6.8 out of 10

Grasmere

40.6005606978319 -74.0826974683483
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  •  

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 03, 2016

"Mixed area with convenient commute options"

Grasmere is best known for its fresh water lakes and ponds - and as such, attract natural (and imported) wildlife such as turkeys, swans, herons, turtles, possums, raccoons, and even the occasional deer. It's bordering mixed density housing, with row houses and apartments up and down Clove rd and West Fingerboard, as well as McMansions by the lake. The partition of the area is decidedly odd - Look closer on the map and you'll notice the Grasmere train station really isn't part of Grasmere and is hard to tell from Concord. The two areas are so small, it would make more sense to combine them into one town (but I suspect the house styles, and by extension, income differences keep the two distinct and separate.)
The area is good for commuters to Manhattan and Brooklyn, being close to the train and buses on Hylan blvd. It suffers from heavy traffic on Clove rd and along West Fingerboard rd, where the Staten Island Advance is located. PS 48 is well regarded, but the higher you move up in age, the worse the school rankings get. There are plenty of private schools in the area to offset any public school decline, should you wish to go that route.

Travel east along West Fingerboard rd and you'll reach the east shore and boardwalk - an easy bike ride just under 2 miles. North is the Staten Island Expressway, and west and south are the major conduits Richmond/Targee and Hylan blvd, respectively. There is a small strip mall on Clove, offering a grocery store, dry cleaning, deli and gym (and a pharmacy opening up soon.) Also on Clove are a Chinese and a wonderful Peruvian restaurant, but the majority of eating and shopping will be further south on Hylan.

Internet is serviced by Verizon Fios, Time Warner cable, as well as the dish providers. The area is relatively safe, but suffers from a lot of transitory traffic either walking to/from bus and train and from driving. This means it can get dirty from random people littering, and the occasional lazy dog walker. Parking is readily available on the street (as there's no city street cleaning,) however, there are a lot of outside commuters that take advantage of this and use the roads as their personal park n' ride on the weekdays.
Pros
  • Public Transport
  • Nature
Cons
  • Night life
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Great neighborhood pond with swans"

Grasmere is a community in Staten Island that is bounded to the north by the Staten Island Expressway and neighbor to Emerson Hill. A major attraction in the area is the 15-acre Brady’s Pond. This freshwater pond is great for swimming and equipped with lifeguards, rowboats, and sandy beach. Swans glide along the surface accompanied by a backdrop of greenery and large houses. Some of the luxury homes on Brady’s Pond exceed $1 million.

Hylan Boulevard, at Grasmere’s southern and eastern borders, is the closest thing to a commercial thoroughfare, with several bakeries, restaurants and markets evoking the area’s Italian roots.

Grasmere is a stop on the Staten Island Railway, with a 10-minute ride to St. George, the stop closest to the ferry. The Staten Island Expressway at Grasmere’s northern border leads into the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Buses also service the area.

Elementary schools include the William C. Wilcox School, Public School 48, on Targee Street, which teaches kindergarten through Grade 5. One middle school option is the Michael J. Petrides School, on Ocean Terrace near Milford Avenue, teaching kindergarten through Grade 12 and accommodating special-education students. The high school is Concord High School and fairs pretty well on overall test scores.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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