"Solid" is how John Savoretti describes the hamlet of Franklin Square. "It's Mayberry, always has been, always will be," adds Savoretti, a former resident and owner-broker of a real estate agency that bears his name.
"It's a middle-class community with a lot of family-oriented activities," says resident Kathleen Evangelista, an agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, citing Little League sports, annual events and all Rath Park has to offer. Add into the mix an active chamber of commerce, a senior center, a historical society and civic and community groups. A person of any age has a place in Franklin Square, Evangelista says.
Although there isn't a downtown, a bevy of shops, services and eateries can be found, especially along Franklin Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike. Italian delis and pizzerias are king in this community. Residents also have easy access to Kennedy Airport -- about a 15-minute drive without traffic.
Well-kept neighborhoods feature mostly capes, ranches and Colonials on compact lots. The area referred to as the Dogwood section, which has its own civic association, has curvy streets dominated by ranches often on 60-by-100-foot lots. Smaller homes and plots are in the section referred to as Rath Park, near the park itself. Higher-end homes are often expanded and updated versions of the originals. Starter homes that are priced right are moving swiftly, Savoretti says, noting the hamlet has historically appealed to folks making the move from Queens.
SALES PRICES: The numbers are climbing, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From May 1, 2013, to June 20, 2014, there were 200 sales with a median price of $400,000. The low price was $185,000 and the high was $745,000. During the same time period from 2012 to 2013, there were 156 sales. The median price was $375,000 with a low of $175,000 and a high of $875,000.
ATTRACTIONS: Rath Park, on Fenworth Boulevard, offers in part an outdoor pool and athletic fields and courts, tables and a playground.
MORE FRANKLIN SQUARE STATS
Area: 2.9 square miles
ZIP code: 11010
Median age: 42.6
Median household income: $85,078
Median home value: $405,000*
LIRR time to NYC: From Stewart Manor, 38 minutes to 45 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $242
School district: Most students attend Franklin Square, others attend Valley Stream 13 and a few go to Elmont.
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI