Chelsea is a sprawling neighborhood with architectural styles ranging from commercial lofts to charming townhouses to futuristic new construction. This mish-mash of styles works perfectly as Chelsea sits between the Villages, Flatiron, and Midtown. You can actually see the character of New York change from one Chelsea block to the next.
Chelsea is bordered by Sixth Avenue to the east; 14th Street to the south; the Hudson River to the west; and 30th Street to the north. The eastern and northern sections of the neighborhood contain commercial lofts, many of which have been converted to residential use, similar to Flatiron. The south and west sections of the neighborhood contain charming row houses that look like they could belong in the heart of the Village, but with the occasional mid-rise and modern high-rise building thrown in for good measure. And on the far west side of Chelsea, near the High Line Park, you can find futuristic apartment buildings and alluring galleries. Chelsea has something for everyone.
More commonly known for nightlife than packed meat, the Meatpacking District begins in the West Village (at Jane Street) and stretches up to about 17th Street in Chelsea, all west of 9th Avenue. The heart of the Meatpacking District – cobblestoned Gansevoort, Little West 12th, West 13th, and West 14th Streets – are zoned entirely for commercial use and do not contain any residential homes. Landmark and historic district protections have preserved much of the architecture, but a few modern high-rises such as the Standard and Gansevoort Hotels managed to sneak in, adding to the district’s unique vibe.
Other notable attractions include the Chelsea Market, the beginning of the High Line Park, and New York’s first floating park: Pier 55. With so much action packed in such a small space, living near the Meatpacking District is perfect for those who want to experience 21st Century New York.
West of 9th Avenue and north of 14th Street – excluding the sections of the Meatpacking District that also lie in this area – is a mini-neighborhood that is distinct from the rest of Chelsea. Formerly home to warehouses, loading docks, and abandoned commercial spaces, West Chelsea was revitalized in the 21st Century with the addition of the High Line, a massively popular public park. Apartment buildings and dozens of art galleries soon followed.
When looking for homes in West Chelsea, expect to find mostly new construction. There are beautiful and historic row houses along its side streets, west of 9th and 10th Avenues, although supply is limited. The most notable examples of pre-war architecture in West Chelsea are London Terrace Towers and London Terrace Gardens, two neighboring complexes that occupy the entire block between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue, north of 23rd Street, and south of 24th Street.