Huguenot is one of Staten Island’s luxury neighborhoods. Huguenot is also unique in that if offers many affordable townhomes in an upscale neighborhood, making the area’s highly rated schools and beautiful clean streets accessible to a broader segment of buyers.
This community spans from the east to west shores, lying south of Annadale and Arden Heights and north of Princes Bay and Woodrow. Landmarks include the South Shore Golf Course and the Huguenot train station.
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Neighborhood History and Background
Huguenot is one of Staten Island’s older South Shore neighborhoods. Originally known as Blommingview, its history dates all the way back to 1661. A French Huguenot couple named Pierre and Francoise Billiou sailed from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam to join their daughter Marie. The Billiou family acquired a large amount of land upon arrival in what is now known as Staten Island. In 1675, Marie married Arendt Jansen Prall and inherited the family’s land, which was passed on to future generations of Pralls.
Fast forward to 1849 when the Church of the Huguenots came into existence. Benjamin P. Prall, a descendent of Marie and Arendt Prall, donated a large amount of his family’s land to the organization. The Church of the Huguenots was built here, and by the late nineteenth century, the community was widely referred to as Huguenot. The church caught fire and burned down in 1918. A new church was built in 1924 and was named the Reformed Church of Huguenot Park. Located at 5475 Amboy Road, this structure was landmarked with the City of New York and is still standing today.
Life in Huguenot
This area is a wonderful place for nature lovers and families with children who love to explore. Huguenot is situated right between two of Staten Island’s largest parks, Annadale’s Blue Heron Park and Prince’s Bay’s Wolfe’s Pond Park. A number of lovely community parks are also located here: Huguenot Ponds Park, Arbutus Woods Park, Kingdom Pond Park, Woodhull Park, and Arbutus Creek Bluebelt. Adults can apply to join the Grand Oaks Country Club at the South Shore Golf Course on Huguenot’s northwestern section. The southeastern end, which shares a border with one of Staten Island’s famed upscale community Southeast Annadale, offers breathtaking views of the Raritan Bay.
Huguenot may be best known for its luxurious one and two-family mansions exceeding a million dollars. The ages of homes here range from brand new construction to over a century old, though most were constructed after 1970. The neighborhood also has a few notable townhome communities along the border of Arden Heights.
Public schools in this vicinity are PS 5 The Huguenot School, IS 7 Elias Bernstein, and IS 75 Frank D. Paulo. Tottenville High School is also in Huguenot, despite the name. Catholic high schools St. Joseph By The Sea and Our Lady Star of the Sea are located in Huguenot, as well as The Seymour Joseph Institute for ASL on Ramona Avenue. The New York Public Library Huguenot Branch can be found on 830 Huguenot Avenue.
I-440 runs along Huguenot’s western border, which provides quick access to New Jersey and also express service to the North Shore. Korean War Veterans Parkway runs through Huguenot as well. Several main roads run through here: Arthur Kill Road, Huguenot Avenue, Amboy Road, Woodrow Road, and Hylan Boulevard on the southeastern end. Several local and express bus lines can be found on these thoroughfares, particularly Woodrow Road. Those who don’t drive can also catch a train to the city via the Huguenot stop on the SIRR.
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