An idiosyncratic street plan is part of the charm of the West Village, which is part of larger Greenwich Village, and based on an older grid of the city, causing confusion among tourists and residents alike. Restored 19th-century townhouses line the streets and you can feel the rich texture of city life. The Greenwich Village Historic District was a pioneering effort when it was established in 1969. The district became a model for others throughout the city and country. New additions like the High Line park and the Whitney Museum draw millions of visitors each year.
Like central Greenwich Village to its east, this part of Manhattan followed a similar path from being farmland to a quieter 19th-century residential enclave, and eventually an area with a decidedly bohemian edge. Its historic character is visible in stately townhouse rows, in brick, brownstone, and repurposed industrial lofts like Westbeth, converted from a factory by then little known architect Richard Mier. Some Village streets are still made of cobblestone. The West Village would be associated with the 20th Century writers and artists who called it home — Willa Cather, E.E. cummings, Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac among them. This creative heritage lives on within institutions like the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and the 2015 incarnation if the Whitney Museum.
The West Village is one of our favorite neighborhoods in New York City. Cool, understated, sophisticated, casual, bohemian, creative—it is hard to imagine a reason why you would not want to live here. Average property values here hold steady and grow strong historically. We love to help our clients with properties in the West Village’s Landmarked Historic Districts. Opinions differ about the area’s exact borders, but the traditional ones are the Hudson River to the west, West 14th Street to the north, Greenwich Avenue to the east, and Christopher Street to the south