Gerritsen Beach is a peninsula that sits on the edge of southeastern Brooklyn. With one avenue leading in, this nabe is separated into two sections, new and old.
After being desolate and undeveloped until the early 20th century, Gerritsen Beach’s home market consists of brick homes and tree-lined streets. This neighborhood offers buyers a lot of potential with low prices, tranquility, and a low crime rate.
The neighborhood is named for Wolfert Gerritsen, a French Walloon settler, who built a house and a mill in this remote area in the early 17th century. Until the early 20th century, however, the peninsula remained undeveloped, with the exception of temporary fishing shacks and squatters’ bungalows. The first major development came in the form of a middle-class resort community built by Realty Associates on the south end of the peninsula. The resort consisted of single-story bungalows and other warm-weather structures. Soon, however, larger houses were built as people realized that this sleepy fishing village was an ideal place to live if you like peace & quiet. By the 1930’s, over 1500 houses were built in Gerritsen Beach, and the community became a neighborhood in its own right. The Gerritsen Beach of today offers potential buyers quite a lot of opportunities - low prices, incredible natural resources, tranquility, and very low crime.
Fishing and boating enthusiasts will find this neighborhood ideal for their lifestyle, with plenty of docks and beaches. With its narrow streets, closely-set homes, and boating infrastructure, this neighborhood is reminiscent of a New England fishing village. Gerritsen Beach housing inventory consists of single-family bungalows mixed with two-story duplexes. There are plenty of vacant lots to build upon, and desirable waterfront locations with great views and fresh ocean air. The neighborhood is located next to the largest park in the borough, the 798-acre Marine Park and Golf Course. The park complex offers year-round activities, 13 baseball diamonds, multiple soccer fields and tennis courts, safety-enhanced playgrounds, and much more.
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