Sunday, April 18, 2010

Featured Neighborhood Of The Week: CHELSEA!

Neighborhood Overview

Chelsea has a reputation for peace and tranquility, but, extending from 14th Street to approx 34th Street, west of Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to the Hudson River, it’s way too big a neighborhood to paint in such broad strokes. While it does boast some of the prettiest, most peaceful stretches of brownstones to be found anywhere in Manhattan, Chelsea has its bustling shopping zones, its grungy zones and its party zones, too. Like the East Village, Chelsea has a notorious, dangerous past (look up the history of the Chelsea Hotel sometime), but it’s converted all that to bohemian charm.


Housing


Lofts, prewars, tenements, high rises: you name it, it’s here. It’s not the cheapest neighborhood in Manhattan, but if you’re looking for a share between some friends, it’s hard to find a better value for multi-bedroom places than in Chelsea.

Restaurants


Eighth Avenue is the heart of Chelsea’s dining district, lined as it is by chic eateries with plenty of sidewalk seating, but there are gems scattered throughout the neighborhood. From steakhouses to delicate cuisine, this big neighborhood has something for everyone.

Arts/Entertainment


With its west side warehouse space and bohemian pedigree, Chelsea has quietly become one of the city’s art gallery epicenters. Sixth Avenue, meanwhile, remains a commercial wonderland, from big, national chain stores in the teens to bargain basement clothing in the twenties. Maybe best of all, you’re never too far from a supermarket in Chelsea, including the gigantic, mall-like Chelsea Market.

Subways


1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, R, L, W, B, D, F, V


Great Outdoors


Wandering the brown stoned streets between Eighth and Tenth Avenues is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, but if it’s a park vibe you’re after, try the General Theological Seminary on Ninth Avenue. For exercise, the cavernous Chelsea Piers gym is practically like being outside: it even has a driving range!

The Future


With so much new construction in Chelsea, supply should keep up with, and maybe even outpace, demand in the coming years. That’s a formula for a great deal.

If you remember the old days when 23rd St was nothing but a dirty, run down bar and homeless haven, you'll know how special this community is today. Even better, I will attest that there are still some great deals worth checking out in Chelsea. However, there are even better deals right outside the borders of this area.

If you are thinking about moving and ready to take the plunge, contact me at 212-452-6108 to set up a viewing. I don't show dirty, slummy apartments (unless by request), so make the right move and have me help you! Don't just take my word for it, read below and see what some recent clients have to say. I tell it like it is, not always what you want to hear, but you'll never feel cheated or lied to. With over 150,000 Real Estate Brokers in this city and maybe about 1900 active listings, it doesn't take a genious to figure out that you can end up wasting your time if you don't choose someone who knows what they are doing and is honest. If that's what you are looking for, contact me!


Check out 
www.goleaseit.com for some of my Chelsea listings and follow me on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/NYCrentaldeals.


- BGD
(with contribution from Anchor Associates)

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