Crown Heights’ 19th century upper class origins can be seen today in the stunning architecture that still harks back to this era – but the neighborhood has changed significantly since its early residents left for the suburbs. After going through multiple about-faces over the last century, today’s Crown Heights is mostly made up of immigrants from the Caribbean, and is beginning to draw artists and young professionals of all backgrounds.
It is little wonder that Crown Heights is starting to undergo a second golden era and consequently attracting new development. Express subway lines (2,3,4,5) put downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan within arms reach, and a shuttle train along Franklin Avenue allows for north/south travel within the borough. For drivers, Eastern Parkway, which slices the neighborhood, provides quick access to nearby regions. Crown Heights residents also enjoy the nearby Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanical Garden, making the brownstone area of the neighborhood very desirable for those priced out of Park Slope.
Northern Crown Heights offers gorgeous buildings, ranging from neo-Georgian houses to large apartment buildings in the style of Renaissance/Baroque Revival. Varied housing options include townhouses, duplexes, and new condo developments. The median sales price for all types of residences is $750K, and average rent for studios and 1Br’s hovers around $1100-1300/mo.