Manhasset is a hamlet on Nassau County’s North Shore that’s known for its “beautiful, traditional homes and immaculately manicured properties,” says listing agent Rosemary O’Neill of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.
You’ll find mostly Colonials and Tudors built in the 1920s and 1930s, O’Neill says, in neighborhoods with winding streets that follow Manhasset’s naturally hilly topography. In addition to physical beauty, the hamlet has practical appeal, she says, citing the desirable school district, the quick city commute and Manhasset homes’ history of retaining value, even in difficult markets.
Manhasset residents have the best of both worlds, O’Neill says, enjoying the quiet pleasures of suburban life less than 20 miles from Manhattan. The hamlet is “incredibly community-minded,” O’Neill says, with a great focus on showing up for your neighbors and for cherished traditions such as the Memorial Day Parade, Homecoming Parade and the School Community Association Fair.
“What I love the most about Manhasset is that it has held on to the original community charm that made it such a special place to raise a family,” says North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan. Kaplan cites the renovation of Manhasset Valley Park — which offers stream-side walking trails, athletic fields and a children’s playground — as a sign of the town’s commitment to preserving the hamlet’s quality of life.
Other Manhasset attractions include Mary Jane Davies Green with its gazebo, town clock and children’s spray park — and the Americana Manhasset — a luxury shopping center along Northern Boulevard many locals call “the miracle mile.”
Between May 1, 2015, and May 25, 2016, there were 193 home sales with a median sale price of $1.5 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $499,000 and the high was $6 million. During that period a year earlier, there were 206 home sales with a median sale price of $1.5 million. The price range was $549,000 to $4.3 million.
Most students attend Manhasset Secondary School. In 2015, 81 percent of graduates earned a Regents diploma with advanced designation. That’s up from 75 percent in 2014.
Town: North Hempstead
Area: 2.4 square miles
ZIP code: 11030
Median age: 44
Median household income: $97,500
Median home value: $1.5 million*
LIRR Manhasset to NYC: 27 to 41 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $252
School district: Manhasset
Sources: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; LIRR;
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI
Heights Road, $5.25 million
This five-bedroom Colonial sold for $250,000 less than its asking price after 77 days on the market. The 6,000-square-foot home was built in 1938 but extensively renovated 10 years ago. The house has five bathrooms, two half-baths and an eat-in kitchen with custom cabinets and a center island. There’s a formal dining room, a living room, a family room, study and sunroom. The home features four fireplaces, a master suite with a private deck and a gym and playroom in the finished basement. The 0.82-acre property has a bluestone patio, covered porch and a detached garage. The taxes are $56,800.
Evergreen Circle, $2.566 million
After 189 days on the market, this four-bedroom Colonial sold for $202,000 less than its asking price. Built in 1988, the home has 4 1⁄2 baths, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, living room and den. Amenities include his and hers marble baths in the master suite, a fireplace, custom moldings, skylights and a full basement with high ceilings. There’s a deck and two-car garage on the 0.36-acre property, which comes with access to the community pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, gym and playground. The taxes are $27,462.
Hillcrest Avenue, $992,500
Originally listed for $995,000, this three-bedroom Colonial sold after 91 days on the market. The 1926 home has two full baths and has been updated to include an eat-in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. There’s a formal dining room, a den and a living room with a fireplace. The house also has hardwood floors, a walk-up attic and a playroom in the finished basement. The 60-by-115 foot property features a patio, inground sprinklers and a detached garage. The taxes are $12,430.
NOW ON THE MARKET
Set on a 56-by-100-foot lot, this two-bedroom Cape has 1 1⁄2 baths, an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a living room with a fireplace. The taxes are $9,939. Marianne Buzzitta, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-286-0440
This four-bedroom Colonial has 2 1⁄2 baths, a formal dining room and a living room with a fireplace. The 90-by-135-foot property has a two-car garage and inground sprinklers. The taxes are $12,052. Michele Gottlieb, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-297-4623.
High-end, $3.598 million
This newly built Colonial has six bedrooms, 6 1⁄2 baths, a formal dining room and a finished lower level. There’s a patio, garage and sprinkler system on the 0.33-acre property. The taxes have not yet been determined. Traci Clinton, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-857-0987.
ON MULTIPLE LISTINGS
Number of houses: 58
Price range: $789,000 to $7.5 million
Tax range: $9,939 to $77,326