Levittown, where the Levitt family built thousands of homes for World War II veterans, is a magnet for young couples and families drawn to the community, which has "lots of kids, good schools, a wonderful public library, and great outlets for community activities," says Hempstead Town Clerk and former Town Supervisor Kate Murray.
The 6.9-square-mile hamlet is also unique for its nine town-operated public pools reserved for Levittown residents, and its popular six village greens, which are accessible to retail outlets, says Murray, a lifelong resident. "All this makes [Levittown] a walkable community," she says.
Racial inequities plagued the community's early years. The developers of Levittown prohibited people of color from moving in through contract clauses, or racial covenants, a common practice at the time, according to Newsday reports. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictive racial covenants in 1948, but the Levitts kept them. The hamlet's population, which was 88% white according to the 2010 census, is now 75% white, 14.6% Hispanic, 7% Asian and 1% Black.
Noting how the community has changed, Jon Probstein, past president of the Levittown Chamber of Commerce, says, "My children were exposed to a culturally diverse group of students in the Levittown School District and they are better people for it."
Recent improvements include renovations to the service streets along Hempstead Turnpike, ongoing park and pool maintenance, and a major reconstruction of the Levittown Public Library.
Homes priced at the low end of the market, in the $400,000 range, are selling fastest, says Richie Krug Sr., of Coldwell Banker American Homes. "With both inventory low and interest rates low, multiple offers are driving prices up, in some cases, to $70,000 higher than asking price," he says.
Because there is hardly any space for new development, "homes with functional obsolescence can sell for $300,000 to $350,000, get knocked down and new ones built priced at $900,000," Krug says.
In keeping with its veterans tradition, Levittown hosts one of the largest Memorial Day parades on Long Island, a huge celebration that closes Hempstead Turnpike and involves all the schools, Murray says.
CONDOS AND CO-OPS
There is one condo on the market for $299,900.
Between March 31, 2020, and April 30, 2021, there were 500 home sales with a median sale price of $486,750, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $280,000 and the high was $632,000. During that period a year earlier there were again 500 home sales with a median sale price of $449,950. The price range was $273,525 to $700,000.
Area 6.9 square miles
ZIP code 11756
Median age 40.8
Median household income $125,486
Median home value $510,000*
Monthly LIRR ticket from Hicksville, Bellmore or Merrick $308
School district Levittown, Island Trees
Graduation rate Levittown 94%, Island Trees 95% (NYS average 85%)
Parks Several pool parks and several pocket parks
Library Levittown Public Library
Hospitals Nassau University Medical Center (East Meadow), St. Joseph Hospital (Bethpage),
Transit Nassau Inter-county Express bus route 72
*Based on 288 sales in the past six months, according to OneKey MLS
NOW ON THE MARKET
A Cape with a rear dormer, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home had a major renovation to the first floor in 2019 that included a new eat-in kitchen with quartz counters and new appliances, new flooring throughout and a new bathroom. Taxes are $12,389. Barbara Tomko, Berkshire Hathaway, 516-224-4600.
This five-bedroom, two-bathroom expanded Cape is 1,556 square feet and located between Broadway and Jerusalem Avenue. Amenities include a first-floor master bedroom, a fireplace in the living room and a large cement patio. Taxes are $13,315. Tatiana Rodriguez, EXP Realty, 888-276-0630.
Sitting on a 0.15-acre midblock lot, this three-bedroom, one-bathroom expanded Cape includes a great room with a wood-burning fireplace, a one-car attached garage and leased solar panels. Taxes $11,600. Alysia Stern, Northshore Properties Realty, 631-625-4500.
Address Elm Drive
Lot size 0.14 acre
+/- list price -$50,000
Days on market 301
Address Shelter Lane
Lot size 0.14 acre
+/- list price -$49,000
Days on market 477
Address Meridian Road
Style Expanded Capea
Lot size 0.22 acre
+/- list price +$1 (cq)
Days on market 165
ON ONEKEY MLS
Number of listings 60
Price range $299,900 to $998,888
Tax range $3,551 to $20,644