Neighborhood Primer: Williamsburg vs. Park Slope?

Photo of a living room in a luxury rental apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

2015 has been a banner year for the Brooklyn rental market. As rents in Manhattan finally reached their tipping point, residents have been flocking to Brooklyn, causing the borough’s rental costs to rapidly increase. That said, Brooklyn is still on the rise, and if you’re looking for a luxury rental in 2016, the options are endless.

The first thing you’ll want to suss out is which neighborhood to choose. Williamsburg certainly gets most of the press these days, but how does it compare to another trendy, albeit quieter neighborhood, Park Slope?


With a seemingly endless abundance of culture, restaurants, nightlife, and new luxury waterfront properties, Williamsburg is arguably the trendiest and most sought after neighborhood in Brooklyn. Bedford Avenue is the beating heart of Williamsburg, but in recent years Kent Avenue, located on the East River waterfront, has been dubbed Williamsburg’s gold coast due to the influx of mega-luxury residential towers, swanky restaurants, nightclubs, and uber-trendy destination shopping meccas like the Brooklyn Flea. Whether you want to be in the middle of all the action on Kent or Bedford or prefer something slightly off the beaten path, Williamsburg offers an abundance of luxury options.

175 Kent Avenue
Built in 2010, 175 Kent Avenue helped foster the street’s gold coast reputation. The seven story glass-and-masonry building is mixed-use, with 113 condos and high-end retail space on the ground floors. The sustainably designed building features exterior panelized walls with low-emission glass and rain screen technology. The residences offer a variety of spacious floorplans with oversized windows and high ceilings. Top-floor apartments feature roof decks with sweeping Manhattan and Brooklyn views. 175 Kent Avenue offers an impressive luxury amenities package with concierge and doorman services, yoga studio and fitness center, ample storage space, courtyard, and roof deck.
1-bedrooms start at $3,500 per month.

456 Grand Street
Just a few blocks south of Metropolitan Avenue and its dining and nightlife destinations (Fette Sau, Milk Bar, and The Knitting Factory, to name a few), 456 Grand Street is just a year old and is home to 52 rental apartments. Designed by KOH Architecture, the luxe residences feature spacious layouts, walk-in closets, private terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and top-of-the-line, brushed nickel and chrome fixtures. State-of-the-art kitchens have custom Stonington gray countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, and granite countertops. Bathrooms have stainless steel Grohe fixtures and Takla porcelain tiling. There is self-controlled heat and AC throughout.
Amenities at 456 Grand Street include a fully-equipped fitness center, on-site parking, multiple rooftop terraces, video intercom system, and bike storage.
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Park Slope

Culturally rich and architecturally beautiful, Park Slope has long been a Brooklyn destination. Its cultural destinations such as the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Brooklyn Museum, Barclays Center, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, as well as its proximity to Prospect Park, make it one of the most desireable neighborhoods in the whole city. Park Slope has wide tree-lined avenues, quiet side streets, breathtaking brownstones, and new, starchitect designed luxury buildings. There’s something for everyone here.

Landmark Park Slope
Designed by architect Karl Fischer, the Landmark Park SLope at 267 6th Street was built to evoke contemporary luxury and high style. The studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments feature spacious layouts, oversized, floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, gourmet windowed kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and spa-inspired baths with rain showerhead and luxurious vanities. There is self-controlled heat and AC throughout. Amenities at Landmark Park Slope include an on-site garage, courtyard, fitness room, and residents’ lounge.
1-bedrooms begin at $2,800 per month.

202 8th Street
Located just a few blocks from Brooklyn’s only Whole Foods, and a short walk to Barclay’s Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and such 5th Avenue destinations as Gorilla Coffee, Wolf & Deer, and Beacon’s Closet, 202 8th Street is quintessential contemporary Park Slope living. Designed by renowned architecture firm CetraRuddy, 202 8th Street is a striking glass and brick 12-story residential building. The 52 residences feature solid oak plank flooring, oversized picture windows, high ceilings, and custom built-in closets. Private terraces provide sweeping Brooklyn and Manhattan views. Ultra modern kitchens have stainless steel Bosch and Liebherr appliances, marble countertops, and a Caesarstone backsplash. The bathrooms feature glass-enclosed showers and oversized soaking tubs.
The amenities at 202 8th Street include a doorman, rooftop deck with outdoor fireplace and BBQ pit, a private courtyard, fitness center, and bike storage. Parking is available for all residents.
2-bedrooms are available from $3,550 per month.