Great Kills Neighborhood Summary
The Great Kills' real estate market offers homebuyers an array of homes, from luxurious properties near the shore to affordable single family and multi-family dwellings. Whether you're looking for an old-fashioned Victorian or a contemporary home, there's something for every taste and budget in Great Kills.
Much of Great Kills real estate was built in the 1960's and mid-1980's, although there may be just as many exceptions—Great Kills has been an ever popular Staten Island community, and development has been slow but constant since the 1920's. As a result, houses in the area vary significantly in design, materials and architecture, offering a fantastic cornucopia of homes.
Great Kills homes for sale tend to start around $300,000, while condos can be found for less than $200,000. In addition, numerous properties fall within the $700,000 - $1,000,000 range, presenting a splendid collection of executive and luxury home options. These houses are spacious and refined, offering beautiful exteriors, superior craftsmanship and welcoming personal spaces.
History of Great Kills
Generations of families have been drawn to Great Kills, finding it comfortable, friendly, and filled with old-fashioned charm. Thanks to recent changes in the neighborhood's zoning ordinances, which place limits on building size as well as distance between residences, Great Kills has become much sought-after for those looking for some space around their homes. The neighborhood is frequently compared to a small town with a close-knit community.
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Great Kills's Nearby Amenities
Like many neighborhoods in Staten Island, Great Kills' commercial center is clustered around its train station on Amboy Road. There, residents can take advantage of the neighborhood's amenities including shops, restaurants, and a branch of the New York Public Library. Its many public and private schools are located at various spots in and around Great Kills, ensuring that all educational needs will be met of school-age children. The neighborhood is also home to Great Kills Park, where visitor can hike, bike, kayak, or enjoy the park's sandy beach. Boating enthusiasts can take advantage of Great Kills' marina, which has its own cafe.
Great Kills Schools
At the end of 2013, the New York Public Library opened the Great Kills branch on South Street, a true educational boon to the neighborhood and welcome addition to the community. There are also a number of public schools near Great Kills, including PS 44 and PS 22 Graniteville, as well as daycare centers and preschools. Numerous businesses are located throughout the neighborhood, but the majority of retail amenities and services are situated on Richmond Avenue, Forest Avenue, and South Avenue.
Transportation in Great Kills
While most prefer to own a car living in Staten Island, public transportation options abound. The Great Kills SIR train station, the quickest and most convenient way to commute from the neighborhood, provides service to the St. George ferry terminal. Local buses and express buses to midtown Manhatthan make stops along Giffords Lane and Nelson Avenue. The Staten Island Expressway is 15 minutes from the center of Great Kills, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is 20 minutes from the neighborhood.
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