Don’t ask for directions when you are in the West Village. Its winding streets, hidden alleyways, and secret courtyards can confuse even native New Yorkers. But those quirks eventually become part of its charm, along with historic low-rise buildings that could make Europe jealous. It has endless options for entertainment, yet thanks to its relatively remote location, it is also one of the most quiet and private locations in NYC. The West Village is the best of both worlds: a place to call home and a place to have fun.
The West Village is located south of 14th Street/Gansevoort Street; north of Houston Street; east of the Hudson River; and west of 7th Avenue. It is near the Meatpacking District, a world-class commercial district with shopping, nightlife and offices, which runs from Gansevoort Street to West 14th Street. Notable attractions include the southern entrance to the High Line Park and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The neighborhood’s roads were laid out in the 18th century, long before the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 that created the grid for streets and avenues in modern Manhattan. Streets in the West Village mostly have mostly names rather than numbers, while even the numbered streets seem to have a mind of their own. You might find yourself standing at the corner of West 4th Street and West 10th Street.
Real estate trades at a premium in the West Village. Listings at a similar price in different neighborhoods will always have more to offer. When you choose the West Village, you are choosing the location above all else – and it would be hard to blame you.