Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Queens,
the Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood has more
Asian and Dominican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 43.5% of
this neighborhood's residents have Asian ancestry and 5.5% have Dominican ancestry.
Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 6.6% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Gujarati, which is native to the Indian state of Gujarat, at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 99.9% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
If you like to ride the train to work, this neighborhood may be for you.
NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 22.6% of the
Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood's commuters ride the train to and from work each
day, which is more than we found in 96.7% of America's
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, corner bodegas, stores on the first floor and apartments above, former grand Victorian residences converted into apartments, three-deckers built shoulder-to-shoulder, duplexes. Such building types define the real estate of neighborhoods dominated by small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. Many are in older core neighborhoods of Eastern and Midwestern cities, or historic town centers in their hinterlands. If you wax romantic about the look and feel of such neighborhoods, with fresh pizza, falafel and an independent florist at the corner, then you might find the Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood worth a close look. This neighborhood is an absolutely outstanding example of the dominance of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings compared to neighborhoods across the nation, as they make up a substantial portion of this neighborhood's real estate stock. In fact, no less than 68.8% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 99.6% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, homes built from 2000 through today make up a higher proportion of the Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood's real estate landscape than 97.8% of the neighborhoods in America. When you are driving around this neighborhood, you'll notice right away that it is one of the newest built of any, with the smell of fresh paint, and the look of young landscaping nearly everywhere you look. In fact, 64.4% of the residential real estate here is classified as newer.
Also of note, renter-occupied real estate is dominant in the Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood. The percentage of rental real estate here, according to exclusive NeighborhoodScout analysis, is 91.6%, which is higher than 97.5% of the neighborhoods in America. If you were to buy and live in the property you bought here, you would be almost alone in doing so.
Finally, the Commonwealth Blvd / Union Tpke neighborhood is very unique in that it has one of the highest proportions of one, two, or no bedroom real estate of any neighborhood in America. Most neighborhoods have a mixture of home or apartment sizes from small to large, but here the concentration of studios and other small living spaces is at near-record heights. With 81.0% of the real estate here of this small size, this most assuredly is a notable feature that makes this neighborhood unique, along with just a handful of other neighborhoods in the U.S. that share this characteristic.