Just as the island of Manhattan has a different neighborhood for every preference and personality, Staten Island offers a unique feel depending on what part of the island you reside in. As agents specializing in everything that is Staten Island real estate, we think it’s necessary to share what we love about the different areas you might want to call home. One of our favorite parts of the island is the South Shore.
The South Shore is the area on Staten Island south and east of the ridge of hills. It’s nestled along the water between Raritan Bay and Fresh Kills. The area’s history goes back to the 19th century when it was prime real estate for the oystering community. When the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was built in the mid-1900s, the area began to grow and people started to develop communities there. The South Shore was significantly urbanized from the 1960s to 1980s.
This favorite area on Staten Island is home to some of the Island’s most sought after neighborhoods including Annadale, Rossville, Tottenville, and Great Kills. Generally, housing on the East and South Shores is freestanding, or detached, with pockets of semi-attached or attached houses. Some of its attractive features such as its proximity to the water and bridge, as well as its activities and nature preserve have been drawing families to the area by the chance to own homes in what many consider an idyllic setting.
If you’re looking to relax after a long week amongst the hustle and bustle of the big city, you can hike through the South Shore’s 250-acre nature preserve. Wooded neighborhood parks such as Bloomingdale Park showcase a dog run, a fitness path, a playground & other features. For residents looking for a bit of a different kind of outdoor activity, South Shore offers a golf course for you to hit the links without leaving your own backyard this weekend. If a little history is more your speed then swing by Conference House Park, which contains a historic home that was an important part of the American Revolution. Clearly, there is no shortage of things to do on this side of the island.
Staten Island offers a more residential and laid back lifestyle for those looking to escape the concrete jungle of nearby Manhattan. It’s a short commute for residents working in Manhattan, Brooklyn or New Jersey without sacrificing a more suburban lifestyle. Here residents can enjoy restaurants, nature and the breeze off the water without the high price tags that come with relocating to some of the surrounding boroughs. So pick up the phone and give your Staten Island experts, Sheri and Abe, a call to get a little tour of the South Shore neighborhoods that could become your future home sweet home.