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Moving on up: 11 Real Estate Projects that Helped Reshape the Bronx in the Last 8 Years

The Bronx

The Bronx has stood for a long time in the shadow of NYC’s more glamorous boroughs, especially when it comes to high-rise living. But things have started to change and the Bronx is now bustling with new construction, from affordable housing – which now occupies a big chunk of the borough’s streetscape – to retail and entertainment destinations, premier office space, and improved mass transportation infrastructure.

Care to see how much the Bronx has changed in recent times and which are the most interesting developments that contributed to its amazing growth? Check out these cool now-and-then images of the borough, compiled by RENTCafe with the help of Google Street View.

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1. El Jardin de Selene, Melrose

Year built: 2009

This mixed-use building was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification with such eco-friendly features as energy efficient fixtures and appliances, bamboo flooring, thru-plank ventilation, and solar panels. Located at the corner of 158th Street and Melrose Avenue in the South Bronx, this 12-story building has 84 rental units featuring a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Additionally, the project includes 6,000 square feet of commercial space as well as over 12,000 square feet of parking.

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2. Via Verde Residences, Melrose

Year Built: 2012

As the winner in the New Housing New York Legacy Competition, the 222-unit Via Verde Residences offers housing for both low- and middle-income residents. Sitting on a 1.5-acre former brownfield at 704 Brook Ave, the $98 million sustainable project includes high-rise buildings, mid-rise duplexes, two- to four-story townhouse rentals, and co-op housing. Residents have access to an amphitheater, fitness center, panoramic views, and gardening beds open to residents for planting.

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3. Courtlandt Corners I and II (a.k.a. The Upton), Melrose

Year Built: 2010

Courtlandt Corners consists of two buildings on 161st Street featuring 323 apartment homes. Courtlandt Corners II was recently rebranded as ‘The Upton’ and marketed as offering affordable luxury living, although prices average higher than many other rents in the area. The buildings were originally developed under the city’s Quality Housing Program.

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4. La Casa de la Luna and La Casa de la Estrella, Morrisania

Year Built: 2010 / 2011

Built using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, these buildings won an award for excellence in design and construction from the Queens & Bronx Building Association in 2011. Located at 3462 and 3480 3 Ave respectively, La Casa De Luna is an 11-story building and La Casa De La Estrella is a 12-story structure. Between the two buildings, there are 227 units, as well as underground parking, rooftop terraces, and commercial space.

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5. Boricua College Vertical Campus and The Residences at Northrose, Melrose

Year Built: 2010

When they opened in 2010, these buildings brought new life to an area that had been neglected over time. Boricua College is a 14-story tower that houses academic and administrative offices for the college, as well as 700 units of affordable and moderate housing, underground parking, retail space, and a plaza. Boricua Village’s 393 market-rate apartments, also known as The Residences at Northrose, come with such amenities as a playground, an on-site gym, a game room, and a screening room.

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6. Bruckner by the Bridge I, II, and III, 70 Bruckner Boulevard, Port Morris

Year Built: 2011

At first glance, these three separate buildings look as though they are one large unit. Standing 12 stories high and holding 419 low-income units, Bruckner by the Bridge takes up a significant portion of the large block between Willis Avenue, Alexander Avenue, and East 132nd Street. Right next door, the 13-story 70 Bruckner Boulevard features 60 low-income units.

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7. Walton Henwood Apartments, Mount Hope

Year Built: 2008

Located at 1752 Walton Avenue, the 13-story Walton Henwood Apartments complex contains a mix of 104 studio, one-, and two-bedroom units. It caters to lower-income residents.

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8. Fordham Place, Belmont

Year Built: 2009

With anchor tenants like Best Buy and Walgreen’s, this 14-story, $120 million development combines office and retail. Located across the street from Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus, at the corner of East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue, the building is energy- and water-efficient, and was built using 23 percent recycled materials. It was the first Class A commercial office building to have been built in the Bronx for almost 20 years.

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9. Lindenguild Hall, Claremont Village

Year Built: 2013

Located at 3859 Third Avenue, the $30 million Lindenguild Hall features 104 units including 52 two-bedrooms and 52 studios. Half of the apartments have been set aside to house homeless residents, with many being veterans who have special needs. Low-income residents occupy the remainder of the building, with all residents having access to a 24/7 superintendent and employment assistance.

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10. 2271 Washington Avenue, East Tremont

Year Built: 2008

The $34 million apartment complex at 2271 Washington Avenue has 14 stories and 118 apartments. Rentals go to residents earning less than 55% of the area’s median income.

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11. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Apartments, Lindenguild Hall, Claremont Village

Year Built: 2008

The 278 assisted rental units in Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Apartments at 3952 Third Avenue are designated for low-income residents. The apartments are divided into three separate buildings, with a building design that pays tribute to the geological history of the Bronx.

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These new buildings bring affordable high-rise living to the Bronx area. What is your favorite change to the streetscape of New York City?

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Ama Otet

Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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