House hunting in New Hyde Park may not be as cut-and-dried as some other areas on Long Island. That's because this ethnically diverse community falls within several school districts, lies between two counties and two towns and has a village as well as an unincorporated area.

"It's a really big town," says Tara Moreno, owner-broker of Abbott Realty. "You don't have to leave the vicinity to dine or shop," adds village resident Grace Desiderio of ERA/Caputo Realty, noting Hillside Avenue and Jericho Turnpike are among the vibrant commercial districts that residents flock to. Parks, houses of worship, services and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center also are part of the scene.

New Hyde Park appeals to professionals who commute into the city as well as to families with children, Desiderio says. Capes and Colonials dominate the housing stock, although other styles can be found.

New Hyde Park is a sellers' market, says Desiderio, noting that since inventory has dropped, prices have been going up.

TWO-FAMILY HOMES. Four listings between $530,000 and $1,225,000

SALES PRICES. The numbers are up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From Jan. 1, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, there were 325 sales, with a median price of $500,000. The low price was $235,000, and the high was $955,000. From Jan. 1, 2012, to Feb. 1, 2013, there were 272 sales. The median sales price was $445,000, with a low of $160,000 and a high of $900,000.

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ATTRACTIONS. North Hempstead Town pools; Michael J. Tully and Clinton G. Martin parks; village parks include Memorial and Nuzzi fields; annual village events include the street fair in September


OTHER STATS

Towns. North Hempstead and Hempstead

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Area. The village is almost 1 square mile; North New Hyde Park is 2 square miles

ZIP code. 11040

Population. Village: 9,698; North New Hyde Park: 14,283

Median age. Village: 44.5; North New Hyde Park: 44.5

Median household income. Village: $102,198; North New Hyde Park: $119,921

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Median home value. $520,000*

LIRR time to NYC. 30 to 38 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket. $242

School districts. New Hyde Park-Garden City Park, Great Neck, Herricks, Garden City, Elmont and Sewanhaka

Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;

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