Ah! Brooklyn… With its glorious tapestry of people, neighborhoods, and geography, we’ve long been proud to call it our home. But like any vibrant, active community, our borough is quickly growing and changing.
If Brooklyn were an independent city, it would be the 4th most populous in the United States. Only the 5 NYC boroughs combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago have more people. Geography is of course a factor, the proximity to Manhattan is a major attraction. However, Brooklyn has grown into its own distinct cultural mecca. The borough offers a variety of musical, artistic, and gourmet experiences that are as diverse as its neighborhoods. There are also acres of parks and miles of shoreline to explore.
It’s really no surprise that more and more people want to live in Brooklyn, and with that desire, the effects of supply and demand become more deeply felt. According to a recent Business Insider article by Melia Robinson, “[…] as real estate prices in trendier neighborhoods continue to climb, more and more city slickers are taking a second glance at the ‘original Gold Coast,’ as locals call the area. With phenomenal public schools, copious outdoor spaces, restaurant row, and affordable housing, Bay Ridge has alot to offer.”
Originally developed as an oceanfront resort area for the wealthy, Bay Ridge is an extremely scenic neighborhood. The neighborhood offers breathtaking water and Verrazano Bridge views as well acres and acres of green space, playgrounds, skate parks, and the stunning 4.5 mile Shore Promenade. Bay Ridge is an eclectic mix of mansions, limestones, rental, co-op, and condo buildings. From a real estate perspective, Bay Ridge has it all and the market has taken note.
In the first quarter of 2014, more 2-bedroom homes were sold in Bay Ridgethan any other part of the borough. According to Robinson’s Business Insider article, “Both the median home sale price and median monthly rent are up 14% year over year, and rents are up 30% over two years.” Yet even with the price climb, Bay Ridge offers more space and bang for the buck then trendier neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Park Slope whose median sales of $1.4 million and $1.35 million respectively, make Bay Ridge’s median sale price of $656,000 look like a humble steal.
As more and more people become privy to this bargain and choose to leave behind pricier neighborhoods, the face of Bay Ridge is slowly starting to change. As with all Brooklyn neighborhoods that are seeing an influx of outsiders, locals are grumbling that the gentrification is destroying the community. The jury is still out on the “destruction,” but the community is certainly changing as higher priced businesses that offer ‘artisinal’ and ‘locally sourced’ buzzword items sprout up on Bay Ridge thoroughfares. In recent years, artisanal sausage and craft beer bar Lock Yard and the organic wine bar Owl’s Head saw their openings marred by protesters. However, old and new locals alike are keeping new local businesses such as these packed and flourishing.
Awaye Realty salesperson Haydee Alicea is a neighborhood expert who has sold millions of dollars worth of real estate in Bay Ridge and feels that “more people are choosing Bayridge over many other neighborhoods in Brooklyn because of its calm, slow-paced feel and the tree-lined blocks, water views off of the Shore Road area, and the parks. The sales and rentals of apartments and houses have grown over the last couple of years and the prices have increased as well. People that want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn opt for the Bay Ridge area for tranquility and calm. The multitude of nightlife and dining options doesn’t hurt, either.”
If this trend continues, prices will climb fast. If you are considering buying or selling property in Bay Ridge, now is the time! For more information, call 718.488.0800 and speak to a neighborhood expert today.
To read Robinson’s Business Insider article, go to http://www.businessinsider.com/young-people-moving-to-bay-ridge-brooklyn-2014-6?op=1