Baldwin and its shoreline neighbor Baldwin Harbor are the focus of several infrastructure, safety and aesthetic improvement projects. “It’s a very exciting time," says Nassau County Legis. Debra Mulé (D-Freeport), whose district includes the two communities.
A $10 million state grant is targeted for revitalizing downtown Baldwin, Mule says. The Town of Hempstead's plans include improving traffic and parking and pedestrian walkways and encouraging mixed-use buildings with apartments and businesses, according to an article in Newsday. The improvements will "create a more prosperous economy," says town Supervisor Laura Gillen.
Another $8 million award in federal and Nassau County funds is earmarked for repaving, new drainage, decorative lighting, benches and curb bump-outs on a 1.4-mile stretch of Grand Avenue, Mule says.
Other projects in the works include flood mitigation improvements at Silver Lake Park and work to restore 1900 historic Kellogg House on Merrick Road, Mule adds.
Down by the water on Middle Bay in Baldwin Park, which sustained severe damage during 2012's superstorm Sandy, a $4.5 million, state-funded shore restoration project is scheduled to begin in the spring, says state Assemb. Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre). “The area was hit hard by Sandy, and this work will make the area more usable with new bulkheading, natural shoreline stabilization with different plantings to mitigate flooding, pedestrian pathways and kayak and paddleboard launching areas."
A blend of architectural styles make up Baldwin’s home inventory. “We have a huge mixture of homes," says Erik Mahler, Baldwin Chamber of Commerce president and owner of Mahler Realty, including post-World War II homes, vintage Victorians and Colonials, and contemporary- and postmodern-style houses. For the recreation-minded, there’s a healthy supply of parks in Baldwin, says Mahler. Baldwin Park is more than 400 acres, he points out.
According to the Baldwin Historical Society website, the Meroke Indians were the first inhabitants of Baldwin, followed by English settler John Hicks. In 1686, the first mill was built and the area was known as "Milburn," then "Baldwinsville" in honor of state Assembly member Francis P. Baldwin. Because of an identical name upstate, it was shortened to "Baldwins" and then finally Baldwin.
CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES
There are eight condos and/or co-ops on the market ranging in price from $174,990 to $444,000.
Between Aug. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018, there were 281 home sales with a median sale price of $460,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $128,100 and the high was $945,000. During that time period a year earlier, there were 266 home sales with a median sale price of $445,000. The price range was $205,000 to $785,000.
Area: Baldwin 2.9 square miles, Baldwin Harbor 1.2 square miles
ZIP code: 11510
Population: Baldwin 24,033, Baldwin Harbor 8,102
Median age: Baldwin 40.2, Baldwin Harbor 46.6
Median household income: Baldwin $99,128, Baldwin Harbor $118,654
Median home value: $460,000
LIRR to NYC: 40 to 41 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $308
School district: Baldwin
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
NOW ON THE MARKET
This three-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow was built in 1920 and is on a .15-acre lot. It features a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors and doorstep parking. Taxes are $8,513. Dave Rakhar, In Touch Realty, 917-826-7790
This four-bedroom, two-bathroom high-ranch is newly renovated. It features a fireplace, central air conditioning, an attached one-car garage and a rear patio. Taxes are $15,000. Pedro Woss, K&P Realty Services, 718-296-5777
This 7,353-square-foot Mediterranean-style home is on .47-acre lot on Baldwin Bay. The home features both marble and hardwood floors, architectural details such as columns and archways, and radiant floor heating. Taxes are $40,868. Anthony Napolitano, Anthony Napolitano Homes, 516-798-4200
Address Cramer Court
Lot size 71x115 feet
Days on the market 245
Address Westminster Road
Lot size 40x100 feet
Days on the market 113
Address Cottage Place
Lot size 60x100 feet
Days on the market 56
On Multiple Listings
Number of houses 79
Price range $169,990 to $1,719,000
Tax range $7,624 to $31,370