If You Lived On the Lower East Side, Your Friday-Night Stumble Home Would Be Much Easier

Buying on the Lower East Side can often seem like a sigh-worthy compromise: You're a stone's throw from some of the city's hottest bars and restaurants, but you're also stuck in an ugly old building in less than perfect shape. But that's changing. These days you'll find plenty of de facto filet in the area below Houston but above Delancey, between Allen and Clinton Streets: nice apartments that aren't in graffiti-riddled, crumbling tenements. At Essex Street, the newest condo building in the area, there's a duplex with massive outdoor space; at 62 Rivington Street, there's a sweet penthouse with two private balconies and cherrywood floors; and, scattered throughout the neighborhood's narrow streets, there are plenty of spacious two-bedrooms. Though most of these places are under a million, the price of cool is still high — so make sure you've stocked up on cheap leggings before moving in.

One-Bedroom


133 Essex St., nr. Rivington St., Apt. 202
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.
$860,000

133 Essex St., nr. Rivington St., Apt. 502
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.
$799,000

98 Suffolk St., nr. Delancey St., Apt. 3E
Sunday, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
$339,000

62 Rivington St., nr. Eldridge St., Apt. 9A
Sunday, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
$610,000

Two-Bedroom


7 Essex St., nr. Canal St., Apt. 8B
Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$1.699 million

133 Essex St., nr. Rivington St., Apt. 701
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.
$1.45 million

7 Essex St., nr. Canal St., Apt. 6B
Sunday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$1.395 million

133 Essex St., nr. Rivington St., Apt. 302
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.
$905,000

20 Clinton St., nr. Stanton St., Apt. 6G
Sunday, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
$749,000

106 Suffolk St., nr. Delancey St., Apt. 5B
Sunday, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
$699,000

26 Ludlow St., nr. Hester St., Apt. 2B
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
$620,000

85 Stanton St., nr. Orchard St., Apt. 3B
Saturday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$599,000

Four-Bedroom


133 Essex St., nr. Rivington St., Apts. 202 and 302
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.
$1.765 million

Rebecca Milzoff