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Queens is quickly becoming one of the liveliest and most vibrant boroughs in New York City. With over two million residents, Queens is a melting pot of diverse cultures. There are quite a few neighborhoods in Queens, so we have highlighted our favorites to help you easily find the one that’s right for you.
1) Jamaica Estates
Jamaica Estates is an ideal location for families. This affluent suburb is set near midtown dining and entertainment and an east subway hop away from Manhattan. You will find many single-family houses that are typically priced at over a million dollars. However, if you are willing to foot the cost you will enjoy living in a quiet and safe community with oversized yards and classic architecture. The neighborhood is also an ideal choice if you are considering schools, as it’s nearby a large number of private schools.
2) Long Island City
If you prefer urban to suburban, then Long Island City is a great option to look into. The city has all of the convenience and amenities of New York City but without the sky high rent. Enjoy art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and gourmet food stores located throughout the neighborhood. If you do crave Manhattan, you can easily access it from the #7 subway. Those considering moving to Long Island City have a variety of housing options including single-family homes, brownstones, condos, and apartments.
With breath-taking views of the East River and the Empire State Building, Sunnyside is perfect for the retired Manhattanite. Sunnyside is a suburban, middle-class town that feels like a tight-knit community. The neighborhood real estate is divided into apartments, co-ops, and condos with rental prices ranging from about $1,000-$2,000.
Bayside is an affordable option for families with most single home rentals running less than $2,000 a month. The neighborhood has a small town feel with restaurants and shops that have been handed down from generation to generation. Bayside is also a great option for parents, as the neighborhood holds some of the best public schools in Queens.
5) The Rockaways:
The Rockaways were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but are now rebuilt and quickly gaining popularity. A popular summer destination, this coastal neighborhood is mostly populated by working class families. The Rockaways are mostly filled with tight-knit communities and features the only legal surfing beach in the city.
The perfect location for professionals commuting to Manhattan but seeking affordable house, Astoria is only a 20-minute bus ride from the city. Rental properties are mostly found in the form of condos, co-op, or apartment and range from $1,000 to $2,000 a month. The neighborhood has a low crime rate, a stunning park, and a variety of restaurants and nightlife.
7) Forest Hills
Forest Hills is the quintessential family neighborhood thanks to its strong school system, safe streets, and available parks. Small families can rent a two-bedroom condo for about $2,000 a month. If you enjoy outdoor activities like golf, horseback riding, or cycling, Forest Hills would be a wise option to consider.
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