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Old 05-04-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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I am looking for some recommendations on neighborhoods in the Bronx. My husband drives to work on Long Island (Manhassett) and I work in the Financial District. As long as my commute is around an hour I will be okay with that. His commute will take him over the Whitestone or Throggs Neck bridge.

I like that the Bronx has the most parkland of any borough so I would want to be close to a park. We are planning on having children within the next two years so I would want to move to a safe/family friendly neighborhood. We generally cook at home more than we go out but I would want a few food options if possible. We plan on buying a house rather a condo so we have a parking space among other things. Max price we are willing to spend is $600k.

We are ruling out Brooklyn because it is way to congested, probably wont be able to find a house with a parking spot and walking distance to subway plus, I believe it is over hyped and therefore overpriced.

We are ruling out Queens/Long Island because we have lived in many areas (Bayside, Astoria, Sunnyside - as well as Long Island) and although we like the areas, they are too expensive.

This has brought us to the Bronx. An undervalued borough with amazing potential, more parkland than any other borough combined, and the location. I am still paranoid and remember the terrible gas lines after Sandy throughout BK/QNS and Nassau County. Also, I want to explore Westchester county and the Hudson Valley more and more and I think that living in the Bronx would allow me to do so. I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island and I love the outdoors and green space. I like that certain places in the Bronx have a suburban feel but easy access to the city.

Does anyone have any recommendations and maybe could list a few pros and cons of each?

Thank you!!
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: New York
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Allerton Ave area, Pelham Gardens, Fordham Hill Cooperatives, Pelham Bay Area, Soundview, throggs neck. maybe Riverdale but it's more expensive. North east Bronx (bronxwood, eastchester road, 222nd street, etc) is mostly residential so more street parking available. Basically look for blocks with mostly houses and not apartment buildings.

Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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I think I personally narrowed it down to Pelham Parkway area and Pelham Bay but cant decide which would be better.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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The more green I see on google maps the better!

I considered Pelham Bay before and Pelham Parkway before but not the others mentioned. I heard there were some projects in Soundview and Throggs Neck isnt walking distance to a train.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:58 PM
 
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No question, PELHAM GARDENS. Generally north of Pelham Parkway, south of Mace Avenue, east of Esplanade and west of Delanoy Avenue.

The Whitestone Bridge is a few minutes away, and there is a subway station on Esplanade.

The best single-family homes are on Astor. Here is a street scene of Astor and Gunther:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8589...WypGWBTALw!2e0


The prior poster mentioned Soundview, Throgs Neck, Fordham Hill, Bronxwood, 222nd Street, etc. Don't waste your time with any of these neighborhoods. If you have $600,000 to spend you can do better.

Riverdale is the nicest neighborhood in The Bronx, but it is not convenient for you or your husband.

Focus on Pelham Gardens. And compare what you can get there to what you can get in Astoria for the same money. The difference is amazing.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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I know very little about the Bronx, but I do like the "Living in" columns in the NY Times. Here is a fairly recent one on Pelham Gardens LIVING IN | PELHAM GARDENS, THE BRONX The Merits of Safe and Sound
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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Thanks Ruby - I didnt realize Pelham Gardens was so beautiful!

There is just a lack of things to do in the area. I feel if I move there I will be very very happy but get old fast. I dont see much going on in the streets and there doesnt seem to be a retail corridor with food options.

I was also looking at Kingsbridge. I think the area is great with Van Cortland park nearby and shops on B'way.

I was looking at Pelham Parkway and like that it has access to the 2/5 and some shops around Williamsbridge, WP Road and MP Ave. Also that it is close to Bronx Park. At the same time I feel that I would like Pelham Bay too. It has the park, shops/food on Crosby, Middletown and Westerchester Ave and access to the 6. It also seems like it is more neighboorhoody becuase of the surrounding parkways keeping it seperated. I think this also makes the area more boring, albeit safe, than Pelham Parkway. I dont know if I can decide between the two!
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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Here's the Pelham Parkway article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/re...pagewanted=all
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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Thanks Ruby - I didnt realize Pelham Gardens was so beautiful!

There is just a lack of things to do in the area. I feel if I move there I will be very very happy but get old fast. I dont see much going on in the streets and there doesnt seem to be a retail corridor with food options.

I was also looking at Kingsbridge. I think the area is great with Van Cortland park nearby and shops on B'way.

I was looking at Pelham Parkway and like that it has access to the 2/5 and some shops around Williamsbridge, WP Road and MP Ave. Also that it is close to Bronx Park. At the same time I feel that I would like Pelham Bay too. It has the park, shops/food on Crosby, Middletown and Westerchester Ave and access to the 6. It also seems like it is more neighboorhoody becuase of the surrounding parkways keeping it seperated. I think this also makes the area more boring, albeit safe, than Pelham Parkway. I dont know if I can decide between the two!
Yes, it's dull, but sometimes dull is good.

With respect to grocery shopping, you just hop on the Hutch, get off the US 1 exit in Pelham, and there is an incredible Fairway supermarket. It probably is seven minutes away. There is also a BJ's in the same area.

Drive around both neighborhoods. In my opinion, Pelham Bay just does not have the same quality housing stock as Pelham Gardens. But you are right - in Pelham Gardens you can't walk to the local pizza parlor.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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Yes, it's dull, but sometimes dull is good.

With respect to grocery shopping, you just hop on the Hutch, get off the US 1 exit in Pelham, and there is an incredible Fairway supermarket. It probably is seven minutes away. There is also a BJ's in the same area.

Drive around both neighborhoods. In my opinion, Pelham Bay just does not have the same quality housing stock as Pelham Gardens. But you are right - in Pelham Gardens you can't walk to the local pizza parlor.
I LOVE FAIRWAY!!!!!!!!!!! That may have just done it for me
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