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Buying in Flower Hill

This home at on Country Club Drive is

This home at on Country Club Drive is like many homes in Flower Hill. (July 27, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Set amid mature trees and lush vegetation, Flower Hill is an upscale village that occupies parts of Manhasset, Roslyn and Port Washington.

"Each section has its own flavor," says Helene Weingrow of Real Living Accents on Real Estate in Port Washington.

Many homes in Port Washington built by Walter Uhl in the late 1930s and early 1940s feature wide plank floors, fireplaces and rustic-looking beams, Weingrow says. And then there are newer homes, including 5,000- and 6,000-square-foot houses built in the late 1990s and early 2000s on Walter Lane in Manhasset, says Anna Carlucci of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty.

Manicured properties throughout Flower Hill typically range in size between 0.3 acre and 1½ acres, says Janet Marron of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Manhasset. Architectural styles range from modest-size ranches and Capes to stately Tudors and Colonials.

Many buyers are attracted to the village's closeness to Manhattan as well as easy access to major roadways and highways. Plus, Flower Hill is home to St. Francis Hospital on Port Washington Boulevard in Roslyn.

Residents have access to many restaurants and shops, including those along the Miracle Mile on Northern Boulevard.

Carlucci, who has observed an uptick in the market, says, "The prices haven't increased, but activity has picked up."

From June 1, 2011, to July 25, 2012, there were 49 sales with a median sales price of $1,200,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $515,000, and the high was $3,150,000. From May 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011, there were 32 sales. The median sales price was also $1,200,000. This time, the low was $475,000, and the high was $3,000,000.

Christopher Morely Park in Roslyn-North Hills; Jeanne Rimsky Theater and restaurant row in Port Washington; town facilities include Manorhaven Beach Park

Town: North Hempstead

Area: 1.6 square mile

ZIP code: Manhasset, 11030; Port Washington, 11050; Roslyn, 11576

Population: 4,665

Median age: 42.5

Median household income: $195,833

Median home value: $1,184,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Port Washington, 35 minutes to 49 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $223

School districts: Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn

Sources: 2010 Census;; Long Island Rail Road

*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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