Part of Hempstead, Malverne is south of Southern State Parkway Exit 17S and Franklin Square. Its eastern edge runs along Ocean Avenue, a thoroughfare bordering Lakeview. To the west is Valley Stream; Lynbrook is to the south.

Curving tree-lined streets are punctuated with primly kept colonials, Tudors and Capes on well-tended lots, many 40 by 100 feet, or 60 by 100. Cars are neatly tucked into driveways.

At the center of the village, a Long Island Rail Road grade crossing cuts across Hempstead Avenue, the main east-west thoroughfare, near a tiny park and the Malverne station.

The business district has three banks, a deli, a bakery, a luncheonette, a liquor store, hair and nail salons, insurance agencies, a supermarket, a four-screen cinema and a bowling alley