JAMAICA, Queens (PIX11) — The real estate search site StreetEasy.com found Dumbo in Brooklyn, West Harlem in Manhattan, and—surprise, surprise—Jamaica in Queens, to be the three hottest neighborhoods in 2015.
Remember when Queens was crowned America’s number one destination spot for 2015? Well, a data scientist for StreetEasy.com said one of the borough’s more affordable neighborhoods to live in is Jamaica.
Another selling point is that it’s rich with transportation options. It’s got the J,Z, and E subway lines, and is a hub for the LIRR.
“I love the area. I love the culture. I love the hustle and bustle,” said Craig Lee who has called Jamaica home for 3 decades.
Nick Mihalislis, who shops in Jamaica, is shocked that it is now considered a hot spot.
“It doesn’t seem like people would want to live here. I wouldn’t want to live here,” he said.
StreetEasy.com, citing its waterfront location, cobble streets and loft-style buildings, declared Dumbo as the number one, most in demand market for 2015.
It is also Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood, according to the website.
Ariel Dumas discovered just how costly it is after moving to Dumbo from Chicago.
“I was astounded. It’s kind of essentially, you have to feel like you’re paying with fake money. It’s kind of like monopoly money. It’s worth it if you could afford it,” Dumas said.
A part of Manhattan is looking mighty attractive. StreetEasy.com said many first time home buyers, priced out of midtown and downtown, are searching above 110th Street, and landing in West Harlem which has both thecharm of prewar buildings and new development.