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Buying in Roslyn Estates

Batia Dane with baby Justin and daughter-in-law Haren

Batia Dane with baby Justin and daughter-in-law Haren Heller Dane with Alexa near Black Ink Pond. Credit: Photo by Nancy Epstein

THE SCOOP Ambience and location appear to be among the top selling points of Roslyn Estates. Residents can enjoy a peaceful environment, yet have easy access to major roadways and highways as well as a quick commute into

Manhattan, says Roy Sobel of Coldwell Banker Claire Sobel in Roslyn Heights.

Meandering roads throughout the hilly terrain are dotted with eclectic-style homes amid towering trees. And there are two ponds -- Black Ink and Little Turf.

"It's very charming," says Susan Cherney of Laffey Fine Homes in Greenvale, noting each house is unique. Styles range from Tudors and Colonials to ranches and contemporaries, while properties -- devoid of sidewalks and streetlights -- are about a third of an acre and up. There are just over 400 resident families, according to the village website.

The late Christopher Morley, an author for whom the county park is named, resided here. In fact, his former house -- a 1913 Colonial on .89 acre -- sold in January 2011 for $1.5 million, Cherney says, noting the house was razed.

Serenity does come at a price, though. Homes fetch anywhere from the mid-$700,000s for one that needs work up to $3 million, Sobel says. The village has "virtue and value," says Joyce Styne, executive vice president of Laffey Fine Homes in Greenvale.

SALES PRICE According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, there were 17 sales with a median price of $962,500 from April 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012. The low price was $475,000, and the high was $1,815,000. From March 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011, there were 13 sales. The median price was $1,175,000 with a low of $425,000 and a high of $2,200,000.

ATTRACTIONS Annual events include a Halloween parade; Christopher Morley Park and the upscale Americana Manhasset shopping center are a stone's throw away, Styne says.

BY THE NUMBER

Town: North Hempstead

Area: 0.4 square mile

ZIP code: 11576

Population: 1,251

Median age: 44.5

Median household income: $180,000

Median home value: $977,500*

LIRR time to NYC: From Manhasset,

27 minutes to 41 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $223

School district: Roslyn

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road;

*Based on sales in the past 12 months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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