Updated: Dec 8, 2021
With fully vaccinated international travelers now allowed to enter the United States, those who have been eyeing New York City real estate virtually may be ready to come visit in person. With so much to see and so many neighborhoods to explore, you might not know where to start.
To help, we’ve matched some of our favorite global cities to quintessential New York neighborhoods, featuring some of Brown Harris Stevens’ top new development and resale listings that are currently for sale.
If you like London, consider Greenwich Village.
London’s housing stock may be known for its history, but that doesn’t mean New York City doesn’t have its share of storied charm. Greenwich Village is one of the city’s most historically significant neighborhoods, known as the center of New York’s bohemian and alternative art culture through much of the 20th century. Before then, in the mid-1800s, it was a fashionable area that saw the development of stately townhouses.
258 West 12th Street is one such townhouse, built in 1852 in the Italianate style. The four-story residence is now available for the first time in 75 years and features exceptionally preserved ornate moldings, high ceilings, and nine fireplaces dotted among its 20 rooms. It’s on the market for just under $15 million.
Is your heart in Paris? Try the Upper East Side.
Between strolling Central Park and shopping at world-class boutiques, take a tour of The Leyton— where a phenomenal four-bedroom, 4.5-bath high-floor Elena Frampton-designed residence spanning 3,106 square feet along with a 531-square-foot outdoor terrace—is available for $13 million. Walls of windows and soaring ceilings give the 34th-story space an airy feel and provide stunning views of the city. Alexandra Champalimaud designed the building’s two levels of amenity spaces.
Soft spot for Hong Kong? Look no further than Midtown West.
While the theatre may occupy your evenings, check out this duplex penthouse at 805 Ninth Avenue. The sleek three-bedroom home offers private keyed elevator entry, 20-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a spacious private terrace. It's on the market now for $3.295 million.
All of this is found in a boutique building with five full-floor residences, located a few blocks from Central Park, Lincoln Center, and of course, the Theater District.
A fan of Berlin? Head to Bushwick.
If you love Berlin, you might be a fan of its eclectic culture; non-conforming attitude; and array of music, art, and nightlife options. In Bushwick, you’ll find a thriving music scene (with plenty of techno venues), the most famous street art in New York, and warehouse parties that go on until the early morning.
Bushwick’s housing is as eclectic as its culture, with converted warehouse lofts sharing the spotlight with stately townhouses and single-family brick homes. One such home is 1088 Bushwick Avenue, a tastefully renovated seven-bedroom home with a finished basement and recreation room. On the market for $1.349 million, the residence also has a serene backyard that offers excellent privacy.
Eyes on Buenos Aires? You might like DUMBO.
Just like Buenos Aires, DUMBO is a riverfront locale that is as cosmopolitan as it is full of character and charm. Here you can find both restored, industrial loft spaces from the '70s as well as newly built high-rises with spectacular views of the New York City skyline.
If you're considering DUMBO, take a look at 30 Main Street, Apt 2B. The sprawling $3.2 million duplex maisonette loft is located in the historic Sweeney Building in the heart of DUMBO. Enjoy views of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Manhattan Bridge, as well as the luxury and conveniences of a full-service doorman building. And, just like Buenos Aires, you'll find a wealth of parks, quaint cafes, and excellent restaurants nearby.
Missing idyllic Amsterdam? Explore Harlem.
The name "Harlem" not only has a Dutch origin, but the Manhattan neighborhood also shares characteristics with Amsterdam. Both boast diverse communities, a celebrated artistic history, and a community-minded atmosphere.
If you fall in love with Morningside Park and the music, arts, and culinary scene Harlem offers, don’t leave without touring Eleven Hancock, the eye-catching cantilevered building where an all-windowed corner three-bedroom, 2.5-bath penthouse complete with a private rooftop cabana is on the market for $2.275 million.
Love the verticality of Shanghai? Try the new Tribeca.
With all that Downtown Manhattan offers, it’s no wonder you will want to stay, and this luxurious two-floor penthouse perched atop an exquisite limestone building is just the spot. With over 4,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor space—including four terraces and a private rooftop garden—the stunning home at 41 Warren Street needs to be seen to be truly appreciated. On the market for $7.995 million, this residence is bathed in natural light and offers views of the historic neighborhood surrounding it.
Stuck on Stockholm? Venture to Williamsburg.
Previously regarded as a hipster mecca, much of Williamsburg has transformed into the neighborhood of choice for discerning New Yorkers. Its progressive spirit and pockets of chic boutiques, cafes, galleries, and dining options—plus its summertime festivals—make it an attractive option for those who love Stockholm's culture.
Consider this exquisite loft at 184 Kent Avenue (priced at $1.689 million) located on the river's edge of Williamsburg. Watch sunsets over the Hudson from the tall casement windows of this converted factory building, called the Austin Nichols House. In addition to the designer touches of the residence, you can take advantage of over 30,000 square feet of amenity space. You might work out with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and East River in the expansive waterfront gym, enjoy the landscaped courtyard and Zen garden, and use the resident lounge's co-working space.
Which of these homes would you choose? What international city does your neighborhood most remind you of?