Come see cul-de-sacs by the Bay Ridge shoreline
Eye on Real Estate
Short streets, long on charm.
Bay Ridge is full of them.
The southwest Brooklyn shoreline neighborhood has picturesque single-block streets and privately owned cul-de-sacs, some of which are pedestrian pathways rather than roads for cars.
Stroll with us in search of these tucked-away treasures, which are sprinkled throughout Bay Ridge from Cannonball Park by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Owl’s Head Park at the neighborhood’s north end.
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You can live by the shoreline AND have a Tudor house with cobblestones outside your front door. That’s a dreamy combo, as far as we’re concerned.
We’re talking about Shore Court, a Bay Ridge cul-de-sac off 89th Street. It’s oh-so-close to Shore Road, with its views of New York Harbor.
And Shore Court is one of the only streets in the neighborhood that is paved with Belgian blocks, as cobblestones are officially called.
The semi-detached houses on this dandy dead-end street are half-stucco, half-brick, with timber decorations and steep roofs. This time of year, roses are growing in many of the front gardens.
To give you an idea of what the houses are worth, 8902 Shore Court sold for $1.11 million in October, city Finance Department records show. The house has a large side yard because it’s on a corner lot.
As an indication of how prices have appreciated over the years, 8924 Shore Court sold for $869,000 in 2009, Finance Department records show.
Two other mini-streets nearby also hug the shoreline:
* When you leave Shore Court, walk down 89th Street to Narrows Avenue and turn south. In about 10 seconds you’ll see two brick houses with a short staircase between them. The stairs lead to a landscaped central garden with walkways on either side. This pedestrian-only cul-de-sac is called Colonial Gardens.
It’s secluded and very nifty.
The house at 10 Colonial Gardens is for sale at an asking price of $1.165 million, a posting by listing agent Anthony Mussolino of Ben Bay Realty says. It’s got three bedrooms and a garage.
The last time this house changed hands, which was 2011, it sold for $650,000, Finance Department records indicate.
On one side of the entrance to Colonial Gardens, a stand-alone house whose address is 8915 Narrows Ave. is under renovation by new owners. They bought the house for $1.43 million in December, Finance Department records show.
* If you step over to Shore Road — which runs into Narrows Avenue right beside Colonial Gardens — and walk until you cross 86th Street, you will find Shore Road Lane.
It’s a paved cul-de-sac that runs beside Fort Hamilton High School.
There’s a handful of big, beautiful suburban houses on the lane.