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Buying a house in Hicksville, a transit and shopping hub

Kennedy Park, named for President John F. Kennedy,

Kennedy Park, named for President John F. Kennedy, is a central gathering spot for Hicksville residents with fairs and other events. It was quiet on Sept. 16, 2016. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Hicksville is home to “well-established families that have been there four generations back,” says Rebecca Alesia, a councilwoman in  the Town of Oyster Bay. And now, additional efforts are being made to attract newcomers.

“We’re taking a second look at zoning in Hicksville to allow for more apartment-style town houses and housing that would be more friendly to younger people to encourage some growth within the heart of the town,” Alesia says.

A series of community meetings will be held in October, Alesia says, for further input on making housing more accessible to young families.

Adding to the area’s draw might be the recent renovations that gave the Broadway Mall in Hicksville a face-lift. The exterior underwent a massive reconstruction, and new stores and amenities were added. The Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station is also scheduled for a comprehensive upgrade that will improve pedestrian safety, lighting and other features, Alesia says.

“For a long time, Hicksville was the place to go in Oyster Bay if you needed to do shopping,” Alesia says. With the renovations at the mall and train station, she says, “it’s destined to circle back around to be that way again.”

Komal Kataria, a listing agent at Century 21 Prevete in Hicksville, says there is a variety of housing styles in the area, with the more dominant designs being capes and Colonials. She says the average house on the market in Hicksville is about $415,000, though a fixer-upper could be had for about $375,000.

Making the area an attractive option is not only its convenience to the LIRR, with the Hicksville station being a main hub, but also easy access to major roadways, with the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway running parallel to the area’s northern border, and Route 106 and Route 107 intersecting in the heart of town, she says.

CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES

There are no condos on the market.

SALES PRICES

Between Aug. 1, 2015, and Sept. 10, 2016, there were 391 home sales with a median sale price of $418,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $130,000 and the high was $726,000. During that time period a year earlier, there were 338 home sales with a median sale price of $385,000. The price range was $170,000 to $747,500.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Hicksville High School. In 2015, 36 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. The school had the same percentage in 2014.

OTHER STATS

Town: Oyster Bay

Area: 6.8 square miles

ZIP code: 11801

Population: 41,547

Median age: 41.4

Median household income: $93,453

Median home value: $425,000*

LIRR to NYC: 39 to 52 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $287

School district Hicksville

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

RECENTLY SOLD

ROBIN COURT, $639,000

After 86 days on the market, this four-bedroom Colonial sold for $30,999 less than its asking price. The 1977 home, with hardwood floors throughout, has a living room-dining room combination, an eat-in kitchen and 2.5 bathrooms, including a full bath in the master bedroom. The family room features a fireplace and a half-bathroom. The 50-by-81-foot property, which is located on a cul-de-sac, also includes a finished basement with a bar and a two-car garage. The taxes are $12,573.

ELLIOT DRIVE, $425,000

Originally listed for $438,000, this three-bedroom split ranch sold in July after 109 days on the market. Built in 1954, the first level features a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and one of the home’s two full bathrooms. There’s also a family room with panoramic windows. An additional bedroom is situated on the second level. An additional family room, bar and storage space are found in the basement. The backyard of the 60-by-100-foot property includes a deck. The taxes are $10,425.

WILFRED BOULEVARD, $387,000

This three-bedroom cape sold for $23,000 less than its asking price after 111 days on the market. The 1954 home has 1.5 bathrooms, a living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and a first-level master bedroom. Two additional dormered bedrooms are situated on the second level. The full finished basement features a bar, play area and half-bathroom. The 50-by-95-foot property, which also boasts a 1.5 car garage, is on a corner lot. The taxes are $9,506.

NOW ON THE MARKET

STARTER, $389,000

This three-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom Colonial offers an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, a living room and a first-level master bedroom. The 60-by-100-foot property includes a one-car garage. The taxes are $9,291. Mary Alice Ruppert, Coach Realtors, 631-424-4639.

TRADE-UP, $499,000

This expanded cape offers seven bedrooms, two bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen with a center island and a dining room. The 65-by-102-foot property includes a one-car garage. The taxes are $10,872. Komal Kataria, Century 21 Prevete Real Estate, 516-503-2754.

HIGH-END, $719,000

This newly reconstructed four-bedroom, four-bathroom Colonial has an open floor plan that includes an eat-in kitchen with sliding glass doors. The 50-by-100-foot property includes a finished basement. Taxes have not yet been determined. Shahzad Qureshi, Prime Luxury Homes And Estates, 516-467-6445.

ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS

Number of houses: 88

Price range: $315,000 to $749,000

Tax range: $6,087 to $29,153

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