Astoria expert and longtime resident, Jennifer Rouse, shares her professional expertise on the current housing market in Astoria as well as some of her personal favorite things to do in the neighborhood when she’s not helping clients find their dream home.
1. How has the Astoria market changed in the last couple of years? When I moved to Astoria in 2007, it was amazing. There were tons of restaurants, cafes, the neighborhood was divine. Now 11 years later there is more than I can even imagine. I fell in love with Astoria the first time I saw it and I am even more in love now. There are more organic markets, more people, more vegetarian restaurants and for me, that’s amazing since I do not eat meat. The real estate market has almost doubled in value in those 11 years of being here because of the demand. I do not see myself leaving anytime soon.
2. Are you noticing any trends? More unique types of cuisine, more restaurants to cater to different diets, more restaurants that allow pets to sit with their owners while they eat outside, and so many more brand new rental buildings and condos.
3. What should buyers know before considering the neighborhood? They should really figure out what is most important to them. For example, commuting to NYC. Now with the Ferry, you can live on the water and take that into Manhattan where before you only had the subway. Now it is even easier to live further from the main Subway station. You can hop on the ferry.
4. What should sellers know before putting their home on the market? What is their goal? Where are they looking to move to? I like to educate them on the current status of the market, what has sold recently and what I think I can reasonably get for their place.
5. We know you are a longtime resident and a huge fan of Astoria. What’s your current favorite place to eat? It is going to be hard to give you one. My two favorite types of food are Italian and Japanese. For Italian, Via Trenta located at 36-19 30th Avenue and JJ’s Asian Fusion located at 37-05 31st Avenue.
6. To drink? Diwine is an awesome wine bar and has a great selection of tapas. Also has very cool private seating for parties of 3 or 4 people.
7. What about shopping? Steinway Street definitely has the best selection of shops for clothing, shoes and everything else that you need. You never really need to leave Astoria to get all of your daily items.
8. Anything else? Astoria is just one of those neighborhoods that when people hear it is in “Queens” they aren’t interested but when they get there, they are blown away. And sometimes even so blown away that they end up moving here themselves! I have such a love for this neighborhood. I have had numerous clients that weren’t originally looking in Astoria but ended up here because of me. They say it was my passion and love for the neighborhood that sold them.