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Old 07-25-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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I've been looking at RE sites and Bayside seems like a good fit for us (young family with a small child).
I work close to the Atlantic ave terminal in Brooklyn and wife works in Midtown.

We were thinking of a 2br coop in Bayside close to the LIRR, for a max of 250-300k.

I had other neighborhoods in mind as well.
Kew Gardens, Briarwood and if we can find something affordable Forest Hills.

Basically we would want minimun a 2br apt, decent transportation, safe neighborhood and decent schools around.


What do you guys think?
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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i like bayside more than kew or briarwood thats for sure.
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Ridgewood, NY
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Hi we moved to Bayside in April 2012. Our daughter is in PS 41, an excellent school if you don't have learning disabilities. She is in the first grade but we aren't sure if she'll stay there. As a Queens native myself, I have to say we love it here. The area is safe, the LIRR is a 25-30 minute ride to Penn, and I take it 6 days a week. There's plenty of accessible shopping and you don't need a car. Good luck!
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Hey OP! Saw some of your other posts. Are you sure you're not the same as another regular poster?

You can't go wrong with Bayside as a neighborhood. Aside from the amenities people mentioned, you're also walking distance from Alley Pond where there is a driving range, nature trail and Asian buffet. I believe there are also some good Asian massage parlors along Northern Blvd.

But I think the main issue is whether the apartment you're looking to buy and the surrounding area will be enough to meet the needs of a growing family - either if you have more kids and/or when they get older. I took a look at Bayside years ago and concluded that while it would have met my needs back then, the area and housing stock within my budget won't be enough to support my family's requirements by the time my kids reached their tweens.

You might want to rent there first before buying to get a feel. But otherwise, look at relatively convenient areas in the Westchester, LI or NJ suburbs even if you need to drive a car or live further away. I was once averse to driving but now I find it a lot more convenient than taking multiple public transpo rides in NYC.

Post your question in the Westchester forum, some people there might be able to offer alternatives.

Some places I can rattle off the top of my mind are Irvington, Eastchester, Yorktown CSD, Pleasantville, Franklin Square, Albertson, Valley Stream, Livingston and Mamaroneck.

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