LIVING IN Albertson, Long Island; Tucked Away in the Middle of Everything
By JOHN RATHER Published: July 25, 2004 NY Times
There is for some a gleeful pleasure in living somewhere people can't quite place, particularly when that somewhere is in the middle of one of the region's oldest suburbs.
One such community is Albertson, a chip-sized, verdant hamlet of single-family Capes, cottages, ranches and colonials near the southern edge of the Town of North Hempstead in Nassau County. It doesn't help that it has a name that sounds more like Kansas than Long Island.
''People always say, 'Albertson, I haven't heard of that,' '' said Edward Escobar, a school administrator who moved in 11 years ago. ''That I find pretty funny.''
Home prices in the hamlet are distinctly Long Island, and maybe not so funny if you're a buyer, though they are still moderate when compared with those in many other parts of the notoriously high-priced town. The hamlet is one of many in Nassau where the upward climb of real estate appears to spring from a coveted location, sought-after schools and good transportation to the city. In recent years, low interest rates have kicked the market into overdrive and fueled a wave of expansions and renovations that have left few equity-rich homes untouched.