In praise of St. George, a historic neighborhood on Staten Island that gazes on New York Harbor, residents invariably mention the free ferry to Manhattan. They often cite the affordability of a place where one-bedroom apartments can cost less than half of what they go for in pricier parts of the city. And they might even point out the wondrously out-of-place look of some blocks, with fanciful Victorians on steep hills that can feel cut-and-pasted from San Francisco.
There are also simpler pleasures. “You can watch the full moon cross the entire sky from here,” said Christopher Napoli, a resident whose home faces the water.
What You’ll Find
While the harbor indisputably frames most of St. George, the western border is somewhat vague; purists draw the line at Westervelt Avenue, but in terms of its turn-of-the-last-century housing stock, the area seems to extend farther, spilling down toward Jersey Street. Victory Boulevard forms the southern edge.
Along the water sits the gated Bay Street Landing complex, a former shipping area that began conversion in the 1980s and continues to this day. It offers co-ops and condos, including the Accolade, a condo project in a former cocoa-bean warehouse that was brought back to life by Meadow Partners when a previous developer was unable to complete it. Thirty percent of its units have sold since February, said Andrew L. Till, a Meadow vice president, including a three-bedroom for more than $1 million. Meadow also recently sold out the Pointe nearby, with 57 one- and two-bedroom units, Mr. Till said.