The Upper West Side, labeled as a more liberal and artsy counterpart to the Upper East, is perhaps a little less so these days, but is recognized for its diversity. From quaint brownstones on tree-lined streets, to dignified pre-war buildings along Broadway, residents have an array of living options. The quiet neighborhood offers residents and visitors an escape from the chaos of Midtown and other heavily tourist populated areas.
The Upper West Side is one of the more popular residential areas in the city, drawing families, young folks and artist types. In addition to its dynamic family friendly reputation, the neighborhood’s numerous restaurants and bars attract a happening singles scene as well. Local gourmet shops and boutiques add to the neighborhood’s diverse character.
Despite the heavier price tags, real estate bargain hunters can still discover deals in the northernmost frontiers of the Upper West, where it meets Morningside Heights and Columbia University.