Looking to buy in Hicksville?

First-time home buyers come to Hicksville because its First-time home buyers come to Hicksville because its tax rates are lower in comparison to elsewhere n the island. (Aug 9, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Hicksville is one of the hottest-selling towns around, says Mary Macaluso of Realty Connect USA. "It's always consistent . . . One big reason is the taxes are low compared to other areas," Macaluso adds.

Meryl Strauss of Century 21 American Homes agrees. "Hicksville is very appealing to first-time home buyers because the tax base is lower," she says. That's because there is a diversity of industry, which helps to ease the burden, says Bill Foley, a resident for almost 60 years, noting Hicksville is home to National Grid and the Broadway Mall.

This multicultural community also offers recreation areas, houses of worship, an active fire department and civic groups, including the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and several neighborhood civic associations. If Foley's name sounds familiar, it may be because you spotted Foley Gardens on South Broadway near the train station. For many years, Foley has tended to the garden he helped create.

The community is close to major highways and the Hicksville train station, one of the LIRR's busiest hubs. Routes 106 and 107 and Old Country Road are busy thoroughfares, too. Buyers can find just about any style of home -- some with basements and some without, says Strauss. Higher-priced homes -- high $500,000s, low $600,000s -- are typically in the section known as Field Estates, where property sizes tend to be larger. Homes in Hillside Terrace often are priced between $400,000 and $450,000.

SALES PRICES. The numbers are up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From June 1, 2012, to July 31, 2013, there were 303 sales, with a median price of $350,000. The low price was $210,000, and the high was $700,000. From June 1, 2011, to July 31, 2012, there were 250 sales. The median price was $337,750, with a low of $190,000 and a high of $680,000.

ATTRACTIONS. In addition to Broadway Mall for shopping, Cantiague Park on West John Street offers athletic courts and fields, a miniature golf course, a nine-hole golf course, a pool and indoor skating rink. Annual events include the upcoming five-mile run in September and the street fair in June.


BY THE NUMBERS

Town: Oyster Bay

Area: 6.8 square miles

ZIP code: 11801

Population: 43,325

Median age: 42.3

Median household income: $88,294

Median home value: $349,500

LIRR time to NYC: 39 minutes to 52 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $276

School districts: Hicksville, Bethpage, Syosset

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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