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Buying in Greenlawn

A Welcome to Greenlawn sign shows the way

A Welcome to Greenlawn sign shows the way into the leafy hamlet along Broadway on May 28, 2015. Credit: Barry Sloan

Greenlawn is a small hamlet between East Northport and Centerport originally known as Old Fields. The area was well known for its pickle production during the 19th century. Every year, residents and visitors to Greenlawn celebrate by gathering at the John Gardiner Farm to take part in the annual pickle festival.

"It went from a little local event commemorating the early pickle industry. Now we get more than 4,000 people who come to the festival. Most people are looking for the pickles, but there are other activities too," says Deanne Rathke, director of the Greenport-Centerport Historical Association.

The Harborfields Public Library on Broadway is what many call the center of the community. The library offers programs throughout the year and special events for families.

Events include "the Harborfields High School homecoming parade, the longest-running firemen's fair, held by the Greenlawn Fire Department, that takes place over Labor Day," says Marty Grace, who moved to Greenlawn 15 years ago and is also a Realtor with Signature Premier Properties. "We have parades for practically anything in Greenlawn. If there is a reason for a parade, we will have one."

Broadway, the main street, is lined with retail shops, restaurants, coffee shops, pizzerias and small businesses. Pickle Park, also known as Library Park, is behind the library. The park features a basketball court and open field for those looking for a game of Frisbee or football.

Laurell Frein says she has enjoyed going to the playground and picnicking at Pickle Park with her two children, ages 6 and 9. Frein, who also works as a sales manager at Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, says she moved to the area 12 years ago for the school district and the small-town feel.

The housing stock is primarily Colonials, capes, ranches and high-ranch-style homes.


SALES PRICES: From April 1, 2014, to April 30, 2015, there were 77 sales with a median price of $484,000, according to data from the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price was $219,000 and the high price was $1,525,000. During the same period a year earlier, there were 87 sales. The median price was $501,000, with a low of $235,000 and a high of $1,100,000.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: The Russell B. Brush Research Center (inside Haborfields Public Library), Greenlawn Park


Town: Huntington

Area: 3.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11740

Population: 13,742

Median age: 40.7

Median household income: $88,718

Median home value: $472,500

LIRR time to NYC: 69 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $338

School districts: The Harborfields school district includes Washington Drive Primary School (in Centerport, but Greenlawn children attend); Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School; Oldfield Middle School and Harborfields High School

*Centerport residents, as well as some Huntington and Northport residents, attend the Harborfields School District



Number of houses: 38

Price range: $269,000 to $1,249,000

Tax range: $10,658 to $25,606


$475,000. Kirkland Drive

Built in 1960, this seven-room ranch was on the market for 45 days and sold in April. The original asking price was $498,000. The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a partial finished basement with high ceilings and an attic. There is a skylight and wood floors throughout, a brick patio and a two-car garage. There are also green features, including a solar water heater. Taxes are $12,119.

$440,000, Griffin Place

The three-bedroom, two-bath ranch set on a quarter-acre was on the market 161 days before selling in March. The original asking price was $474,000. The home features wood floors, an L-shaped dining room, a fireplace and many updates, including newly paved driveway and Andersen windows. The house is within walking distance of the downtown. Taxes are $14,207.

$1.225 million, Tecumseh Court

This 11-room Colonial built in 2005 sold in March after being on the market for 73 days. The 4,500-square-foot home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath. Additional highlights include a sunroom, great room, fireplace and formal dining room. There is also central air-conditioning, a separate hot water heater and a two-car garage. The home is on 1.01 acres and is on a cul-de-sac. Taxes are $23,845.


Starter, $429,000

This seven-room ranch built in 1960 has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a formal dining room, fireplace and full basement. The home also has an enclosed porch and patio and is near Broadway, shops and library. The house is on a 0.2-acre lot. Taxes are $9,198. Debra Bond, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 631-466-8587.

Trade-up, $725,000

Set on one acre, this 11-room farm ranch built in 1987 has an open floor design with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a half-bath, a granite eat-in-kitchen with center island, a stone fireplace and a master bedroom with a bath. The home also has a legal two-bedroom apartment. The property is landscaped with deck and a large patio and four-zone in-ground sprinklers. Taxes are $14,788. Jamie Marcantonio, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 631-680-2305.

High-end, $1.249 million

Built in 1987, this 12-room Colonial set on one acre has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath. There is a formal dining room, an oversized granite kitchen that opens to a large family room and front and back stairs that lead to the second floor. Other highlights include a master suite with dressing room, a playroom, a mudroom, full basement, heated in-ground pool and specimen plantings. Taxes are $25,606. Debra Russell, realtor with Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 631-692-6770.

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