Location: The West Village is everything west of Sixth Avenue, from Houston to 14th street. Essentially, the West Village is the original Greenwich Village. The need for the modifier ("West") is a relatively new thing resulting from the emergence of the Eastern counterpart, the East Village.
There is a certain degree of ambiguity as to whether the West Village includes the area around NYU - i.e. Fifth avenue and University Place (a.k.a. the Central Village). Our panel of experts maintains that it doesn't.
Demographics: The population stands at about 72,000. Although the West Village used to be visibly gay, in the last few years young families (often with children) started to take over as the neighborhood's most "visible" constituency. As far as the social makeup is concerned, the majority could easily qualify as affluent. Real estate prices here are among the highest in Manhattan, not to mention other boroughs.
In the past, the area was considered a natural place to live for intellectuals of all kinds (the literary kind in particular), but nowadays it would be difficult to find any full-time writers who could afford living there. Stockbrokers and media/advertising executives probably have a much better shot.
Apartments & Real Estate
Architecturally, the West Village has been preserved pretty well, which is a plus if you like the character of old buildings, but a minus if you're looking for an affordable yet modern apartment. There are very few modern buildings and practically none of them qualifies as a "high-rise".
To be fair, some reasons for that do not have much to do with with preservation - they are much simpler. Because of a geological quirk, the "rock" foundation, easily reachable in Midtown and Downtown, is actually very deep here. As a result, building too high would either be prohibitively expensive or outright dangerous. The result is a neighborhood dominated by 19th and early 20th-century brownstone and low-rise apartment buildings.
Selected Rental Buildings
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Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
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Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all West Village Condo Apartment Buildings (24 buildings)
See our list of West Village Co-op Apartment Buildings (22 buildings)
Greenwich Village used to be a village (back in the days when Wall Street actually had a wall). The "west" modifier was added later to distinguish the neighborhood from its eastern neighbors.
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