8 DECEMBER 5, 2019 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Maspeth is still popular among homeowners who
want a ‘country’ feel while being close to Manhattan
BY ANGELICA ACEVEDO
Maspeth residents know their neighborhood
to be one of the few areas in Queens that
has resisted transformative change over
the past decade, especially when compared to other
neighborhoods in the borough.
The residential neighborhood is mostly made up
of people who own their own homes, but there’s
also a good amount of renters.
In Maspeth, there are 6,628 housing units that
are owned and 5,995 that are rented as of 2018, according
to the American Community Survey.
“There are more working people in Maspeth,”
MaryAnna Zero of Home Hunters Real Estate said.
“I know for a fact, people take pride in their homes
and take care of their homes.”
Zero, a lifelong resident of Maspeth, told QNS
that the neighborhood off ers families a “country”
feel while being close enough to Manhattan.
A one-family home can go for $750,000 to
$850,000, while a two-family house can go for
anywhere between $1 million and $2.6 million.
The homes in Maspeth, though, tend to be older,
Zero believes the housing market is steady, with
most homes selling “relatively fast.”
Part of the reason that Maspeth hasn’t experienced
the developmental boom that its neighboring
Homes on a Maspeth block. File photo/QNS
Ridgewood has in the last few years is because of
the lack of public transportation.
That, as well as regulations that were put in place
back in 2010, which rezoned about 300 blocks in
Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.
These regulations protect the “character of these
neighborhoods” with lower density and contextual
zoning districts (such as R3A, R4A and R5D).
It also means that there are heavier commercial
overlay regulations, in order to eliminate or reduce
the “depths of commercial overlay zones where
appropriate to prevent commercial intrusion on
Zero thinks that Maspeth benefi ts from having a
“close neighborhood” feeling, and can’t see it changing
too much any time soon.