Newcomers Attracted to Affordable Sunnyside


New residents are flocking to Sunnyside, drawn by affordable rents and easy transit to Manhattan, Real Estate Weekly reported. The neighborhood’s 7 train stops are about 20 minutes from Grand Central, which is attractive to commuters. Median rent in the neighborhood is $1,800 per month, and the typical for-sale unit is $219,000, according to StreetEasy. Typical apartment buildings have smaller units, and the retail is a mix of locally owned stores, ethnic restaurants and only a handful of corporate chains. “In a way, it’s kind of magical,” Elliman broker Harvey Heit told REW. “It’s so nice, I don’t want to sell real estate here myself, I want to leave it alone.”

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  • I moved to Sunnyside after 13 years in Manhattan and although it took a little learning curve, I’m so happy I made the move. There’s such a strong sense of community here and tons of amenities, affordable living, and an easy commute. Plus I could BUY a 1200sf 2bd/2ba for less than I paid in rent for my 500 1bd in the UES.