For Every Day, for All Seasons
The Park Ave. Neighborhood
When urban planners who are disillusioned by the sterility of suburban sprawl fantasize about the ideal neighborhood, they often paint a picture of a place that looks and functions exactly like the Park Avenue neighborhood of today. Restaurants with sidewalk seating that bustles in the summer line the avenue; and specialty shops and small business of every description are interspersed within. The upscale shopper will love the mod furniture, fine art, French antiques, designer jewelry and hand-dipped chocolates. Full time residents enjoy having the necessities of life close at hand. There's a bank, a pharmacy, bakeries, salons, florist, beverage purveyors, coffee shops, veterinarian, mailing/copy shop, to name a few establishments. Also along the avenue, as well as down all the side streets, handsome dwellings off all shapes and sizes—single-family homes, beautiful brick apartment buildings, and more--lie a short stroll from the goods and services. Park Avenue also features pocket parks, graceful flower-filled medians, and spectacular street trees and their impressive canopies, that sooth the eye and spirit regardless of the season. The City's Francis Parker Elementary School on Barrington Street is an idyllic neighborhood school, eminently walk-able, with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and huge windows.
From sprawling Tudor mansions to modest Princess Anne cottages, from stately apartment buildings to elaborate Queen Anne homesteads, nearly every block of the neighborhood holds historic treasures.