Driving around the village, “it’s not uncommon to see people renovating their homes, putting on extensions, new roofs, new siding and new fences,” said Ms. Santorelli, 50, a novelist whose “Baby Grand” trilogy includes a scene in Brady Park, which has a tournament-grade Little League field, a trio of picnic areas overlooking a trout-stocked lake and a community center.
Patricia Birney, 61, downsized from a five-bedroom house in neighboring Massapequa, which she sold for $565,000, to a three-bedroom home in the village that she bought for $505,000 last summer. The upkeep is less expensive and the taxes are lower, but also, “in this neighborhood there are kids playing all the time,” said Ms. Birney, whose children are grown and out of the house. “It’s like a small town. It was a good move.”
What You’ll Find
The village of Massapequa Park is 2.2 square miles, on the southeastern edge of Nassau County. Bordered by the Southern State Parkway to the north and South Oyster Bay to the south, the village cuts a rectangular swath through the unincorporated areas of the Massapequas.
Sunrise Highway plows a four-lane, east-west path through the village, bracketed on the north by the elevated Long Island Rail Road tracks and commercial ventures to the south.
The village center runs north from the train station along Park Boulevard, with a pocket-size village square and a stretch of blocks lined with shops and restaurants. Village Hall is around the corner on Front Street.
Merrick Road, the other main east-west artery, is home to Massapequa High School’s main campus, the Southgate shopping center, churches, stores, restaurants and the 52-acre John J. Burns Park, with its tennis courts, playing fields and summer concert series.
A branch of the Massapequa library is at the corner of Harbor Lane. Across the road are the Southgate condominiums, one of the village’s few condo complexes.