“If you build it, they will come,” said Michael Koblenz, who has been mayor for the last 16 years, recalling his determination to build the park in a community that lacked facilities and a focal point. He sold the former village hall for about $3 million and acquired the land for the same amount. With 800 to 1,000 residents at the park on weekends in good weather, and 3,000 to 4,000 laying out blankets for fireworks or concerts on holiday weekends, he described it as “the Tanglewood of East Hills.”
Robert Beer, the owner and president of RB Shore Development, knocks down 1950s and ’60s colonials and builds houses to order or on spec. Last year, midway through the framing stage, he sold a 6,200-square-foot American Craftsman-style shingle-and-stone residence on half an acre in East Hills for $2.75 million. Nearby, a similar home was snatched up for $2.6 million. “The market is so hot that I sold it from blueprints,” Mr. Beer said, describing his clientele as “yuppie-style, people coming out of the city looking for houses.”
He will soon offer a gambrel-roofed shingle-and-stone house for $3 million, a price previously commanded by large houses on two-plus acres a few miles east.
“Years ago younger couples wanted five acres of land in Old Westbury,” Mr. Beer said. “People want more of a sense of community today. The village of East Hills has done a tremendous job with creating that.”
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