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Buying in West Hempstead

Lynda Bertone feeds the wildlife at Hall's Pond

Lynda Bertone feeds the wildlife at Hall's Pond Lake West Hempstead. (Aug. 6, 2012) Credit: Daniel Goodrich

THE SCOOP To really appreciate West Hempstead, you have to get off Hempstead Turnpike, says Rosalie Norton, a resident and president of the West Hempstead Community Support Association. "We have beautiful residential areas," Norton says. For instance, the area known as Cathedral Gardens features stately Tudors and Colonials built from the early 1920s to early 1930s, while the Elm-Maple section, with larger parcels make you feel like you are in the country, she adds. And the Dogwood section is dominated by 1940s and 1950s expanded ranches and split-levels.

It seems as though many residents are making home improvements. "If you drive around, you notice a lot of homes are being expanded . . . Every other block, you see a Dumpster," says Sharona Beck, a resident and a broker of a real estate agency that bears her name.

Area enhancements include the installation of attractive street signs as well as the addition of benches and plantings along Hempstead Avenue.

Hall's Pond Park, an 11-acre Nassau County property with a 5 1/2-acre pond, is under renovation.

The site of the former Courtesy Hotel will be home to an upscale apartment rental complex to open this fall. The four-story building, called West 130, will have 150 units, a clubhouse, fitness center and outdoor pool.

CO-OPS Two listings: $63,999 and $99,500

SALES PRICE According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data, from July 1, 2011 to Aug. 4, 2012, there were 139 sales with a median price of $349,000. The low sales price was $130,000, and the high was $625,000. From June 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, there were 134 sales. The median sales price was $338,500 with a low of $137,500 and a high of $620,000.

ATTRACTIONS West Hempstead Community Support & Civic Association hosts events, including free summer concerts; the 775-acre Hempstead Lake State Park; Echo Park has an indoor pool and fitness complex.

BY THE NUMBER

Town: Hempstead

Area: 2.7 square miles

ZIP code: 11552

Population: 18,862

Median age: 38.2

Median household income: $94,348

Median home value: $325,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 50 minutes to 56 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $223

School districts: West Hempstead, Malverne and Franklin Square

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

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

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