Great Neck and Manhasset Neck
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Today the Gold Coast has matured and differentiated west to east. Great Neck and Manhasset Neck are much more densely settled than the Locust Valley and the Oyster Bay area. Although there are still grand waterfront estates in Kings Point (West Egg?) and Sands Point (East Egg?) along the shore of Long Island Sound, the majority of the homes that have been built on the subdivided estates are found on smaller lots.
It is almost impossible to generalize about Great Neck and Manhasset. Great Neck, with an overall population of over 50,000 has a large number of Orthodox Jewish families and is the most dense of all of the Gold Coast clusters. Because of its size, Great Neck has a wide choice of residential options. There is dense thicket of mid-rise condominiums adjacent to the Long Island Railroad Station known as Great Neck Plaza, as well as stately early Twentieth Century eclectic homes in Kensington. There are commodious split levels and ranches from the fifties and sixties found throughout the Great Neck peninsula.
Manhasset Neck has two business centers, and the peninsula generally goes by the names of theses twoÂ business centers: Manhasset and Port Washington.Â The Manhasset portion of Northern Boulevard (the main street of the Gold Coast) has branches of all of the usual upscale retailers in a traffic choked setting. The Port Washington central business district provides more localized services. Similar to Great Neck in its diversity, Manhasset and Port Washington have a wide array of housing choices: lower-middle class Manorhaven abuts palatial Sands Point. Port Washington has a more dense and urban feel to it than other parts of the peninsula. Less magnificent than Sands Point, but gracious and lovely, are the three Plandomes: Plandome, Plandome Manor and Plandome Heights. Plandome is particularly attractive with large historic homes in a well planned setting of large lots.
Strathmore-Vanderbilt and Strathmore Village are two of the more interesting adjacent neighborhoods in Manhasset. They are the two largest Strathmore themed upper-middle class real estate developments found throughout Long Island.
The real estate company of Levitt & Sons brought mass produced good taste to the comfortably wealthy, but not really rich segment of the population. It is the same company that built the famous Levittowns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as South Central Nassau County. Every detail of the Tudor and colonial homes were thought out for the purchasers, and each house was different and unfortunately, room was only made for one car garages. Although the Strathmore-Vanderbilt and Strathmore Village developments did not make the Higley 1000 (maybe it was those one car garages!), they are beautiful and certainly worth any tour of Manhasset. I have included the Strathmores on the map above.
At the southern edge of Manhasset is the former estate village of North Hills. Stuffed with gated upscale condominium and single family home developments from the last thirty years, North Hills can rival the most vulgar nouveau riche suburbs of Dallas.Surprise, it is a favorite of professional athletes.
North Hills had the third highest concentration of Asians in the Great Neck-Manhasset Neck area with a diverse ethnic population make up (271 Chinese, 176 East Indians, and 151 Koreans). Together, all Asian ethnic groups make up 9.3% of total households in North Hills.
Other neighborhoods with relatively high percentages of Asians compared to the rest of the metro area include Lake Success (15.4% Asian) and Flower Hill (10.2%). Lake Success had a population that included 204 Koreans and 152 Chinese. Flower Hill had a population of 160 East Indians , 130 Chinese, and 104 Koreans. There were no statistically significant populations of either African-Americans or Latinos found in this area nor anywhere in the Gold Coast.