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Buying in Garden City South

Nassau Boulevard in Garden City South. (Jan. 31,

Nassau Boulevard in Garden City South. (Jan. 31, 2012). Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

THE SCOOP. Nestled between Garden City, Franklin Square and West Hempstead, Garden City South is a small community where residents tend to stay, says Joe Record of Century 21 American Homes in Franklin Square, noting the hamlet experiences low turnover.

"It's a very quaint community with wide streets and lots of trees," says longtime resident Angela Romano of John Savoretti Realty in Franklin Square.

Residents have access to a pedestrian-friendly commercial district along Nassau Boulevard, which is dotted in part by shops and eateries. The location also provides easy access to major highways and is near three train stations -- Nassau Boulevard, Merillon Avenue and Garden City, local agents say.

Neighborhoods feature mostly Capes, split-levels and ranches, often on 60-by-100- foot parcels. "I see young families moving in," says Herta Kapp of Coach Realtors Fennessy Associates in Garden City, citing affordable prices and a good school system.

RENTALS. Three house rentals listed between $2,800 a month and $3,200 a month.

SALES PRICES. According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 24 sales with a median sales price of $456,500 in the 11530 ZIP code, which includes Garden City and Stewart Manor, from Dec. 1, 2010, to Jan. 25, 2012. The low price was $349,000, and the high was $625,000. From Nov. 1, 2009, to Nov. 30, 2010, there were 20 sales. The median sales price was $480,750 with a low of $365,000 and a high of $685,000.

ATTRACTIONS. Garden City South Community Park has tennis and basketball courts. Residents have access to Echo Park in West Hempstead and Rath Park in Franklin Square. Both have pools. Nearby Garden City offers museums and country clubs.

MORE STATS

Town.  Hempstead

Area. 0.4 square mile

ZIP code. 11530

Population. 4,024

Median age. 41.9

Median household income. $92,463

Median home value. $475,000*

LIRR time to NYC. From Nassau Boulevard, 40 minutes to 48 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket. $223

School district. Franklin Square

Sources: 2010 Census; 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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