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Buying a house in Flower Hill, a North Shore village

Flower Hill Park in Manhasset on Nov. 17,

Flower Hill Park in Manhasset on Nov. 17, 2016. The village of Flower Hill includes parts of Roslyn, Manhasset and Port Washington. Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

The village of Flower Hill encompasses parts of Roslyn, Manhasset and Port Washington, and offers characteristics of each.

“You have the quaint feel of Roslyn, you have Main Street of Port Washington and then you have downtown Manhasset,” says village Mayor Elaine Phillips. “You really do have a suburban feel but also proximity to New York City.”

That combination has helped make the village an attractive option for new construction over the last several years as, she says; smaller, older homes have been knocked down to give way to larger, modernized ones.

Newsday reported in October that the village, which did not issue any demolition permits in 2012 or 2013, has issued 23 since the start of 2014.

Homeowners and architects have worked in conjunction with the village’s architectural review committee on new construction, with the objective being “to try to keep the design, look and feel of the neighborhood,” adds Flower Hill Deputy Mayor Robert McNamara.

Other recent projects in the area include the addition of a pedestrian path on Stonytown Road that stretches from Manhasset Woods Road to Flower Hill Park, with plans to extend the path through neighboring Plandome Manor. “That’s going to be a tremendous asset to this community, as people have become more environmentally friendly and more outdoors and health conscious,” Phillips says.

Flower Hill Park, which Phillips says has been developed from a passive park to an active one over the years, recently added new playground equipment.

Maria Babaev of Douglas Elliman Real Estate says Flower Hill offers a variety of prices, housing styles and property sizes, with the larger lots primarily in Manhasset and Port Washington.

“You can find ranches, Colonials, brand-new construction that are all brick, Hamptons-style homes. It’s truly very diverse in terms of style,” Babaev says.

What also makes the village an attractive option, she says, is its inclusion of three North Shore school districts and its proximity to Manhattan, about 40 minutes away by train.

Flower Hill is also home to St. Francis Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the top hospital on Long Island for the fifth consecutive year and the 16th best nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES

There is one condo on the market for $699,000.

SALES PRICES

Flower Hill includes parts of Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn. According to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, between Oct. 1, 2015, and Nov. 15, 2016, there were 272 home sales with a median sale price of $800,00 in Port Washington, 194 sales with a median price of $1,562,500 in Manhasset, and 59 sales with a median price of $950,000 in Roslyn. The price range for that period was $400,000 to $2.15 million in Port Washington; $525,000 to $5.25 million in Manhasset; and $488,000 to $2.7 million in Roslyn.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend either Manhasset Secondary School, Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, or Roslyn High School. In 2015, the percentage of graduates that earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation was 81 percent at Manhasset, 59 percent at Schreiber, and 76 percent at Roslyn. (In 2014, it was 75 percent at Manhasset, 63 percent at Schreiber and 73 percent at Roslyn).

OTHER STATS

Town: North Hempstead

Area: 1.6 square miles

ZIP codes: 11030, 11050, 11576

Population: 4,665

Median age: 42.5

Median household income: $214,239

Median home value: $1.595 million*

LIRR to NYC: Port Washington, 35 to 49 minutes at peak; Plandome, 38 to 44 minutes at peak; Manhasset, 27 to 41 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $252

School districts: Port Washington, Roslyn, Manhasset

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

RECENTLY SOLD

WALTER LANE, $3.998 million

This five-bedroom Colonial sold in November for its asking price after 143 days on the market. The 1997 home has five full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. The formal living room and formal dining room each have a fireplace. The eat-in kitchen features French doors that open to the yard. The master suite includes a full bathroom, a fireplace and walk-in closet. The full finished basement includes a bar.

The 0.59-acre property has an attached 2-1⁄2 car garage. The taxes are $59,981.

COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, $1.8 million

This four-bedroom Colonial sold for $499,000 less than its asking piece after 137 days on the market. The 1986 home, with five full bathrooms and one half bathroom, has a living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, office and family room. The kitchen has a center island, stainless steel appliances and a wall of glass that overlooks the back of the 100-by-154-foot property. The master suite includes one of the home’s two fireplaces.

The house, on the North Hempstead Golf Course, also includes a full basement and a two-car garage. The taxes are $24,058.

SYCAMORE DRIVE, $980,000

After 100 days on the market, this four-bedroom, 2-1⁄2 bathroom split-level sold for $78,000 less than its asking price. Built in 1956, the home features a marble entryway that leads into a living room and dining room with hardwood floors and sliding glass doors that open to a back deck. The granite kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances. A brick fireplace, flanked by built-in bookshelves, is situated in the family room.

The 0.29-acre property also includes a partly finished basement and a two-car garage. Taxes are $18,326.

NOW ON THE MARKET

STARTER, $958,000

This three-bedroom, 3- 1⁄2 bathroom Colonial features a living room and den, each with a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room. The 75-by-150-foot property has an attached garage and a finished basement with a full bath.

Taxes: $16,257. Shahla Oheb, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-790-9925.

TRADE-UP, $1.357 million

This five-bedroom Colonial has 3-1⁄2 bathrooms, a living room with a granite fireplace and sliders, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, a den and two separate staircases to the second level. The .72-acre property also has a full basement and attached two-car garage.

Taxes: $28,951. Maria Babaev, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-287-7716.

HIGH-END, $3.35 million

This five-bedroom, 5-1⁄2 bathroom Colonial, expanded and renovated in 2008, includes a master suite featuring a sitting area with a fireplace, a walk-in closet with mahogany cabinetry, a marble bathroom and a balcony overlooking the pool and 1.23-acre property.

Taxes: $49,970. Dee Dee Brix, Orjana Evangelidis, Laffey International Fine Homes, 516-551-5241, 516-500-1610.

ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS

Number of houses: 27

Price range: $958,000 to $5.2 million

Tax range: $14,944 to $61,066

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