Shops along Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. The village has...

Shops along Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. The village has many restaurants and shops that draw visitors and residents living in walking distance. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

THE SCOOP Many homes in Rockville Centre are in walking distance to the vibrant village, with restaurants, shops and nightlife. “People who were born and raised in this town don’t want to leave,” says Adrian Boland of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. “And there is so much to avail yourself of, from the sports for the children and Molloy College with all of their arts programs and Madison Theatre. People come from all different towns to enjoy Rockville Centre.”

Named after local Methodist preacher and community leader Mordecai “Rock” Smith in 1849, the hamlet was incorporated as a village in 1893 and by the early 1900s had become a commuter town, connected to New York City by the Long Island Rail Road. Today’s 34-minute commute is what Boland says drew her family there 30 years ago.

One of the stately homes on Lakeview Avenue.

One of the stately homes on Lakeview Avenue. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Village Mayor Francis X. Murray, who has lived his entire life in Rockville Centre, which residents call RVC, says that what was once a “sleepy community has urbanized, but we've kept our great residential backbone.”

In addition to several parks, the village has the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center and Sandel senior center. The village is also known for St. Agnes Cathedral, the spiritual seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese, which had sold its headquarters in the village in 2021.

Just outside the village is the 11-acre Tanglewood Park and Preserve, which houses the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

Molloy College is home to the Madison Theatre.

Molloy College is home to the Madison Theatre. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

In addition to the bustling main downtown, there are also many restaurants and shops along Long Beach Road, in an area known as Little Rockville Centre.

The village has its own police and fire departments, and electric and water plants. Murray says the hydroelectric power plant “basically makes our electric half price.”

Community programs include Backyard Players & Friends, an inclusive, arts-based community program for those with disabilities. A fund started by former mayor Eugene Murray helps residents in need through annual community fundraising events.

Homes are predominantly Colonials, Capes, Tudors and Victorians, many built in the 1920s, which start around $599,000 and go up to $1.5 million and more. Neighborhoods include the Old Canterbury section in the north part of the village, which has 4,000- to 6,000-square-foot homes. The Harvard section comprises mostly Colonials on Harvard Avenue; the Bryn Mawr section has many Tudors; and the South side has larger Colonials and Victorians. There are also apartment buildings with condos and co-ops.

The village recently completed more than 20 miles of road repairs and an upgraded water system, Murray said. A $13 million grant for a Living with the Bay project is helping to mitigate damage from storm surges along Mill River Complex Park and is improving Smith Pond.

A cafe along the Sunrise Highway shopping district.

A cafe along the Sunrise Highway shopping district. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are 15 condos and co-ops on the market ranging in price from $199,999 to $625,000.

SALE PRICES Between Feb. 28, 2021, and March 31, 2022, there were 260 home sales with a median sale price of $780,000, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $360,000 and the high was $2.5 million. During that period a year earlier there were 293 home sales with a median sale price of $750,000. The price range was $270,000 to $2.2 million. 

OTHER STATS

Town Hempstead

Area 3.3 square miles

ZIP code 11750

Population 26,016        

Median age 43.4

Median household income $113,769*

Median home value $780,000

Monthly LIRR ticket from Rockville Centre $308

School districts, graduation rates Rockville Centre (98%), Oceanside (95%), Baldwin (95%)

Parks Veterans Park, Donald Browne Rockville Centre Park

Libraries Rockville Centre, Oceanside, Baldwin

Hospital Mount Sinai South Nassau

Transit NICE Routes 15, 16, Mercy Medical Shuttle

SOURCES: 2020 Census; 2019 American Community Survey; OneKey MLS; LIRR, data.nysed.gov *Based on 105 sales in the past six months, per OneKey MLS 

NOW ON THE MARKET

Priced at $929,000, this side-hall Colonial on Harvard Avenue is...

Priced at $929,000, this side-hall Colonial on Harvard Avenue is set on a quarter-acre lot. Credit: Full Nelson Photo/Mike Nelson

$929,000

This side hall Colonial in the Harvard area was built in 1924 on a ¼ acre. There are three bedrooms and 1½ baths, as well as a living room with fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and family room overlooking the backyard. There’s a full walk-up attic, a two-car detached garage and a partially finished basement. Taxes are $19,470. Anne Hampel, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-678-1510.

Priced at $769,000, this Colonial on Cedar Avenue has a...

Priced at $769,000, this Colonial on Cedar Avenue has a den with sliders to the deck and landscaped yard. Credit: Full Nelson Photo/Mike Nelson

$769,000

A classic Colonial with three bedrooms and 1½ baths, this house has hardwood floors, a living room with fireplace, kitchen with mudroom area and den opening to a deck. Taxes are $17,061. Mary Darcy, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-678-1510.

Priced at $399,000 this renovated co-op on Maine Avenue is...

Priced at $399,000 this renovated co-op on Maine Avenue is near the train station and village shopping. Credit: Alexandros Giannakis

$399,000
A corner garden apartment in the Hartley House Development, which was built in 1939, this co-op has two bedrooms, one bath, an eat-in-kitchen with pantry and walk-in closets. The apartment was recently renovated with quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen and a rain shower in the bathroom. Maintenance, including annual taxes, is $1,225. Michelle McArdle, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-307-9406.

RECENTLY SOLD

$1.5 million

Berkshire Rd.

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms

Built 1949

Lot size 0.24 acre

Taxes $27,911

+/- List price -$75,000

Days on market 150

$939,000

Ardsley Pl.

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms

Built 1928

Lot size 0.12 acre

Taxes $23,362

+/- List price -$10,000

Days on market 115

$570,000

Woodland Ave.

Style Cape

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2

Built 1924

Lot size 0.14 acre

Taxes $13,643

+/- List price -$55,000

Days on market 165

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 42

Price range $199,999 to $1.9 million

Tax range $8,603 to $37,537

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