Located in northeastern Queens, a ways away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, Bayside feels more suburban than much of the rest of Queens. This is mostly due to the more relaxed vibe as well as the neighborhood's many parks and abundance of single-family homes and detached houses. Bayside has a long history of being an affluent neighborhood and has a number of smaller bedroom communities within its borders including Bay Terrace and Bayside Gables, one of the wealthiest areas in all of Queens. Back in the 1920s, when movies were still being made in New York City, there were several movie studios in the neighborhood, and notable actors Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson were among the many who maintained elegant homes in Bayside. While the neighborhood may no longer be home to so many celebrities, it has nonetheless remained desirable thanks to its highly rated public schools, waterfront location, family-friendly vibe, and low crime rate. This has, in turn, kept real estate prices high.
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