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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in The Bronx

Thinking about moving to the Bronx? As one of the best boroughs in NYC, The BX is filled with affordable housing, rich culture, and ample green space. If you’re looking for a safe, affordable neighborhood to live in the Bronx, check out these five neighborhoods!

Kingsbridge

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  • Home Price: $127,395 median purchase price; $1,263 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 36% of New York neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families

Kingsbridge is a friendly community in the Bronx just outside of Upper Manhattan. Its name is derived from the King’s Bridge—a colonial-era bridge built in 1693 to connect Manhattan to the mainland. This NYC neighborhood is close to Manhattan College, and offers affordable apartments, condos, co-ops, and single-family houses all within walking distance of several local parks and expansive green spaces. Kingsbridge is also known for its diverse population, vibrant atmosphere, historical significance, and access to a wide range of amenities. If you’re looking for easy access to public transportation, the 231 St, Marble Hill, and Kingsbridge Rd subway stations are all close by!

Things to Do in Kingsbridge

Explore online classes, book clubs, and more at the Kingsbridge Library. Take the kids to play at the playground or let your dog run in the off-leash areas at Ewen Park. Sign the little ones up for a gymnastics class at Ninja Gymnastics Factory. Sip on Cafe Con Leche and feast on a Cubano Sandwich or Pescado Pargo Frita at the Dominican restaurant, Malecon. Order Chilaquiles, Salmon Capellini, or Chicken Pine Nuts Lettuce Wraps at local favorite Bronx Riverdale Diner. Pick up some Greek food favorites like Falafel in a Cup, the Gyro Platter, or Souvlaki Plate at Taste & Sabor. Grab burgers and wings with a Sixpoint Resin or Citizen Brose on tap at Bronx Alehouse. Or listen to live Irish music while drinking a Guinness Stout, Bronx Brewery American Pale Ale, or Switchback Ale at Irish pub An Beal Bocht Cafe.

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Morris Park

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  • Home Price: $479,960 median purchase price; $1,500 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 43% of New York neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Looking for one of the best places to live in the Bronx? Check out Morris Park! With several subway stations surrounding the area and quick access to I-678 and I-95, residents can get back and forth between Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Morris Park is also a great spot for those studying medicine or working in the healthcare industry, thanks to the neighborhood’s close proximity to Jacobi Medical Center, Calvary Hospital, the tuition-free Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the New York City Children’s Center Bronx Campus.

Things to Do in Morris Park

Venture out to the 265-acre to see animals like tigers, sea lions, bears, and gorillas at the Bronx Zoo. Take part in the annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade in October—that proudly displays the history of Italian culture in Morris Park. Connect with nature with over 30,000 trees, 50 gardens, and cactus displays at the nearby New York Botanical Garden. Play bocce ball, basketball, or roller hockey at the Loreto Playground. Fill up on Italian food in the Bronx like Fried Meatballs, Penne Primavera, or Rigatoni Bolognese at Enzo’s of Williamsbridge. Order the Bacon Cheese Burger, Roasted Turkey Wrap, or Grilled Chicken B.L.T. for lunch at popular Bronx restaurant F&J Pine. Try Columbian favorites like the Bandeja Paisa or Chicken Empanadas at La Masa. Or satisfy your sweet tooth by picking up a Carrot Cake, an Apple Pie, or a Red Velvet Cheesecake from Conti’s Pastry Shoppe!

Riverdale

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  • Home Price: $405,592 median purchase price; $1,770 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 73% of New York neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Located along the Hudson River, Riverdale is one of the safest neighborhoods in the Bronx, making it an ideal place for families and retirees. This area has great outdoor recreation spots like Riverdale Park and a wide range of housing options from large single-family homes with spacious yards to contemporary urban apartments. In addition, Riverdale has access to the Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil train stations, as well as subway stations in nearby neighborhoods like Fieldston and Kingsbridge, so commutes won’t be an issue!

