New York Times Looks at Windsor Terrace

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If you do not already live in Windsor Terrace, perhaps you’ve thought about it. Specifically, you may have noted its proximity to Prospect Park and wondered if there are any secret housing bargains to be found there — if you’ve heard of the neighborhood at all.

A story in The New York Times real estate section looking at what it’s like to live in the area does not entirely clear up this question. The area is relatively small with few transactions, so it’s hard to get a grip on what things cost there, according to the story. However, it appears Windsor Terrace is competitive with if not more expensive than South Slope, with prices for row houses clocking in at “nearly $2,000,000,” according to the Times.

The one large grocery store in the area, Key Food, famously closed, but is expected to open a small outpost in its former home, now a Walgreens, this coming spring. In late November, only 15 properties of any kind were on the market. The F train takes about 40 minutes to get to midtown, according to the story.

If you live there, does the Times writeup ring true? What is your favorite thing about the area?

Living in: Windsor Terrace: Less Way Station, More Destination [NY Times]
Photo by Forgotten New York

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  • Windsor Terrace, along with Greenwood Heights, are at the top of my list in terms of neighborhoods where I would consider buying a house (I currently own an apartment in Carroll Gardens).

    I think these two neighborhoods offer the best values in Brooklyn now in terms of housing cost, safety and quality of schools.

    I am sick of the NYTimes and WSJ constantly blowing up my spot about these smaller neighborhoods.

    • “I think these two neighborhoods offer the best values in Brooklyn now in terms of housing cost, safety and quality of schools.” …..two words: BAY RIDGE.

      • Ok, I should have said “…offer the best values in Brooklyn now in terms of housing cost, safety, quality of schools and length of commute to work”.

      • Ugh, the “long commute from Bay Ridge” argument is soooooo stale. It is *never* more than 40 mins D2D to financial district during rush hour.

        • When did 40mins to the financial district during rush hour become a short commute?!

          • Exactly. I work in midtown. Add another 30 minutes.

          • to some, a minor compromise for a much better quality of life ( decent schools, safety, more affordable housing etc)

            EJR; commuting to midtown is only 10 minutes longer (express train transfers @ 59th & 36th street)

        • What’s considered the border between Sunset Park/Bay Ridge? 60th? 65th? Just curious, as I know from 86th Street it’s a solid hour to FiDi.

          Anyway, topic at hand…WT is really nice, more affordable than much of the brownstone belt, and PS10 has evolved into a top notch K-5 school. It’s a great neighborhood and on the rise.

          • The northern border of Bay Ridge is considered to be the expressway. 86th to FiDi is closer to an hour if you were to sit on the local the entire way. But with D/N express trains to midtown at 59th and 36th, why would you stay on the local? PS 102 K-5 is also top notch.

      • Bay Ridge is lovely, but it has a geographical isolation that sets it apart from many other comparable neighborhoods.
        To me a big plus is the ability to walk or bike to other neighborhoods.
        While you can drive or take the subway to get out of the neighborhood, a 20 minute walk doesn’t take you very far towards things like Prospect Park, Park Slope restaurants, Barclays Center, or The Brooklyn Museum. However, you could walk from Bay Ridge to Sunset Park restaurants, which is definitely a plus.
        Places like Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts, etc, are geographically closer to a lot of Brooklyn’s central culture.

        • Ummm.. There are a gazillion restaurants / services of all stripes in Bay Ridge. Going outside of the neighborhood for services is not really necessary. There is also Shore Road Park which is amazing in summertime and runs the entire length of the neighborhood. True, no museums or stadiums….do you actually go often enough to justify paying more in housing cost? fugggetaboudit!!!

  • We tried hard to buy in WT back in 1993 and there were no properties for sale less than $300,000 which was $50,000 over our budget. We ended buying in the SSlope, which was much more crime ridden at the time.

    WT has the best Halloween candy by far…They hand out the big size candy bars not those pitiful bite size ones.

  • The only important thing about that article is the map: they put WT down to Caton Avenue, where it properly belongs, and to Prospect Park West rather than the 8th Avenue border a lot use up on the North end. Oddly they fail to mention that the northern 1/2 is developed rowhouses, while the lower 1/2 around Greenwood/Seeley/Reeve is older, very quirky individually built houses.

  • Lived in WT for years. Raised two children there. Has long been a lovely, perfect Sesame Street neighborhood. Lived in the park. Oddly missing from the NYT piece, though, is PS154, which is this amazing, small, excellent preK-5 school, right in the heart of WT. That WT became a destination neighborhood certainly helped us. We’re now proudly and happily (and economically a lot more solvent) citizens of Crown Heights.