Moving from one place to another can be daunting. There are many things to take into consideration, such as pricing, safety, nightlife, transportation etc. It is always good to inform yourself as much as possible before committing to relocate to another place. But we’re here to focus on moving to Bay Ridge! Here are some “whys” and “hows”.
Moving to Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge, located in the southwestern part of Brooklyn, is a small neighborhood that looks a bit like a chili pepper. This area is separated from south Brooklyn by two highways and it exudes an almost village atmosphere. There is the Sunset Park, which is located just north of the neighborhood. Then there are Dyker Heights which are on the east side. If you go south you will encounter Verrazano-Narrows bridge while there are Narrows on the west side.
Most people, when asked about Bay Ridge, would just name it “cozy”. It is also quite affordable (when talking about one-family homes, that is). Some of the hallmarks would include a strong community sense, which includes high civic engagement and having that vibe of a small town. Obviously, this is not for everyone but if these things interest you, do read on.
A Safe Place to Move To
When it comes to moving to Bay Ridge, one factor stands above all else. Safety. Bay Ridge is considered to be among the safest places to live in the city. So, if this fact is important to you (and it should be!), you can not go wrong with Bay Ridge.
But all the safety in the world is not enough if you are not comfortable living in a “melting pot” community. Prospective movers should be advised that the community here is quite diverse. It used to be full of Scandinavians (Norwegian Constitution Day Parade is still celebrated annually) but nowadays houses mostly people that have descended from Greeks, Italians, and Irish. There are also some Russian, Polish and Chinese neighbors as well as significant amount of people that immigrated from the Middle East.
Bay Ridge housing features condos, co-ops, and rentals as well as quite a few of homes that are suited either for a single family or multiple families. It is not really that much different from the other neighborhoods but there are some unique features. Majority of multi-family homes are there from quite some time ago and they have been heavily upgraded and maintained. You can find quite a few of these on Shore Road, a beautiful part that has a view of the water and looks at New Jersey and Staten Island.
Of course, there are some newly developed buildings, so-called “condominiums” but mostly old is new in Bay Ridge. That is not to say that there are no development plans for this place. In fact, there is a large residential project which is scheduled to house 22 residents, at 401 95th street.
Price of Life
Alright, so it is time to consider pricing. When moving to Bay Ridge, you have to be aware that it will cost you, on average, around $730,000 (according to Miller Samuel) to get yourself a new home and these prices are constantly rising. They used to be around $650,000 last year and around $560,00 in 2012. Keep in mind, though, that these are average prices of real estate here. You can settle for a co-op with one bedroom for around $190,000. Also, you can also purchase a Gingerbread House for whopping $9 million.
Add to this the NYC moving costs, and altogether you have to be careful.
In reality, most of the homes here are averaging anywhere between one million and million and a half for a family house. Honestly speaking, if you are looking for a good deal on a house for your family, Bay Ridge got you covered. If you want to live in Brooklyn and have a dream of owning your own house, not an apartment, this just might be the neighborhood for you.
If you are more interested in a single bedroom co-op, you will be expected to shell out around $300,000. Two bedrooms would set you back anywhere between $400,000 and $500,000 while if you want three, you would have to add $200,000 more.
If you would like a condo, all for yourself, it will cost you a bit extra. In Bay Ridge, condos start from $400,000 for a single bedroom, and go as high as $1mil and up if you want three.
A Few Downsides…
There are also some downsides about moving to Bay Ridge. First and foremost is transportation. The only train here is the R train and it is not really the most glorious train ever made. Vincent Gentile, District 43 council representative, said: “I think grass grows faster than the R train runs”. There is also the option of taking the Ferry, which helped a bit, but for most people, the R train and the express buses will still be the primary way to commute.
A trip to Manhattan is going to take more than 30 minutes via the R train. To get to Midtown in about an hour. There are also X27 and X37, a pair of express buses that you can also take, which would shorten your trip sometimes to a bit under 30mins (can also take 45) but are a bit more expensive option. You can always get the weekly passes for both subway and the buses, though, they will save you some money in the long run.
Bottom line, if you have to commute to Manhattan and are not comfortable with long commute times, Bay Ridge might not be what you are looking for. You will be saving on real estate if you do, however.
Another negative point for those moving to Bay Ridge goes to the nightlife is not really that glamorous. A couple of places stand out, like “The Salty Dog”, a bar that is located in an old fire station. Another one is called “The Wicked Monk”, sporting the Gothic look of an Irish monastery. If you are more into craft beer, you can find those at The Owl’s Head at 479 74th St. Still, in spite of this, there are fun things you can do in Brooklyn!
Still, an Epic Place to Move to!
In conclusion, moving to Bay Ridge is a great prospect for families. Families who want to be safe and to engage themselves in civic activities. They do not mind the long commute to Manhattan and are not that interested in glamorous nightlife. They will be right at home! If you need the ‘how’ make sure to contact moving companies in Brooklyn!