8.2 out of 10

Malverne

Ranked 6th best city in New York
40.6751801305127 -73.6720369304278
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Schools
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5
Aug 19, 2015

"Great Town, including the schools!"

I beg to differ about the schools getting a bad rap! the Valley Stream Schools are an exceptionally good! Almost half of Malverne youngsters attend Valley Stream Schools and as far as the Malverne Schools, if the residents would send there children to the schools instead of private schools they would be excellent as well !!!!
Pros
  • Close to NYC
  • Small town feel
  • Family frendly
Cons
  • Taxes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Quaint scenic neighborhood with lots to offer!"

Lovely, well maintained homes in a quaint, quiet village setting producing a "Mayberry" appeal. Strong community ties connecting all who live here for a sense of belonging. Family orientated. Village hosts many holiday events. Local 5 acre certified organic farm, Country Farm Store, Farmers Market, General Store, movie theatre, playgrounds with bench settings through out the village, quaint Gazebo for seasonal events, places of worship, LIRR station for quick commute to NYC or out East---all this, plus more, within waking distance or a quick bike ride on a sunny day!
Pros
  • Close to NYC
  • Small town feel
  • Family frendly
  • Lots of things to do
Cons
  • Taxes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Small Town Feel With Great amenities, bad school district"

This is a small town where everyone knows each other with tree lined streets brick colonials and families playing is a great combination what is not a good combo is how high youre taxes are and how bad your school district is. If you taxes are 15,000 with a 4bdrm colonial on a 70/100 lot you should be getting a decent atleast school district. This is a very charming town. Malverne has a town center with small mom and pop shops and it's own train station
Pros
  • Close to NYC
  • Small town feel
  • Family frendly
Cons
  • Taxes
  • School districT
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A well-located suburb with great amenities and so-so schools"

Malverne is a small incorporated village in the Town of Hempstead. It occupies a 1.1 square mile area, with a population of 8,500. Initially, it was called “Norwood” but another town had already officially claimed the name, so the name was changed to Malverne, after Malvern, England. No one is entirely sure how the “e” ended up in the town’s name. One theory holds that the railroad signs included the “e” on the end, and it stuck. In its early days, many Broadway performers and vaudevillians called it home. Today, Malverne is a charming village in a great location for commuters, with excellent leisure time activities.

Though Malverne is not located on the water, it enjoys close proximity to the Town of Hempstead beaches, and Jones Beach State Park is also easily reached. Residents can also enjoy the Town of Hempstead’s other 90+ parks and golf courses, as well as numerous recreation and cultural arts programs. Within the village, Gaddis Park has a playground, a bicycle path and a basketball court. Chester A. Reese Veterans Memorial Park has a gazebo, and is the site of outdoor summer performances. Carbone Toddler Park was designed with children under 5 in mind.

Locally, there are several other free time options. Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s is a newly reopened working farm, using certified organic practices. First established in 1895, the farm was recently acquired by the Nassau County Land Trust and revitalized. San-Dee Lanes, a bowling alley, has operated in the community for 50 years and offers birthday parties, events, and leagues. Another local favorite is Malverne Cinema 4, which shows mainstream, foreign, independent and second-run films.

The Malverne School District has a student population of approximately 1,700. Though the village’s poverty level is less than 3%, the school district’s poverty rate is 20%. However, the vast majority of students meet standards on state assessments. Kindergarten is a full day program. At the middle school level, Regents courses are offered to qualified students, giving them an opportunity to get a head start on high school credits. Fewer than 600 students attend the high school, and its small size is often cited as one of the school’s strong points. Its graduation rate is 92%. Several Advanced Placement courses are offered to students who wish to undertake college-level work. For a small school, it has a very wide selection of extracurricular clubs and athletic teams.

Though prices have fallen in the village since the peak of 2005-2006, they began rising again in 2009. Last year the median price was around $407,000. There is a nice mix of older colonials from the 1920s and 1930s, and more recently built capes and ranches. Property taxes are very high, as they are across Long Island.
Pros
  • Lots of things to do
  • Close to NYC
  • Small town feel
Cons
  • Surrounding school districts are better
  • Taxes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Big Small Town near the Beaches"

Malverne is a one square mile Village in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County. It is 45 minutes from Penn Station, yet 10 minutes from white sandy beaches. Although it is a heavily populated area, Malverne has many civic groups, clubs, and volunteers who try to keep its atmosphere like that of a small town. People keep Westwood Park clean and user-friendly, follow initiatives promoted by the Malvern Environmental Council, have formed a Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and consult their resident groundhogs in a weather-predicting ceremony each February. Christmas is taken seriously here, with the Lighting of Malverne held the first Saturday each December. After a festive parade, thousands of people watch as the Mayor flips a switch, and the entire business district is illuminated by gaily colored lights.

Malverne is on the South Shore of Long Island, once the territory of the Rockaway Indians, and older residents report having found Native American artifacts years ago. Now, however, it is single-family houses, townhouses, apartments and condos on small plots of land. The median house/condo value is about $450,000, and the average rent is about $1,200. Residence grouse about the taxes, which, at $60.59 per hundred dollars of assessed value, is quite high. The cost of living index in Malverne in March of 2012 was 155.4, against a national average of 100.

Even though the taxes are high, the public schools are not highly rated. Currently 40% of Malverne’s children are in private schools. However, it is one of the few public school systems in New York where enrollment is increasing rather than decreasing, which some say is evidence of the rising quality of the system. The Malverne School District includes portions of Malverne, Lakeview, Lynbrook, Rockville Center, West Hempstead, and the unincorporated areas of Malverne and North Lynbrook. The Maurice W. Downing Primary School is for grades K–2; the Davison Avenue Intermediate School for grades 3, 4, and 5; the Howard T. Herber Middle School for grades 5–8: and the Malverne High School for 9–12.

There is a wonderful library in Malverne, with all kinds of databases (including several for genealogy research), a huge selection of books and audiobooks, and quality programs for kids, teens, and adults.

It is easy to get to and from this town. There are two stops on the Long Island Railroad, Malverne and Westwood, both located on the West Hempstead Branch, which will take you right to Penn Station. There are bus services to Kennedy Airport, 7 miles away, and to La Guardia, 13 miles away.

Looking for education? There are seven colleges within eight miles of Malverne: St. John’s, two CUNY schools, Nassau Community College, Hofstra, Adelphi, and Molloy College.

Three hospitals serve the area: Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center, and South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside.

As for demographics, 64% of residents are married, 23% single; 92% have completed high school or higher, 37% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 14% have a graduate or professional degree; and it is predominately white and Catholic.

Close to transportation, the city, all amenities, and beaches, Malverne may be just the place you’re looking for.
Pros
  • Close to NYC
  • Family frendly
  • Small town feel
Cons
  • School districT
  • Taxes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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