Woodhaven Blvd, known for congestion and general unsightliness, should not be confused with Woodhaven the neighborhood. The boulevard in question only cuts through the eastern side of Woodhaven and is a necessary evil for car owners and locals in need of essentials. The neighborhood itself is quieter than the street due to the border it shares with Forest Park, and the residential character of much of the rest of the area.
Unlike many neighborhoods of the “Cemetery Belt,” Woodhaven shares more space with an actual park than it does with graveyards. Since playing baseball in a cemetery is generally frowned upon, the park is much more useful for those interested in organized sports. Also, for those without cars, multiple stops on the J & Z subway lines allow residents to travel easily to Brooklyn and other parts of Queens, making Woodhaven a good home for professionals who work within both boroughs.
In Woodhaven, development is more welcome than it is elsewhere – condos are regarded as beautifiers for rundown streets. However, the neighborhood also has nice older homes and apartment buildings, including many brightly painted single family homes with peaked roofs and the occasional gable. The listings include a mix of attached/detached residences, single/multifamily homes, and co-ops/condos. The median sales price for all kinds of housing is $450K, but multifamily homes, of course, cost more. Renters can also find a studio for a median price of $900/mo and a 1Br for around $1100/mo in Woodhaven, frequently in a newly renovated building.