The Bronx

Population 1391903 (2008)
Area 42.4 sq m
Rental listings 28 no-fee, 7 fee ads
Median rent $2,600

The second smallest of the five boroughs, the Bronx has a population of about 1.4 million (according to the 2008 population estimate by the US Census Bureau). To say that the borough has had its share of ups and downs in recent decades would probably be an understatement. From a quiet suburban district favored by European immigrants in the first half of the 20th century, the Bronx by the 1970s had turned into a playground for urban planning experiments, a byword for urban decay, and a symbol of everything that was wrong with urban living (it didn't help matters that New York was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy at the time).

Though pockets of poverty and crime persist, today's Bronx is a vast improvement over its incarnation from the previous decades. At the same time, despite a marked increase in rents in its most gentrified neighborhoods, the borough contains some of the best rental bargains in New York.

Featured in the Bronx

Current Rental Statistics

Studio 4$1,762$1,802
1 Bedroom 13$2,400$2,395
2 Bedroom 10$3,412$3,214
3+ Bedrooms 8$3,325$3,499
Total 35$2,600$2,814
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Total: 28 no-fee, 7 fee ads

Bronx Building Heights

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Apartments and Buildings

Several types of buildings are representative of the Bronx. One is the classic 5-story walkup, typically with a small shared space near the entrance and shaped as an "O," "H," "U," or ocassionally an "E." Such buildings were built on a massive scale in the 1920s, just before the Great Depression hit, then on a smaller scale throughout the 1930s. They still form the bulk of the Bronx's housing stock today. These apartments are often spacious and have high ceilings, but the buildings' overall condition can vary depending on the manager's diligence: some are well-maintained, others, not so much. There are normally few extra amenities or perks beyond laundries and storage (though co-op buildings – should you be lucky to rent in one – often employ a concierge and offer additional services).

The second building type, prevalent in the more affluent areas to the borough's west (see NORTH-WESTERN BRONX below) is the single-family house. These homes, of different ages, occupy large swaths of the territory of the well-to-do Bronx.

The third – a sizable, though by no means dominant – type of housing in the borough, mostly concentrated in the low-income areas around the central and south Bronx, is the much-maligned "housing project." These buildings were mostly built at the height of the "urban renewal" activity in the 1950s and 1960s. One could write a book about NYC housing projects (in fact, some have), but this discussion would be moot: the subsidized apartments in these buildings are not on the open market.

The rest of the Bronx's housing stock is mixed. The single-family homes of Riverdale & Co are interspersed with high-rise apartment buildings (some co-ops, some rentals) – also of different eras but mostly from the second half of the 20th century. Then there are, of course, many smaller buildings that don't fit any of the types described above.

Apartments for Rent in the Bronx (5 out of 35)

2-Bedroom at 2330 Hoffman Street
2-Bedroom at 2330 Hoffman Street
2-Bedroom at 2330 Hoffman Street
2-Bedroom at 2330 Hoffman Street
2-Bedroom at 2330 Hoffman Street
No fee

Posted 4 days ago LandSeAir Real Estate Group Inc, Broker

2-Bedroom at 2330 Hoffman Street

2330 Hoffman Street (Belmont, BX)

  • 2 Beds
  • 1.0 Bath
  • Gym
  • Garage
  • 2 elevators
  • Low-rise

The North-West Bronx

Community district 8

The North-West Bronx (Community District 8, comprising Riverdale, Marble Hill, and Kingsbridge) is considerably more affluent than the rest of the borough. It is also more suburban in character. Riverdale stands out in particular: the neighborhood boasts hundreds of large-lot single-family houses set in scenic parkland.

The South Bronx

Community districts 1,2,3, and 4

This has traditionally been one of the problem areas of the Bronx. Recent years, however, brough many improvements and much new developement.

The Central Bronx

Community districts 5, 6, and 7

The East Bronx

Community districts 9, 10, and 11

The North Bronx

Community district 12

Only in the Bronx

Among the borough's attractions are the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, Van Cortlandt Park (the site of free summer performances by the New York City Philharmonic Orchestra), the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a host of smaller museums, galleries, historical houses and parks. Above all, the Bronx is known as the site of the Yankees Stadium and home of the New York Yankees.