Although I’ve lived in Manhattan for more than nine years, Brooklyn Heights happens to be one of my favorite New York neighborhoods. In fact, the thought of moving there has crossed my mind at least once or twice.
You can have the best of both worlds in Brooklyn Heights –– the convenience of big city life combined with the charm of living in what feels like a small town. (Plus the street names are way cool –– I wouldn’t mind an address on Montague, Willow, Pierrepont, or Remsen.)
There’s so much to love about this Brooklyn neighborhood; from the food and drink scene to picture-worthy streets, historic architecture, and, of course, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Plus, the view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is one of the most captivating you’ll find.
Like other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, life moves at a slower pace in Brooklyn Heights. Hustle and bustle can be found just a short walk over the famed bridge, which makes for a delightful daily commute to the office if you’re one of the countless residents who work in Lower Manhattan.
Besides close proximity to other areas of the borough such as DUMBO, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, and Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights offers easy access into Manhattan as well. The neighborhood is serviced by the A/C, F, and N/R trains at Jay Street – MetroTech, the 2/3 trains at Clark Street, and the 2/3, 4/5, and N/R trains at Court Street – Borough Hall. You’re one stop from the Financial District, and can be in Midtown Manhattan in about 20 minutes.
Is life in Brooklyn Heights for you? Perhaps, but it will cost you. As one of the borough’s most desirable neighborhoods, real estate prices are higher than some areas of Manhattan. Expect to spend an average of $600K to purchase a one bedroom co-op, and the pickings are slim.
If you’re a renter, you’ll have more options for one-bedrooms, but prices on the low end hover around $2,500 per month, and close to $4,000 on the high end.
Brimming with brownstones and oozing character, Brooklyn Heights (or most of it) is a designated historic district, so there’s a slim chance that it will lose its soul (unlike areas of Manhattan).
Let’s take a look at why the neighborhood is commanding such high prices and becoming increasingly popular –– here’s life in Brooklyn Heights.