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University Heights is a neighborhood in the western section of the Bronx. Named for one of New York University's old campuses, this community has a wide variety of housing options, and plenty of the typical NY apartments. Whether you want size or affordability, you're bound to find a great deal of choices in this part of the borough. In fact, you can find University Heights apartments in just about every style of traditional buildings. From mid- to low-rise multifamily units to townhouses and rowhouses, this hilly neighborhood isn't as far from Manhattan as you might think. The University buildings now operate with Bronx Community College, but remain part of one of the City's most beautiful campuses. The stunning neo-Renaissance architecture was crafted by respected architect Stanford White of McKim, Meade, & White, and stands as a monument to research and studies. On the terrace near the edge of the Harlem River, this spectacular campus was sure to invigorate the scholarly mind. Quite a few blocks in the neighborhood sport large, single-family homes, many of which are colorful Victorians. Dating back to the campus's birth in 1894, these are the blocks that really speak to the history of University Heights, as this area was once home to some of the City's wealthiest families. But decades of fall and rebirth have slowly transformed this neighborhood into its current dense mix of housing styles. Today, you can find University Heights apartments in both pre-war and post-war buildings, depending on where you look in the neighborhood. While many properties (including rowhouses) sport gated driveways, this community doesn't wholly conform to the car-centric lifestyle. Rather, University Heights has fairly good access to the number 4 train, providing a direct trip down to Manhattan from three separate stations. But for those who prefer a more comfortable ride into the city, the Hudson Line of the Metro North Railroad stops at the University Heights station at the edge of the river. This trip provides passengers with a 21 minute trip into Grand Central Terminal, though is a few dollars more than today's subway fare. For a comfortable, yet affordable ride, the BxM3 express bus makes its last local stop at the northern section of the neighborhood, making for a 35 minute trip to Midtown. Although the Bronx may seem far from the center of Manhattan, University Heights apartments are good options for those who seek affordability in a unique neighborhood.

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Subway Lines

  • 4


  • Bronx Community College


  • Aqueduct Walk
  • Davidson Playground
  • Gasoline Alley
  • Grand Playground
  • Jardin De Las Rosas
  • University Woods

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