Locals enjoy the outdoors at Halls Pond Park in West...

Locals enjoy the outdoors at Halls Pond Park in West Hempstead. Credit: Howard Simmons

THE SCOOP A growing community, this hamlet touts its spirit, access to transportation and recreational pursuits that draw outsiders.

Anyone who wants to exercise will have several picks, but no one can miss Hempstead Lake State Park's 737 acres. The state this summer completed $50 million in renovations, from restoring the 1837 Hempstead Lake Dam to adding pickle ball courts.

Other places also boast a faithful following: the New York Equestrian Center, which opened about a century ago; Nassau County's Hall's Pond Park for quiet walks; and Hempstead Town's Echo Park Swimming Complex.

People are drawn to West Hempstead because of its location, said local resident Denise Lauth, a real estate agent at Signature Premier Properties.

"It's close to everything," she said. "I call it a commuter's dream."

West Hempstead has two exits on the Southern State Parkway, three train stations on the Long Island Rail Road's West Hempstead branch and a major business road, Hempstead Turnpike. It's a short ride to shopping in Garden City Village and at Roosevelt Field Mall.

Longtime staples of West Hempstead include the New York Equestrian...

Longtime staples of West Hempstead include the New York Equestrian Center, left, Witches Brew and Carvel. Credit: Howard Simmons

Housing options have multiplied in the past 10 years, not just with large, single-family homes, but with major developers and tax breaks from the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency. In September, a Commack developer broke ground on a $212 million complex of 428 apartments and retail space — the largest transit-oriented development project in Nassau's history, aimed at boosting low ridership at the West Hempstead terminal. The pet-friendly West 130 apartment building began renting out its 150 apartments in 2012. The same developer last year proposed another apartment complex at the site of a former supermarket but has since dropped plans.

Hempstead Avenue, top, and Hempstead Turnpike are home to many...

Hempstead Avenue, top, and Hempstead Turnpike are home to many of West Hempstead' shops and restaurants. Credit: Howard Simmons

Woodfield Road also houses shops and eateries.

Woodfield Road also houses shops and eateries. Credit: Howard Simmons

At Riesterer's massive bakery, which opened in 1931, owner Karl Riesterer said the community is growing and believes its spirit is unmatched.

On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus and the local the fire trucks go on every block in the hamlet, a three-hour tour, said Riesterer, a 54-year resident of West Hempstead and one of its past fire chiefs.

In the first days after 9/11, he recalled, local residents "overwhelmed" fire department volunteers in meeting requests for equipment, filling up a truck carrying jackets, gloves, buckets and other material into Manhattan every night.

"It's civic minded," the baker said about the hamlet. "It's big but not too big where you lose track of everybody. You get to know everybody so that does make it nice."

Homes along Wildwood Drive, top, and Maplewood Street in West...

Homes along Wildwood Drive, top, and Maplewood Street in West Hempstead. Credit: Howard Simmons

CONDOS AND CO-OPS There are two co-ops, priced at $179,900 and $219,000, on the market.

SALE PRICES Between Nov. 1, 2022, and Oct. 31, 2023, there were 171 home sales with a median sale price of $625,000, according to OneKey MLS. The low price for that period was $320,000 and the high was $1.365 million. During that period a year earlier there were 217 home sales with a median sale price of $650,000. The price range was $410,000 to $1.88 million.

OTHER STATS

Population 20,729

Median age 38.3

Median home value $660,000

Monthly LIRR ticket from West Hempstead $253

School district, graduation rate West Hempstead (93.3%)

Libraries West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Hempstead

Transit NICE Bus Routes 6, 6x, 15

ON THE MARKET

$749,000

This $749,000 West Hempstead Cape was built in 1938.

This $749,000 West Hempstead Cape was built in 1938. Credit: HomeSmart Premier Living Realty

This 1938 Cape with a stone front has four bedrooms, two baths, a den and a one-car garage. The living room area has a skylight, fireplace and sliding glass doors that open to a fenced-in back yard. The house also has a full basement. Taxes are $15,667. Julie Calabrese, HomeSmart Premier Living Realty, 516-860-7639

$669,900

This $669,900 Cape in West Hempstead contains three bedrooms and...

This $669,900 Cape in West Hempstead contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Credit: NY Coastal Living

This three-bedroom, two-bath Cape has an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room fireplace and den. There’s a one-car garage; full, finished basement; ductless, wall-mounted air conditioning units; and a back deck that leads to a brick-paved yard. Taxes are $13,467. Allen Munier, NY Coastal Living 516-297-7476

$219,000

This $219,000 condo in West Hempstead is in a pet-friendly...

This $219,000 condo in West Hempstead is in a pet-friendly complex. Credit: Signature Premier Properties/Denise Lauth

This one-bed, one-bath co-op has cathedral ceilings and an eat-in kitchen with granite counters. Built in 1960, the Hempstead Gardens co-op complex is pet-friendly and features an in-ground pool and barbecue area. The complex is close to the Southern State Parkway, LIRR station and bus routes. Maintenance is $904 monthly. Denise Lauth, Signature Premier Properties 914-584-2891

RECENTLY SOLD

$1.365 million

Adams Ave.

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms

Built 1943

Lot size 4.15 acres

Taxes $16,680

+/- List price +$165,000

Days on market 99

$830,000

Marlborough Rd.

Style Mediterranean

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Built 1928

Lot size 0.14 acre

Taxes $16,554.44

+/- List price +$11,000

Days on market 72

$431,000

Oak St.

Style Colonial

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2

Built 1927

Lot size 0.09 acre

Taxes $15,189.77

+/- List price -$8,000

Days on market 290

ON ONEKEY MLS

Number of listings 32

Price range $179,900 to $1.599 million

Tax range $9,952 to $17,837

CORRECTION: The Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency was misidentified in a previous version of this story.

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