Things to Do in Riverdale

Walk the dog or bring the kids to the playground at Seton Park. See the 28-acre urban oasis filled with colorful plants, gardens, and trees at the Wave Hill Public Garden and Culture Center. Stroll through Bell Tower Park, which commemorates World War I veterans. Find fresh produce and baked goods—including seasonal items during the Winter Market—at The Riverdale Y Sunday Market. Get tickets to shows and Broadway plays like Into the Woods Jr. and Finding Nemo at Riverdale Children’s Theatre. Try Mexican favorites like Steak Tacos, Nachos, or Crab Meat Tostadas at Cocina Chente. Check out the happy hour specials and order an assortment of wines like the Groth Reserve Cabernet or Oyster Bay Pinot Noir at Bella Notte. Enjoy live music while trying cocktails like La Rubia, a Strawberry Sangria, or an Aperol Spritz at the Latin American bar Tin Marin Tapas. Or grab takeout dishes like General Tso’s Tofu, Curry Beef, or Sweet & Sour Chicken from the Asian-fusion restaurant Kai Fan.

University Heights

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  • Home Price: $575,333 median purchase price; $1,180 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 23% of New York neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Overlooking the Harlem River is University Height—a neighborhood in the Bronx that is filled with many big city amenities! Residents will find a mixture of housing options here like Rowhouses, Modern apartments, and Four-square single-family homes. Plus, those looking for access to higher education will find the Bronx Community College campus located within the neighborhood. Need to get around the area without a car? University Heights offers a bus service and a subway line heading north and south into Manhattan. Plus, the vibrant community of this neighborhood has a wide range of recreational green spaces, shops, casual restaurants, cultural attractions, and landmarks, including the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.

Things to Do in University Heights

Check out the historic Croton Aqueduct or go for a jog along the Aqueduct Walk. Catch a glimpse of the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades while hiking on the trails at University Woods. Attend workshops or have a study session at the Bronx Community College Library. Start a pick-up game of hoops on the basketball courts at the Cedar Playground. Order Okra Soup, Waakye Rice, or Chicken Stew at the West African restaurant Accra. Indulge in Curry Chicken, Pepper Steak, or Rasta Pasta at Running Cool Restaurant. Enjoy dishes like Beef Stew, Roast Pork, or Seafood Soup at the Dominican eatery Liberato. Or grab plates like Seafood Paella, Sautéed Steak Tips, or Tres Golpes at the sports bar Mi Sueno.

Woodlawn

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  • Home Price: $230,318 median purchase price; $1,274 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 42% of New York neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Woodlawn may be better known for its proud Irish roots, but this Bronx neighborhood is also affordable, has a friendly community, and offers plenty of green space! Here, you can find cozy brick homes and budget-friendly apartments, beautiful outdoor spaces—like Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery—and plenty of fun things to do. For those planning to commute into Manhattan and other NYC boroughs for work, Woodlawn offers quick access to Woodlawn subway station and I-87.

Things to Do in Woodlawn

Get outside and play a game of baseball, tennis, or bocce ball at Indian Field. Hit the links with friends at the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course or take a swim at the Van Cortlandt Pool. Pick out a new book or take a conversational English or tech class at Woodlawn Heights Library. Begin your morning with a Traditional Irish Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, or Avocado Toast at Heritage Bar & Restaurant. Try the BBQ Bacon Burger, Chicken Breast Sandwich, or the Tacos De Birria at The Kitchen. Swing in for great live music and good food like Peppercorn Chicken, a Buffalo Burger, or Sweet Chili Chicken Sandwich at Keane’s Bar and Restaurant. For dessert, savor an Apple Pie, a Chocolate Chip Cookie, or Homemade Ice Cream at the Irish Coffee Shop. Or head out after hours to enjoy a Goose IPA, Mangers Irish Cider, or Pivo Pilsner at Rambling House.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.