Five Towns, is a group of hamlets and villages in Nassau County, New York, on the southern edge of western Long Island, just minutes away from the soft, sandy beaches of the Atlantic. Early settlers arrived in the 1600’s with the Dutch and English fighting for control. The English dominated, forcing Native Americans off the valuable grazing land. None of the five communities that comprise Five Towns is actually a town. Lawrence and Cedarhurst are considered villages while Woodmere, Inwood, and Hewlett are considered hamlets. All five are considered part of the larger town of Hempstead. Woodmere has the largest population of the five. Often included in this grouping are the two tiny villages, Hewlett Bay Park and Woodsburgh, which are not added to the final total of five. The cities originally banded together in 1931 to form the “Five Towns Community Chest”. The name caught on as a description for the the general area. Although the South Shore of Long Island has a reputation of being more urbanized than the North shore, enormous mansions and exclusive private communities can be found along the waterfront. Each of the “towns” serves as a stop on the Far Rockaway Branch of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), providing 45 minute service to New York City and Manhattan. Each community is a bit different from the next. Cedarhurst boasts fine clothing stores and Hewlett has the architectural treasure Trinity Church, a fine example of American stick style. Woodmere offers a wide variety of homes homes from large custom homes to less expansive split levels, while Lawrence has 100 year old structures with 12 bedrooms, affectionately referred to as “cottages”, summer homes of aristocrats in a bygone era.
With Five Towns close proximity to New York, access to almost any activity you can imagine is possible. Golfing, boating, hiking, sailing, and fishing are all favorite pastimes of the locals. Great local shops abound, as do amazing restaurants. There are two school districts in Five Towns: Lawrence Public Schools and the Hewlett-Woodmere School District serve students in the Five Town communities. Generally, the Lawrence School District serves all of Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Inwood and a portion of Woodmere, while the Hewlett-Woodmere district serves all of Hewlett and part of Woodmere as well as a couple of other neighboring villages. More than 20 Jewish temples have been built in this area which has grown into one of the most impressive Jewish communities in the United States. This community has produced many notable religious and secular leaders including congressman Herbert Tenzer. The primary industries in the Five Towns area are professional, scientific and technical in nature. Close behind are the industries of healthcare and social administration. Occupations include sales, office and administrative support as well as management positions.
With its rich history, convenient location and remarkable features, Five Towns is a great place to live. The kinds of homes available in the area represent great diversity to suit every taste. Colonial, ranch, cottage, cape and traditional style homes are all available in Five Towns. There are numerous condos for sale in the Five Towns community, not to mention several highly sought after waterfront properties. The price for homes is the Five Towns area range from around $79,000 for a large studio apartment to around $3.5 million for a 7 bedroom, 5 bathroom luxury home on an over-sized lot.
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