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As reported in the Wall Street Journal a few years back, there was an exhaustive study, using data such as crime rates, school performance, and concentration of households with young children, to determine which neighborhood in the New York metropolitan area was the best for raising a family. The winner? Manhasset, a small hamlet (population less than 10,000) in Nassau County on the Long Island's North Shore. Now, there are certainly many, many other contenders to that crown, both in the suburbs and NYC proper, but still, it gives you a good idea of what living in Manhasset is all about. Comprised as it is by fabulous former and current estates (Greentree, Strathmore Vanderbilt, Munsey Park, the Plandomes), Manhasset life can be pretty accurately described by the English translation of its Native American name, "the island neighborhood"... but that doesn't mean the hamlet is completely isolated from the world. In fact, the commute to Midtown Manhattan's Penn Station is less than 30 minutes via the rush hour express trains on the Long Island Rail Road. In addition to a terrific public school system, lots of parks and recreation space, and just really lovely surroundings, living in Manhasset also means easy access to one of Long Island's premier shopping areas, the so-called "Miracle Mile" on Northern Boulevard. Here luxury-seekers will find the open-air Americana Manhasset mall, with the likes of Prada, Theory, Brooks Brothers, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry, as well as other high-end department stores and boutiques. And in downtown Manhasset near the train station you'll find cafes, a movie theater, delis, and all the other expected shops and services of small town suburban life.

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