Chelsea is considered one of the most charming and picturesque neighborhoods in Manhattan. Located in Midtown Manhattan on the West Side, it runs from 6th Avenue to Hudson River and 14th Street to 34th Street. This large tract encompasses several smaller, overlapping areas, some of which are considered distinguished neighborhoods on their own, such as Flatiron, Koreatown, Hudson Yards, Highline Park, and the Meatpacking District.
Transport in Chelsea Neighborhood
Chelsea is extremely important as the gateway to our city. It has Penn Station, which the New York Times calls “the busiest transit hub in the Western Hemisphere… with more than 600,000 commuters each day.” Chelsea’s central location is a great advantage to the people who make Chelsea their home. With nine subway lines, six bus routes, and the NJ PATH passing through, most residents enjoy short, easy commutes to virtually any destination.
The History of Chelsea Neighborhood
Chelsea’s old world name is reminiscent of the stylish section of central London. Centuries ago, in 1750, when Manhattan was mostly open land, a British military officer bought a Dutch farm which reminded him of a manor in London’s Chelsea. Today, the neighborhood still retains the British major’s sentimental name reference.
In the 19th century, Chelsea’s farms were replaced by the lovely attached townhomes we see today. In 1970, the NY Landmarks Preservation Commission created the Historic District to preserve the fine architecture on display here.
Cultural and Shopping Center
Chelsea is not only beautiful to look at but is known internationally for its wide variety of civilized pleasures. This small area is a cultural center, supporting 200 art galleries and over 300 Zagat-rated restaurants. Adjacent to the Garment District, Chelsea is home to Fashion Institute of Technology and many designer boutiques, including Hermes, Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, Diane Von Furstenberg, and many other household names.
The Ladies’ Mile Historic District on Sixth Avenue was once, in bygone years, a fashionable district of regally appointed department stores. Today, the Victorian milliners, cobblers and haberdashers have simply been replaced in modern times by Best Buy, TJ Maxx and Trader Joe’s. Chelsea Market, occupying a full city block, has been described as “one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world.” For recreation, Chelsea Piers, located in Hudson River Park, is a delight, offering 28 acres of golf, boating, ice skating, bowling and every manner of sport. The High Line elevated park which runs through the heart of Chelsea has won innumerable awards for innovation and design excellence.
Above all, it’s a gracious residential neighborhood, with tree-lined streets, convenient shopping, and highly-rated schools. Housing opportunities range from historic, protected townhouses to luxury full-service high-rises with excellent amenities packages. In sophisticated new constructions like the Caroline and the Vanguard, located in the center, a number of no-fee rental apartments are available. Many buyers and tenants are attracted to Chelsea because they find prices to be favorable compared to nearby West Village and Upper West Side properties. But with outstanding cultural, consumer and recreational resources, it is an economical alternative that stands on its own as an exciting destination and place to call home. Array Property Group brokers are delighted to share with you their fondness for this unique, appealing neighborhood.