Brooklyn was once its own city, and still has a proud, independent, we’re-the-best-place-to-live vibe.
There’s certainly a residential experience for every taste. Brooklyn Heights is a classic suburb, with a half-mile long Promenade, 19th-century townhouses, and small co-ops. Along with the Heights, neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Park Slope make up an area known as “Brownstone Brooklyn,” and their row houses often boast historical detailing, high ceilings, and fireplaces. Single-family houses abound in Brooklyn also, in neighborhoods like Ditmas Park, which has one of the largest groups of Victorian houses in the country; Flatbush, which has Colonial Revival houses with large lawns, and Mill Basin, where it’s possible to buy a waterfront single-family with a swimming pool. To the south, the peninsula of Coney Island has four neighborhoods — Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach and Seagate — that are all about beaches, sun, and sand.