Yet another Brooklyn neighborhood named after a British resort town, Brighton Beach lives up to its waterfront designation, but not the country of origin implied by its name. Known for its ‘Little Russia’, Brighton Beach has a large population of aging immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe. These older residents contribute to the neighborhood’s leisurely pace, and are often found strolling along the oceanfront Riegelmann Boardwalk. Frenetic Coney Island is just down the boardwalk for those who need freak shows and roller coaster thrills to counteract Brighton Beach’s mellow-yellow vibe.
The neighborhood has an amazing variety of restaurants and grocery stores that stock imported items from Russia and Eastern Europe. The local library supplies a large selection of books and films in Russian, as do various local retail import stores. Because of these amenities, Brighton Beach and other Russian-friendly neighborhoods are becoming increasingly popular with new immigrants and wealthy Russians looking to invest in NYC. Brighton Beach is serviced by the B & Q trains that pass through neighborhoods near Prospect Park as well as Atlantic Pacific transportation hub, making it convenient for Brooklyn-based commuters of all kinds.
Along the Riegelmann Boardwalk, available real estate is dominated by luxury condos offering enviable amenities and killer views of the ocean. For those looking to spend more modestly, housing off the boardwalk offers a mix of options including small detached homes and large apartment buildings. Most sales listings are for co-ops or condos, and the median price is $600K. The median rental price for a studio is $1000/mo, and $1050/mo for a 1Br. Listings of all kinds are sparse due to the stable population in the neighborhood.