This neighborhood guide will help you when you browse through Queens homes and apartments for sale by providing useful information on home prices, transportation options, commuting, schools, safety, shopping, top things to do, and architecture. Find out which schools you can find in the area and their rankings, plus essential information on transportation options and crime rates.
The real estate market guide for Queens will tell you how many rentals, condos, co-ops and single family homes there are in the area and provide insights on the housing market to help you choose the best neighborhood for your needs.
Queens was established all the way back in 1683 as one of the original New York counties and became a NYC borough in 1898. As a result, it has some of the oldest buildings in New York City. The housing stock is also incredibly diverse and includes everything from high-rise apartment buildings in urban areas like Flushing and Jackson Heights to suburban areas that include homes with significant land, such as Bayside and Jamaica Estates.
Landmarks in the borough include JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, two of the busiest airports in the world, as well as Citi Field, where the New York Mets play. The US Open tennis tournament also takes place in Queens, and there are dozens and dozens of officially designated landmarks, including the Louis Armstrong House, Flushing High School, and King Manor.
Get all the details you need on the Queens housing market and real estate trends by having easy access to median sale prices by property and by square feet. You will also have access to the borough’s median sale price for comparison, together with year-over-year evolution of home prices.
Research the real estate market in Queens even further while you are looking for homes and apartments for sale by checking our detailed residential market reports. Released monthly and including sales stats and trends, the reports will help you know the local market like a pro, so you can make an informed decision when buying a home or apartment in Queens.
36% of the residents in Queens don’t own a car. That may seem high, but consider that the city-wide average is 53%. However, plenty of people still rely on mass transit. There are more than 80 stations of the NY subway with seven main lines, as well as the commuter train system Long Island Rail Road with 24 stations, and more than 100 local bus routes and 30 express bus routes to Manhattan.
The NY City Department of Education oversees the public schools in Queens, and most private schools in the borough are associated with either the Catholic or Jewish faiths. Townsend Harris High School, one of the public magnet high schools in the borough, has repeatedly been named one of the top 100 high schools in the nation.
People seeking medical care in Queens will have a host of options, including Elmhurst Medical Center, Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Forest Hills Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens. There’s also a branch of New York Presbyterian in Flushing.
Most of Queens’ police precincts rank as safe, and the borough as a whole is second only to Staten Island in terms of low crime rates. Slightly higher levels of crime were recorded in the 103rd Precinct, covering the neighborhoods of Jamaica and Hollis.
Catching a game at Citi Field is among the most popular things to do in Queens, but there are plenty of other ways to unwind. Gantry Plaza State Park is a great spot for people watching and learning about the history of Queens, while the USTA National Tennis Center hosts professional tennis matches with worldwide players. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a favorite of music fans, and MoMA PS1 is one of the most celebrated art museums in the city. The Queens Zoo is an incredible urban zoo, and the New York Hall of Science is a wonder for people who love history and science.
Queens is a foodie paradise with Italian spots like Bruno’s Restaurant, Maiella, and the Parkside Restaurant, American favorites like Court Square Diner, Dutch Kills Central, LIC Market, and John Brown Smokehouse, and of course Mexican mainstays like Casa Enrique. Other popular spots include Caribbean food at The Door and Chinese eats at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao.
The Queens Library, which is sometimes referred to as the Queens Borough Public Library, is one of three different NYC library systems – completely independent from the New York Public Library system – and has a circulation of more than 15 million books per year. In the summertime, residents and visitors may choose to take a stroll in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or enjoy the sun at Jacob Riis Park beach.