There are myriad of ways to get back and forth from Manhattan to Nassau County. Whether you’re driving, taking a train, or bussing it, there’s no shortage of access to what has become an exurban retreat for many commuters and families priced out of Manhattan For these folks, Nassau County seems like a logical place to start looking for an alternative to big city living.
Nassau County encompasses three main towns: Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, along with two cities: Glen Cove and Long Beach. With an area of just 287 square miles, it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to its south, Long Island Sound to the north, Suffolk County to the east and Queens County to the west.
Located just 30 miles from Manhattan, the commute to and from Nassau is more than manageable, the housing stock more spacious—albeit rarely more affordable—and depending on whom you ask, the quality of life may seem exponentially better than in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Given its location, it’s no wonder those who enjoy Nassau County and can afford it, stay there. This may be where the problem lies.
The Appeal of the Suburbs
More and more empty-nesters, working families, and New York City expatriates are discovering the charms of Nassau County, from its wineries and old-fashioned farmer’s markets to museums, performing arts and spectator sports events. For families, there are amusement and public parks, beaches, and an excellent public school system, which is a huge attraction.
“Living in Long Beach is almost like living in Manhattan,” says Joyce Coletti, a top broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman who has been handling residential properties in Nassau County for years. “But without all the unwanted excitement. You can walk anywhere you need to go, or get on a train to take you into the city. You almost don’t need a car.”