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June 4th 2012

You may never have heard of the Brooklyn neighborhood called Homecrest, but it is an incredibly exciting and vibrant place to visit, and explore and to live. Easily accessible via the Q train to Kings Highway, Homecrest is worth the trip for many reasons. Homecrest has one of Brooklyn's most popular shopping and dining destination called Kings Highway. Kings Highway at any given point in time filled with the sounds of different languages of its diverse residents, such as Russian, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Tagalog, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Pakistani and let's not forget English. When you arrive at Kings Highway, if you realize that you forgot to go to the bank to get some cash to spend, not to worry, there are at least 10 banks large and small within a 15 block stretch. The shopping on Kings Highway attracts people from all over Brooklyn with many boutiques, clothing and shoe stores such as FOX’s, Designer Off-Price Department Store, Aldo, Chuckies, Steve Madden, Central Sports, Baker, Shoe Lab just to name a few.

If you will work up an appetite after all of that shopping there are eateries galore to choose from, such as Memo's Turkish Cuisine, located on the corner of Kings Highway and East 19th Street. Memo’s has been recognized many times through the years, in various publications such as Time Out for best "cheap eats". The food at Memo's is absolutely delicious and healthy. Do not hesitate to order an always freshly made falafel pita lined with humus and filled with onion, lettuce and tomatoes, with a choice of sauces to put on top. Chicken, beef or lamb shish kabab cooked to perfection, soups, breads, Shepherd's Salad (not to be missed!), Babaganoush and so on! If, on the other hand you are really in the mood for an amazing deli treat, you are in luck, since diagonally across from Memo's is Adelman's kosher delicatessen, a neighborhood fixture for 30 plus years. Adelman's has a great salad bar to enjoy before your main meal and the list of great soups, sandwiches and hot plate choices is wonderful. Another excellent choice in dining is Tbilisi restaurant (named after the capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Russia) a Georgian Russian restaurant, located at 811 Kings Highway, one block East of Ocean Parkway. The design, ambiance, occasional entertainment and magnificent menu at Tbilisi bring you directly to the old world Georgian countryside. The food is all homemade, such as the Khachapuri, which is filo dough baked with a blend of scrumptious cheeses with an egg on top (spectacular!),Khinkali, dumplings filled with meat, Kharcho, which is a deliciously spiced soup with pieces of lamb (amazing!), served with freshly baked bread (yum, yum), a very special oven baked chicken in garlic sauce that takes a while to prepare, but well worth the wait, since the chicken and sauce melt in your mouth (my favorite entree!). Try the Tarkhun, a very popular bright green color carbonated soft drink flavored with tarragon, which is very different and refreshing. Tbilisi is closed on Mondays and sometimes closes for private parties (we were invited to join the party on one occasion). This restaurant is a must when you are in this neighborhood.

 If you want to relax after having done all of this great shopping and eating, a stroll along tree lined Ocean Parkway (there is also a designated bicycle path which goes from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach!) any time of the year is lovely, but particularly during the Spring and Summer or Fall when all of the trees still have leaves is wonderful. Ocean Parkway has been undergoing a long needed renovation of benches, concrete and asphalt bicycle path, sidewalks and new trees added for the last several years. Much of the work has been completed at this time. During your stroll around the neighborhood you may notice an incredible mixture of residential lifestyles from modest to palatial houses, apartment buildings and a wonderful selection of Condominiums, such as a newly built and sold out. Sleek and ultra modern Condo building on East 18th Street, just off of Kings Highway, around the corner from Rite Aide. The approximately 1,200 square foot, 2 bedroom units, each with 2 balconies, were priced at $450,000, not including private parking, which was available to purchase separately.

Interestingly enough, just a few subway stops away from Kings Highway is Brighton Beach or one stop further is world famous Coney Island. For more information on this or many other Brooklyn neighborhoods, feel free to email or call us at Accord Real Estate Group, 718-375-2065. We will be happy to help.