City Living: Pelham Bay
Quiet streets and affordable homes make Pelham Bay a sought-after neighborhood for those looking to settle down and raise a family -- and the residents there are happy about that.
“There’s little leagues, girl scouts, a lot of kid-friendly activities; it’s very positive,” said Kenneth Kearns, district manager of Community Board 10. “The streets are clean, crime is low and the neighbors are nice.”
Kearns, who has lived here for 10 years, noted that in the warmer months, backyard parties, block parties and neighbors visiting each other’s homes are a norm. Pelham Bay flaunts well-manicured lawns, maintained homes and sizable backyards.
The north Bronx enclave is home to middle-class residents, and offers a suburban life while maintaining its accessibility to Manhattan, Westchester and Queens with the 6 train and several bus lines. Though largely consisting of Italian-American residents, in recent years the demographics have expanded.
Much of the architectural inventory consists of one, two and three-family homes.
According to Karina Traverso, the associate broker at Pel-Bay Realty on Buhre Avenue, single-family homes go for about $350,000-$400,000 while two-family homes are in the $450,000-$550,000 range. One-bedroom rentals are in the $1,100 price range and two-bedroom units go for $1,200 to $1,400 a month, while newer constructed units can go for $1,600.
“I see many new, young families moving in who may not be able to afford other parts of the city,” she said while noting that the neighborhood also retains its share of residents who have lived there for multiple generations.
She was born and raised here and lives in Country Club, an upper middle-class area within Pelham Bay.
Traverso said that in recent years she many potential residents from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens who, “didn’t realize what a nice area this is,” have expressed interest.
“It’s really sad to say that the Bronx is still thought of as a bad place to be, so people are pleasantly surprised to see areas like Pelham Bay which is safe and quiet with lots of families,” she said. “More and more people are realizing they don’t have to pay Queens and Brooklyn prices to get the same type of home and amenities,” she said.
The commercial corridors of Crosby Avenue, Westchester Avenue, East Tremont Avenue and Buhre Avenue serve as the area’s shopping hub with new establishments nestled next to long-time restaurants and bakeshops like Zeppieri and Sons and Pelham Bake Shop.
In addition to the housing stock and quality of life, Pelham Bay also boasts New York City’s largest park, Pelham Bay Park, a nearly 2,772-acre expanse of green space which is home to the 115-acre Orchard Beach, two golf courses, the Bartow-Pell Mansion and Carriage House and a 13-mile shoreline along the Long Island Sound.
The park is perfect for biking, fishing, bird-watching, dog-walking and many other family activities.
Despite its accessibility and proximity to plenty green space and water views, both Traverso and Kearns describe the Pelham Bay as relatively unknown to the rest of the city.
“Ten years from now I think it’s going to be discovered,” Kearns said, noting that what the neighborhood has now -- hardworking residents and a large number of restaurants and bars that have been Zagat-rated, is only going to improve.“It’s kind of a forgotten place, but a lot of the locals like it like that,” Traverso said.
Pelham Bay is bordered on the west by the Hutchinson River Parkway and East Tremont Avenue and on the east by Bruckner Boulevard. Its northern boundary is Pelham Parkway West and to the south it is bounded by Middletown Road. More »
Pelham Bay is covered by the NYPD’s 45th Precinct at 2877 Barkley Ave. In the week of April 21-27, there were four burglaries reported by the precinct, up from three in the year before. There were 10 grand larcenies, or major thefts, reported, up from eight in that week in 2013. More »
USPS, 1545 Crosby Ave. More »
NYPL Pelham Bay, 3060 Middletown Rd. More »
Trains: 6 to Middletown Road, Buhre Avenue, and Pelham Bay Park. Buses: Bx5, BxM7, BxM8, Bx12, Bx24, Q50 Limited More »
Bernice Mariscal is the owner and operator of Juice Me juice bar. More »
This Asian-fusion restaurant offers a sushi bar with a large variety of choices alongside Chinese and Thai cuisine. The bubble tea is also a hot item there.
Lucca Italian Restaurant
Named after a Tuscan medieval town in northern Italy, the traditional Italian dishes at Lucca are well loved by Pelham Bay locals.
Area 98 Bar
Catch a game on Tuesday, sing your favorite song at Karaoke Thursday or dance to a live DJ on Friday nights at Area 98.
Affordable drinks, a pool table and a relatively quiet atmosphere await patrons at this watering hole.
This local hotspot is prime for catching up on a game or just mingling with friends. Theme nights include Six Pack Sundays and Tequila Tuesdays. And don’t forget to order their twists on popular dinks like the Pelham Punch or Sex on Orchard Beach.
Vito’s Men’s Shop
Formal wear, casual wear, shoes and accessories are sold at this small and friendly shop.
Chloe Boutique II
This women’s boutique carries affordable and trendy styles from dresses to shoes and accessories.
Pelham Bay Home Center
Find anything to improve your home from bathtubs to sinks and washers and dryers at this family-owned neighborhood store.
Pelham Bay Park
Roam historic battlefields, bike along protected bike paths, take a bird watching walk with a park ranger, walk along Orchard Beach or go fishing in the Hutchinson River or canoeing at the Pelham Bay Park Lagoon.
Bronx Equestrian Center
Located in Pelham Bay Park, the center offers Western and English styles of horse riding for all levels. Pony rides are also offered.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Carriage House
This New York City and National Landmark celebrates its centennial this year. It offers guided mansion tours and First Fridays! which features live music and a free ride on the Bronx Seaside Trolley.