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Buying a home in Woodmere, of the Five Towns

The Trinity Street St. John's Episcopal Church at

The Trinity Street St. John's Episcopal Church at 1142 Broadway, is on the border between Woodmere and Hewlett at 1142 Broadway. This photo is from June 28, 2015. Credit: Linda Rosier

Woodmere is one of the Five Towns located in southwest Nassau County. The other towns are neighboring Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Inwood and Hewlett. With less than an hour commute into Manhattan, the area is mostly residential with stately homes on tree-lined streets dating back to the 1800s and newer homes that were built in the 1960s.

All the towns intertwine. The shopping district that starts on Broadway runs into Central Avenue in Cedarhurst, a busy shopping hub that is home to a number of kosher markets and eateries that draw shoppers from other parts of Long Island. Woodmere also has many houses of worship, including two orthodox synagogues and one conservative synagogue.

Lori Schlesinger, a 26-year resident of Woodmere, says she enjoys the community and all it has to offer. "I am orthodox, so for me having all the kosher restaurants, shopping and synagogues so close by is a bonus," she says. "We don't have as much variety as Central Avenue, but we have a kosher takeout and a kosher pizzeria and Key Food is soon going to be the second location of Gourmet Glatt. Their other location is in Cedarhurst."

Two public schools serve the Woodmere area: School District 14 and School District 15. In 2013, Hewlett High School was named one of Newsweek's top 25 high schools in New York. Even so, a large percentage of its young people attend yeshivas. Schlesinger, who has also been selling real estate in the Five Towns for more than 20 years, says the area has gotten much more orthodox.

Properties in Woodmere are a mix of high-ranches, split-levels, splanches and Colonials with the average size lot 60 by 100 feet and a starting price in the low $400,000s.

Don Miller, owner of Five Towns Miller Realty, says many purchasers are under the age of 35 and many grew up in Woodmere and have returned to raise their families here. "We need more inventory," he says. "It is a seller's market."

Over the past year, there have been some beautification and road improvement projects. In the fall, new asphalt and pedestrian access ramps were installed downtown. A new stop sign was also installed at the intersection of Woodmere Boulevard and Cedar Lane, says Town of Hempstead spokeswoman Susie Trenkle-Pokalsky.

CONDOS AND CO-OPS: Four condos and 12 co-ops are on the market

SALES PRICES: From June 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, there were 102 sales with a median price of $542,500, according to Multiple Listing Service of Long Island data. The low price was $220,000 and the high price was $1,850,000. During the same period a year earlier, there was 109 sales. The median price was $524,500, with a low price of $220,00 and a high of $2,040,000.

ATTRACTIONS: Woodmere Docks in neighboring Woodsburgh offers fishing, kayaking and is a popular spot for bird-watching enthusiasts.


Town: Hempstead

Area: 2.6 square miles

ZIP code: 11598

Population: 17,121

Median age: 37.8

Median household income: $131,536

Median home value: $578,000

LIRR time to NYC: About 45 minutes at peak

Monthly ticket: $252

School districts: Hewlett-Woodmere School District (District 14), with the rest served by the Lawrence Public Schools (District 15).


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


Number of houses: 76

Price range: $389,000 to $1,990,000

Tax range: $14,359 to $38,233


IBSEN STREET, $515,000

With an original asking price of $549,000 this eight-room expanded ranch sold last month. It was on the market for 44 days. Built in 1951, the home includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room, skylight and fireplace. The lot size is 90 by 100 feet. Taxes are $7,548.

DERBY AVENUE, $1.2 million

This 12-room Colonial was built this year. The original home was knocked down after superstorm Sandy. On the market for 69 days with an original asking price of $1.3 million, the house has six bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms, a formal dining room and a front porch. Other amenities include central air-conditioning and a separate hot-water heater. Taxes are $14,653.


On the market for one month, this eight-room expanded ranch was a foreclosed property that sold in an online auction. A bidding war raised the price. The original asking price was $408,000. Features include four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a dining room and an eat-in kitchen. The property is 63 by 100 feet. Taxes are $8,877.


Starter, $399,000

This eight-room Colonial was built in 1924. The stucco-style home features three bedrooms, a  bathroom and a half-bath, an eat-in kitchen, a living room and a dining room. The lot size is 60 by 100 feet. Taxes are $14,359. Christina Podias, Long Island Dream Homes Realty, Corp., 516-946-7673.

Trade up, $649,000

This split-level has five bedrooms three bathrooms and a half-bath. The first floor has a dormered addition and a staircase to the attic. Other amenities include central air-conditioning and a one-car garage. The lot size is 62 by 100 feet. Taxes are $15,819. Lori Schlesinger, Lori and Associates Long Island Realty, 516-410-4210.

High end, $1.99 million

This 14-room Contemporary home features seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and three half-baths. Other features include a garage loft, a yard with a deck, a firepit, a kiddie pool and gunite freshwater pool. The lot size 107 by 102 feet. Taxes are $38,232.78. Don Miller, Five Towns Miller Realty, 516-374-4100.

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