Amazon HQ2 Boosts Long Island City’s Already Booming Real Estate Housing Market

Long Island City was already considered a hot and trendy neighborhood and real estate market. However, the mid-November announcement of Amazon’s new second global headquarters (“HQ2”) sent interest in Long Island City (“LIC”) further skyrocketing.

Amazon’s new second global headquarters being split between two cities- Long Island City in Queens, New York and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia- will create 25,000 jobs and develop four million square feet of office space at both locations, while receiving billions in tax incentives from both states in return.

LIC is a Queens waterfront neighborhood located along the East River and is one subway stop way from Manhattan.

LIC is one of New York’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods. It has become a haven for start-ups, waterfront parks, boutique hotels, art and cultural institutions, and trendy restaurants. According to CNBC, Long Island City is considered one of the hottest spots for young people to live in. In 2017, LIC was named the country’s fastest growing neighborhood by New York Magazine. LIC is already filled with condos, and rental prices are highly above Queens’ median prices.

In the weeks following the Amazon HQ2 announcement, the demand for real estate in Long Island City surged even more dramatically. An LIC brokerage firm sold 150 units in just four days, The Wall Street Journal reported. Owners of office buildings, apartments, industrial space, and strip malls have all experienced their assets doubling in prices since 2010, higher than the 66% average increase in the 50 largest cities, The Journal reported.

Real estate firm Douglas Elliman predicts that Long Island City’s rental market will also see a boost in the short term, due in part to an influx of tech startups that Amazon may attract to the neighborhood. Prices of homes will also continue their gradual increase.

When looking at the impact Amazon had on Seattle, home values spiked and the median home value increased dramatically by 73 percent to $739,600 over the course of the past five years, according to Zillow. A similar effect can be predicted for the two new HQ2 locations.

Essentially, Amazon has made the already popular neighborhood of LIC a principal location to invest in property. Real estate brokers said that buyers are already in a feeding frenzy, according to the New York Post.

In light of the Amazon HQ2 announcement, Long Island City has shifted from a buyer’s to seller’s market.

The news of Amazon HQ2 has not been met with solely positive reactions. Many longtime residents of LIC are concerned with affordability and the likelihood of being priced out of the neighborhood. Other New York City residents, including newly elected Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, vehemently oppose Amazon’s move. Ocasio-Cortez recently tweeted, “Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

Whether you support or oppose Amazon HQ2, there’s no denying that Long Island City- an already thriving real estate market- is about to experience an even greater boost accompanied with job growth, transportation, and rising real estate costs. If you’re looking to invest in real estate in Long Island City, now is the time- preferably sooner rather than later.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Amazon HQ2 neighborhood of Long Island City, please contact Poulos LoPiccolo at 646-931-0011 or [email protected] for more information.