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October 11, 2007


Thanks, Barbara, for your very kind comments. Lest you get the wrong impression, let me clarify: The photos you've seen on Walking is Transportation.com are of three neighborhoods on Staten Island's north shore.

Though there are many intriguing places to be elsewhere in New York City's fifth borough, the particular mix of hills and harbor and old houses you've seen here is found only in this part of Staten Island.

Much of the rest of the island could be Anywhere America. Same big-box stores, same highways, same fast-food eateries. Which is why two of the neighborhoods shown here--St. George and Stapleton--applied for and were designated official New York City historic districts. That means the houses within those districts can't be demolished or their facades altered without a review process.

House prices will probably sound exorbitant to a non-resident, but to Manhattanites and residents of certain parts of Brooklyn, they are drop-dead bargains. A typical turn of the century three-bedroom 1 1/2 bath house on a 40 x 100 lot in average but not sensational condition will be priced anywhere from $400-500K. A larger, more unusual house (a more-or-less intact Victorian, for example) is now priced $600K and up.

Rentals: One bedroom, $900-1100; two/three bedrooms, $1200-1700.

If you'd like to investigate living here, I hope you've found this information helpful. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

marvelous! I had no idea Staten Island looked like this - I would LOVE to live there! Wonderful photography, it captures the mood of a place..LOVED IT

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