Welcome to Cobble Hill
Picture-perfect Brooklyn living with strong cultural roots and enviable real estate.
The row houses and brownstones lining Cobble Hill’s picturesque streets date back to the 19th century, but the area itself was originally settled by Dutch farmers in the mid-1600s. A sense of history emanates from the generations-old markets and the community’s cultural influences, from Italian and French to Swedish and English. Some have lived here for decades, while newer residents include first-time homebuyers who seek a relaxed home base not too far from the conveniences of the big city.
Providing an upscale address in the heart of Brooklyn, Cobble Hill’s converted apartments, historic brownstones, and more recent high-rises with floor-plan flexibility are competitively priced and slightly lower in price than nearby neighborhoods. It’s an excellent choice for those who want to reinvest in the area and restore everything from the front porch to the kitchen in their own style.
What to Love
- Sense of history and privacy
- Best public schools in the area
- Pedestrian-friendly streets
- Great shopping and dining
- Historic architecture and residences
Cobble Hill is the sort of neighborhood where your local butcher or baker (and family) has lived here for decades, but where even if you’re new to town, you’ll be welcome with open arms. Bike or stroll down Court Street, stopping for an alfresco brunch. Pop into a trendy boutique modeled after a shop that has been here since the early 20th century. Up-and-coming art spaces and businesses mingle with those that have been here for the long run. Those who flock here firmly support local businesses, a mindset that gives the area its close-knit sense of community and retains its cultural heritage.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Feel some of those good neighbor vibes at Sixth Ward, a local favorite for its brunch, BBQ, comfort foods, cocktails, and local craft beers. Plus, you can be sure whatever major sporting event is in progress, they’ll be showing it. For fantastically fresh homemade tofu, Kyoto-style tapas, and sushi both traditional and innovative, stop into Hibino.
An international palate will lead you to La Vara, featuring southern Spanish cuisine that explores its Jewish and Moorish roots. Expect aromas of saffron, cumin, and orange blossom in a menu and wine list that is contemporary, original, and authentic. In a neighborhood known for its worldly cuisine, Lillo Cucina Italiana stands out (although you may wish to keep it a secret). The ever-changing menu offers fresh pasta, meatballs, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and more. For fresh seafood and wine inspired by ports of call near and far, reserve a table at Saint Julivert, a self-professed “petit fisherie”.
Things to Do
Feel the essence of the city’s past at Cobble Hill Park, noticing its formal, geometric pattern that reflects the area’s 19th-century architecture. Or, stroll over to Brooklyn Bridge for its expansive views and piers and vibrant programming for all ages, whether it's summer soccer camp or a pickleball league.
Catch the latest blockbuster or a film festival darling at the historic Cobble Hill Cinema. Originally the Rio Theater, it now shows first-run, foreign, and indie movies. While the sound and video systems are fully updated, you’ll still feel a sense of history as you nosh on popcorn and candy.
Looking for the “cobble” in Cobble Hill? The only cobblestone street is Tiffany Place; most of the original ones were paved over slowly but surely. This one-block street is home to some highly sought-after historic brownstones.
Top educational opportunities in Cobble Hill include:
PS 261 Philip Livingstone, PK-5, public elementary school
PS 029 John Harrigan, PK-5, well-rated public elementary school
PS 748 Brooklyn School for Global Scholars, highly rated public elementary school
Cobble Hill School of American Studies, 9-12, highly rated public high school