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Douglaston

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglaston,_Queens

Douglaston is a densely urban neighborhood in the borough of Queens, New York. The community centers around the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center. Sub-neighborhoods within Douglaston include, but are not limited to Douglas Bay, Douglas Manor, Douglaston Hill and others. The neighborhood is eclectic and popular among urban sophisticates. The neighborhood has a vacancy rate of 5.5 % so options in housing are fairly limited. It is a diverse neighborhood where approximately 40% of all residents are foreign born. There is a variety of common ancestries, including Asian, Italian, Irish, South American, German, Greek and Lithuanian. English is the primary language in Douglaston. However, several residents also speak Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Greek.

The neighborhood spans 2.583 square miles. It is an upper-middle income community and has a mixed workforce of both white and blue collar workers and positions. In 2010, the population was 17,823 and the median income was $83,566. By 2015, the median household income was $91,291 and the median rent was $1,718. In the same year, the average estimated value of detached homes was $998,164 and the average estimated value of attached homes was $589,296. The current population is approximately 31,034 and the current population density is $12,015 people per square mile. The current median real estate price is $584,288 and the current average rental price of a housing unit is $1,946.

The earliest known residents of the area that would one day be Douglaston, were the indigenous Matinecock tribes. Dutch settlers came to the area drawn in by the rich land and abundant fishing in the 1600s. One of the first settlers was Thomas Hicks who arrived and settled in 1656. In 1819, wealthy merchant Wyant Van Zandt built a mansion in the area. It is a beautiful Greek Revival Style  structure which serves today as the Douglaston Club. In 1866, the North Shore Railroad brought rail services to the area. George Douglas donated land and an outbuilding to serve as a station for the railroad. The station/stop was named “Douglaston” and that is why the neighborhood bears that name today. The community slowly grew and developed into the urban community it is today.

Public transportation is available in the form of commuter trains, buses and more. Commuting is a way of life for many who work outside the neighborhood. Around 54% of residents drive private vehicles for their daily commutes. About another 20% of residents use commuter trains for their commuting purposes. The community has two public elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. It is also the home of P.S. 811 the Multiple Handicap School of Queens. The neighborhood is has beautiful park land like that of Alley Pond Park, which is home to the Queen’s Giant, the oldest known tree/living thing in New York City. Homes for sale are predominantly small to medium sized single family homes. Other real estate options include studio through four bedroom apartments mostly in high-rise and complex settings. To begin your home search in Douglaston, call local real estate agent and expert Ed McNulty at 516-887-3603 and find the home of your dreams.


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