a row of houses in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York
Photo: Courtesy of Rosemary McHugh
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Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York

• Great views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
• A small town in the middle of a big borough
• Hit a Norwegian bakery, an Italian butcher, and a Middle Eastern grocery, all on one block

The Neighborhood
Once home to thousands of Norwegian shipbuilders and Italian and Irish immigrants, this old-school Brooklyn neighborhood on New York Harbor's shores is a down-home kind of place. Families walk together after church on Sundays or gather at the locally owned restaurants, pizza parlors, and bakeries that line Third Avenue. "We like things subdued here," says Victoria Hofmo, who grew up in the community of 70,000. "We also like all the green space, the waterfront access, and the village atmosphere. We've got it all."

The Houses
Two- and three-story single- and multi-family brick and brownstone rowhouses are common, as are wood-and-stucco Tudor-style and limestone-front Renaissance Revival rowhouses. This is New York City, of course, where affordable means anything under seven figures. A two-story brick rowhouse with original millwork and pocket doors might go for $500,000. A restored 1930s Tudor rowhouse recently listed at $558,000. Renaissance Revivals start at $700,000.

Why Buy Here?
It's just over an hour by subway to midtown Manhattan. Young families and professionals are coming for what is now unattainable in most New York City nabes: a single-family house.

Shown: Would-be Bay Ridge folks covet the Renaissance Revival rowhouses with limestone facades, most of which are located on shady streets like this one.

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