THE SCOOP: Bethpage is probably best known for its recreational facilities and as the birthplace of the Grumman-built lunar module, which landed on the moon in 1969. But for many of the people who live in this mid-Island community,
Bethpage is all about connections: It's close-knit, with many multigenerational families. "There's a lot of camaraderie here," says Rose Fulgieri, a native and owner of a real estate agency on Stewart Avenue that bears her name. "People who were raised here, often move back," she adds.
"Bethpage is the whole package," adds Teri Catapano Black, broker of Century 21 American Homes in Bethpage. The package, say several residents, includes the Bethpage school district, the area's many parks - including Bethpage State Park and Bethpage Community Park, the site of the pool and new indoor ice skating rink, youth and senior programs, senior housing, as well as the pedestrian-friendly downtown district along Broadway and Stewart Avenue, lined with shops, eateries and services.
The area is also home to Cablevision Systems Corp. and Briarcliffe College, both on the former Grumman property, where the fate of 105 acres is still in question. Mike Martino, a spokesman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, says Mangano has made it clear that the property is the cornerstone of his economic development plan.
And the real estate market? "We don't have enough inventory in Bethpage right now," says resident Mary Macaluso, an agent at Century 21 Prevete Real Estate in Plainview. "We have more buyers than houses," Macaluso says, adding, "houses that are priced right are selling." Black concurs. "There's much more demand than supply in this town."
CO-OPS: One complex, seven listings: $179,000 to $272,000.
SALES PRICE: According to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, there were 135 sales in 2009 with a median price of $370,000. The low was $170,000 and the high was $620,000. In 2008, there were 132 sales with a median price of $418,000. The low price was $227,000 and the high was $800,000.
Town: Oyster Bay
Area: 3.6 square miles
ZIP code: 11714
Median age: 43.3
Median household income: $88,453
Median home value: $364,000*
Median age of homes: 49
Percent owning home: 85.8 percent
Percent renting home: 12.6 percent
Percent homes vacant: 1.2 percent
LIRR time to NYC: 45 to 55 minutes at peak
Monthly ticket: $232
School districts: The majority of students attend Bethpage; others go to Plainedge and Island Trees.
SOURCES: Claritas 2009; www.mlsli.com; Long Island Rail Road
*Based on sales in the past six months according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island