A sheep’s head and a bay? Fortunately, the name of Sheepshead Bay actually refers to a type of fish, not headless sheep or something equally unsavory. Today there are few of these fish left in the Bay and the sight of horseshoe crabs wandering in from the ocean is more common. However, Sheepshead Bay’s origins as a seaside resort town are being rediscovered thanks to booming development along the waterfront.
Speaking of sea life, Sheepshead Bay is the place to be for those who love nature, but still want to live in the city. The neighborhood shares a border with the Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes bicycle/walking paths, the remnants of a historic airport, and excellent bird watching. A pedestrian bridge across the Bay to Manhattan Beach provides quick access to the ocean coastline. The shoreline of the Bay is lined with piers where fishing boats and other vessels are docked.
For those who don’t own their own yacht, Sheepshead Bay is serviced by the Q and the B trains, which run through the western end. Residents can also catch the B4 and B36 buses, which offer an easy access from the train stops to other parts of the neighborhood.
Asian and Russian immigrants populations are growing in Sheepshead Bay and consequently, investment is starting to pick up. The marina area is packed with new construction, especially luxury condominiums cashing in on the scenic ocean views. Though there are also single family homes of various types, the most commonly listed real estate for sale is co-op or condo apartments. The predominance of apartment sales contributes to the low median price of $570K. Apartments for rent are fewer and farther between.