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 Real Estate
6 Affordable Neighborhoods
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Hudson Heights
Manhattan apartments at a discount.




For some Manhattanites, separation anxiety is a major obstacle to relocation. For these people, there is Hudson Heights. Jim Nyberg and his wife, Alice, needed to upgrade from their $1,450 a month one-bedroom pad in the West Village. But with a ceiling of $2,000, finding a two-bedroom in the Village proved impossible. So after reluctantly scouting out Brooklyn, the Nybergs took a look at Hudson Heights on the recommendation of a co-worker. "It was a different world," says Nyberg, who fell in love with the hill-top enclave just south of Fort Tryon Park. Last month, they moved into a spacious two-bedroom apartment for $2,000 a month on West 181st street, with a view of the Hudson and the George Washington Bridge.

The Numbers

Rentals:
1BR: $1,000-$1,500
2BR: $1,500-$2,000
Lofts: $2,400-$3,000

Purchase:
1BR: $130K-$275K
2BR: $250K-$500K
4BR: $500K-$750K

Lay of the land Hudson Heights, which stretches roughly from 181st to 193rd Street between Broadway and the river, is a manufactured name — created by brokers and co-op owners in the mid-nineties to psychologically distance the area from the rest of Washington Heights. While prices have gone up in recent years, the cost of a one-bedroom co-op ($130,000-$275,000) is still about half that of one on the Upper West Side. New, higher-end commercial development has also crept in, but the biggest boon to the area is the $84 million ferry-terminal project, which will open in stages over the next three years.

Prime areas Among the gems are the Hudson View Gardens on West 183rd, fifteen Tudor-style buildings situated in front of a block-long community park; and Castle Village, five high-rises complete with doormen and sunken living rooms, atop a broad expanse of grass and trees on Cabrini Boulevard, overlooking the river.

Sample Listing: 447 FT. WASHINGTON AVENUE. Two-bedroom, one-bath co-op in a prewar building. Lots of light, hardwood floors, 1,100 square feet. Formal dining room. Steps from A train. On the market for $229,000.
Creature comforts The southern area, near 181st Street, has loads of ethnic restaurants and little bodegas. This fall, a Starbucks, the first in Manhattan north of Harlem, will open on West 181st Street. The northern end offers fewer retail services but there is a large grocery store, a cute café, a popular Indian restaurant, a pet store, and a handful of other little shops.

The cons The streetscape of Hudson Heights is somewhat uninspired, with mostly unremarkable six- to ten-story apartment buildings. And there aren't many entertainment or nightlife options, so get used to the subway.

The commute There are only five stops between West 181st Street and Port Authority on the A line. It takes about 20 minutes during rush hour. But if you get stuck on a local, you're in for a long ride.

Schools P.S. 187 runs from kindergarten through eighth grade and is well regarded. Less desirable is George Washington High School: The alma mater of Henry Kissinger and Jacob Javits, its reputation has suffered in recent years from overenrollment, a high drop-out rate, and a jaded faculty.

Best brokers Gus Perry at Stein-Perry Real Estate (212-928-3805).

 
Web Guide


Real Estate Listings

Cabrini Terrace Co-op apartment listings

Stein-Perry Real Estate Best broker pick

Local News

Washington Heights and Inwood Report Published monthly

General Information

Hudson Heights Owners Coalition An association of owner-occupied residential properties

Community Calendar Lists walking tours and other events

Washington Heights General resource for info on Northern Manhattan

Northern Manhattan Places of Interest Landmarks, museums, and more


 
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From the September 17, 2001 issue of New York Magazine.
Photos by Sean Hemmerle. Maps by BRM.