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Buying in East Rockaway

This starter home in East Rockaway is on

This starter home in East Rockaway is on the market for $265,000. Photo Credit: HANDOUT/

THE SCOOP Once a busy seaport known as Near Rockaway, East Rockaway today is a compact boating community composed of a village and the unincorporated area of Bay Park, which hugs the border of Hewlett Bay and East Rockaway Channel.

The area includes a few shops and restaurants, a library, two train stations and one supermarket. "There's a quaintness to it because it is so small," says Barbara Green, a resident and agent at Ed McNulty Realty in East Rockaway. Darlene Henrichs, a 20-year resident, agrees, adding, "The people here are really nice."

Village revitalization efforts have been tireless, including the recent construction of a marina and park at the Talfor Boat Basin, which Dennis McCabe, village clerk-treasurer, says has been successful. Next up is the restoration of a vacant vintage building on Dock Street that will be a restaurant tavern called Talfor Basin Inn, or TBI. Come spring, a kayak canoe launching station will be built on the Mill River side.

Neighborhoods - some with associations - feature Capes, Colonials, various ranch styles and some contemporaries. Some original summer bungalows have been winterized and expanded.

CO-OPS 24 listings; $119,000 to $229,000.

SALES PRICE According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, 54 homes have sold since October 2008. The median price was $405,000 with a low of $200,000 and a high of $915,000. From September 2007 to September 2008, there were 60 sales with a median price of $412,000. The low was $210,000, and the high was $1,040,000

ATTRACTIONS Recreation areas include Bay Park, Hewlett Point Park and the John Street complex with athletic fields and courts. The senior activity center is on James Street.

Other stats

Town: Hempstead

Area: Village, 1.0 square mile; Bay Park .05 square mile

ZIP code: 11518

Population: 11,920

Median age: 42.62

Median household income: $73,473

Median home value: $405,000*

Median age of homes: 58

Percent owning home: 71.2 percent

Percent renting home: 26.7 percent

Percent homes vacant: 1.9 percent

LIRR time to NYC: 39 to 47 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $232

School district: East Rockaway and Lynbrook

SOURCES: Claritas 2009 estimates; www.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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