THE SCOOP: In a word, the village of Garden City is elegant. Wide avenues, tree-lined streets, steepled churches, a luxury hotel and gracious homes resting on manicured properties dot the landscape.
This setting was the vision of Alexander Turney Stewart, a wealthy New York merchant who, in 1869, purchased thousands of acres of the Hempstead Plains. He went on to develop Garden City, one of America's earliest planned communities.
Seventh Avenue is the village's Main Street. And Franklin Avenue, which lost many of its high-end retailers to Roosevelt Field mall, still has Lord & Taylor. "The shopping is still good, even though most of it migrated," says Bob Krener, a longtime resident and owner of Taylor Warner Realty in Garden City. Many of the vacancies were filled by a bevy of financial service companies.
Residents have easy access to restaurants, recreational areas and several LIRR stations.
The housing stock offers a variety of architectural styles and price ranges. Buyers can find houses from $400,000 to $6million. The village has its own police, fire and sanitation departments.
CO-OPS: Starting at $225,000
CONDOS: Listed between $350,000 and $2,450,000
APARTMENT RENTALS: Starting at about $1,000 a month.
SALES PRICE: According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 175 sales in the 11530 ZIP code since last November. The median price was $660,000, with a low of $325,000 and a high of $2,875,000. From October 2007 to October 2008, there were 214 sales with a median price of $759,000. The low was $350,000, and the high was $3,100,000.
ATTRACTIONS: There are plenty, including a community pool, five village parks, a senior recreation center and three private golf courses.
Area: 5.3 square miles
ZIP code: 11530*
Median age: 41.84
Median household income: $131,514
Median home value: $720,000**
Median age of homes: 56*
Percent owning home: 89.3 percent*
Percent renting home: 8.5 percent*
LIRR time to NYC: 42-50 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $204
School district: Garden City