Popular Neighborhoods

With over 65 neighborhoods, Brooklyn isn’t the easiest to maneuver, especially if you’ve never been here before! Though we aren’t going in to EVERY SINGLE ONE, here’s a starter guide to Brooklyn’s neighborhoods.

Bay Ridge

bayridgeA three-square-mile community overlooking the New York Harbor, Bay Ridge is a small town in a big city. While known for being the home of countless generations of people from Italian and Irish decent (with the delicious cuisine to prove it!), Bay Ridge has welcomed Greek, Russian, Arabic and Chinese residents. When exploring this community-centric neighborhood you’ll find townhouses, stand-alone homes, exquisite brownstones, condos, mom and pop shops and a beautiful waterfront park.

POPULATION: 82, 564

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $57, 821

MEDIAN RENT: $1, 172

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 42.6%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $680,466

Bedford Suyvesant

beford-stuyWell-renowned for its spectacular architecture and old-world 20th century brownstones, Bed-Stuy is a magnificently beautiful neighborhood nestled in north-central Brooklyn. A tight-knit community of both newcomers and old-time residents, Bed-Stuy is a perfect balance between locally-owned businesses and newly renovated, bustling establishments.

POPULATION: 163,505

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $39, 131

MEDIAN RENT: $982

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 45.4%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $673,317

Bensonhurst

bensonhurstAlthough Brooklyn’s “Little Italy” has become more diversified in recent years, you can still see its heavy Italian-American influence in its store fronts and eateries. Famous for arguably the best pizza in New York (we’re looking at you, L&B’s), Bensonhurst holds on to its roots while still making plenty of room for its growing demographics.

POPULATION: 250,314

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $45,373

MEDIAN RENT: $1,044

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 50.6%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $583,943

Fort Greene

fort-greenA small, residential neighborhood with tree-lined brownstone blocks, brick rowhouses and the occasional framed home, Fort Greene is known for its cozy corner cafes that line the rolling hills of Fort Greene Park. With quiet, narrow side streets, Fort Greene is only a short distance away from the bustle of the Atlantic Terminal, Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, making it the perfect retreat from the busier areas.

POPULATION: 16,412

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $61,886

MEDIAN RENT: $1,252

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 36.4%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $7,774,717

Flatlands

flatlandsThis small neighborhood tucked between Canarsie and Marine Park boats a diverse mixture of residents. Once primarily Jewish, this neighborhood has welcomed Haitian and Caribbean immigrants. With parks, detached homes and tree-lined streets, Flatlands has a sweet residential feel.

POPULATION: 58,334

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $66,522

MEDIAN RENT: $1,102

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 53.8%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $449,636

Flatbush

flatbushRich in Caribbean culture, Flatbush is home to spectacular hole-in-the-wall West Indian restaurants and Caribbean bakeries. There are prewar buildings, attached homes and stand-alone houses sprinkled in to this diverse community.

POPULATION: 66,689

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $44,924

MEDIAN RENT: $1,039

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 50.8%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $433,786

East New York

east-nyThe easternmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, East New York is one neighborhood that’s continuously working towards improving the community through public murals, community gardens and youth outreach. East New York is also home to the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, a 42-acre salt marsh along the waterfront.

POPULATION: 81,313

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $33,693

MEDIAN RENT: $935

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 60.3%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $336,581

Dyker Heights

dyker-heightsOne of Brooklyn’s most predominant Italian neighborhoods, Dyker Heights has detached houses with well-kept lawns and plenty of local restaurants and cafes to keep the residential, small-town vibe in full effect. It’s most popular trait? It’s amazing holiday spirit! Dyker Heights comes alive during the winter months when the grand homes deck the halls with extravagant decorations that quite literally light up the night.

POPULATION: 48,089

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $55,629

MEDIAN RENT: $1,168

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 50.3%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $762,416

Dumbo

dumboDUMBO, which stands for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” is famous for its spectacular waterfront views of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. With cobblestone streets and towering warehouses, DUMBO has a very interesting vibe and is increasingly rising in real estate.

POPULATION: 1,447

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $187,342

MEDIAN RENT: $2,073

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 49.7%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF HOUSING UNITS IN 2-UNIT STRUCTURES: $1,083,401

Downtown Brooklyn

downtown-bkRecently undergoing a massive transformation, Downtown Brooklyn is an up-and-coming neighborhood with tons of new developments, bars and restaurants. Full of commercial and cultural districts, Downtown Brooklyn is perfect for the kind of person who likes rapid development and even faster walking.

