The West Village is a fantastic, vibrant part of New York. There are Townhouses there with great space and light. Subway access is available and there are many Restaurants and boutique shops. You're a short walk to NYU and Washington Square Park. I will say as there is never much available in that area, prices can be high.
On the other hand, some people prefer the suburbs. A nice house with a backyard and some space, maybe a Dog. That might also mean a commute into the city but weekends with the Family at Home are hard to beat. Location, Location, Location. There are different meanings to different people. You just have to choose your lifestyle.
If I may be of service, please feel free to contact me via Trulia. Good luck.
The West Village ranked the 8th best neighborhood in NYC according to StreetAdvisor.
Clean & Green
Safe & Sound
Resale or Rental Value
NOT GREAT FOR:
Cost of Living
Lack of Traffic
Parks & Recreation
WHO LIVES HERE?
Families with kids
Trendy & Stylish
As any advice, YOU are the one that will like the neighborhood or not. Something as simple as the stores on the block where you could potentially live will make or break your West Village experience.
Best of Luck
The Financial District is nice and some of those buildings even have Montessori Schools Inside them.
Tribeca is a nice area for Families as well. Roosevelt Island, Murray Hill.
The Village is a place you will go with your mate when you have a baby sitter for the Night
-Dave The Apartment Guy
If you have never been there, the West Village is a densely populated urban area, with a wide range of neighborhood amenities, including parks for children to play in day care, libraries etc. Beyond that , I as an agent have NO opinion about any neighborhood, and it is not legal to "steer" someone , so even if I did have a personal opinion i could not share it with you. I urge you to spend some time there and investigate as well to form your opinion. The only advice I have is that if you do like the West Village, , but find it too pricey for your budget, there are many other neighborhoods that you would also loke that are more affordable. Regarding "steering" , I "steer" clients to the most affordable neighborhoods according to market statistics,which usually means EVERYWHERE ABOVE 96th street,and the rest of the entire city except the "premium neighborhoods" of Brooklyn , which is mostly the western half closest to Manhattan.
Ther are reasons why a real estate agent cannot answer directly if a neighborhood is a "a good/safe neighborhood for a young family." There are rules about "steering" and about "fair housing." I would suggest you spend a little time in the West Village, and I think it will be readily apparant why this neighborhood enjoys the enormous popularity it does. In fact, it should only take 5 minutes.
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The main concern for most families with young children are good schools, proximity to cultural institutions like museums or parks, and the price of housing. Being close to good and easy transportation (buses, subways) is equally important if you don't live within walking distance from where you work.
The West Village with it's smaller charming buildings, and crooked treelined streets is absolutely lovely, but so are many other Manhattan neighborhoods where you might get a little more space for your $.
Most of NYC is very safe for a young family. You might want to look into the local crime state available via the different police precincts (link below).
Most of the West Side waterfront is now parks and playgrounds, from Battery park city to the UWS.
Even though the article below is talking about the larger NYC (Manhattan and the boroughs) it is interesting reading to someone new to the city.
Best of luck with your move, and don't hesitate to reach out if you would like more information.
Associate Broker, CNE
TOWN West Village