Staten Island, NY – North Shore or South Shore? Ocean Front or “Hills”? There has always been an informal (and rather dogmatic) debate among borough residents about which sections of Staten Island are the most desirable and which neighborhoods have the most appeal.
Do you want an old and charming house? Choose St George or West Brighton. Looking for more modern facilities? Think Annadale, Huguenot, or even Arden Heights. Breathtaking views? Look closely at Emerson, Todt, or Lighthouse Hills. And while it really all boils down to affordability and taste, I won’t get into the “above or below the boulevard” debate here, but the numbers don’t lie.
In the first seven months of 2022, nearly 3,000 homes sold on Staten Island at an average sales price of about $704,000, according to the Staten Island Real Estate Association (SIBOR). Properties moved quickly, with most homes experiencing an average of about 67 days on the market.
Breaking down the number of closed sales by region reveals a pattern. The South Shore district was the top winner for the quarter, with the Princes Bay, Pleasant Plains and Tottenville areas generating the most sales. Mid-Island territories of New Dope, Oakwood and Bay Terrace came a close second, with Richmond Town and parts of Dongan Hills finishing last.
Guess you live in a high demand area? According to SIBOR data and geographic mapping, the island’s top selling areas are:
- south shore – Includes the communities of Annadale, South East Annadale, Arden Heights, Rossville, Woodrow, Huguenot, Princes Bay, Pleasant Plains, Charleston, Richmond Valley and Tottenville. Store closures: 664
- gateway – Includes communities of New Dorp, Oakwood, Oakwood Beach, Oakwood Heights, Bay Terrace, Great Kills, and Eltingville. Store closures: 579
- north shore– Includes communities of New Brighton, Snug Harbor, Livingston, Randall Manor, West Brighton, Port Richmond, Mariners Harbour, Graniteville, Arlington, Bloomfield and Elm Park. Store closures: 397
- Heartland – Includes the communities of Willowbrook, Manor Heights, Bulls Head, New Springville, Heartland Village, Travis and Latourette. Store closures: 353
- Greater St George – Contains Fort communities. Wadsworth, Concord, Shore Acres, Rosebank, Clifton, Stapleton, Tompkinsville, St George, Ward Hill, Park Hill, Grimes Hill. Store closures: 276
- lake – Includes communities of Westerly, Sunset Hill and Sunnyside. Store closures: 273
- east shore – Includes the communities of Arrocher, Grasmere, Old Town, South Beach, Dungan Hills, Dungan Hills Below High Run, Grant City and Midland Beach. Store closures: 261
- hill – Includes communities of Emerson Hill, Todd Hill, Lower Todd Hill, Light House Hill, Richmondtown, High Rock, Dungan Hills Colony, and Emerson Hill. Store closures: 146