Apartments & Houses for Sale and Rent in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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Quick Profile

Boerum Hill is a tiny, quiet, primarily residential neighborhood in Brooklyn. There are broad tree-lined streets that are filled with elegant three and four-story brownstones and townhouses, mostly built between 1840 and 1870. There is a definite family vibe to the neighborhood, but young professionals are moving in, and with them are coming trendy bars to cater to their desire for some measure of nightlife, without having to linger in Manhattan. These new bars and restaurants are being sandwiched in amongst existing shops on both Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street, which are the main commercial areas in Boerum Hill. 

Boerum Hill offers a convenient location that is still able to maintain its small-neighborhood feel. Shopkeepers value their customers and remember their regulars. It continues to do what it was designed to do, namely provide small-town living in the very shadow of the big city. Boerum Hill is an easy commute to other parts of the city, making it easy to come home every day to the peace and tranquility of Boerum Hill while commuting to a job anywhere in the city.

The neighborhood is quite walkable and you can take the time to catch up with your neighbors while visiting on their stoops. Shopping on Atlantic Avenue is stress-free with no high pressure. You can meet with friends at any of the many coffee shops and while away pleasant hours in conversation. The dining scene on Smith Street is similarly laid-back. Don’t expect that there will be quite as much to see or do as there is in Manhattan, but there are a decent number of interesting bars and restaurants providing a measure of nightlife. The trade-off is worth it, as Boerum Hill provides a quiet, peaceful place to live and raise a family.

Destination Spots

The Atlantic Antic. Every autumn, the oldest, largest street festival in Brooklyn takes place, on Atlantic Avenue, from Hicks Street to 4th Avenue. Every year, these ten blocks of Atlantic Avenue are shut down and taken over by hundreds of thousands of people who gather to celebrate this annual tradition. There is food, music, art, shopping, and fun for all ages - all in tribute to the cultural diversity of the various Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as Boerum Hill. Located on Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to 4th Avenue.

The New York Transit Museum. This museum is underground in a subway station from 1936. It is dedicated to preserving stories and artifacts that detail the progress of mass transportation in the city, from the actual construction, how the availability of transportation has transformed communities, the evolution of transit technology and even the changing faces of the riders, themselves. Located at 99 Schermerhorn Street.

The Invisible Dog Art Center. This unique interdisciplinary cultural arts center opened in a converted factory in 2009. It showcases cultural events; dance, music, and theater performances; art exhibits, literary arts, lectures, poetry readings, and film screenings; together with providing studio spaces and residences for artists. Artists here are free to pursue their art on their own terms. Location at 51 Bergen Street.

Susan Gardner’s Mosaic House. Because her house is situated just outside one of Boerum Hill’s historic districts, Gardner is able to freely adorn the exterior however she wishes. Shortly after September 11, 2001, Gardner started her ongoing project. She uses little bits of found materials, such as pottery shards, mirrors,shells, stones and costume jewelry to create the ever-evolving mosaic, which is now about ten feet high. Some might consider it an eyesore, while others donate materials for her to incorporate. Located at 108 Wyckoff Street.

What You Might See

You might see an old-fashioned block party, where neighbors block off their street to traffic, everyone brings a dish to share with others, and the entire neighborhood comes out to meet each other, socialize, listen to music and dance. These community-building events are usually announced a week or so beforehand, by flyers tacked to poles and signs, and posted in shop-front windows.

What’s In The Future

Boerum Hill has become a very popular and prosperous neighborhood. As such, there is an ever-increasing demand for housing, that is mismatched against a dwindling supply of residential units on the market. It has, until recently, been a neighborhood of working- and middle-class families. Now, young professionals are moving in and rents are rising. There are a few new residential builds either underway or in the planning stages. These will be mid- to high-rise buildings. Hopefully, there will be a mix of affordable residences made available, together with offerings at market rates.

Living in Boerum Hill

What You Might Not Know

Boerum Hill is the site of the farmlands originally owned by Simon Boerum, a Dutch settler, in the mid-1600s. The land was flat and marshy, with nary a hill in sight. It bordered the Gowanus Creek and the original name for the area was North Gowanus, or sometimes it was referred to as South Brooklyn. 

At one time, there was a large settlement of Native Americans from the Mohawk tribe settled on what is now Smith Street. These people were known as skilled ironworkers who were not afraid to work on narrow beams high in the air. Consequently, they were instrumental in building the Manhattan skyscrapers.

In the 1960s, the founder of the local neighborhood association, Helen Buckler, started referring to the area as Boerum Hill, harking back to the Dutch colonial owners. The name has stuck ever since.

Boerum Hill has attracted celebrities to live within its historic borders, which differ slightly, depending on who you are talking to. This is not an unusual circumstance when trying to precisely define NYC neighborhood borders. The neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in a Boerum Hill brownstone with his father and two younger sisters, for a time. One of his paintings was sold at auction in 2017 for over $110 million, the most ever paid for a work of art created by an American artist after 1980.  

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What We Love

The broad, tree-lined streets of Boerum Hill transport you back to times when horses and buggies made their way slowly down these historic streets and avenues. There are many parts of Boerum Hill that have been designated as historic landmarks, where the elegant three-story brownstones and building facades are maintained in the state of their appearance when they were originally built between 1840 and 1870. This helps preserve the historic, place-out-of-time feeling of the neighborhood.

Boerum Hill residents love the convenient location and elegant, stately three-story brownstones in this tiny neighborhood, which is quaint and quiet. You will find modern shops tucked in amongst tiny cafes and family-owned businesses that have occupied those spaces for decades or longer. You can walk the streets and enjoy the fresh air, indulge in some shopping or stop for a coffee and some people-watching in one of the ubiquitous coffee shops that dot the neighborhood.

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