Median rent: $2,350/one-bedroom
Commute to Manhattan: 30 minutes
From the outset, this family-centric neighborhood may seem expensive, since it’s primarily dominated by brownstones, some of which are single-family homes that have been in the family for five generations. That and it sits smack dab between some of Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhoods. But Clinton Hill also offers affordable one-bedrooms in several apartment buildings along Washington Ave, from Flushing Ave down to Fulton St, and more off Clinton Ave near Dekalb Ave and on Cumberland St down by Fort Greene Park.
“Clinton Hill is in an interesting spot. If you go north, it’s Williamsburg. If you go south, you hit Park Slope. And if you go west, you hit Brooklyn Heights. You’re in the epicenter of three of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but it still stays pretty affordable,” says Kemble of Citi Habitats. “Clinton Hill, especially from Willoughby to Lafayette, and then Washington to Vanderbilt, has easy access to the G train, and is within asking distance to the B,Q,R trains and 2,3,4,5 trains. There’s also the B38 bus that runs right to the Dekalb stop.”
StreetEasy’s Riefflin adds, “The crowd in Clinton Hill is very mixed between families and young people because Pratt is located there.”
Bar and restaurant scene: Come weekend mornings, you won’t go hungry or thirsty in Clinton Hill thanks to countless boozy brunch options. The ones for you to know are Rustik Tavern, Belli Osteria, and Los Pollitos III. Get your pizza on at Speedy Romeo, arguably one of the best pizza places in the city.