A sprawling golf course, boat docks, a tennis club and private beaches are amenities not often associated with the Bronx, but that’s what you’ll find in Throggs Neck.
The residential peninsula has been a little-known gem for decades, according to locals — but new amenities could put it on the map in the near future.
For example, along the Hutchinson River Parkway, a 300,000-square-foot shopping center was built in 2014, and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, an 18-hole, 72,000-yard public golf course, opened last year.
“People love Throggs Neck because it’s very idyllic: It’s quiet [and] it does have some charm,” noted Ramona Vicenty, a real estate broker with Citi Habitats who moves properties in the neighborhood. “It has a lot of history and you’re living in a place where you have amenities at your fingertips.”
And despite being right outside Manhattan, it “still has a suburban feel,” she said.
Like in a suburb, public transit to the neighborhood is limited, with four bus lines and no subway stations, so most residents have cars.
But locals have access to the New York Tennis Club at 3081 Harding Ave., the oldest in the city, which first opened in 1886 and once included former President Theodore Roosevelt and songwriters George and Ira Gershwin in its member roster. Today, membership prices range from $675 to $900 for the five-month summer season, and $300 for full-time students under the age of 22.
For those who would rather spend their summer days lounging by the waterfront than playing golf or tennis, there are several private beaches.
They include the Manhem Club at 658 Clarence Ave., which has a waitlist for applications, and the Turners Club at 748 Clarence Ave., which also features a gymnastics center and float for docking boats.
Dining by the waterfront is also available at restaurants like Paddy’s on the Bay at 50 Pennyfield Ave., which offers food, drinks and live music on its deck, and Ice House Cafe at 140 Reynolds Ave., where patrons can enjoy crab cakes and lobster bisque during the summer.
For more casual eateries, head to East Tremont Avenue, where Throggs Neck’s once-thriving Irish and Italian communities are still present at eateries like Tosca Cafe, at 4038, which serves Italian food with outdoor seating, and The Wicked Wolf, at 4029, a traditional Irish pub.
With all its waterfront fun and other activities, it’s no surprise that home prices in Throggs Neck outpace the rest of the Bronx.
The area offers everything from private houses — like those under the Throggs Neck Bridge at Locust Point that have their own boat launches — to the Throggs Neck Houses, a public housing complex with 29 buildings and more than 2,800 residents.
There are also new condo developments, including the Bridgeview Estates on Schurz Avenue, and gated co-op communities including Silver Beach, with 451 single-family homes, and Edgewater Park, which has 675 private homes and bungalows.
“I live next to the water and that’s nice,” said Laly Leiva, 26, a store manager who moved to Throggs Neck a year ago because it appealed to her as a nice place to raise her son. “The view mostly is what makes it. It’s really nice, peaceful and breezy.”
According to the listings site StreetEasy, the median sales price in Throggs Neck was $383,500 in 2015, up 6.5% from $360,000 in 2014. The median sales price in the Bronx as a whole in 2015 was $339,000, the site found.
Though renting is less common in the neighborhood, the median monthly rent price in Throggs Neck in 2015 was $1,875, which rose from $1,125 in 2014, according to StreetEasy. The median rent price in the entire borough in 2015 was $1,500, the site reported.
The higher cost compared to the rest of the Bronx is worth it, according to Matthew Gbur, a 37-year-old salesman for Wise potato chips who grew up in the Bronx and moved to Throggs Neck with his girlfriend a year ago.
“I’ve been coming here my whole life and I like it … it really is a great area,’“ Gbur said. “It’s definitely a pearl that’s overlooked.”
Throggs Neck is bordered by Westchester Creek to the west, the East River to the south and Eastchester Bay to the north. Its western boundary is Bruckner Boulevard.