Underrated Brooklyn Neighborhoods First Time Home Buyers Should Consider

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When you decide to purchase your first home, you inevitably come up against two very important questions:

  1. Are you really ready to purchase a home?
  2. Where should you buy?

As Brooklyn’s oldest bank, we at Dime have a very big soft spot for Brooklyn, but it can be hard at times to know which neighborhoods in Brooklyn are right for you — especially when all of our neighborhoods are so great. So here are a few of our favorite underrated Brooklyn neighborhoods that you should consider when looking for your first home.

Sunset Park

Sunset Park is a great location for those seeking a tight-knit community, especially if you’re thinking about raising a family. This middle class neighborhood is full of diverse communities and boosts some of the best ethnic food in all of Brooklyn.

Most of the homes in Sunset Park are 2 and 3 story row houses, making the area quaint but affordable. The actual Sunset Park, where the neighborhood gets its name, is the perfect place to let your kids play and to walk the dog while taking in spectacular views.

Clinton Hill

If you’re looking for variety and diversity, you won’t find a better neighborhood than Flatbush. The different kinds of housing — including attached and detached homes, prewar buildings, Victorian homes, and brick townhouses — at a mixture of price points will ensure you find the perfect home for you and your needs.

Flatbush occasionally gets a bad rap for crime rates, but those numbers are typically old as crime has dropped significantly in the area over the last 30 years. And with several different trains running through the neighborhood, you can get almost anywhere in New York in less than an hour.

Bay Ridge

Looking for a taste of Old Brooklyn? Then you should do your house hunting in Bay Ridge. Residents love their neighborhood, and it’s no surprise why. The area is still dominated by mom-and-pop shops and family restaurants, and you’d be hard pressed to find better public schools and parks in Brooklyn.

The old school charm of the area translates to the housing as well, with beautiful row houses, single-family homes, and apartments buildings that don’t block out the great views of the city. The family-friendly community is great for those with young kids.

These are just a few of our favorite neighborhoods that first time home buyers should consider when looking for a home in Brooklyn. What neighborhoods are your favorites?

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