The Best NYC Neighborhoods to Find Homes on Quiet Streets

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February 25, 2021
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Known all over the world as a bustling hub of activity and entertainment, New York City is not characterized by peace and quiet. They don’t call it the “city that never sleeps” for nothing. 

That said, there are plenty of opportunities to find pockets of serenity. Finding a home on a quiet street was a top priority for NYC homebuyers according to Localize’s latest market report–accounting for 32% of buyer searches. We’ve rounded up the top neighborhoods to find a home located on a quiet street.

For a deeper dive into NYC’s real estate market, download the report below.

Queens has the most available listings located on quiet streets

If living on a quiet street is non-negotiable for your home search, put Queens at the top of your list. Our analysis showed that Queens had the majority of available listings on quiet streets at roughly 61%.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t find quiet streets in another borough. The analysis does not represent the entirety of streets in a specified borough, but rather the amount of available sale listings currently on the market located on a quiet street.

Breakdown of listings located on quiet streets by borough

  • Queens: 61%
  • Brooklyn: 59%
  • Bronx: 56%
  • Manhattan: 31%

Top neighborhoods with homes on quiet streets by borough

Some neighborhoods have more to offer when it comes to quiet streets than others. We’ve narrowed down the best prospects below. 

Queens: Located in the southwestern section of Queens, South Ozone Park (93%) and South Jamaica (88%) are worlds away from the hubbub of Manhattan. The mostly residential neighborhoods are full of detached single-family homes and quaint streets. Corona (90%), located near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Queens. Filled with plenty of shopping and dining options, this neighborhood offers quiet streets without sacrificing local activity. 

Brooklyn: Bed-Stuy (84%), East Flatbush (80%), and Bushwick (79%) are your best bets for quiet streets in Brooklyn. 

Bronx: Already top contenders for homes with private outdoor space thanks to plenty of detached home and terraced high-rise options, it’s not surprising that North Riverdale (84%), Riverdale (61%), and Spuyten Duyvil (25%) are also top picks for quiet streets.

Manhattan: Quiet streets in Manhattan? It’s possible. Battery Park (77%), the Financial District (72%), and SoHo (57%) offer buyers the most options for quiet residences in Manhattan. 

For a full list of neighborhoods and where they rank, view the report here

Buyers will have to search harder for quiet streets in Manhattan neighborhoods

While the outer boroughs performed the best when it came to quiet streets, Manhattan came up a bit short. Midtown, NoHo, and Murray Hill offered the least amount of sale listings located on quiet streets.

Breakdown of worst Manhattan neighborhoods for quiet streets

  • Midtown: 11%
  • Murray Hill: 12%
  • NoHo: 13%
  • Tribeca: 17%
  • Hell’s Kitchen: 21%
  • Kips Bay: 23%

While it’s certainly possible to find quiet streets in neighborhoods like the West Village or farther uptown in Inwood, these neighborhoods didn’t have as many available sale listings on the market.

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