Living on the Upper East Side: A Personal Exploration of Pros, Cons, and Real Estate Gems

Michael Holt  |  November 23, 2023

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Living on the Upper East Side: A Personal Exploration of Pros, Cons, and Real Estate Gems

Living on the Upper East Side: A Personal Exploration of Pros, Cons, and Real Estate Gems

Hey there, it's Michael Holt, your friendly real estate guide in New York City, and I'm thrilled to share my firsthand insights into the pros and cons of living on the Upper East Side. So, let's dive into the highlights from my recent YouTube video and explore what makes this neighborhood unique. For further information beyond the blog and to browse properties in the Upper East Side for sale click here.

To watch a more in-depth video click below!

5 Pros About Living in the Upper East Side

1. Gourmet Haven: The Upper East Side boasts an array of international cuisine and high-end shopping, especially along the Avenues. From flagship stores on Madison Avenue to charming coffee shops, the culinary and retail scene is a definite pro.

2. Parks Galore: With Central Park as your front yard and the often-overlooked Carl Schurz Park, the neighborhood is a haven for green spaces. For park lovers like me, this is a dream come true.

3. Neighborhood Feel With Historic Charm: The residential feel with townhouses and single-family residences gives the Upper East Side a unique neighborhood vibe. Perfect for those seeking a community atmosphere.

4. Real Estate Variety: From renovated one-bedroom apartments to luxurious townhouses, the real estate scene is diverse. Watch the video to see a sneak peek into a $16 million five-bedroom beauty on Fifth Avenue and other properties.

5. Cost of Living: Surprisingly, the Upper East Side offers more affordable living compared to downtown areas. It's a bonus for those looking for a great location without breaking the bank.

5 Cons About Living in the Upper East Side

1. Limited Nightlife: If you're a night owl, the Upper East Side might not be your go-to place for clubbing and dancing. While there are options like Irish pubs, it's not known for its vibrant nightlife.

2. Transportation Considerations: Depending on your daily commute, transportation could be a con. The Q on Second Avenue has eased some struggles, but it's something to factor in, especially if you work in Midtown or downtown.

3. Co-op Challenges: Co-op apartments, common in the area, come with their own set of challenges, including financial requirements. It's essential to navigate these intricacies when considering a move. Learn more about coops by clicking here to watch a video or by checking out our buying guide by clicking here.

4. Old World Charm: While some adore the pre-war charm of the apartments, others might find the older constructions with limited modern amenities a drawback.

5. Far From Downtown: If you have to commute downtown often whether for work or your preference of leisure then it might be best to search elsewhere (especially if you are visiting West Village and the neighborhoods on the west side of Manhattan).

In my journey as a New Yorker for 12 years, the Upper East Side has become home to me. I've guided countless of clients who love living in the neighborhood. I'm here to guide you through every nook and cranny the Upper East Side has to offer. If you're contemplating a move or just want to explore cool apartments and unique tours, drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you regardless if your time frame is to move in 9 days to 90 days. My team at Living New York is amongst the top real estate agents in NYC experienced in working with buyers, sellers, and investors. Click here to learn why buyers hire us and click here to learn about why sellers are hiring us to sell their properties. Stay tuned for more in-depth explorations of the Upper East Side, and remember, there's no place I won't go to bring you the best of New York City living! 


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