Sheepshead Bay was known as a village-by-the-sea by the earliest settlers there. Surrounded by the Plumb Beach Channel and the Sheepshead Bay, this nabe was named after an edible fish caught in its waters, the sheepshead. Although these fish are extremely rare, every now and again fishermen can catch them locally.
Sheepshead Bay real estate offers a healthy mix of apartment complexes and low-rise townhouses. In this quiet, residential neighborhood, the home market consists of one- and two-family homes. Residents are lucky to have thriving commercial strips with shops, restaurants, bars, and more. This neighborhood offers residents the tree-lined streets without sacrificing good shopping and great eats.
The neighborhood’s shopping destination is the Kings Plaza Mall, a 1.1-million-square-foot facility that houses over 150 shops, a multiplex movie theater, its own marina, and serves as the starting point for 7 bus lines. Thriving commercial strips lay along every north-south avenue (Coney Island, Bedford, Nostrand, Ocean, and Homecrest Avenues, as well as Knapp Street), and most east-west avenues. Sheepshead Bay offers residential tranquility along the tree-lined side streets, without sacrificing the convenience of shopping and gourmet dining along the avenues.
Sheepshead Bay is located next to the gigantic (798 acres) Marine Park complex, with the Floyd Bennett Field and the Gateway National Recreation Area within a 10-minute ride. Several smaller parks are strategically placed throughout the area, giving residents plenty of space to relax and play sports. The Emmons Avenue and Knapp Street waterfront areas are popular spots as well, especially in the summer.
Just south of Sheepshead Bay, the communities of Coney Island, Seagate, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach offer miles of sandy beaches, many amusements, and a selection of multi-ethnic restaurants and shops. Coney Island’s Keyspan Park is home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets’ minor-league team.
Commuting to and from the neighborhood is easy, thanks to dozens of bus lines criss-crossing the area, as well as the Q/B subway line. The Belt Parkway provides direct access to Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, and the major avenues lead directly to the heart of Brooklyn Downtown, and the south-shore neighborhoods.
Sheepshead Bay includes a complete selection of schools, from Pre-K through college. Public schools are supplemented by dozens of yeshivas, private academies, and Catholic schools. The main campus of Touro College is located in nearby Bensonhurst, and CUNY’s Kingsborough College is right across the bay, in Manhattan Beach. The diverse, highly-rated school system, the abundance of parks and playgrounds, and the neighborhood’s many amenities make it very attractive to family-oriented buyers.
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