6.3 out of 10

Utopia

Ranked 28th best neighborhood in Queens
40.7322197384799 -73.7953496873184
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
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Reviews

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

"Nice suburban town"

Located in eastern Queens, Utopia is a lovely and quiet suburban community. Housing prices here skyrocketed during the last real estate boom and stabilized slightly during the recent foreclosure crisis, but they are still pretty high. This neighborhood boasts some excellent schools, access to two of the borough's nicest parks, and proximity to a public golf course. At the same time, it is a little known area, which is often considered to be part of Fresh Meadows. Even its library is called the Hillcrest library. During the housing boom, many of the homes in the area were renovated or rebuilt, which adds to the town's pleasant appearance. The population is also changing; while it was once a predominantly Irish and Italian town, there are more Russian and Asian families living there now. There are excellent public and private schools nearby; many families choose to send their kids to the Holy Family School and PS 173 and PS 178 are both excellent. The town has a long tradition of community softball games that are played on Sundays during the spring, summer, and fall at the Utopia Playground. Utopia is also very close to St. John's University.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Access to 2 nice parks & a golf course
  • Diverse
Cons
  • Boring
  • Fairly long commute to the city
  • Rising, often overpriced, housing costs
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Appropriately named area according to locals"

Utopia is located in the Queens borough and is surrounded by neighborhoods like Jamaica Estates, Hillcrest, and Fresh Meadows. Real estate prices are high in this area, but other than that, the neighborhood is appropriately named according to locals. Utopia is a location of established prestige, charm, unmatched convenience, with excellent schools.

There is a wide demographic of people living in the area, such as Irish, Italian, Polish, and German families who once settled in the neighborhood. There has also been an influx of Asians and Russians over the last five years. The area is neatly kept with over twenty-four blocks of neatly kept single family dwellings and tree-lined streets.

Utopia lies a few blocks from Cunningham Park and also has its own smaller parks. The three acre Utopia Playground is a triangular shaped paved property that formerly housed Black Stump School. The site is home to a local tradition - the fast pitch softball game. Players religiously assemble every Sunday at 6 a.m. from March to November.

The public school system in Utopia is regarded as excellent. The neighborhood lies within School District 26 and is considered one of the top school districts in the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Utopia

165th St

2/5
"On 165th Avenue"
40.7374170000025 -73.8036770004409

168th St

3.5/5
"Minutes Away from New York Hustle"
40.7332425960683 -73.8012455176174
"Peaceful Atomosphere, But Lacks Youthful Expression"
40.7345630235949 -73.7945968095017
"The Utopia Where I Grew Up"
40.7318926942954 -73.7937086141662

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