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At the border of New York City, Floral Park is 'a town within a town'

"We're hoping it gives opportunities to bring younger families in who can't afford to buy a house yet, and also for some of our seniors who don't want to keep their homes but don't want to leave," says Floral Park's mayor.

New Hyde Park's Bob Williams and his son,

New Hyde Park's Bob Williams and his son, Gabriel, catch butterflies in Centennial Gardens in Floral Park. Photo Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

THE SCOOP

Being an incorporated village on the border of New York City, Floral Park is like “a town within a town,” says longtime resident Kim Flanagan, the branch manager of the area’s Signature Premier Properties.

“We’re surrounded by the city and Queens, but we are in this little town with our own police, fire and sanitation departments,” she says. “There is an unbelievable community base here.”

The community will soon add new housing options with the hope of attracting families and retaining existing residents.    

Construction of 37 rental units next to the train station is expected to begin soon, said Mayor Dominick Longobardi. Being built at the former Koenig’s Restaurant site, the development will include a new restaurant, The Harrison, with five apartments above, he added.  The other 32 units will be constructed in a new building across the street.

Also, the sale of Centennial Hall, a former Masonic temple that divides Tulip and Carnation avenues, is expected to be completed by a developer that will transform the building into 16 to 18 apartments.   

“We’re hoping it gives opportunities to bring younger families in who can’t afford to buy a house yet, and also for some of our seniors who don’t want to keep their homes but don’t want to leave,” Longobardi said.

The area offers primarily Colonials, Tudors and Capes, Flanagan says.  Prices typically start in the low- to mid-$500,000s, and in recent years some houses have sold for over $1 million, she said.   

Floral Park, just a 34-minute train ride from Penn Station, is home to Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, a 12-acre green space.  The Floral Park Recreation Center offers baseball fields, a hockey rink, basketball and tennis courts, a swimming pool, various meeting rooms and other amenities.  

CO-OPS

There are 34 co-ops on the market, ranging in price from $189,000 to $1.469 million. 

SALES PRICES

From Sept. 1, 2017,  to Oct. 4, 2018, there were 257 home sales, at a median price of $625,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. The low price for that period was $350,000 and the high was $1.7 million. During that period a year earlier, there were 267 home sales at a median price of $585,000. The price range then was $219,000 to $1.25 million.

SCHOOLS

Most students attend Floral Park High School.  

OTHER STATS

Town: Hempstead, North Hempstead

Area:  Hempstead, 1.2 square miles; North Hempstead, 0.2 square miles

ZIP code: 11001

Population: 15,863

Median age: 42.3

Median household income: $103,644

Median home value: $630,000*

LIRR to NYC:  34 to 42 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $261

School district: Floral Park-Bellrose and Sewanhaka Central High School District

SOURCES: 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

RECENTLY SOLD

$440,000

Fuller Avenue

Style: Cape

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Built: 1927

Lot size: 50x80

Taxes: $11,084

Increased: $1,000

Days on the market: 88

$600,000

Violet Avenue

Style: Cape

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

Built: 1952

Lot size: 50x100

Taxes: $14,633

Reduced: $39,000

Days on the market: 190

$917,500

Floral Parkway

Style: Colonial

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3

Built: 1920

Lot size: 84x190

Taxes: $21,690

Reduced: $82,499

Days on the market: 133

NOW ON THE MARKET

$539,000

This Cape, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, has new wood floors in the living room, an updated eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a finished basement. The 40-by-100-foot property, with taxes of $11,116, also has a detached one-car garage. Tara Egan, Coach Realtors, 516-306-7060

$668,000

This four-bedroom Colonial, with 1½ bathrooms, offers an enclosed front porch, living and dining rooms with hardwood floors, an eat-in kitchen and a finished basement.  The 40-by-100-foot property, with taxes of $14,907, also has a detached two-car garage.  Brigid Marmorowski and Cheryl Trimboli, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, 516-330-1251, 516-647-9971  

$769,000

With three bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms, this home features a fireplace in the living room, a formal dining room and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and sliders.  The 40-by-100-foot property, with taxes of $13,468, has a detached two-car garage.  Kim Flanagan, Signature Premier Properties, 516-661-5286  

On Multiple Listings

Number of houses: 31

Price range: $485,000-$969,000

Tax range: $4,655-$21,522

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