Chelsea is a sprawling neighborhood with various types of architecture, ranging from commercial lofts to charming townhouses to futuristic new construction. This mish-mash of styles actually blends together well as Chelsea serves as a transition between the Village, Flatiron, and midtown. You can literally see the character of New York change as you walk from one 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 – mirroring the character of neighboring midtown and 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 the far west side of Chelsea, home to the High Line Park, is completely different than the rest with its futuristic new construction condominiums and alluring galleries.
Chelsea has something for everyone, and it’s perfect for those who want to live close to the action but who maybe want a bigger home than they could find in the Village, or a more affordable one than they could find in Flatiron. It’s also perfect for those who want new construction in a downtown neighborhood.
More well-known for its nightlife and fine dining than actual 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 in (or more likely, 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 new neighborhood that is distinctly different 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 that has sparked major residential development. The neighborhood is also home to dozens of art galleries, many of which have iconic architecture that allows them to blend in seamlessly with the nearby residential homes.
West Chelsea buyers are mostly going to find new construction. The neighborhood is also home to beautiful and historic row houses along its side streets, west of 9th and 10th Avenues, although available supply at any given time 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 and 10th Avenues and 23rd and 24th Streets. Combined, these complexes contain nearly 2,000 homes.