Astoria, L.I.C is a cool area,up and coming, filled with plenty of cultures, galleries, cafes..etc... If you're paying cash I suggest instead of one propert to consider perhaps two propeties and if the numbers work, a third that can be a studio. You can purchase a kick ass luxury apartment for that price but there's other choices. Best of luck, I'd be honored to assit and if you have any questions regarding your real estate needs feel free to reach out.
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 East 56th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 688-1000 x 435 (tel)