Kensington: The Last Affordable Neighborhood Near Park Slope?


In one of its “Living in” columns, The New York Times took a look at Kensington, a slice of a neighborhood sitting between Green-Wood Cemetery and a corner of Prospect Park, with Windsor Terrace to the north and Ditmas Park to the south.

“Kensington is the last affordable neighborhood before you get to Windsor Terrace and Park Slope if you’re trying to move closer to the city,” the story quoted a broker, Liam McCarthy, who founded the agency JMKBK, as saying.

The “historically working class area” has a large number of immigrants from more than 15 countries, including Russia, Mexico, Pakistan, Haiti and Poland, said the Times. It is also attracting “increasing number[s] of young professionals, many of them unable to afford Brooklyn neighborhoods closer to Manhattan, like Park Slope and Windsor Terrace,” said the Times.

Prices range from $750,000 to $1,200,000 for a townhouse, according to the story. A two- or three-bedroom co-op or condo will set you back $400,000 to $650,000. There are also plenty of rentals, with two-bedroom apartments going for about $2,000 a month, said the Times.

Would anyone familiar with the area care to chime in? What do you think of Kensington?

Living in: Affordability in Kensington [NY Times]
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8 Comment

  • Ditmas Park is not south of Kensington. It is north, north east of Kensington.

  • No, WT is directly north. The park and parade grounds are ENE, Prospect Park South and the Beverly Square historic landmarks are directly east, and the Ditmas Park landmark districts are ESE. If you want to combine all those neighborhoods as just part of Flatbush, fine, but they are still east.

  • I really don’t like Kensington – the zoning and crisscrossing street grids are weird resulting in strange architecture, like skinny townhouses with driveways instead of nice rowhouses and goofy looking post-war co-ops – but can’t argue that it is much cheaper than some of the alternatives. and very quiet and safe.

  • Just purchased a two-bedroom, post-war coop in Kensington, paying under $200K. There are plenty of one bedrooms and smallish two on the market for the high $100Ks-low $200 Ks. Something tells me this is going to be a very nice neighborhood in which to live in the future. It already is nice for its diversity and proximity to Ditmas Park.

  • I’m a big Kensington booster — resident for 3+ years, after nearly eight years in Carroll Gardens. For me it was a no-brainer. I bought a 3-story, free-standing house with a backyard (no driveway though, drat) for less than I would have paid for a 2-bedroom apartment in my old neighborhood. Do I miss some of the upscale restaurants, stores, and amenities of some of the classic brownstone areas? Sometimes. But I love having the Golden Farm 24-hour grocery nearby, I love having access to half a dozen different cuisines within two blocks of my home, and I love the feeling of community.

    I don’t think it’s going to be a “secret” neighborhood for long. (Especially not with articles like this in the Times!) I don’t want things to get TOO fancy out here. But I sure am looking forward to that wine bar on Church opening later this spring …

  • Been living on the border of Kensington and WT for a couple years now, and about to decamp for elsewhere in Brooklyn (nothing related to the neighborhood). I’ve loved living out here, except for the increasing unreliability of the F train lately. The Foodtown on McDonald and Albemarle is quasi-suburban pleasant by city standards, it’s quiet, and you do actually get that “neighborhood feel”. Church Ave is busy enough that you can get your urbanity fix, but if you live on side streets away from there, it’s pretty damn quiet.

    It’s definitely still affordable, but prices have been going up (more specifically, inventory seems to be going down). Rents have DEFINITELY been going up.

  • Kensington is my home. I’ve lived there my whole life. In some ways it’s great, not so much in others. But what you don’t realize is that articles like these are pushing out longtime residents with new people coming in and raising the rents. Please: IF YOU HAVE THE OPTION AND CAN AFFORD PARK SLOPE OR GREENPOINT OR WILLIAMSBURG, LIVE THERE. Don’t move somewhere because you want to brag to your friends that you live near brown people. I know that comment sounds insensitive but really just take a moment and think please. Every year the rent goes up and it’s scary. I don’t want to be pushed out of my home. Please don’t publish more articles like this, this is happening fast enough anyway and I really just want this neighborhood to stay how it is. I have no issues with nice families but still just take a moment and think about the fact that some people have less choices. This is a community that is special because it is diverse, made up of longtime residents, immigrants from Bangladesh, Russia, Poland, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Orthodox Jews, and more, and I don’t want all these hardworking people to have to leave. PLEASE. If you do move here, be respectful. We want a neighborhood of values not just cafes and trendy shirts. More and more places are opening and they are so expensive and only cater to the young trendy hipster crowd. If you move here, please do something to benefit everyone, not just you and your little musician friends. I appreciate that people want to think outside the box but you realize so many of these people just become clones of eachother.