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Old 02-10-2013, 02:20 PM
 
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Hey, there. My family and I have decided to settle down in Brooklyn. (Better for my husband to pursue his studies, my best friend lives there and we can't handle raising out kids apart from each other...)

So I'm beginning to check out apartments and am just shocked by how expensive it's gotte since I lived there in my early 20s. I'm a high school teacher and my husband works for Whole Foods. We're looking for a place in a family friendly (hopefully pretty diverse) neighborhood that's on a train line. (No car!) Needing a 3 BR for around $1800 (which seems like SO much money anywhere else. I'm just not familiar with Brooklyn 'hoods anymore. We don't need Brooklyn Heights, but this is where we want our children to grow up, so I also have no interest in justifying why a place isn't as crappy as it seems. We LOVE Bay Ridge (where my bestie lives) but are open to anything. We just want a place with a sense of community and safety. I've lived in just about every major city in the east plus Chicago, so I know it's possible!

Where can middle class families put down roots without breaking the bank? I'm thankful for any suggestions!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Suspect there isn't much in the way of 3 br apartments in decent Brooklyn neighborhoods for 1,800/mo.It's barely enough for a 3 br in better areas of the The Bronx and Brooklyn is usually quite a bit more than The Bronx for comparable type neighborhoods.

You might find something acceptable but my guess would be that you are going to have to pay closer to 2,500/mo,especially on a train line.

Bay Ridge is a great,relatively inexpensive Brooklyn neighborhood.How much are 3 br's there right no? I'd focus on looking there.

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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Should be a few options in Bath Beach/Bensonhurst etc..
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Thanks for the quick feedback, and Wow! $2500 seems staggering. How do teachers, cops, firemen, etc. afford to live? My best friend lives in a beautiful place in Bay Ridge for $1600. It is a 2 BR, so I am hoping to find something for a few hundred more than works for us. I hear a lot about Bushwick being "affordable", but when I was living there, you wouldn't consider Bushwick unless you had no problem living in really horrific conditions. (Of course, this was also a decade ago when my 2 BR on the west side of Prospect Park in Park Slope was $1100... yeah...) Keep the ideas coming!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Thanks for the quick feedback, and Wow! $2500 seems staggering. How do teachers, cops, firemen, etc. afford to live? My best friend lives in a beautiful place in Bay Ridge for $1600. It is a 2 BR, so I am hoping to find something for a few hundred more than works for us. I hear a lot about Bushwick being "affordable", but when I was living there, you wouldn't consider Bushwick unless you had no problem living in really horrific conditions. (Of course, this was also a decade ago when my 2 BR on the west side of Prospect Park in Park Slope was $1100... yeah...) Keep the ideas coming!!
Well,for one thing we don't have to live in Brooklyn.And many people live in areas where there are no subways.You specifically asked about Brooklyn neighborhoods on train lines.There are plenty of affordable neighborhoods in NYC but most of them are not in Brooklyn and many are not on train lines.Lots of teachers,cops,firemen,etc in my Bronx neighborhood ,which is on train lines.I happen to be a teacher.

If you wan't a truly ''affordable"( 3 br/1800/mo) NYC neighborhood on a train line you might have to widen your horizon.

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Old 02-10-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the quick feedback, and Wow! $2500 seems staggering. How do teachers, cops, firemen, etc. afford to live? My best friend lives in a beautiful place in Bay Ridge for $1600. It is a 2 BR, so I am hoping to find something for a few hundred more than works for us. I hear a lot about Bushwick being "affordable", but when I was living there, you wouldn't consider Bushwick unless you had no problem living in really horrific conditions. (Of course, this was also a decade ago when my 2 BR on the west side of Prospect Park in Park Slope was $1100... yeah...) Keep the ideas coming!!
BAth beach Bensonhurst bay ridge are real cool...
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Bensonhurst might be a good place, maybe even Kensignton, though I am not sure with areas in your price range for 3bedroom places.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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You might be able to find a 3-bedroom in BR for $1800 but I think it'll be pretty difficult. My guess is those below $2000 are either going to be small, not updated or on a main avenue. But I don't think it's impossible and in fact, if you go to CL right now you might see a couple.

If I were you, I would also check out Dyker, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay and maybe Gravesend. These are not too far from your friend.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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Hey, there. My family and I have decided to settle down in Brooklyn. (Better for my husband to pursue his studies, my best friend lives there and we can't handle raising out kids apart from each other...)

So I'm beginning to check out apartments and am just shocked by how expensive it's gotte since I lived there in my early 20s. I'm a high school teacher and my husband works for Whole Foods. We're looking for a place in a family friendly (hopefully pretty diverse) neighborhood that's on a train line. (No car!) Needing a 3 BR for around $1800 (which seems like SO much money anywhere else. I'm just not familiar with Brooklyn 'hoods anymore. We don't need Brooklyn Heights, but this is where we want our children to grow up, so I also have no interest in justifying why a place isn't as crappy as it seems. We LOVE Bay Ridge (where my bestie lives) but are open to anything. We just want a place with a sense of community and safety. I've lived in just about every major city in the east plus Chicago, so I know it's possible!

Where can middle class families put down roots without breaking the bank? I'm thankful for any suggestions!!
If what I bolded is to you one of the driving forces for moving to Brooklyn, you should live in or very near Bay Ridge. Otherwise you may not see much of each other with not having a car once schlepping kids back and forth on the subway gets old.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:00 PM
 
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I Love LI, But...: You're so right. $1800 isn't the top of our price range, but it's where we'd be most comfortable. At the end of the day, though, this move really is focused primarily around reuniting our two families. (We've been friends for 20 years- now that we both have kids and our husbands are so close, it just makes sense to make our Lucy and Ethel dreams a reality.) I guess we'll literally pay the price to be together, but NY has never been "affordable", has it? Thanks for the great feedback, everybody! I'll definitely look into Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights, but might just have to suck it up and pay more for Bay Ridge. (Who decides be a public school teacher and then think it's a genius idea to move to the most expensive city in the US? This girl!
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