New York Prime Areas

By Wei Min Tan


Many of our foreign clients coming to buy investment property in New York are interested in the most prime areas of Manhattan, also known as New York, New York.  The first New York refers to the island of Manhattan while the second New York refers to it being located within New York state.  

Wanting the most prime areas is normal because high-net-worth individuals taking the effort to research and then invest in a different country thousands of miles away would want a property in a stable, blue chip and very prime area.  

Contrary to what foreigners think, Fifth Avenue, Wall Street and Central Park are not the measures which determine whether an area is prime.  These are touristy areas.  Being touristy is different from being a prime area for residential property.

Read more:  Foreign Buyer Guide
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Wei Min Tan is a property broker focusing on Manhattan, New York luxury condominiums and foreign buyers.   He is often interviewed by the media including CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on the subject of foreign buyers of Manhattan property.  View Wei Min's media appearances.  

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Average 2-bedroom condominium

1. Greenwich Village
2. Tribeca
3. West Village
4. Soho
5. Flatiron

Manhattan average



Average price per square foot

1.  West Village
2.  Tribeca
3.  Chelsea
4.  Soho
5.  Greenwich Village

Manhattan average


Data:  Streeteasy, Miller Samuel


$3.192 million
$3,075 million
$3,045 million
$2.850 million
$2.675 million

$1.67 million





$2,245 per sqft
$2,280
$2,180
$2, 096
$2,094

$1,379
Manhattan, New York is the United States' prime area

The island of Manhattan (also known as "New York, New York") is the most prime area of the United States.  Manhattan is home to the most billionaires, the highest prices per square foot, highest rents and highest household incomes.  

Living in Manhattan, identified by the famous 212 phone area code, is a status symbol.   

However, we don't have the highest number of luxury cars per capita as most Manhattan residents don't own a car.  This is because of the inconveniences of driving and looking for parking.    


Super Prime

Within prime Manhattan, certain areas are more expensive in terms of price per square foot or rent.  These are the super prime areas of Manhattan. 

Below is a ranking of the most super prime areas within Manhattan based on two metrics for residential property.

Keep in mind that these are averages.  The most expensive buildings in Manhattan such as One 57 and 15 Central Park West are not in either of these neighborhoods.

Read more:  Manhattan neighborhoods from the perspective of a broker

Cast-iron building in Soho
It's not just about Super Prime

Getting a property in a super prime area does not guarantee it will be a good investment.  This is the macro level.  The micro level would be getting a property in the right building and the right apartment within the building.  

For example, having a bad facing apartment within a super luxury building is not good.  Or having the most expensive apartment in a so-so building in a super prime area.  The micro level - building and apartment within building - is where local expertise becomes invaluable when choosing an apartment.

Read more:  Buyer's Broker For Manhattan Condominiums  

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