Far Rockaway

Queens, New York Homes for Sale

About Far Rockaway

An escape from city living, Far Rockaway is an oasis in the borough of Queens. A range of housing styles from beachfront properties to more modest apartments attract a variety of homebuyers. Neighbors are proud to call Far Rockaway home, visitors can’t seem to get enough of its laid-back charm, and those looking to establish roots in the neighborhood adore its uniqueness.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $135,000 to $1,275,000

Closed Prices: $110,000 to $1,500,000

Median Sale Price: $540,000

Average $ per sq ft: $304

Association Fee Ranges:

Around Far Rockaway

Land is scarce in Far Rockaway and many locals are reluctant to leave. Abandoned lots are constantly being scooped up for new development opportunities. But in their shadow, stand beloved family homes full of character. A five-and-a-half-mile boardwalk stretches from Beach 19th Street to Beach 126th Street. Homes near the water and on the boardwalk are certainly the most covetable.

Surprisingly, there are lots of dining options in Far Rockaway. Much of this has to do with a recent influx of creatives to the area. But at the same time, local institutions are beloved and frequented by locals. Nearby, Rockaway Beach Boulevard offers a boardwalk filled with some of the city’s favorite restaurants. Riis Park Beach Bazaar offers similar stalls. Favorites like Rippers, Rockaway Clam Bar, and The Dropout make the long commute by subway more than worth it.

Far Rockaway has been constantly evolving since it became a destination for New Yorkers to relax and find a quiet oasis. While its popularity in residency waxes and wanes, it remains an ideal day trip from almost anywhere in the city. A lively strip near Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 96th Street is home to lots of popular restaurants and shops. Things become more residential and quiet away from the strip, with homes featuring all kinds of character. Bell Harbor, an area filled with beachfront properties, is more upscale than some quainter parts of the neighborhood, farther from the water.

Every summer Friday should start in Far Rockaway. Watch the sunset over the beach before heading to dinner at one of the many local restaurants on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. If you’re in the mood for something old school, try Connolly’s, an institution of an Irish bar near the Beach 96th Street subway stop. If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, head to Sayra’s Wine Bar, which specializes in little plates as well as a great wine selection. Live music and fireworks are almost never out of the question when it’s summer in Far Rockaway.

What could be better than a relaxing Sunday in Far Rockaway? Beat the crowds and catch some waves early at Fort Tilden Beach. Breakfast at Ralph’s Coffee Shop is perfect if you’re in the mood for diner food after surfing. Check out MOMA installations near Fort Tilden before making the trek back to Far Rockaway. Lunch at Tacoway Beach, a local taco spot functioning out of a shipping container near the beach, can’t be beat.

Arguably the worst part about calling Far Rockaway home is taking into consideration the commute into the city. Many residents work in the area or at home to avoid traveling altogether. A trip into Grand Central can take about an hour and a half. Driving isn’t much better at roughly an hour one way. Owning a car is certainly more plausible than in Manhattan, but street parking can get complicated on days when the beach is busy with crowds. Taking the ferry is a popular option, which offers a shuttle to and from its port. The closest subway lines are the S and the A. Residents can also get around easily on foot within the neighborhood.

Locals Love

  • Seclusion from city
  • Pedestrian friendly
  • Beach access

Locals Don't Love

  • Constant construction
  • Seasonal tourism and crowds
  • Commute into Manhattan

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