POPULATION: 8,156

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $99,629

MEDIAN RENT: $1,461

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 40.9%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,337,675

Ditmas Park

ditmas-park“We aren’t in Brooklyn anymore” – but you are! Ditmas Park boasts side streets of detached houses and manicured lawns, granting it the nickname of the “Suburb of Brooklyn.” Here you’ll get a neighborhood vibe with a casual small town feel. Filled with wine bars, restaurants and cafes, Ditmas Park is one Brooklyn neighborhood nobody wants to leave.

POPULATION: 4,699

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $52,309

MEDIAN RENT: $1,070

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 52.2%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF DETACHED HOUSES: $974,299

Crown Heights

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Growing in popularity in recent years, Crown Heights is a diverse neighborhood with deep Caribbean and West Indian roots. With a thriving stoop-life and neighborhood feel, Crown Heights is also bustling with new businesses and eateries, all contributing to its increasing popularity.

POPULATION: 80,335

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $39,215

MEDIAN RENT: $940

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 42.2%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $603,560

Coney Island

coney-islandPrimarily a tourist destination, Coney Island is known as New York’s Playground – but some people do call Coney Island their home. On the other side of the famed amusement park you’ll find low-rise buildings, mom and pop shops, and several large public housing developments.

POPULATION: 22,764

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $23,628

MEDIAN RENT: $637

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 46.5%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $427,669

Cobble Hill

cobble-hillKnown for some of the most beautiful architecture in Brooklyn, Cobble Hill is lined with brownstones, period town houses, carriage houses and brick dwellings. There’s no shortage of beautiful in this leafy, tree-lined neighborhood. With side streets dotted with cozy corner cafes and main streets buzzing with trendy restaurants and chic boutiques, Cobble Hill is a popular destination for visitors of all kinds.

POPULATION: 7,378

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $109,153

MEDIAN RENT: $1,799

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 42.3%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,644,668

Clinton Hill

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Home to charming residential streets and Pratt Institute, Clinton Hill has a unique mixture of artistic college students and brownstone-owners. With a diverse mixture of restaurants and bars, there’s always something to do in this tiny neighborhood.

POPULATION: 30,442

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $70,219

MEDIAN RENT: $1,378

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 35.8%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,011,045

Carroll Gardens

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The only neighborhood in Brooklyn where the brownstones are accompanied by spacious, landscaped front yards, Carroll Gardens is brimming with a traditional-yet-modern neighborhood feel. Generally an Italian neighborhood dotted with authentic bakeries, grocery stores and pastry shops, Carroll Gardens is also home to hip restaurants, boutiques and bars.

POPULATION: 11,708

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $98,977

MEDIAN RENT: $1,890

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 41.3%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,693,465

Canarsie

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With leafy streets, mostly detached houses and lush lawns, Canarsie can feel much more like suburban Long Island than a Brooklyn neighborhood. With a high percentage of family households, Canarsie is perfect for children, with many neighborhood kids spending their time in Canarsie Park.

POPULATION: 68,053

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $59,346

MEDIAN RENT: $1,145

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 57.4%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $453,432

Bushwick

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An artist’s haven, Bushwick is full of industrial buildings, art galleries, concert venues and an authentic urban character that differentiates it from some of the more trendy “artsy” neighborhoods in the borough.

POPULATION: 85,526

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $35,844

MEDIAN RENT: $1,068

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 54.1%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF HOUSING UNITS IN 3-TO-4 UNIT STRUCTURES: $292,630

Brooklyn Heights

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With many pre-war brownstones in beautiful condition, Brooklyn Heights has a historic, neighborhood feel. Tree-lined streets and small cafes tucked in to cobblestone streets make this small neighborhood feel like it’s in another world. Home to Brooklyn Bridge Park and a long promenade, this breathtaking sector of Brooklyn is a sight to behold.

POPULATION: 19,923

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $107,969

MEDIAN RENT: $1,747

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 31.1%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF HOUSING UNITS IN 3-TO-4 UNIT STRUCTURES: $1,126,806

Brighton Beach

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Known as “Little Russia”, almost everything in Brighton Beach is influenced by Russian heritage. Grocery stores, clubs, boutiques, restaurants all pay homage to the country. Experience authentic cuisine or walk the famous boardwalk, which is shared with Coney Island, but much more low-key.

