Rockaways real estate makes a comeback

Rockaways properties in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Rockaways properties in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The Rockaways section of Queens is making a comeback from the whack it took from Hurricane Sandy — both homes sales and summer rentals are looking up.

No specific figures are available for either sales or rentals, but the New York Post reported tale after tale of the Rockaways’ real estate renaissance.

Home prices in the Rockaways have dropped by about a third, a boon for buyers; many, though, told the newspaper that they’re heading out to the neighborhood to be part of its recovery from the massive October storm and have every intention of staying for a good long while.

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One of the newcomers is Sam Meenan, who owns Latin eateries Café Habana in Soho and Habana Outpost in Fort Greene. He paid $500,000 for a 1,800-square-foot beach-front summer home.

“I think there is an indomitable spirit in Rockaway itself,” he told the Post.

In the months before the storm, Rockaways homes were still a relative bargain for buyers. As reported, bungalows in Neponsit and Belle Harbor had commanded $500,000; Queen Anne mansions sold for $850,000 and beach-front estates traded for $6 million. [NYP]Zachary Kussin