Though it was once a farm owned by John Vanderbilt, for the past century Windsor Terrace has primarily been a residential neighborhood. In the early 1900s, the modest, brick row-houses and wood-frame homes were inhabited by working/middle class Irish and Italian Americans. These populations remain today, alongside Latino and Hispanic communities that have developed over the last few decades. The current demographic is further rounded out by an influx of immigrants from nearby Park Slope and Prospect Heights, fleeing rising rents. To make the neighborhood migration more convenient, Windsor Terrace is serviced by the M,R, & F subway lines, as well as the Prospect Expressway for car-oriented folks.
Most of the neighborhood is lies between Green-wood Cemetery and Prospect Park, situating it within an odd landscape of rolling green hills and urban row houses. This effect adds to the neighborhood’s appeal because unlike some of the more urban parts of Brooklyn, Windsor Terrace has an almost suburban feeling – and residents seem to like it that way. Even if it is not a commercial hub, the strip along Prospect Park West (also the northern border of the neighborhood), provides a mix of small shops and eateries. Like its flashier neighbors, Windsor Terrace also enjoys direct access into Prospect Park, just without all the hype.
Windsor Terrace also has a substantial selection of single rental units, making it ideal for young singles and couples. Rents for a studio are around $1200-1400/mo and 1Br’s are in the $1500-1700/mo range. Many of these apartments are within century-old brownstones – so you can enjoy the beauty of living in a historic house without having to cough up the $700K average sales price. For those who are ready to buy, the neighborhood offers beautiful historic houses and apartments in a family-friendly, park-filled neighborhood.