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If you're looking to buy in Lynbrook

THE SCOOP Though Lynbrook may possess traits of a small city, its residents often refer to the village as a small town. "It has a Mayberry quality," says longtime resident Clementine Becker of Becker Realty Services.

"We have a small police force, a volunteer fire department, a department of public works and a building department," Mayor William Hendrick says.

Kent Miller of Laffey Fine Homes in Williston Park notes residents have access to "amazing parks and a large selection of restaurants and entertainment." Shops, eateries, professional services and houses of worship are sprinkled throughout.

Hendrick says plans include a redevelopment of the areas under the Long Island Rail Road tracks and rebuilding the Merrick Road movie theater.

Lynbrook's location provides easy access to major highways, as well as a swift commute into Manhattan and to JFK International Airport, about eight miles away.

Neighborhoods feature Tudors, Colonials, Capes, ranches and split-levels, usually on compact lots. Other choices include condos, co-ops and apartment buildings. A new development -- Scranton Gables -- will have eight town homes of about 2,700 square feet each, with prices in the $490,000 range.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS Combined listings between $99,999 and $325,000

MONTHLY RENTALS Listed between $1,100 and $3,000

SALES PRICE From Sept. 1, 2010, to Oct. 12, 2011, there were 115 sales with a median price of $380,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $205,000, and the high was $630,000. From Aug. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2010, there were 120 sales. The median price was $392,500, with a low of $160,000 and a high of $620,000.

ATTRACTIONS Greis Park has a roller hockey rink, a pool, playing courts and fields, and a recreation center. "Halloween Havoc," a street fair for kids, is scheduled for Oct. 30.

MORE STATS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 2.0 square miles

ZIP code: 11563

Population: 19,427; North Lynbrook, 793

Median age: 42.2; North Lynbrook, 50

Median household income: $81,435

Median home value: $377,500*

LIRR time to NYC: 32 minutes to 41 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $223

School districts: The majority of students attend Lynbrook, while others go to Malverne, East Rockaway, Valley Stream or Hewlett-Woodmere.

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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