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What to expect when buying in East Rockaway

East Rockaway once was a bustling seaport known

East Rockaway once was a bustling seaport known as Near Rockaway. This is a view of Hewlett Point Park. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

People often confuse East Rockaway with Far Rockaway, says Charlie D'Agostino, associate broker of LaRosa Realty. While both are on the South Shore, Far Rockaway is in Queens and East Rockaway is in Nassau County. In fact, East Rockaway once was a bustling seaport known as Near Rockaway.

Today, East Rockaway is composed of a compact village and an even smaller unincorporated area -- Bay Park, which hugs the border of Hewlett Bay and East Rockaway Channel. The community houses a few shops, some eateries, a library, two train stations and a supermarket.

Hard hit by superstorm Sandy, some areas are still in recovery mode, says resident Debbie Hirschberg, president of the chamber of commerce. A volunteer group -- (named for its ZIP code) formed to aid in the recovery of East Rockaway and Bay Park. Residents and local groups, including the chamber, the Kiwanis and the Village Foundation, have banded together as well. "The community is slowly coming back," Hirschberg says. A chamber member, she adds, is looking into doing a commercial to attract new businesses.

"We are a vital town," Hirschberg says, noting she would love to see clothing stores, restaurants and chains such as Starbucks fill some of the vacancies.

Hewlett Bay Point Park is fully restored, says Mike Deery, Town of Hempstead spokesman. The Grand Canal -- a community centerpiece -- has new bulkhead that will help protect against shoreline erosion. A streetscape project along East and North Boulevards features new curbs, brick pavers and Victorian-style lighting, Deery adds.

And Bay Park has a new playground dedicated to Noah Pozner, a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook massacre. A sign with his name, his handprint and artwork are displayed there, says Hirschberg. (The playground is part of the Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play).

Buyers can find a mix of styles, including ranches, Colonials and split-levels, says Ronnie Gerber of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, noting the area attracts a lot of young families.

CO-OPS: 10 listings between $64,000 and $339,000

SALES PRICES: Year over year, the numbers are up, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From Dec. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014, there were 102 sales with a median price of $400,000. The low was $82,000 for a bungalow and the high was $1,075,000. From 2012 to 2013, during the same time period, there were 55 sales. The median price was $379,000, with a low of $87,500 and a high of $860,000.

ATTRACTIONS: Boating; Bay Park Golf Course; East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum


TOWN: Hempstead

AREA: Village, 1 square mile; Bay Park, half of a square mile

ZIP CODE: 11518

POPULATION: Village, 9,818; Bay Park, 2,212

MEDIAN AGE: Village 43.4; Bay Park, 47.3

LIRR TIME TO NYC: 39 to 47 minutes, peak


SCHOOL DISTRICTS: East Rockaway and Lynbrook

Sources: 2010 Census;; LIRR; *Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI


$740,000 at Grant Avenue: With an original asking price of $769,000, this new nine-room Colonial sold last month. It was on the market 292 days. Built in 2014 on a 75-by-215-foot lot, the house features a two-story entrance foyer, a family room with a gas fireplace and wood floors throughout. It has four bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms. Central air-conditioning and a two-car garage are among the amenities. Taxes are $12,179, with an additional village tax of $3,015.

$685,000, Wesley Drive: In December, this nine-room expanded ranch sold for $40,000 below the last asking price of $725,000. It was on the market 100 days. Featuring wood and tile floors, a fireplace and skylights, as well as four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the updated house sits on a 75-by-153-foot lot. It was built in 1954. Amenities include central air-conditioning, a finished basement, in-ground sprinklers a double level deck and a one-car garage. Taxes are $15,293, with additional village taxes of $3,221.

$365,000, Fulton Street: On the market 40 days, this six-room Cape in Bay Park sold for $4,000 less than the original asking price of $369,000. New wood floors, a new kitchen and new bathroom are among the updates in the house, which was built in 1922. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A detached, 1½-car garage sits on the 40-by-100-foot lot. Total taxes are $8,530.


Starter, $249,000: Set on a 30-by-151-foot lot, this extended seven-room Colonial features wood floors, a fireplace, three bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms. Total taxes: $10,000. Ryan Lucas, Home and Hearth of Long Island, 516-544-4200

Trade-up, $449,000: Offering a new kitchen, a new roof, wood floors, three bedrooms and 1½ baths, this five-room updated Cape is on a 50-by-125 lot. Total taxes: $10,468. Carla Raso and Barbara Green, Ed McNulty Realty, 516-442-2770

High end, $749,000: Featuring wood floors, a fireplace, French doors, four bedrooms and 3½ baths, this updated 2,400-square-foot split-level is on a 98-by-180-foot lot. Total taxes: $21,338. Ronnie Gerber, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-238-4299

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