Queens is one of the best places to live in New York City. It has a large variety of real estate choices, each neighborhood has its own personality and Manhattan is easily accessible from most places. For under $300,000 your real estate choices will be mostly one and two bedroom co op apartments. Know what your budget is, see which neighborhoods have real estate with in your range and take some time to look the neighborhood over, see if it fits your lifestyle. If you need to travel to Manhattan, take a day a go there early and take a train or bus like you would have to if you lived there. Time your trip and make sure it is convenient for you. It is a good idea to contact a realtor. They do get information on real estate coming on the market before the general public does, especially if they have a good track record with the different co ops. Good luck and enjoy your new home.
Jackson Heights is one of the most conveniently located neighborhoods in Queens, New York The #7 subway is elevated here and it takes you right into Grand Central Station or the other direction right to Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets. The main street, Roosevelt Avenue is packed with stores and restaurants and it is a short drive or bus ride to Queens Center Mall. It is a neighborhood of pre war buildings and mostly one family homes A two bedroom co op will start at about $210,000.
Forest Hills is one of the premier locations in Queens. New York . The subway at 71st Street and Queens Boulevard is a stop for a great many lines, both express and local, there are express busses right into mid town. The main shopping street is Austin Street, with many small shops and restaurants. There are pre war buildings as well and new high risers and private homes that range from 3 bedroom colonials to the mansions of Forest Hills Gardens. A one bedroom co op will start at about $210,000
Rego Park, New York is adjacent to Forest Hills There are high rise buildings and mostly one family homes. Queens Center Mall is just minutes away, even within walking distance from the western border of Rego Park. The subway stations are locals only, but you can change to the express after just a few stops. There is also a bus on Queens Boulevard that goes to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A one bedroom co op starts at about $210,000.
Queens Village is in the eastern part of Queens, beyond the reach of the subway, but there are express buses. The main shopping streets are Hillside Avenue and Jamaica Avenue. It is a neighborhood of mostly one family homes and garden apartment that have been turned in to co ops. A two bedroom co op will start at about $210,000.
Kew Gardens is just east of Forest Hills and Queens Boulevard is the main shopping area. The sub way is a local stop only, but it is just a few stops to the 71st Street stop in Forest Hills where you can change to an express. Real Estate is mostly pre war buildings and one and two family homes. A 2 bedroom co op will start at about $210,000.
Corona is the next neighborhood north of Rego Park and is not as convenient to shopping and transportation, but you can get more for your money. Here a three bedroom co op will start at about $210,000.
Bayside is a neighborhood in the north east section of Queens. The main transportation into Manhattan is by way of the Long Island Rail Road and express bus service. Bell Boulevard is the main shopping area and the Cross Island Parkway runs to the south and the Belt Parkway. It is a neighborhood of mostly pre war buildings, garden apartments and one and two family homes. A one bedroom co op will start at about $215,000.
Flushing is one of the largest neighborhoods in Queens. It contains the main post office for neighborhoods like Forest Hills, which is why you will see addresses there listed as Flushing, when it is actually Forest Hills. This can get confusing to new comers. The main shopping areas in Flushing proper are Main Street and Northern Boulevard. It has more transportation choices than most of Queens including sub ways, the Long Island Rail Road and numerous express busses. A two bedroom co op will start at about $215,000.