New Yorkers are flooding to these Bronx neighborhoods in search of affordable housing.
My first real trek to the Bronx was very recent. A friend of mine invited me to visit the Bronx zoo, and since I have lived here for 7 years, I decided to turn it into an adventure. We spent the morning at little pastry shops and patisseries (of which there are many), walked around the Fordham University campus, and even visited the cathedral where his grandmother was married. The Zoo itself was obviously impressive, but I was struck more with how the borough was changing, and becoming steadily more fashionable. As you may know, New Yorkers from all over are heading north in search of fashionable new neighborhoods with affordable housing, and after Harlem, The Bronx is next on the list. So if you are searching for the perfect mix of affordability and culture, these neighborhoods are definitely worth a look:
North of Yankee Stadium, across the Harlem River from Washington Heights, Highbridge is full of interesting architecture such as the Woodycrest Center, a limestone, terracotta, and brick building atop one of the many hills of Highbridge.
Some of the other architecture you may find in Highbridge include Park Plaza, an art deco apartment complex, The beautiful Victorian homes along Woodycrest Ave, and the decorative lighthouse above the H.W. Wilson Company.
Also of note is the actual historic High Bridge, which re-opens later this month. High Bridge is New York’s oldest standing bridge, and it’s reopening will be coupled with the opening of a greenway along the Harlem River. The commute to Highbridge from Manhattan is around 25 minutes. If you are looking to buy, the median price for a co-op is $98,500. If you are a renter, the median price is $1,449/month.
Encompassing the neighborhoods around the 93 acre Fordham University, Fordham is well known for its proximity to the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, and historic Paradise Theater. Fordman is also home to the Bronx’s own Little Italy along Arthur Avenue, of which I experience some delicious cannolis. The area also contains a well-trafficked shopping district along Fordham Ave. If you are looking to buy around Fordham University, the median price is $215,000. If you prefer to rent, the median price for an apartment is $1,300/month.
Located in the Southwest Bronx near Bronx Community College, University Heights is small and hilly. The college contains several Beaux-Arts buildings designed by prominent architecture firms including the Gould Memorial Library, and the historic ‘Hall for Great Americans’ outdoor arcade located at the highest elevation in the Bronx. The commute from Midtown is about 30 minutes, and the median price for buying is $123,500, while the median price for renters is $1,404/month.
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