Let visitors complain of the dearth of high-end stores and Zagat restaurants. The vibe here is that of the Upper West Side, before Circuit City and others turned chunks of it into a mall. And yet, prices in Washington Heights—for both rentals and sales—are still a fraction of what you’d pay 50 blocks south.
27. 801 Riverside Drive
This prewar building is undergoing a condo conversion that began in 2006. Six units, two- to three-bedrooms, are on the market at prices ranging from $450,000 to $875,000. (Corcoran Group; 212-444-7866)
28. Heights 163
467 W. 163rd St.
Downtown chic invades the low-key neighborhood. Of eight units, three listings, including a 1,684-square-foot duplex penthouse, are asking less than a million (okay, a dollar less). (Corcoran Group; 917-312-4497)
29. Castle Village
120–200 Cabrini Blvd.
Red-brick towers built in the twenties and thirties, these co-ops are amenities-laden complexes perched atop Hudson Heights, arguably the neighborhood’s most coveted pocket. (Stein-Perry, 212-928-3805)
30. 703 W. 171st Street
A boutique condo with just eleven units will be ready by late fall. Most of the apartments will be one-bedrooms. (Stein-Perry)
31. The Audubon
779 Riverside Dr.
Many of the 92 apartments in this prewar gem should begin conversion into condos late this summer. (Corcoran Group; 212-543-9013)
—S. Jhoanna Robledo