What makes Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor unique on Long Island, says Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, is the diversity.
“Most of Long Island, even if you have people of different races, they are living in different parts of town,” said Curran, who has lived in Baldwin for nearly 18 years. “On my block alone, there are Europeans, Jamaicans, Filipinos, Panamanians, you name it. It’s a very welcoming community.”
It is also one that soon may feature a more welcoming and walkable downtown area that Curran says will create a social and artistic hub.
Erin King Sweeney, a councilwoman for the Town of Hempstead who represents Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor, says the process of formally seeking proposals from developers is taking place in hopes of bringing economic development to the intersection of Merrick Road and Grand Avenue, which runs through the heart of Baldwin.
“You have an area that’s within walking distance to the train station and you have a young, hip, vibrant society,” King Sweeney says. “To me, the area is just begging for it.”
Erik Mahler, the co-president of the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and owner of Mahler Realty, says that Baldwin — like Baldwin Harbor, which is a separate hamlet but shares the same ZIP code — is an attractive location because of its proximity to both Jones Beach State Park (a 17-minute drive) and Manhattan (a 37-minute train ride).
Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor also offer diversity in housing style, from Victorians and Tudors to Colonials and Capes.
The area includes five parks throughout the community, from Coes Neck Park in one of the most northern parts of Baldwin to Baldwin Park on Parsonage Cove and Middle Bay in Baldwin Harbor.
The Baldwin Community Garden has also emerged as a destination. The nearly 9,400-square-foot site, behind the Baldwin Historical Society and Museum, includes sculptures, seating areas, a meditation labyrinth and an edible garden where visitors can pick fruits, vegetables and herbs at no cost.
The garden hosts a series of events, including concerts and stargazing astronomy nights. Rita Cavanagh, who as head of the Baldwin Civic Association’s beautification committee spearheaded the garden’s development, says the site has provided a green space in the center of the community. The garden is also, she says, a Pokemon Go location.
CONDOS AND TOWN HOUSES
There are eight condos on the market in Baldwin and Baldwin Harbor ranging in price from $102,900 to $575,000.
In Baldwin, from June 1, 2015, to July 10, 2016, there were 273 home sales with a median sale price of $370,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $115,000 and the high was $650,000. During that period a year earlier, there were 231 home sales with a median sale price of $354,000. The price range was $110,000 to $795,000.
In Baldwin Harbor, from June 1, 2015, to July 10, 2016, there were 24 home sales with a median sale price of $425,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $240,000 and the high was $570,000. During that period a year earlier, there were 22 home sales with a median sale price of $420,000. The price range was $255,000 to $495,000.
Most students attend Baldwin High School. In 2015, 43 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s up from 42 percent in 2014.
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, 39.5; Baldwin Harbor, 42.5.
Median household income: Baldwin, $92,990; Baldwin Harbor, $90,664
Median home value: Baldwin, $375,500*
LIRR to NYC: 37-44 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $287
School district: Baldwin
SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
Central Avenue, $610,000
Originally listed for $659,000, this six-bedroom Colonial sold in May after 214 days on the market. The 1927 home, with a stucco exterior, includes 2-1/2 bathrooms, a formal dining room and a kitchen that leads to a breakfast room with a view of the backyard and koi pond. The living room has a brick fireplace and oak floors. The 81-by-242-foot property also includes a full finished basement, two sun porches and lighted lampposts in the front and rear. The taxes are $15,331.
Grand Boulevard, $348,000
This three-bedroom Baldwin Harbor Cape sold for $11,000 less than its asking price after 125 days on the market. The 1954 home, with wood floors, has a living room and dining room combination, 1 1⁄2 bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen and a four-season sunroom that leads to a Trex deck and concrete patio. A full finished basement includes a half-bath and an outside entrance. The home, on a 60-by-100-foot property, has a vinyl stone exterior and columns beside the front stoop. The taxes are $10,514.
Lincoln Street, $220,000
After 166 days on the market, this two-bedroom Baldwin Harbor ranch sold for $15,000 less than its asking price. Built in 1930, the home has a living room and dining room combination and features crown molding, one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen and an enclosed and heated rear porch with sliding glass doors that lead to the back deck. There is also a full finished basement, an attic and a 1 1⁄2 car garage on the 40-by-100-foot lot. The taxes are $7,956.
NOW ON THE MARKET
This cape consists of three bedrooms, including a master on the first floor, one bathroom, a living room, an L-shaped dining room, an eat-in kitchen and an office. The 40-by-135-foot property includes a detached garage. The taxes are $10,058. Rose Bruscino, Home and Hearth of Long Island, 516-698-2696.
This Baldwin Harbor splanch has an open floor plan and features four bedrooms, 2 1⁄2 bathrooms, a formal living room with a fireplace and a dining room. The house, on a 62-by-100-foot lot, has a master bedroom that includes a full bathroom and walk-in closet. The taxes are $13,573. Tracey Goodman Rossetti, Realty Connect USA, 516-698-7307.
This Baldwin Harbor five-bedroom Contemporary has three bathrooms, a granite kitchen, a family room, an office, and a mudroom. The 70-by-100-foot lot, which overlooks a canal, also includes a pool and a 50-foot floating dock. The taxes are $13,968. Carol Bycel, Real Living Innovations Realty, 516-428-2295.
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: Baldwin, 81; Baldwin Harbor, 17
Price range: Baldwin, $239,000 to $799,000; Baldwin Harbor, $549,888 to $263,999.
Tax range: Baldwin, $5,926 to $28,059; Baldwin Harbor, $8,425 to $19,448.