If the older buildings on the Lower East Side could talk, they would tell the entire story of the immigrants to New York. Today, many of the old buildings remain, the old tenements now co oops and condos, standing side by side with new ultra modern medium rise buildings. Orchard Street is still the shopping district and you can still get a pastrami on rye at Katze’s and a Guinness at Mc Sorley’s.
The Lower East Side is convenient to the financial district of lower Manhattan and the F train will get you to the business district of midtown in no time at all. It is also walking distance to the great shops and restaurants of Little Italy and Chinatown.
Before you begin to look at the real estate, take a day and come to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Stroll down Orchid Street and visit the shops and restaurants. Take a look at the outside of the different styles of buildings. Then, if you think the Lower East Side is the neighborhood for you, start your hunt.
Take a look at real estate at both the high end and low end of your budget. One thing you will see in the Lower East Side is the availability of larger 3,4 and 5 bedroom units. You would be hard pressed to find units this large in many of the neighborhoods in Manhattan. In the newer buildings, they were designed this way and in the older buildings and townhouses, two small units have been combined into one big one. This can be done in the case of condos, since you actually own the apartment, and many people have started out with a small unite, bought one that became vacant next to, or even above them, and created one really big unique home. The real estate listed here are the prices at the lower and high end of the price scale. One of the main considerations in setting a price is the square footage as well at the number of rooms. A high-priced studio for instance can have more square footage than a lower priced one bedroom. That is why I say to look at everything in your price range. And every style of building, even if you think it is not your style. There are some hidden gems in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, besides the apartment buildings and townhouses. There are garden complexes, with private gardens, sort of like a neighborhood within a neighborhood.
Be sure to have your questions ready. Find out what the monthly fees are, do they allow pets and anything else that you need to know to help you decided if this will be your new home.
A studio co op for $300,000
A studio condo for $770,000
A studio condo for $1,750,000
A one bedroom co op for $339,000
A one bedroom co op for $695,000
A one bedroom condo for $610,000
A two-bedroom co op for $610,000
A two-bedroom co op for $825,000
A two-bedroom condo for $825,000
A two bedroom condo penthouse in a new ultra modern building $3,475,000
A three-bedroom co op for $900,000
A three-bedroom condo for $995,000
A three-bedroom condo in a new ultra modern building for $2,700,000
A four-bedroom co op $950,000
A four-bedroom condo for $975,000