Best NYC Neighborhoods to Live
There is no city in the world like New York City. It offers unparalleled opulence and sophistication, which is why some of the world’s wealthiest and most famous people are so happy to call it home. Exploding with arts, culture, nightlife, fine cuisine, amazing music, phenomenal sight-seeing and the iconic and staggering skyline, this city has truly got it all.
Visitors have no trouble finding things to love about the Big Apple. There’s never a dull moment and you can pack weeks, even months, with new adventures and experiences. But what about options for living in New York? Obviously the city has no shortage of elegant and luxurious housing options – but how do you know which one is right for you? Whether you’re looking into buying a pied a terre to visit on occasion or you’re searching for a more permanent home, here are some of the very best neighborhoods to consider settling down in.
What better way to enjoy the luxury and opulence of New York City than by planting yourself right in the heart of its financial district. Apartment buildings here soar sky high and the streets themselves are slick lined with stonewashed facades. This is the New York City people think of, where decisions happen are dreams are made. For rentals, check out New York by Gehry, the greatest rental building in the history of New York. Buyers will have no trouble finding a quiet and elegant abode, either, set high above the bustling streets with views looking out to the Hudson and the statue of Liberty. The good news for seamen is that you can dock a private yacht out at one of the harbors, so when summer rolls around you can enjoy the city from the water!
Upper East Side
Still considered the height of sophistication in New York City, the Upper East Side lives up to it’s reputation. Central Park offers glamorous carriage rides and wide open space to roam; Madison Avenue offers some of the world’s best and most expensive shopping boutiques; and Park Avenue is home to some of the wealthiest people in the world (the apartment building at 740 Park Avenue is home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the United States!). The streets are perfectly manicured and are great for celebrity spotting. This is definitely the area for those looking for a very high-profile lifestyle.
For those looking for a trendier area, the West Village is a primarily residential neighborhood known for its Bohemian roots. It’s chock full of stunning artist’s lofts and brand new residential towers. Those who dwell here will enjoy the charming cobblestone streets, the phenomenal selection of eclectic foods, haute couture boutiques and also proximity to the Hudson River Promenade, the world-renowned nightlife in the Meatpacking district and the High Line, an elevated park built on the city’s old railroad line along the river.
The best neighborhoods aren’t just in Manhattan! Anyone who likes the feel of regal, old New York (think Rockefellers and Carnegies) will love Brooklyn Heights. A neighborhood nestled into a waterfront edge of Brooklyn that looks straight into the lower Manhattan skyline, the apartments here offer all the glamour of Manhattan (the views are spectacular) while providing a quiet and dignified escape from the bustle of the city. Find a place close to the former Pierrepont mansion and you won’t be disappointed in the elegance the neighborhood has to offer.