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West Village

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Generally regarded as the most beautiful area of downtown Manhattan, the West Village is an iconic neighborhood defined by its authentic, understated charm. Featuring some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city, idyllic tree-lined blocks of townhouses and brownstones, iconic hotels and nightlife in the Meatpacking district, and multiple jaw-droppingly gorgeous parks throughout, this neighborhood is the crown jewel of the downtown lifestyle.


Landscape

Bounded by 14th Street to the north, Houston Street to the south, and Sixth Avenue to the east, the West Village is close enough to all downtown neighborhoods so as to make it accessible, but remote enough to keep it sleepy and less trafficked than the neighboring Greenwich Village. Largely protected by aggressive landmarking, the West Village is all but guaranteed to look basically same for the foreseeable future, and its housing stock is extremely limited. As a result, West Village property tends to be some of the priciest in the city, and it also holds its value better than property in any other area.


History

Originally a rural hamlet far north of the earliest European settlements on the southern tip of Manhattan, the West Village has been able to maintain its old-world charm, and for its residents, it is a delicious haven from the high-rise hustle and bustle of more densely populated areas. While streets in other neighborhoods were forced to adhere to the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 and adopt the grid pattern that most of Manhattan is known for, the West Village was allowed to keep its haphazard street pattern, much to the chagrin of tourists and visitors who appear perpetually puzzled at the intersection of West 4th and West 10th Streets.