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122 E. 82nd St. #6B
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The Upper East Side vs. the West Village—where would you rather live?

See the best listings under $1.5M in two of NYC’s most iconic neighborhoods.

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They’re located just four miles apart, and they each occupy a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers. But as far as Manhattan neighborhoods go, the West Village and the Upper East Side could hardly be more different.

Oh sure, they’re now both leafy and posh. But the Upper East Side, that famous redoubt of blue bloods like the Rockefellers and Kennedys, has a certain, well, pedigree. It was the setting of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a place where the streets are lined with limestone-faced townhouses and end at the Met or the Guggenheim—or Central Park. The Upper East Side is a place you live to escape some of the noise and chaos of Manhattan while enjoying some of its finest offerings.

And while the West Village certainly has quieter corners, its thrill is the sense of being in the middle of it all: the art—for this is where the artists and poets once lived—and culture, the cafes and restaurants, the clubs and theatres. They’re all here. The neighborhood is not so much an escape from Manhattan as the elegant, buzzing, pleasurable center of it.

Naturally, both the Upper East Side and the West Village are immensely popular with New Yorkers. But which would you choose for a home? To make the decision more interesting, we’ve compiled top listings in each neighborhood under $1.5 million from StreetEasy, New York City’s leading real estate marketplace. Scope them out—you might just be surprised by which you pick.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate

167 Perry St. #3N

167 Perry St. #3N

This newly renovated and spacious 1-bedroom in the heart of the West Village, available for $1.25 million, is bright, airy, and minimalist. But it has all of the comfortable features any Westsider would dream of, like a spa-like bathroom with a deep soaking tub, custom cabinets, Caesarstone countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and, yes, a dishwasher. When you’re not out sampling some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood—well, in the world—it’s a perfect spot for entertaining friends, with a wood-burning fireplace, large living space, and private balcony with stunning views of the city.

Listed by Josh Rubin at Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Ken Chen with Evan Joseph Studio

92 Horatio St. #3RS

92 Horatio St. #3RS

Located on a quiet West Village block, this 2-bed, 2-bath co-op, listed for $1.475 million, provides all of the historic and creative charm of the neighborhood, but has upgrades like an open chef’s kitchen, top-notch materials, and luxurious bathrooms—with even heated marble floors in the master. Though the home has been fully renovated, there’s still plenty of original features, like the exposed brick and wood-burning fireplace in the living room.

Listed by Clayton Orrigo and Stephen Ferrara at Compass

Halstead Real Estate

122 E. 82nd St. #6B

122 E. 82nd St. #6B

This spacious prewar 2-bed, 2-bath apartment on the Upper East Side, available for $1.498 million, is the definition of a comfortable classic-six. Oversized picture windows let sunlight pour in to a kitchen that has the cabinet space of a suburban home, while the bright living area boasts built-in bookshelves and gleaming hardwood floors. Tall, beamed ceilings, picture moldings, and sizable bedrooms round off the notable features of this UES dream.

Listed by Lauren Cangiano and Alisha Lloyd-Hudson at Halstead Real Estate

Warburg Realty

63 E. 79th St. #4S

63 E. 79th St. #4S

The location alone—just one block from Central Park—is enough to sell this 2-bed, 2-bath Upper East Side apartment, listed for $1.5 million, but the perks certainly don’t end there. Located inside a Georgian-style townhouse, the apartment features a newly renovated kitchen and a sun-soaked living space with dark hardwoods, a fireplace, and lots of built-in storage. Both large bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and plenty of natural sunlight streaming in.

Listed by Linda M. Lawrence at Warburg Realty

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