One of the most storied NYC neighborhoods, the West Village is a joyful place to live with its beautiful prewar residences, charming, winding streets (some still paved with cobblestones) and eclectic mix of attractions like quaint shops, artist studios, cafes and eateries. Though residents, historians and real estate professionals debate its borders, the area is most commonly said to be contained within West 14th Street, West Houston Street, Seventh Avenue South and the Hudson River. The West Village is an extension of Greenwich Village (aka, “The Village), which is west of Seventh Avenue, where some beautiful historic townhouses and co-ops on tree-lined streets can be found as well.
The West Village, ubiquitous with New York's bohemian culture since the art community began populating it in the early 20th Century, remains close to its artisan roots. For everyone who lives there, it offers a more casual laid-back ambiance as far as Manhattan apartment living goes. Along with single-family brownstones and townhouses, the area contains intimate pre-war apartments (often less than 12 stories) with plenty of windows, greenery and gorgeous details, as well as intimate dining establishments, abundant nightspots, the Hudson River Park and convenient transportation, making it one of Manhattan’s most desired living destinations. Famous writers and artists like Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Norman Rockwell, Eugene O'Neill and Dylan Thomas called it home. The old White Horse remains one of the neighborhood’s most popular destinations. The Meatpacking District north of 14th Street has transformed into a boutique-type area with chic designer shops. Parks include Abingdon Square, James J. Walker Park, Bleecker Park, Jackson Square, and the refurbished Highline Elevated Park that starts at Gansevoort Street.