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City Living: Manhattan Beach is expensive, but the ocean views are worth it

If you're thinking of living in Manhattan Beach, you'd better look soon, as houses here get snatched up fast, according to local real estate experts.

That's no surprise to us since the south Brooklyn nabe boasts glamorous grand homes, manicured front lawns, quiet streets and coveted ocean views. "Houses get sold quickly once on the market. I've seen some houses go in as little as one month," said Hamida Tilloeva, a real estate agent with Citi Habitats who lives and works in the area.

"Buyers always come for the magic of Manhattan Beach," she added, referring to the easily-accessible beach and park that's prime for dog owners, and the views of the Atlantic Ocean -- the features that attracted her to move here.

It is this magic that keeps area market prices high.

Single-family homes with three bedrooms run for an average of $1.7 to $2 million, according to Tilloeva. One- or two-bedrooms cost $1.1 million on average. Smaller, more modest homes sell for around $800,000, but Tilloeva noted these digs tend to be fixer-uppers.

Though Superstorm Sandy brought the market down for a time, Tilloeva said many people are still attracted to the upscale waterfront enclave, noting that in 2014 sales prices went up 6 to 8%.

Rentals, however, are slim pickings around here and tend to only stay listed for a few days before getting snatched up. The area is a buyer's market; they get what they pay for here, Tilloeva said.

Everyone's talking Park Slope, but in Park Slope they're not getting that open green space and sizable homes," said Theresa Scavo, chair of the local Community Board 15. "The homes are spread out here; they're not on top of each other. People who can afford it want to bring their kids to raise them here."

Hugged to the south and east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by the Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach is relatively small and easy to get to by car. No train lines run directly to Manhattan Beach, so public transportation can be tricky, though. The B or Q train to Brighton Beach and a hop on the B1 or B49 buses will get you into the heart of the area.There aren't many dining and shopping options within its defined boundaries, either. Its two commercial arteries, Oriental Boulevard and West End Avenue, don't offer much besides two pizzerias, delis and service businesses like hair salons and dry cleaners.

Residents usually drive or cross the pedestrian bridge to Sheepshead Bay's Emmons Avenue to dine and many venture west to nearby Brighton Beach to grocery shop. These neighboring areas take only minutes to get to, making Manhattan Beach insulated but not isolated.

"People generally understand that this is a residential family community," Scavo said. "They don't want that commercial aspect, inhabited by all the restaurants."

But what Manhattan Beach lacks on the commercial front, it makes up for by way of leisure. People who live here frequent the 43-acre Manhattan Beach Park, which includes the namesake beach and a boardwalk. There they relax, jog, walk their dogs or barbecue in the warm months. Two baseball fields and a basketball court also provide fun for neighborhood kids.

The Shore Boulevard stretch, which overlooks Sheepshead Bay, is perfect for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon stroll. Many couples hang on the benches and walk hand-in-hand on the weekends and are passed by the occasional cyclist.

Manhattan Beach is also home to CUNY's 71-acre Kingsborough Community College, which is perched on the eastern tip of the area.

Tilloeva said Manhattan Beach could use an indoor entertainment option like a movie theater, but the lack of places to eat and shop isn't deterring buyers from snatching up the gorgeous homes in the area.

"It is a trendy neighborhood," she said. "The name sells itself."

Residential area on Ocean Avenue near the shore

Residential area on Ocean Avenue near the shore at Manhattan Beach, on June 8, 2015. ?By Yeong-Ung Yang Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang / Yeong-Ung Yang

  • Manhattan Beach Find it

    Manhattan Beach is bordered on the north by Shore Boulevard and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. Its eastern boundary is Seawall Avenue and to the west is West End Avenue.

  • An MTA bus drives through New York City. Transportation

    Trains: B, Q to Brighton Beach; Buses: B1, B49

  • Post office Post office

    The nearest post office is the USPS Brighton Beach branch at 5157 Coney Island Ave.

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    The nearest library is the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brighton Beach branch at 16 Brighton 1st Road

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    Manhattan Beach is covered by the 61st Precinct at 2575 Coney Island Ave. In the week of May 25-31, there were 10 burglaries, six robberies, and eight grand larcenies – or major thefts – reported in its CompStat report. There were two rapes and one murder reported so far this year as of May 31, and 12 rapes and 2 murders in all of 2014.