Gowanus retains its gritty, industrial feel, despite the recent influx of residential and community Âoriented development. The neighborhood comprises the areas surrounded by its namesake canal, bordered by the BrooklynÂ Queens Expressway and Baltic Street north and south, and then 4th Avenue and Hoyt Street from the east and west. Gowanusâ€™ history of industry has led to a deeply toxic canal, but the residents are forging ahead, aiming to create the area as a sort of â€œurban utopia.â€ Recent development includes, most notably, a superlative Whole Foods that features solar panels, windmills and a rooftop beer garden (as well as a garden, that provides hyper-local produce for shoppers). A perfect spot for those looking for a truly upÂ andÂcoming area in Brooklyn, Gowanus is the home of an array of interesting destinations. The Bell House is a venue that hosts concerts, theme parties and comedy acts seven nights a week. Around the corner, you can shop at Film Biz Recycling, a nearÂ-speakeasy of a shop full of fascinating furniture, props and wardrobe pieces that have been donated from film and television sets. Head to The Morbid Anatomy Museum to pick up any taxidermied birds you might need and see the rotating exhibit on the second level of the building. They also serve coffee. Although housing prices have risen considerably recently, Gowanus maintains a more affordable average rent rate in comparison to nearby neighborhoods. Two major subway lines run through the area, the F/G and the D/N/R, and it is located directly next to the BrooklynÂ Queens Expressway for the access by car.
Rental Prices:$1,720 ― $3,117
Sales Prices:$413,000 ― $748,000