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Guest Blog Post: Top NYC Neighborhoods for New Families

Finding a home in New York City is a gargantuan undertaking for anyone, but the number of concerns increases significantly when a family is involved: budget, crime rates, and school rankings are just a few.

Courtesy of Dina Hanna at Trulia, here’s a list of the top three neighborhoods for new families looking for a home that fits their little ones’ growing needs.

Wappingers Falls, NY (outskirts of Chelsea)

If you’re moving to New York from out of town, the boroughs can be really difficult to navigate. Chelsea is one of the smaller boroughs with very few homes for sale at a given time. However, the area is very desirable, and so we recommend a nearby neighborhood called Wappingers Falls.

Wappinger Falls has some of the best schools, and very low crime rate compared to surrounding areas or larger boroughs. And the price tag, in most cases, isn’t a deal breaker. At a median sales price of $263,000 (price per square foot is about $153), a growing family can find great value in this upcoming neighborhood.

Battery Park, NY

Battery Park is also a great location in terms of the low crime rate, like Wappinger Falls, but is not comparable in price. At a median sales price of $1.2M, Battery Park can be a luxury buy for a new and growing family. The good news is there is lots of greenery in the area and top rated schools are just a short drive or bus ride away.

Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn is one of the largest boroughs in New York and has a wide range of prices, school rankings, and crime rates.  However, Windsor Terrace, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, boasts of some of the top innovative schools in the state, and borders Prospect Park, a 585 acre  park designed by Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the 1800s.

One of the most majestic and Parisian characteristics is the main entrance into the park at Grand Amy Plaza which holds the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch that resembles the Arc de Triomphe.  These luxuries come with a hefty price tag as well, with the median sales price at $1.1M and over $700 per square foot.

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