This neighborhood guide will help you when you browse through Brooklyn homes and apartments for sale by providing useful information on home prices, transportation options, commuting, schools, safety, shopping, top things to do, and architecture. Find out which schools you can find in the area and their rankings, plus essential information on transportation options and crime rates.
The real estate market guide for Brooklyn will tell you how many rentals, condos, co-ops and single family homes there are in the area and provide insights on the housing market to help you choose the best neighborhood for your needs.
As with any borough in New York City, the type of architecture you’ll find in Brooklyn varies dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood. From leafy, tree-lined streets with perfect row houses found in neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights to the converted lofts and warehouses you’ll find in nearby DUMBO, housing stock of any size and variety is likely to be found somewhere within Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Bridge is likely the first landmark most people think of when considering this borough, but there are other famous spots too, like the roller coasters at Coney Island, the basketball courts and impressive green space at Prospect Park, the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and a handful of museums including Brooklyn Museum and the New York Transit Museum.
Befitting a small town, Bay Ridge is packed with 1-2 family buildings - 4,787 of them. Another 3,141 units are in 3-6 family housing. Condo opportunities are scarce, just 258 units, but 4,137 units are listed as co-op units and there are 6,154 rentals. Mixed-use buildings number 892, and together with the 55 office buildings make for a significant business climate in a largely residential neighborhood.
Get all the details you need on the Brooklyn housing market and real estate trends by having easy access to median sale prices by property and by square feet. You will also have access to the borough’s median sale price for comparison, together with year-over-year evolution of home prices.
Research the real estate market in Brooklyn even further while you are looking for homes and apartments for sale by checking our detailed residential market reports. Released monthly and including sales stats and trends, the reports will help you know the local market like a pro, so you can make an informed decision when buying a home or apartment in Brooklyn.
There are extensive public transit options in this borough, including 18 NYC Subway services, though some neighborhoods have better subway service than others. For example, Marine Park and Flatlands are poorly served, but there are 170 major stations in Brooklyn and most people commuting to Manhattan do so via the subway.
There are a huge number of both public and private schools in Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Technical High School, the largest specialized high school for math, technology, and science in the U.S. Other schools include public options, charter schools, and numerous schools affiliated with religions.
The main medical facilities in Brooklyn include the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, New York Methodist Hospital and NYU Lutheran Medical Center. The Medical Society of the County of Kings has also been serving Brooklyn since 1922.
Brooklyn has two dozen police precincts, some of which are safer than others. Overall, the borough is moderately safe with neighborhoods in the northern part– Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, City Line and East New York – scoring higher for crime rates.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan is certainly one of the most popular things for tourists to do in Brooklyn, but what about residents? You can find them in the many green spaces around Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Prospect Park. They may also be taking a stroll along the East River Promenade, enjoying the shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music or shopping at the popular Williamsburg Smorgasburg flea market.
Popular restaurants include Juliana’s Pizza, Korean fare at The Good Fork, American eats at The River Café or Five Leaves, and Italian hot spots like L & B Spumoni Gardens and Oregano. Music fans may be found at Bembe, The Bell House, or Black Flamingo, while those who want a classic Brooklyn beer may be spending their nights at the Brooklyn Brewery. Brooklyn is also an incredible place to shop at spots like Brooklyn Flea, the huge number of antique shops on Atlantic Avenue, and national brands at Atlantic Center or one of the other malls in the borough.
Brooklyn has its own library system, which is separate from both the Queens and the New York library systems. Overall, the Brooklyn Public Library has literally thousands of programs for the public, several million books, and offers almost 1,000 computers for use across 58 branches.