Located in the town of Hempstead, the community of Levittown is well known as the "birthplace of suburbia," a sprawling area that occupies nearly 7.0 square miles. Levittown gained notoriety as the model that was used as the basis for scores of World War II suburban communities, an experiment in low-cost, mass-produced housing. Because of its revolutionary legacy, Levittown is arguably the most famous suburban development in the world. Today, scores of businesses and services create a convenient lifestyle within commuting distance of Manhattan's glittering attractions. Levitt himself dubbed the community Island Trees, but residents voted to honor his vision by calling their home Levittown. The simple yet adaptable "Levitt Cape" home model was a blank canvass for those who desired to expand and individualize their homes.