BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
A Jackson Heights staple is stretching into new territory.
Beaudoin Realty Group, a boutique realtor on 37th Avenue since 2001, will open a second office at 21-52 44th Dr. in Long Island City this week.
BRG founder and owner Michele Beaudoin, a Queens native, has been brokering residential and commercial deals in Queens since the 1980s. Her first business, JH Historic District Specialist, focused on historic properties in the neighborhood – an interest she said she will continue to explore with the new Long Island City location.
“It’s really exciting,” Beaudoin said of the move. “Long Island City was one of the places I always thought had a really interesting combination of buildings… and the best views of midtown Manhattan.”
Situated at Court Square, Beaudoin Realty will be at the heart of a busy mixed-use district of residential and commercial activity. Beaudoin called the location “ideal” for taking advantage of the area’s residential and retail boom.
The major difference between the Jackson Heights and Long Island City offices, according to Beaudoin, will be the type of client served. While in Jackson Heights she handles largely natives and repeat clients, the Long Island City office will cater to many new New Yorkers, Beaudoin said.
“So [we will be] referring them to things that they could get in the new neighborhood, and a neighborhood that’s growing,” she said.
Beaudoin also noted that she found the area’s population of young families and artists and its “youthful spirit” exciting.
However, she added, “we’re not a firm that’s just coming in because it’s trendy now.”
“We’ve been in Queens for almost 20 years and we want to get people homes that fit and a place for them to set up their business. We’re not transient,” Beaudoin continued.
As of press time, a ribbon cutting at the office was planned for Thursday at 5:30 p.m., with State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Councilmen Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) slated to attend.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.