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Old 10-15-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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I meant to buy.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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The price range in that area is $200,000+ for apartments, homes $400,000+ maybe $500,000+ here is a link: http://www.zillow.com/homes/flusing,...t/14_zm/0_mmm/

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Old 10-16-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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Townhouse for $300K? Not likely in anything but a slum.

Have a look around Hollis or Hollis Hills (far Eastern Queens.) I have heard it's almost suburban but I have no personal knowledge.
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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Will do.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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Queens is a group of Neighborhoods with different flavors.

Rule of thumb: Closer to Subway.. More Dense

Far away from Subway/Close to LIRR: More suburban, with some overlapping.

You can get a great house for under 350K, in Cambria Heights, which is one of the cheapest area's in Queens with a great middle class residential feel with tree lined streets, etc. (East of Francis Lewis moving into the upper 220's to the Q/LI border is the best, along 115-118th Avenues.) The same will hold true for all nabes near the LI border, Queens Village, Laurelton, Rosedale being the cheapest, and the further Northeast you go, Bayside, Aburndale, Fresh Meadows, Whitestone, Oakland Gardens, etc, the more expensive it gets (more amenities further north).

Fresh Meadows (Express Bus dependent) would also be a good place to try Queens out. They have a rental development there, that has 3 bedroom townhouses for under 2K. So, that may be an option for you too, if you want to rent a house without owning it, and be in a great hood with a good school district if you decide to have kids. http://www.freshmeadowsapartments.com

There are also a few homes in that range for sale in Addisleigh Park, which is the City's newest Historic District. Lots of jazz greats lived in those mansion style homes over there, and some really mid-size starters in the surrounding blocks.

Stay away from the western queens neighborhoods, which have a more "new to nyc" immigrant vibe (unless you enjoy that.) The eastern queens neighborhoods (north and south) will have a more "americanized" population (3rd/4th generation italian-americans, Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans, Chinese and Korean-Americans, African-Americans, etc), along with the suburban lifestyle you would be looking for. Purchase prices trend higher in the Northeast Queens Neighborhoods (homogenous housing stock, better amenities)

If you are looking to buy suburban, all of the suburban neighborhoods are along the LIRR:

Forest Hills (has subway access as well) , Kew Gardens (has subway access), Laurelton, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Rosedale, Flushing, Bayside, Aburndale, Murray Hill, Broadway, Douglaston.

Maspeth and Glendale, could be worth poking around, but the homes aren't cheap and there is no subway/LIRR access. It's local bus to the subway or the QM24/5 express bus to Manhattan.

Your trade off for keeping a car, and living in a clean safe neighborhood will be transit. Good Queens neighborhoods (good schools, low crime, and superb cleanliness, etc) have sucky transportation, unless you live really close to LIRR or an Express Bus. All Queens stations on the LIRR are in Zone 3, except for Forest Hills and Kew Gardens (zone 1 with zone 3ish pricing) and have less than 30 minute scheduled travel times into Penn and a ticket will run you about $190 a month.

If you can wrap your head around it, The LIRR is a great way to commute, often reliable, has less outages than NJTransit, (because LIRR is electrified and doesn't use Catenary wires, which often fail in weather and Amtrak related maintenance issues.) and is the way most people from Queens commute into the city.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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Stay away from the western queens neighborhoods, which have a more "new to nyc" immigrant vibe (unless you enjoy that.) The eastern queens neighborhoods (north and south) will have a more "americanized" population
Why do you think it's helpful to tell the OP (who grew up in Russia) to stay away from immigrants?
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:40 PM
 
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Theboros-Thanks for detailed answer. I will def check it all out.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Why do you think it's helpful to tell the OP (who grew up in Russia) to stay away from immigrants?
I was wondering about that too. Maybe he meant yuppie new york transplants or something? I like all colors, races and background except for some wackazz hippies/hipsters.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:21 PM
 
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I was wondering about that too. Maybe he meant yuppie new york transplants or something? I like all colors, races and background except for some wackazz hippies/hipsters.
No yuppies/hipsters are in Queens. They all prefer Manhattan or Brooklyn.
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