Over the past 40-odd years, there’s been a single Manhattan neighborhood that’s remained the epicenter of cool, no matter what’s changed around it: The West Village. This downtown enclave has long had artsy appeal, and in recent years, it’s become even more desirable than ever, thanks to the convergence of culture and convenience you’ll find here. So, what exactly makes this neighborhood so desirable?
A wealth of great restaurants: If you’re a foodie, there’s nowhere in the city you’d rather call home than the West Village. This unique neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best dining options, from high-end eateries to incomparable local dives. If you’re a burger connoisseur, you’ll love the food at Corner Bistro, while those looking for a slightly more upscale vibe will go gaga for the Italian fare at Dell’Anima. And if it’s rubbing elbows with the A-list that makes a dining experience for you, look no further than the Waverly Inn.
Some of the city’s best shopping: Walk down virtually any street in the West Village and you’ll discover it’s home to some of the city’s most desirable shopping destinations. Grab immaculate suiting pieces from Reiss, try on dapper jeans at A.P.C., discover comfortable and stylish basics at Vince, pick up some on-trend pieces at AllSaints, or show off your political affiliation in style with the cashmere pieces at the upcoming Lingua Franca store, soon to open its doors on Bleecker Street.
Celebrity sightings at every turn: Looking to catch your favorite celebrities in person? You don’t have to look hard if you live in the West Village or frequent the neighborhood. In addition to being home to Sex and the City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw’s enviable apartment on Perry Street, the West Village is flooded with celebrities. So, who calls this desirable enclave home? Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Coppola, and Hugh Jackman all call the neighborhood home.
The city’s most desirable real estate: The celebrities who call the West Village home must be onto something. If you love a classic brick brownstone, the West Village is home to some of the city’s most picturesque architecture, from red brick beauties to limestone stunners. And if you’re looking for amenities, you need to look no further. At luxury developments like 90 Morton Street, you can enjoy modern luxury with vintage-inspired style, as well as extras like a private library off the building’s attended lobby, a 64-foot indoor pool with changing rooms, showers, and lockers, a children’s playroom, state-of-the-art fitness center, and stunning rooftop terrace boasting some of the city’s best views.
A New Yorker’s New York neighborhood: While other neighborhoods in New York fall in and out of favor, the appeal of the West Village has never waned. A neighborhood where you can buy a designer handbag and a $3.00 bagel with cream cheese on the same block, a neighborhood where artists and Wall Street brokers and school teachers live side-by-side, and a neighborhood that truly feels like a community, the West Village has everything you could want and more.
Whether you’re looking to change neighborhoods or are looking to move to New York for the first time, there’s no better neighborhood to call home than the West Village. Full of downtown cool, a great place for singles, couples, and families alike, and with endless opportunities to dine, shop, and enjoy the neighborhood’s rich culture, there’s no place in Manhattan like it.