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Boerum Hill

Despite the “hill” in its name, Boerum Hill is majority flat in topography.  Located close to downtown Brooklyn, hemmed in by 4th Avenue and Schermerhorn Street, while the western border is Smith or Court Street, and Wyckoff as the southern edge.  Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue are the main commercial arteries of the neighborhood. Known for its independent boutiques, restaurants, and famed brownstone buildings, there is always something to explore like the Brooklyn Circus Boutique on Nevins or the Restaurant Building on Bond.

If the outdoors are more appealing to you, an opportunity to bike to the nearby Prospect or Fort Greene Park at your leisure is always available. Boerum Hill is also host to an annual Sunday street fair called Atlantic Antic where they have lots of food, cotton candy, pony rides, belly dancing and 10 stages of music.

What has now become a warm neighborhood; the neighbors have come together and formed a tight knit community with a population of roughly 20,000 according to research done in 2005. As a host of many art galleries, Boerum Hill has been home to a number of creative types such as actors like Heath Ledger and Sandra Oh, and artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Richard Brown Lethem.

According to the NY Times, there are new apartment developments as well as new town houses expected to be in construction. Granted anything new comes with a shiny new price tag, what you’ll be paying for in Boerum Hill will be significantly less than the cost of what you can expect in Manhattan. There is an “eco-luxury” building called Green on Dean that has 2 bedroom, 2 bath units ranging from $695,000 to $795,000 pending the inclusion of a private balcony.

Not only will you get more bang for your buck, the proximity to Manhattan gives you 10 subway lines to chose from, while the Borough Hall/Court Street stop offers another 6 lines. The F and the G trains are also available at the Bergen St stop to take you to either Queens or the city.

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