POPULATION: 24,305

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $37,860

MEDIAN RENT: $965

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 35.2%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $566,440

Boerum Hill

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A small brick-and-brownstone neighborhood nestled between Coble Hill and Park Slope, Boerum Hill is full of 19th century architecture, tree-lined streets and quaint cafes. With a small-town residential feel mixed in with an urban edge, Boerum Hill is a hidden gem amongst some of Brooklyn’s more top-reigning neighborhoods.

POPULATION: 24,227

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $83,678

MEDIAN RENT: $1,458

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 36.3%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,466,006

Fort Hamilton

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Nestled between Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton is a small, tight-knit community that is home to beautiful townhouses and a waterfront promenade. There are apartment buildings along Shore Road, but most of the area is made up of 2 or 3 family attached and detached homes. The most prominent trait is that Fort Hamilton is a military base, the last-active one is NYC.

POPULATION: 4,312

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $61,570

MEDIAN RENT: $1,429

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 48.6%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,231,299

Gowanus

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Neighbored by the popular Park Slope, Gowanus is a former manufacturing district that’s quickly evolving in to a highly sought after residence. Many of the warehouses have been converted in to loft apartment buildings, or recreational hotspots like the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. New bars and restaurants now dot the once desolate 3rd Avenue, and a Whole Foods has opened – and we all know what happens once a Whole Foods opens.

POPULATION: 6,804

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $98,662

MEDIAN RENT: $1,611

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 40.9%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,693,465

Gravesend

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A quiet residential neighborhood that is predominantly Italian and Jewish, Gravesend has some of the most expensive homes in the entire borough. With both contemporary mansions and older homes nestled in a neighborhood sprinkled with Italian specialty stores and yeshivas, Gravesend is a traditional, low-key area. But don’t worry – for more excitement, it’s just a short train ride away from Coney Island.

POPULATION: 188,515

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $49,873

MEDIAN RENT: $1,021

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 50.4%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $540,705

Greenpoint

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Known as “Little Poland,” Greenpoint boasts some of the best Polish food in New York. A charming, urban neighborhood with intimate cafes next door to industrial buildings and a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline, Greenpoint is just one of those areas that you instantly fall in love with.

POPULATION: 78,553

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $66,714

MEDIAN RENT: $1,437

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 33.6%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $740,455

Kensington

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Home to Brooklyn’s only horse stable, residents and visitors alike can rent horses and ride through the park. A quiet neighborhood that’s mostly full of quaint cafes and bagel stores (yum!), Kensington is the kind of neighborhood where residents hang out on their front porch, get to know each other and invite you in for coffee.

POPULATION: 50,943

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $44,304

MEDIAN RENT: $1,147

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 50.6%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $579,140

Lefferts Gardens

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Bordered by Prospect Park, Lefferts Gardens is a charming neighborhood where residents spend half of their lives in the park. With delicious Caribbean restaurants, impressive townhouses and a diverse population, Lefferts Gardens has remained under the radar, keeping its quaint coziness intact.

POPULATION: 21,624

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $43,467

MEDIAN RENT: $976

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 45.4%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,320,000

Manhattan Beach

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Almost completely surrounded by water, Manhattan Beach homes are mostly detached, with garages and lawns, some with backyard pools (a rarity in the boroughs!). Many homes boast waterfront views, and the “peninsula suburb” is a secluded piece of this mostly buzzing borough.

POPULATION: 2,957

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $69,110

MEDIAN RENT: $1,046

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 48.7%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $775,641

Marine Park

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Marine Park (an actual park) is Brooklyn’s largest, boasting 530 acres of natural grasslands and salt marshes. Right next to this amazing natural attraction is Marine Park (the neighborhood), with a spectacular waterfront and a welcoming neighborhood full of Italian, Irish, Greek and Jewish residents.

POPULATION: 41,297

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $69,896

MEDIAN RENT: $1,088

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 56.5%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $484,117

Midwood

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A predominantly Jewish neighborhood, Midwood is made up of tree-lined streets of mostly detached single- and multifamily homes. With lawns and driveways alongside hole-in-the-wall pizzerias (which are world-famous by the way… we’re looking at you, Di Fara), Midwood is a perfect blend of urban meets suburban.

