Often thought of as Greenwich Village’s quieter, more sophisticated neighbor, the West Village is truly unique among New York City neighborhoods. Truly, parts of the neighborhood feel like a step back in time, with lovely, historic brownstones set along narrow, wooded cobblestone streets that at times completely ignore the city’s grid system. With a nearly complete absence of office buildings, the streets are fairly quiet during the day, while residents enjoy plenty of evening leisure time in the neighborhood’s many cafés, eateries and pubs. Within walking distance of Washington Square Park to the east and the scenic Hudson River to the west, the West Village to many represents New York City living at its finest.
Residents of the West Village enjoy strolling, sometimes aimlessly, along the picturesque streets dotted with boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. The closest thing to a commercial center in the neighborhood is the Meatpacking District/Gansevoort Market—once a food shipping hub, now a collection of upscale shops, fine dining and eclectic clubs. West Village real estate is a delightful blend of townhomes, historic walkups and mid-size coops, with only the occasional luxury tower built more recently. Understandably, this neighborhood stays in high demand, so expect to pay a bit more per square foot than in other parts of the city.