Washington Heights, a popular neighborhood for many first-time New Yorkers, is located at the northern portion of Manhattan starting at 155 St, reaching to 193rd St. This neighborhood is perfect for a young-professional or student looking to live on a budget and experience the city. The City College of New York and Columbia University are both walkable distance in WaHa or accessible by train in 1-2 stops. WaHa is less dense than the other neighborhoods of Manhattan, offering more elbow room and less tourists. That’s not to say the area doesn’t boast a range of cuisines, attractions and local hotspots.
Everything you need is steps away including a range of local sit-down eateries like Marcha Cocina Bar offering a selection of tapas and small plates. If you head to Broadway or W 181st St, you’ll find an abundance of businesses ranging from restaurants, grocers, banks, shopping and more. Saggio is our go-to Italian fare in the area with a selection of homemade pastas and wines. The best take-out spots include Tacos El Paisa, Jade Garden and Malecon. With no shortage of dining spots, WaHa is home to a diverse range of cuisines.
In addition to a range of food fare, this area boasts numerous attractions. The Cloisters attract a wave of tourists and natives alike. This branch of the Metropolitan Museum showcases medieval art inside a French Monastery, with scenic views of the Hudson River. Around the corner is Fort Tyron Park, designed by the son of the man behind Central Park. The gorgeous gardens are perfect for a summer day of wandering with friends. Riverside Drive is perfect for a scenic bike ride along the river, with the bike path running from Battery Park in lower Manhattan up through all of Upper Manhattan.
This area of Manhattan offers ample access to public transportation, with the A, C, and 1 trains running throughout Upper Manhattan. offering a 25 minute or less commute to Midtown. Additionally, a range of bus lines also run through Upper Manhattan, offering access to Midtown, the Bronx and Queens.
Rent prices in this neighborhood are the most affordable in Manhattan. Studios and one-bedrooms range from around $1400-2200. Two-bedroom units start around $2,000, ranging to $2,600 for nicer, more spacious units. Three-bedrooms start as low as $2500 and go up to around $3600 on the more expensive end. Due to the majority of apartments being built originally for families, the overall sizes of bedrooms and living space is significantly larger than most in Manhattan. This area also boasts the highest volume of no fee rental options, as the landlords will cover the fee. While these apartment buildings boast extra living space, they are less likely to feature luxury amenities such as a doorman, gym or roof deck. However, most units are recently renovated with a high-end finish and new amenities. Take a look here! (link)
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