Insider’s Guide to Long Island Neighborhoods

Garden City is a New York suburb in Long Island's Nassau County. With its award-winning schools, high-end restaurants, and home to one of the country's largest shopping and dining malls, the real estate across Garden City neighborhoods is highly sought after.

The enchanting neighborhoods of Garden City are full of community parks and museums, giving residents many ways to explore the city. Although, normally, a pleasant climate, bringing an umbrella may be necessary most days as rainy weather graces this village frequently.

Garden City is also known to have some of the most highly-rated school districts in all of New York. Common events throughout the seasons in Garden City can range from Paint and Sips at Muse Paintbar to the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival and the Friday Night Promenades.

Whether in the East, West, Southeast, South, or Village Center of Garden City, you cannot go wrong by calling this luxurious New York neighborhood home.

Did you know?

Garden City is the legacy of millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart. In 1869, Stewart wanted to create a place that highlighted his ideals, wisdom, and wealth. With a grand hotel, high-end communities, and one of the finest country club golf courses, he did just that.

All My Children soap opera star Susan Lucci grew up in Garden City, worked at the Garden City Hotel, and eventually moved back in 1978. Various scenes from Francis Ford Coppola's classic The Godfather were shot in Garden City, including the scenes involving the Corleon mansion gate and the Tollbooth.

Things to do

Roosevelt Field

630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY

A shopping center that features luxury stores like Swarovski, White House Black Market, Marc Jacobs, Boss, and Luis Vuitton, and even fine-dining experiences like the Neiman Marcus Cafe and Osteria Morini, it is no surprise that people from all over travel to the Garden City to explore the premier venue of Roosevelt Field.

Garden City Country Club

206 Stewart AvenueGarden City, NY

Known for hosting the Walker Cup and U.S. Open, the Garden City Country Club gives its members and their guests an exclusive experience. With golf courses, racquet sports courses, and fine-dining experiences, The Garden City Country Club gives the whole family a world-class adventure.

Deep Blue Med Spa

999 Franklin Ave First Floor, Garden City

Deep Blue Med Spa is a medical spa with innovative treatments overseen by a team of award-winning plastic surgeons. Customers experience a wide variety of facial treatments, micro-needling, and much more. This Garden City spot is a rejuvenating and elegant experience that can enhance your natural beauty and leave you feeling fresher than ever.

Where to eat


850 Franklin Ave. in Garden City, NY

Voted Best Oyster Bar on Long Island by fellow Long Islanders in 2023, Waterzooi is a Belgian eatery in Garden City widely known for its shellfish. This high-end restaurant has an array of elegant dishes ranging from steak au poivre and lobster croquettes to the Wellington burger, as well as an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menu.

Novita Wine Bar and Trattoria

860 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY

Complete with a wine collection that is the largest on the east coast, Novita provides its patrons with true, classic, high-end Italian meals whether you are in the mood for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Fogo De Chao

235 Old Country Rd. Carle Place, Long Island-Garden City, NY

Unique with an open kitchen that allows guests to visualize the chefs practicing the age-old cooking technique of churrasco, Fogo De Chao is a Lavish Brazilian restaurant that prides itself on its rich history and culture, which can be seen in the architecture throughout the building and flavors across the food.


This village center is home to the Garden City high school, which earned the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2017. This award honors high-performing schools. Garden City High School's magazine is also a highlight of the area as it was recognized as a magazine of excellence by the National Council of Teachers of English in 2022. Village Center includes various private schools, such as the Waldorf School and the nationally-ranked Adelphi University.

Transportation and cost of living

Residents across Garden City typically utilize their personal vehicles, public transit buses, or one of the multiple rail lines available when going through the village, commuting to work, or heading out into bigger cities such as Manhattan. Being only 20 minutes from JFK airport, having access to the Nassau Inter-County express bus line, which serves all of Nassau Country, and train stations like Long Island Rail Road, you'll find it relatively easy to get around no matter your destination.

Being a well-known affluent area, Garden City has a higher cost of living than the national average. But, the reasons for this, such as higher utility bills, are correlated with the fact that the houses throughout the village are much bigger than average. Therefore, they cost more to maintain. Still, with all the things Garden City has to offer, the above-average salaries of most residents allow them to immerse themselves into this village community regardless of the more elevated cost of living.

Real estate

Across the various neighborhoods, the typical Garden City real estate consists of larger single-family homes and high-end apartment buildings. The West and East ends are considered more family-oriented areas of the village, with the west end also seeing less traffic and newer homes.

The southeastern part of Garden City presents a longer commute for most but is also said to see a trend of growth in real estate value over time more than in other areas. Garden City South is considered the more vibrant area, full of culture and entertainment. With an overall charming community, breathtaking views, and Colonial and Tudor-style homes, you will find yourself quickly infatuated with Garden City.

Laura Carroll has over ten years of experience using her financial background, real estate insight, and local knowledge to connect her clients with their dream homes across Garden City and Nassau County. Backed by an incredible team of nine of Long Island's Top Real Estate Professionals, Laura Carroll is the must-have agent for navigating Nassau County real estate.

Whether you are looking for your next luxury home or becoming a first-time home buyer, you cannot go wrong with this team of tenacious Long Island real estate agents. Contact Laura today!

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Laura Carroll

Laura Carroll

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

About The Author

Building trusting relationships while providing exceptional customer service. These are just some of the many things you can expect when working with Laura Carroll and her team. Primarily serving Garden City and Nassau County, Laura has over 10+ of experience connecting clients to their dream homes–coupled with her rich financial background, which she uses for the benefit of her clients. 
Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Laura has lived in Garden City with her husband Glenn and their three kids for the past decade. She began her real estate career ten years ago when she and her family moved from Pittsburgh to Garden City. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, Laura had an extensive background in finance, working for Wall Street, before she decided to go in a different direction in her life. She has not looked back since and is proud of the real estate career she has built.  Through many years of hard work and dedication, she earned a place on Real Trends Top 500 in NY State for the past three years and has sold over $500 million in real estate and $100 million alone in 2021. When working with her clients, Laura likes to lead with the philosophy “Relationships First.” Not only does she take the time to get to know her clients and their individual needs, but she also builds rapport with fellow agents, which gives her buyers and sellers the best real estate transactions possible. 
Laura is a Garden City real estate agent that is deeply passionate about her work as a real estate broker. Having built her team from the ground up, she is exceptionally proud of all the work she and her team have done to help their clients achieve their real estate goals. Laura specializes in working with buyers and sellers in Garden City and Nassau County, particularly Rockville Centre, Manhasset, Port Washington, and the surrounding area. 
In addition to being a successful broker and Garden City real estate agent, Laura is a highly active member of the community. She spends a lot of time supporting her kids in their sporting and extracurricular activities. She is also a board member and advocate for the Children’s Miracle Fund of Long Island, a beneficiary of Cohen Childrens’ Hospital. When she isn’t conducting real estate transactions, you can find Laura spending quality time with her family, grabbing coffee with one of her friends, going hiking on the north shore, and jogging outside.

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Holding nine years of financial and sales experience working on Wall Street, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Laura has expertise working with a diverse community of clients.

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