Is there a more magical place downtown than the West Village? The brick-fronted townhouses, the canopied stores and bistros, the angular streets — it all makes for a surprisingly serene setting. (Just beware the tourists lined up for cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery.) Unlike many others in the city, this neighborhood has managed to cling to its history, despite the additions of luxury condos like One Morton Square and Richard Meier’s glass trilogy. (It’s landmarked in large swaths, which helps.) More change is in the offing when the High Line redevelopment gets going, but with so many diehards playing guardian to the past, the West Village won’t change much more. At least not without a fight. Still, it’s hard to argue with old-timers when they mourn for the old days — there’s little place for bohemia now that it’s become one of the most expensive places in the city. After the jump, a guide to this weekend’s open houses. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
1 Morton Sq., nr. West St., Apt. 3B West
Sunday, 2 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
369 Bleecker St., nr. Charles St., Apt. 4/5
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Monday, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
1 Morton Sq., nr. Bleecker St., Apt. L4BE
Sunday, noon–1:30 p.m.
689 Washington St., nr. Charles St.
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
12 Leroy St., nr. Bleecker St.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
66 Bedford St., nr. Commerce St.
Sunday, 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.