7.5 out of 10

Greenlawn

40.8624243183725 -73.3637068096166
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 18, 2012

"A storybook small town"

Sandwiched between Huntington and East Northport, Greenlawn, NY is home to 13,500 residents. Once called Old Field, the hamlet once had a flourishing pickle industry, which came to an abrupt end when blight destroyed the cucumber crops. Today, Greenlawn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, excellent schools and walkable downtown.

The Long Island Expressway sits to the south of the hamlet, which is part of the Town of Huntington. The LIE is the closest major highway. Residents who commute by train can board at the LIRR’s Greenlawn station. Parking is a mix of unrestricted spots and Town of Huntington Resident Only, with a permit. Travel time ranged between an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and twenty-five minutes, partly because commuters must transfer at Huntington, Hicksville or Jamaica.

Greenlawn offers its residents a great variety of things to do. Broadway, lined with shops and restaurants, is a popular destination. The Robert M. Kubecka Memorial Organic Garden gives residents a chance to cultivate small gardens in a community setting. There are 8 Town of Huntington beaches, as well as a skate park. Each year Greenlawn honors its history by holding its Pickle Festival at the John Gardiner Farm, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Greenlawn Plaza includes a grocery store as well as an assortment of chain stores. The Harborfields Library is also a great asset. Located in a former school, it has an art gallery and community center, along with an 8,000 square foot Children’s Room.

The Harborfields Central School District serves students from Greenlawn, as well as Centerport, Huntington and Northport. The student population of 3,700 is spread among one primary school, located in Centerport, as well as an intermediate school, middle school and high school, all located in Greenlawn. Scores on standardized state exams, administered to students in grades 3 through 8, are solid, as are Regents exam scores, taken by high school and some middle school students.

Homes are well-priced, though not as affordable as some neighboring areas. Buyers with budgets under $500,000 will find a lot of possibilities. At the high end, prices come close to $800,000, though inventory is smaller at this end. There are no co-ops or condos.
Pros
  • Downtown shopping area
  • Family oriented
  • Good schools
Cons
  • High taxes
  • Train commute to city is long
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers