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Living in Valley Stream

The Valley Stream State Park sign on Thursday,

The Valley Stream State Park sign on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

THE SCOOP: Whether you consider Valley Stream the first or last stop in Nassau County, one thing is certain -- this village just east of Queens is a large, vibrant community. "It's a great big small town," says Mayor Edwin Fare, a third-generation resident.

Recreation areas can be found throughout, says Bernie Miglio, owner of Miglio Real Estate, noting Hendrickson Park is perhaps the most popular, with pools, athletic courts, a mini-golf course, a lake and a community center offering programs for all ages. More than 300 senior citizens participate in some of the programs. In fact, the village is addressing increased traffic by widening the road in and out of the park. Add events into the mix, and there is something going on every month, Fare says.

Many shops, eateries and services line the major thoroughfares, including Rockaway Avenue, the area's original business district. Green Acres Mall, one of the Island's first malls, is here, too. The community is about a 30-minute commute into Manhattan, and JFK International airport is nearby.

When it comes to housing, Capes reign, though Colonials dominate in the section of the village known as Gibson, Miglio says. Apartment buildings are coming onto the scene. Hawthorne Court, a new luxury complex on South Cottage Street, is now leasing; Sun Valley Towers on Rockaway Avenue is almost complete.

CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES: 17 listings, $262,000 to $439,000

CO-OPS: 25 listings between $69,500 and $179,000

RENTALS: 27 listed between $550 and $5,000 a month

SALES: From Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 31, 2014, there were 404 sales with a median price of $355,000, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low was $155,000, and the high was $595,000. From 2012 to 2013, during the same time period, there were 368 sales. The median price was $336,500, with a low of $154,900 and a high of $640,000.

ATTRACTIONS Fireman's Field; Barretts Field; Pagan-Fletcher Restoration, operated by the historical society; Valley Stream State Park; Chamber of Commerce and village events, including a summer concert series

MORE VALLEY STREAM STATS

Town: Hempstead

Area: 3.4 square miles

ZIP code: 11581

Population: 37,511

Median age: 38.3

Median household income: $85,179

Median home valueL: $365,000*

LIRR time to NYC: 31 to 40 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $242

School district: Valley Stream districts 13, 24 or 30, then Valley Stream Central High

SOURCES: Alexandra Parisi of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty; 2010 Census; mlslI.com; LIRR;

*Based on sales in the past six months, according to MLSLI

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