POPULATION: 48,650

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $48,193

MEDIAN RENT: $1,118

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 48.8%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $507,891

Mill Basin

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Almost completely surrounded by Jamaica Bay, Mill Basin is perfect for water and nature lovers. The inners of Mill Basin are mostly made up of detached homes while the waterfront is home to elegant mansions. Excellent for water activities like fishing, jet skiing and boating, Mill Basin is a tucked-away oasis in this typically bustling borough.

POPULATION: 6,469

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $74,243

MEDIAN RENT: $1,391

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 48.0%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $488,633

Park Slope

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One of Brooklyn’s most popular neighborhoods, Park Slope is full of spectacular brownstones, breathtaking architecture, vintage shops and tons of families. With a close proximity to Prospect Park, quiet residential side streets and bustling main streets full of hip restaurants, cocktail bars and trendy cafes, it’s no wonder that Park Slope is as well-known and beloved as it is.

POPULATION: 43,918

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $98,213

MEDIAN RENT: $1,854

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 43.0%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,520,417

Prospect Heights

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With side streets of colorful townhouses, Prospect Heights is a unique neighborhood with some real cultural attractions. Home to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, this area attracts many visitors daily.

POPULATION: 16,300

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $89,917

MEDIAN RENT: $1,575

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 34.1%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $2,241,151

Red Hook

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A waterfront neighborhood with a small-town feel, Red Hooks businesses are mostly run by locals, giving this area an intimate vibe that is all too rare in a big city. With warehouses turned lofts, and many young artists conversing in to this tucked away maritime town.

POPULATION: 7,172

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $52,567

MEDIAN RENT: $792

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 47.9%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,228,916

Sheepshead Bay

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A small, tight-knit waterfront town, the residents of Sheepshead Bay spend their days fishing and their nights packing in to one of the neighborhoods famous seafood joints. With brick row houses, townhouses and condos, there are plenty of different styles of housing for the diverse community.

POPULATION: 123,649

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $50,650

MEDIAN RENT: $1,038

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 49.1%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $561,039

South Williamsburg

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More of a residential area that its northern counterpart, South Williamsburg is mostly populated by Spanish and Satmar Hasidic residents. Full of coffee shops, restaurants and newly constructed condos, this neighborhood has the overall charm of Williamsburg but is a bit more reserved.

POPULATION: 134,407

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $39,075

MEDIAN RENT: $1,048

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 47.2%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $608,606

Sunset Park

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With an expansive Chinatown that spans more than 20 blocks, Sunset Park is well known for its authentic (and delicious!) Chinese cuisine. Also home to a bustling Spanish population, Sunset Park also has many affordable Spanish restaurants as well as waterfront views. Along the side streets are two- and three- story row houses, co-ops, condos and townhouses.

POPULATION: 88,328

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $41,163

MEDIAN RENT: $1,109

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 56.1%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $657,049

Vinegar Hill

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A small waterfront enclave, Vinegar Hill is a charming nugget nestled within gritty industrial boarders. With pre- Civil War brick and frame houses with quaint curtained ground-level storefronts, Vinegar Hill feels like it’s been lost in time. With some new apartment buildings put in place, residents are convinced that Vinegar Hill will remain an old-world neighborhood.

POPULATION: 2,322

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $199,232

MEDIAN RENT: $2,018

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 72.9%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $1,362,500

Williamsburg

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One of the most popular neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Williamsburg is a hipster’s paradise. Full of quirky shops, vintage stores, secondhand thrift stores and a whole lot of caffeine, Williamsburg is the trendiest pocket of Brooklyn. With glass condos and a real “moneyed” feel, Williamsburg has transformed in to an extension of trendy Manhattan (that residents won’t admit).

POPULATION: 127,995

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $35,982

MEDIAN RENT: $1,011

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 47.8%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $608,606

Windsor Terrace

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A small residential neighborhood of townhouses and friendly neighbors, Windsor Terrace is tucked in between Park Slope, Prospect Park and sections of Flatbush. With the famed Green-Wood Cemetery and Prospect Park within walking distance, Windsor Terrace is the perfect quiet neighborhood for those who enjoy nature.

POPULATION: 14,385

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $81,965

MEDIAN RENT: $1,576

PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS: 45.3%

AVERAGE ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOWNHOUSES: $812,004