updates, including a two renovated bathrooms and a remodeled kitchen, this 2,300-square-foot Colonial with five bedrooms features wood floors and two fireplaces. The lot size is 54 by 100 feet, and the school district is Lynbrook. Total taxes are $13,586. Joelle Coughlin, Long Island Flat Fee Realty, 516-699-8600.