West Hempstead is a small hamlet in western Nassau County that in recent years has grown both in the diversity of its residents and its housing, says Town of Hempstead Communications director Mike Deery. Deery says West Hempstead has a "vibrant Orthodox community" that benefits from synagogues that are within walking distance, and schools like the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, which has an early childhood center and elementary school in West Hempstead.

When it comes to home options, Deery points to the transit-oriented housing zone next to the West Hempstead train station -- rental apartments geared to commuters and young professionals. The West 130 building opened in 2012 on the site of the former Courtesy Hotel, offering 150 one-, two- and three-bedroom pet-friendly units.

Deery says a "streetscaping" project is set to begin this week in the commercial area along Hempstead Avenue between Westminster Road and Fairway Drive. The improvements include new sidewalks and brick pavers along with walkways, new trees, benches and decorative Victorian streetlamps. Deery says there have also been improvements to the Echo Park Pool Complex, including new lighting, pool liners, gym equipment and an improved hot water system.

Sharona Beck of Sharona Beck Realty says West Hempstead is a "melting pot" when it comes to housing choices. Buyers can find expanded ranches, Tudors, Capes and Colonials in different neighborhoods. The newer areas, Beck says, tend to have split-levels and high-ranches.

Beck says that West Hempstead draws young families because of its library system and new playground at Hall's Pond, a park where the kids love to feed ducks.

SALES PRICES. Between Aug. 1, 2014, and Sept. 6, 2015, there were 183 home sales, with a median sale price of $390,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $147,500 and the high was $770,000. During that same period a year earlier, there were 190 sales with a median price of $375,000. The price range was $151,000 to $675,000.

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ATTRACTIONS. Hempstead Lake State Park offers tennis and basketball courts, as well as trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There are three ponds for fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds and a pavilion with a historic, hand-carved wooden carousel.

OTHER STATS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 2.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11552

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Population: 18,862

Median age 41.2

Median household income: $97,228

Median home value: $395,000*

LIRR time to New York: From West Hempstead station, 49 to 53 minutes at peak

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Monthly ticket: $252

School districts: West Hempstead, Malverne, Franklin Square

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS

Number of houses. 80

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Price range. $189,000 to $899,000

Tax range. $5,648 to $19,000

RECENTLY SOLD

$345,000, Grant Avenue

This wide cape sold for more than its asking price of $324,999 after 106 days on the market. Built in 1953, the four-bedroom home has one updated bathroom, an eat-in kitchen and breakfast area, and a living room. The home offers newly resurfaced hardwood floors, a full basement and a deck on the 60-by-100-foot property. The taxes are $6,778.

$430,000, Maren Street

After 80 days on the market, this Tudor-style Colonial sold for $9,000 less than its asking price. The three-bedroom home has a bathroom and a half-bath, a new granite and stainless steel kitchen, a fireplace and a full finished basement. The bathrooms, siding, windows and roof on the 1926 home have been updated. There is a two-car garage on the 40-by-120-foot property. The taxes are $9,997.

$715,000, Kensington Road South

This four-bedroom Colonial sold for $60,000 less than its asking price after 153 days on the market. The 1957 home has three bathrooms and a half-bath, an updated cherry and granite kitchen, a formal dining room and a living room with a fireplace. It features a two-story foyer and a master suite with a Jacuzzi bath and radiant heat. The 60-by-100-foot property offers in-ground sprinklers and a 1 1/2-car garage. Taxes are $14,180.

NOW ON THE MARKET

STARTER, $250,000

This four-bedroom cape has a master bedroom on the main floor. There is one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen and a full basement. There is a patio and a detached garage on the 57-by-107-foot property. Taxes are $9,771. Janet Blake, JonarBri Realty, 516-208-7711.

TRADE-UP, $488,000

This three-bedroom Colonial with two bathrooms and a half-bath has a master suite with cathedral ceiling, an updated granite kitchen, a fireplace and hardwood floors. There is a family room on the main floor, a laundry room on the second floor and a recreation room in the full finished basement. Taxes are $12,567. Sharona Beck, Sharona Beck Realty, 516-565-4392.

HIGH-END, $850,000

This seven-bedroom ranch has three bathrooms, a double kosher kitchen and a combined dining and living room with a fireplace. The master and guest bathrooms have been updated, and the house has a separate entrance with a mudroom, a family room and finished basement. Taxes are $11,000. Michele Barnette, Clickit Realty, 845-225-7415.