Ask folks about Carle Place and they will tell you the community has a small-town atmosphere, an award-winning school district and a convenient location near the Northern State and Meadowbrook parkways.
"People are friendly and are willing to help one another," says Carole Zeilman, a 40-year resident and agent at Rowan Real Estate, a local family-owned business. "Families live there forever," adds Vivian Arzoumanidis of Keller Williams Realty in Williston Park.
School superintendent David Flatley says the high school has been recognized as one of America's best for the past few years by various national publications, including Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. Small class size is a feature residents find attractive.
Carle Place is in the heart of Nassau County's commercial mecca, where a new 333,000-square-foot retail center -- the Gallery at Westbury Plaza -- is almost complete. But the community has a downtown to call its own along Westbury Avenue. "We have stores like the ice cream shop, the pizzeria, the deli and Cardinali Bakery," says Wendy Liotti, also of Rowan Real Estate.
A town-house development for adults 55 and older is being built on the east end of Westbury Avenue, says resident Nancy Jarvis of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. Housing is dominated by capes, ranches and Colonials.
The numbers are slightly up, year over year, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. From July 1, 2011, to Aug. 10, 2012, there were 33 sales with a median price of $417,500. The low was $210,000, and the high was $715,000. From July 1, 2010, to Aug. 10, 2011, there were 27 sales. The median price was $415,000 with a low of $270,000 and a high of $670,000.
Charles J. Fuschillo Park on Carle Road and Broadmoore Lane; the Carle Place Civic Association hosts a Family Fun Run/Walk Day scheduled for Oct. 28.
BY THE NUMBERS
Town: North Hempstead
Area: 0.9 square mile
ZIP code: 11514
Median age: 41.6
Median household income: $84,511
Median home value: $385,000*
LIRR time to NYC: 38 minutes to 42 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $254
School district: Carle Place
*Based on sales in the past six months, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island