For lovers of Brownstones, Bedford–Stuyvesant is a living museum, with roughly 8,800 of them built prior to 1900. It is the largest neighborhood of intact Victorian Brownstone architecture in America preserved by the Bedford–Stuyvesant Landmarked Historic District. These mostly late 19th century townhouses were developed as upper middle-class housing. It is visually exquisite and rich in history. In the 1930s the area grew as a center of the African American community seeking greater affordability, and migrating from then overcrowded Harlem. Since the turn of the new Millennium, it has welcomed a new generation of young professionals out priced of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, and Park Slope. Hipsters, creative professionals, and architects of all races continue to move to the neighborhood, drawn to its quiet tree lined streets and proximity to Manhattan. Bed–Stuy as it is called locally, is bordered by on the north by Williamsburg, on the west by Clinton Hill, Broadway to the east, and Crown Heights to the south.
Home buyers also look adjacent Crown Heights for greater value. Both neighborhoods have great commercial strips with good restaurants, shops and bars. Crown Heights’ building boom came a bit later after the IRT Eastern Parkway subway line was constructed in 1908 and the area became a premier New York City neighborhood, and then a center of Jewish life in the 1920s to the 1960s. Parts of it were designated as at the Crown Heights Landmark Historic District in 2014. It’s housing stock consists of Brownstones and grandly proportioned pre-war apartment buildings lining its main boulevard street, Eastern Parkway. Many of these apartment buildings have converted to coop or condo ownership and have easy access to Prospect Park and the area’s many amenities. Eastern Parkway begins at Grand Army Plaza, and counts among its cultural institutions The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Crown Heights is bounded by Washington Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Ralph Avenue to the east, and Clarkson Avenue/East New York Avenue to the south.