Manhattan Beach


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How exclusive is Manhattan Beach, the seaside community that has topped recent reports of Brooklyn's priciest neighborhoods? The street names are laid out in alphabetical order and there aren't even enough streets to use up the entire alphabet before Seawall Avenue is reached at the Atlantic Ocean. Manhattan Beach, nestled between Sheepshead Bay to the north, Brighton Beach to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, is only three blocks wide. The median price of homes in Manhattan Beach has nosed northward of one million dollars in a neighborhood that is about as suburban as New York City gets. There are only two apartment buildings for renters and no shopping strips at all. Much of the recent spike in home prices has been fueled by deep-pocketed Russians moving into a neighborhood where many families go back generations. Homesteading does not go back too far; this was scrubland and swamps until late in the 1800s when the consolidator of railroads on Long Island, Austin Corbin, kickstarted development efforts. During World War II the Manhattan Beach Coast Guard Training Station watched over the coastline from here. Most of Manhattan Beach is zoned residential and the entire eastern end of the peninsula is consumed by Kingsborough Community College, a part of the City University of New York system and Brooklyn's only community college. For recreation it is never more than a few blocks' walk to Manhattan Beach Park where a crescent of sand, ocean swimming, ballfields, picnic areas and playgrounds await. Two bus lines make it all the way to Manhattan Beach: the MTA Regional lines B1 and B49. By Doug Gelbert

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Rental Prices:

$2,510 ― $6,813

Sales Prices:

$843,000 ― $1,635,000


Manhattan Beach Park, Kingsborough Community College

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