Levittown, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, was the first mass-produced suburbia, and it was a societal model providing homes for the flood of triumphant GIs returning from World War II. Suddenly, the American dream was within reach for many: Ownership of a home in a pristine environment dotted with swimming pools and community centers cost as little as a $65 monthly mortgage payment. Here are five Levittown homes for sale that retain some characteristics of the originals.
$445,000: 115 Prairie Lane
LISTING HISTORY Just placed on the market
WHAT’S FOR SALE This is a four-bedroom, two-bath expanded Cape built in 1948. It has been updated throughout, but still retains much of the original Levittown structure. The home has an eat-in kitchen, a den and family room and a detached garage. It has a Jacuzzi and an updated heating system. The extension on the back includes a den, bedroom and bathroom.
LISTING AGENT Debbie Garcia, an associate broker with Polumbo Realty Group, at 516-662-2363. “This home has so much character, as do so many of the ones that maintained their original design,” she says. Dec. 18, 2017.
$445,000: 92 Abbey Lane
LISTING HISTORY On the market seven weeks
WHAT’S FOR SALE This is a five-bedroom, two-bath Cape built in 1948 with a kitchen, den and family room and an attached garage. It also has a patio, a sunroom and what used to be an open fireplace between the family room and kitchen as per this style home. The owners sealed it off on the kitchen side. The fifth bedroom is being used as a formal dining room. It also has a new heating system.
LISTING AGENT Sean O’Connor with Exit Realty Gateway at 516-900-1313. Levittown homeowners “take pride in their living space and they’re good at utilizing it,” he says. “The houses built in the late 1940s and 1950s were placed on concrete slabs, so they can’t just put stuff in the basement.” Dec. 21, 2017
$469,000: 174 Kingfisher Rd.
LISTING HISTORY On the market for a month
WHAT’S FOR SALE This is a five-bedroom, two-bath Colonial built in 1951 with an eat-in kitchen, large living room with a vaulted ceiling and skylight, a formal dining room and a modern kitchen. It also has a master bedroom, an office and a new patio overlooking a 51-by-131-foot lot. The fireplace that once occupied the center of the home was taken out to add living space. The heating system was moved to the garage, which also was turned into a family room with the front reserved for a laundry room and utilities. The home is close to its original floor plan except for the addition of a full-sized dormer on both the home’s front and rear.
LISTING AGENT Matthew Korman with Douglas Elliman at 516-318-3760. One of the main reasons for the renewed interest in Levittown homes is the price, Korman says. “This is one of the few places in Nassau County where you can still find something under $500,000,” he says. Dec. 22, 2017
$379,000: 1 Honeysuckle Rd.
LISTING HISTORY On the market three months
WHAT’S FOR SALE This is a four-bedroom, one-bath expanded Cape built in 1949 with an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and a den/living room with a fireplace. It has a patio and a detached, heated garage.
LISTING AGENT Bradly Barnett and Barry Paley, both with Laffey Real Estate at 516-921-4300. This home has the basic layout of an original Cape, but was expanded with an addition on one side, Barnett says. Dec. 15, 2017
$369,000: 62 Albatross Rd.
LISTING HISTORY On the market two weeks
WHAT’S FOR SALE This is a four-bedroom, one-bath expanded farm ranch built in 1949 with an eat-in kitchen, a living room with fireplace, formal dining room and an attached garage. An expansion in the rear allowed for a master bedroom and the formal dining room. It has an updated furnace and roof.
LISTING AGENT Eliot Lonardo with Platinum Properties of Long Island at 631-406-4200. “These homes were built to last,” he says. Dec. 22, 2017
A street view of Albatross Road in Levittown on Dec. 21, 2017.
Levittown, which marked its 70th anniversary in 2017, is seen from the air on April 18, 2015.