4.4 out of 10


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Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Retirees


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Small & boring area in the Rockaways"

Bayswater used to be a lovely beach resort with lots of luxurious hotels and quaint motels. Over the years, it deteriorated leaving strings of decrepit homes and a rapidly dwindling population. Its poor condition and lack of popularity is ironic, considering the fact that it is located on the water, just an hour from the city and has pretty reliable subway service (despite the fact that only one subway line runs here). Still, a huge percentage of the homes in this area are vacant and the prices are extremely low, considering that it's still a part of New York. Developers betting on its potential have begun nicer housing developments with more modern conveniences and very low prices. They are also trying to develop more shops and restaurants to boost the local economy and to attract more residents. Town officials are also taking steps to try to make the area safer (while it isn't the most dangerous town in New York City, safety is still an issue).

While the town is improving every year due to the efforts of town officials and the numerous developers who have invested in properties here, it will be a while before it can attract a huge influx of residents. The main problems are that it has a very long commute to the city, and this area (like most of the Rockaways) is often hit the hardest by storms, tornadoes, etc.
  • Quiet
  • Very cheap home prices
  • Often hit hard by storms
  • Boring
Recommended for
  • Retirees

"A long trip to Manhattan"

Bayswater is a small community on the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula in the Queens borough. The neighborhood is located northeast of Far Rockaway and south of Jamaica Bay. The area was once the location of many summer hotels like the Sunset Lodge, but now is a residential community all year around.

The residents are diverse with large populations of African Americans and Orthodox Jewish residents. Due to the ethnicity, you will find many kosher restaurants and stores, as well as culture rich food offered by the local eateries.

The distance from Manhattan is somewhat of a deterrent, as it is quite a commute. The A line travels in this area, but if you are in need of getting into the City on a regular basis, this neighborhood is probably not a good place to live.
Recommended for
  • Retirees

"Bland vanilla residential neighborhood"

It isn’t often that you get to say “there really isn’t much to say about this New York neighborhood,” but, unfortunately, this is one of those times. Bayswater is, obviously, on the water down near Long Island and the neighboring Queens neighborhood of Far Rockaway (which, I’m pretty sure, is where the train ends). Don’t worry, though, the A stops through this neighborhood on its way to the end of the line. This is, however, the only line that goes all the way out here, and this is quite a commute for anyone who needs to get into Manhattan on a regular basis.

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