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New York City is compromised of five great boroughs, each of which has its own fantastic and unique characteristics. If you are looking to move into the metro area, Brooklyn stands out for its perfect blend of residential charm and metropolitan excitement.

Brooklyn is home to several unique neighborhoods, but Kensington is one that stands out for its prewar buildings and diverse culture. Its land was first developed in 1885 and it was named after the borough of Kensington in London. It is bordered by Prospect Park and the Greenwood Cemetery and features housing types that range from brick rowhouses to Victorian single-family homes.


Kensington has three elementary schools, P.S. 230, P.S. 179 and the highly rated P.S. 134. Middle schools include M.S. 839, J.H.S. 62 and J.H.S. 23. There is no high school in the neighborhood but many teens in the area attend Brooklyn College Academy, the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School or the West Brooklyn Community High School.

Crime Rates

Kensington is served by the NYPD 66th precinct. They are part of what makes Kensington (along with Borough Park) the safest neighborhood in Brooklyn. It ranks number three in the city for per capita crime rate.

Furthermore, crime rates in the area have been decreasing for years. They fell by 76% between 1993 and 2010.

Home Prices

With Kensington being such a safe neighborhood located in one of the most happening areas in the country, you can bet that home prices are expensive. Most homes in the area cost at least a million dollars.

However, of the approximate 150 homes listed on Zillow, only one cost over $2 million and that was a six bedroom. There was also a nine-bedroom listed for over $3 million. Prices tend to increase according to the size of the home but may also be due to the condition of the property.

For a more affordable option, you may consider purchasing a condo. The condos in the area are priced under a million and they are a great way to get in on the ground floor of home ownership.

If you can afford to invest in a Kensington property, now is the time to do it. Homes are expected to go up in value ensuring you’ll get a great return.


Living in Kensington means you are not far from Prospect Park which is full of great hiking trails and scenery. Its charming event spaces are ideal for weddings and parties.

Although many of the bridle paths in Ocean Parkway have been paved over, horse lovers can still rent horses at Kensington Stables. They provide trail riding, lessons and more.

Nature enthusiasts may enjoy riding their bikes along Ocean Parkway, home to the country’s first bike path.

And let’s not forget about the many shops, bars and restaurants in the area.

Kensington offers the perfect mix of charm and excitement. Will it be your neighborhood of choice when looking for your Brooklyn home?