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Buying a home in Uniondale

Uniondale Public Library (Feb. 9, 2012).

Uniondale Public Library (Feb. 9, 2012). Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

THE SCOOP Centrally located, Uniondale is home to many businesses. It is convenient to Nassau Coliseum, the venue for Islanders home games, concerts and trade shows.

Since the Coliseum's lease expires in 2015, the topic of redeveloping the surrounding 77-acre site is on the front burner. "The county is pursuing privately funded proposals for multiuse purposes at the hub and prefers options that include the reconstruction or renovation of the Coliseum," says Brian Nevin, a spokesman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

Shops, services and eateries are along Uniondale and Jerusalem avenues and Front Street. The Uniondale Public Library has a 200-seat auditorium.

Tree-lined neighborhoods -- where the typical lot size is about 55 by 100 feet -- are dominated by Capes, then ranches and a smattering of Colonials. The community often attracts first-time buyers, as well as investors who rent to Hofstra University students, says Anibal "Nick" Inoa, owner of Exit Realty by Open Gates in Uniondale.

Federally subsidized rental complexes for people 62 and older include Park Gardens on Uniondale Avenue and Meadowbrook Gardens on Jerusalem Avenue. There is a waiting list; for more information, call the town's housing authority at 516-485-9666.

CONDOS, TOWN HOUSES, CO-OPS Four listings between $210,000 and $279,000

STUDENT HOUSE RENTALS Starting at about $3,500 a month. Each student signs a lease.

SALES PRICE From Jan. 1, 2011, to Feb. 5, 2012, there were 109 sales with a median sales price of $260,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $115,000 and the high was $405,000. From Dec. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2010, there were 126 sales. The median sales price was $252,500, with a low of $90,000 and a high of $375,000.

ATTRACTIONS John J. Byrne Community Center; Uniondale Park, Cedar Street Park and Smith Street Park. Long Island's holiday tree-lighting takes place at RXR Towers.

BY THE NUMBERS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 2.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11553

Population: 24,759

Median age: 34.6

Median household income: $72,252

Median home value: $240,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Hempstead, 48 minutes to 56 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $223

School district: Uniondale

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road

*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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