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If you want to buy in Floral Park

Centennial Gardens is one of the features of

Centennial Gardens is one of the features of Floral Park. (May 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Nancy Epstein

With homes on the west end of the community backing up to the Belmont Raceway, the Village of Floral Park gears up for its annual street fair in June to celebrate the Belmont Stakes, the third and final race in the Triple Crown.

“It's a big deal in town. Those homes, which are very desirable, actually buffer up to the track. It's right in their backyard,” says Village Clerk Susan Walsh.

But Floral Park has much more to offer. The incorporated village of nearly 16,000 residents has its own police force, Department of Public Works and mayor, and a short commute into Manhattan. There is a Long Island Rail Road station, which many residents use on a daily basis to get to work. “We are both a blue- and white-collar community,” Walsh says.

You'll find no big box stores here, only small stores and restaurants. “People just love it here,” resident Linda Ferrara of Abbott Realty says. “Everyone knows everyone, especially since most people that live here grew up here. Everyone wants the same for their kids. And those that have left, many come back. The community is very family-oriented.”

The neighborhood itself is made up of homes of various styles and ages, with many of them on standard 40-by-100-foot lots. It's hard to find a street not named after either a flower or a tree, with the main road even getting in on the action: Tulip Avenue.

The school district, Floral Park-Bellerose, serves students who live not only in Floral Park but in Bellerose. It is home to two elementary schools (grades K-6) and one high school (7-12).

Co-ops
Twelve units are available at Flowerview Gardens, ranging from a studio listed for $90,000 to a two-bedroom unit with an asking price of $265,000.

Sales prices
From April 1, 2011, to May 21, 2012, there were 167 sales with a median sales price of $455,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island Data. The low sales price was $220,500 and the high was $960,000. From April 1, 2010, to April 30, 2011, there were 178 sales. The median price was $470,000 with a low of $250,000 and a high of $990,000.

BY THE NUMBERS

Towns: North Hempstead and Hempstead

Area: North Hempstead, 0.2 miles and Hempstead, 1.2 miles

ZIP code: 11001

Population: 15,863

Median age: 42.3

Median household income: $109,079

Median home value: $443,000*

LIRR time to NYC: From Floral Park, time ranges from 34 to 40 minutes, peak and off peak

Monthly ticket: $223

School district: Floral Park-Bellerose School District

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

*Based on sales in the past 12 months, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island

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