While the average rent in Queens increased less than 1 percent between January and February, a few neighborhoods stood out in particular early this year, MNS outlines in its February Market Report.
Listing inventory decreased by 0.99 percent from 1,214 units to 1,226 units in February. While not a huge jump for Queens, Long Island City and Astoria continue to dominate the number of listings throughout the borough. With 73 percent of rental market share and 14,000 in new units expected over the short term, the two neighborhoods are vital aspects of Queens’ overall growth.
“Long Island City is an incredible market — it’s a waterfront location. Hunters Point, Court Square and Queens Plaza — it depends on where you look in Long Island City. I think as more infrastructure gets built in Long Island City, more amenities, including restaurants and grocery stores, will come. It’s going to be a great family neighborhood,” CEO of MNS Andrew Barrocas said.
Long Island City held the highest prices for studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms last month. The average price, in order from smallest to largest, was $2,414, $2,788 and $3,652.
Biggest jumps in Queens
Jackson Heights two-bedroom apartments boosted 8.31 percent, primarily due to a new luxury unit on the market from the Roosevelt building at 40-07 73rd St. The average price for two-bedrooms in Jackson Heights rose from $2,144 to $2,322 last month, which helped shift overall rent in Jackson Heights by an increase of 3.51 percent.
Similarly, Astoria two-bedrooms rose 3.42 percent, from $2,425 to $2,508.
Rego Park had the largest increase in year-over-year average rent at 7.9 percent, followed by Ridgewood at 6.7 percent. The Queens market matured 2.47 percent in average price since February of last year.
Queens’ most affordable last month
Studios and one-bedrooms in Flushing were the most affordable in their categories, with average prices of $1,441 and $1,608. Ridgewood was the most affordable neighborhood for two-bedrooms, with an average price of $2,163 per month.
While Rego Park was an annual winner, two-bedrooms decreased in average price last month by 3.15 percent, from $2,694 o $2,609.
“People are getting priced out of other markets. There’s a new housing stock that’s coming into new areas of Queens. The level of development has gotten to a point that’s competitive with the Manhattan product,” Barrocas said. “It’s more established, and better developers are building in Queens and getting a better response from the renters out there.”