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A Renter's Guide To Astoria, A 'Hood Headed For Change

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Within 10 years, the landscape of Astoria, Queens may be very different than the diverse, middle class neighborhood it is today. Two big developments, Hallets Point and Astoria Cove, will bring thousands of new luxury apartments to the waterfront, jacking up the population and creating a new wave of gentrification. The neighborhood's large housing stock and welcoming, diverse community have drawn young professionals and new residents for years, but with housing prices rising all over the city, the neighborhood's appeal only seems to be increasing.

Rental Units: A large housing stock allows for a wide range of building types. In Astoria, renters will find townhouses, pre-war multi-family buildings, and a few new development, almost all of which have more space than the typical New York apartment; StreetEasy puts the average unit size at 1,000-square-feet. While there's a lot of space and a lot of variety, there is not a lot of beauty—the neighborhood is known for being, uh, less than aesthetically pleasing.

Rent range: StreetEasy puts the median rent (based on 325 current listings) at $2,100. One-bedrooms range from about $1,350 for a unit in an older building to around $1,900 for a newly renovated apartment. Two-bedrooms generally start around $2,000, but StreetEasy has a few as low as $1,700. On the higher end, two-bedrooms can run more than $3,000, but most of these places are large and have amenities like private outdoor space or a washer/dryer. The most "expensive" listing on StreetEasy is a three-bedroom with a backyard asking $4,500.

Neighborhood Highlights: The M, N, Q, and R trains run through the neighborhood, making the commute to Midtown a quick 15 minutes, and Astoria Park offers a lovely waterfront green space and public pool. Culture-wise, there's the Noguchi Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the ever-popular Socrates Sculpture Park, plus dozens of different types of food: Greek, Czech, Bangladeshi, Middle Eastern, Italian, and a lot more.

Pricy and not-so-pricy corners: Prices are pretty reasonable all over the neighborhood, but things north of Astoria Boulevard tend to be more expensive, with the higher priced units being closer to the subway or the park.

Sample listings:
· 26-04 12th Street, 1BR/2BA in a "new small building" for $1,700
· 26-38 21st Street, 1BR/1BA with a balcony and washer/dryer in a new development for $2,300
· 2143 Shore Boulevard, 3BR house beside Astoria Park for $3,900
· 27-37 27th Street, 2BR/1BA in a 1970 multi-family building for $2,100

· Astoria Rental Listings [StreetEasy]
· A Renters Guide To archives [Curbed]