When it comes to putting your family first, you start to think of your neighborhood in a whole new way. Family transforms the value of a neighborhood. An apartment location focused on your favorite resident bars and other haunts will no longer do. These days, for you, it’s all about schools, community, green space, and local produce.
If you’re interested in finding a new home for your future children, then look no further. Check out these three family-friendly NYC Neighborhoods.

1. Chelsea, Manhattan

Chelsea has everything you’d expect from a bustling city center and more. It’s a neighborhood that’s friendly to many types of families. Chelsea also features upscale shopping and restaurants and, of course, the noteworthy Chelsea Market that combines multiple family favorites.

  • Average Home Prices: Homes for sale listed near Chelsea Market are around $3,675,000, which is a bit pricey. However, if you want to try before you buy, then consider this: the average rent of a Chelsea apartment is $3,500. But you get what you pay for.  
  • Schools: Chelsea residents are big on private schooling, and for good reason. Even celebrity parents take advantage of the excellent private education.\
  • Crime Rate: Violent crime in Dutchess County is only 0.56 percent per capita. That is only slightly higher than the New York average.

2. Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Boerum Hill is the kind of place where you’ll find cutesy baby boutiques and other small businesses geared toward young families. From independently owned toy stores to ice cream shops, Boerum Hill is a pleasant post-metropolis haven for migrating families.

  • Average Home Prices: Expect to pay about $950,000 for a home in Boerum Hill. But that’s not too bad considering the classic appeal of the charming brownstones and the dreamy just-outside-the-city streets.
  • Schools: NYC.gov notes the following options for local schools, “P.S. 38, the Pacific School; and PS 261, the Philip Livingston School, which is a magnet school for the arts. […] private schools, including St. Ann’s, the Packer Collegiate Institute, the Brooklyn Friends School, and the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.”
  • Crime Rate: Boerum Hill is one of the safer neighborhoods in NYC – in fact, it’s 95 percent safer. There are only an estimated 249 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the area.

3. Forest Hills, Queens

Forest Hills is a sleepy little neighborhood that’s a bit of an afterthought to most Queens lovers. However, this hidden gem has a lot to offer families, including easy access to shops and the over-500 acre family friendly Forest Park.

  • Average Home Prices: Zillow.com reports, “The median home value in Forest Hills is $691,900 […] The median list price per square foot in Forest Hills is $400, which is lower than the New York average of $424.” You’re likely to get more for your money, especially when you consider the schools.
  • Schools: Forest Hills offers not only exceptional standard, public education from schools, such as P.S. 101 School in the Gardens and Forest Hills High School, the neighborhood has options. Academy for Excellence Through the Arts, an A school according to the New York City Department of Education, features an emphasis on the performing arts, including theatre and dance.
  • Crime Rate: Statistically, violent crime rates are pretty low in Forest Hills. Consider this: just 0.43 percent of the Forest Hills population is affected by violent crime.
    What are your must-have family-friendly features in a neighborhood? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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