Bellerose is a neighborhood in the far eastern part of Queens, New York. You can cross the street and be in Nassau County. While it is way beyond the reach of the New York Subway system, there is a Long Island Road station, express busses to Manhattan and local busses that will take you to the F train at Hillside Avenue and 179th Street.
Hillside Avenue and Union Turnpike are the two main shopping areas and along with Jamaica Avenue are the main east/ west connections with Nassau County. You will know when you are in Nassau County when you see the names of the streets change. The Cross Island Parkway will take you North to Bayside and the Grand Central Parkway/ Northen State Parkway system and South to the Belt Parkway/Southern State parkway system and Belmont Race Track.
Bellerose is home to the Queens County Farm Museum, a must see place if you have children. It is on the other main North South road, Little Neck Parkway.
Bellerose, Queens is like a county village in the city, with tree lined streets and real estate consisting of one family homes in many different styles and sizes. As for the real estate, there are no high rise buildings, just garden apartment complexes that have been converted to condominiums. No large size ones, one and two bedroom are the norm.
Take a day and come and visit Bellerose, Queens. You will enjoy shopping on the main streets and get a chance to try out the local restaurants. See if Bellerose is the Queens neighborhood that screams home to you. Then start checking out the available real estate. The real estate examples here are available today and there will be different, but similar ones available when you begin your search, so these will give you a good idea of what you can get for your money and also what features make one house worth more that a similar one. Extra bathrooms, finished basements and attics make a big difference as does the size of the lot. For instance, take a look at the three cape cods listed. A cape cod has two bedrooms on the first floor and the attics can be converted into extra nice sized rooms by adding dormers. These three are all basically the same house, but with different extras. The two bedroom does not have the attic finished, but it comes with extra property. The three bedroom has the attic converted to one large bedroom, where the four bedroom has the attic converted into two bedrooms. This is where your personal preference comes into play. You can get the three or four bedroom if you need the extra rooms, or the two bedroom if you want the extra land. You can always expand the attic yourself at a later date also.
This is why you should determine what is most important to you before you start your hunt. But still be open to options. Take a look at all the real estate you can in your price range. The one that you skip could be the one you really want.
A one bedroom co op on the ground floor of a garden complex, $174,000
A two bedroom co op in a garden complex for $179,000
A two-bedroom co op in a garden complex for $245,000
A three-bedroom brick attached house with garage under, $440,000
A three-bedroom frame colonial for $460,000
A three-bedroom bungalow style for $480,000
A three-bedroom cape cod for $530,000
A two-bedroom cape cod on an extra wide lot for $550,000
A four-bedroom cape cod for $600,000
A larger three-bedroom colonial house for $620,000
A four-bedroom brick and stucco Tudor style house for $650,000
A four-bedroom custom built brick center hall colonial $929,000
An extra large newly constructed four bedroom center hall colonial for $975,000