Washington Heights, Manhattan
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,850, estimates Chyann Sapp, a licensed real estate salesperson with Citi Habitats
What you get: “You get so much more space compared to what you would get in more Southern Manhattan,” says Sapp. “It feels like a real apartment.”
Why you want it: “Washington Heights is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Manhattan,” Sapp says, and for good reason: Without sacrificing too much convenience, you can live like a civilized adult (though you certainly don’t have to). “It’s really appealing to pretty much everybody — families all the way down to young roommates.” And, she adds, “The cuisine is fantastic.” The neighborhood’s large Dominican population means there’s a ton of great Dominican food, in addition to Salvadorian food, Mexican food, tapas, and very solid pizza. The neighborhood is also home to The Cloisters, the Met’s four-acre medieval art museum-slash-garden at Fort Tryon Park, which is blissfully removed from the bustle of the city.
Nearest subways: The A express train (with stops between 155th and 190th Streets) will get you to Midtown is less than half an hour.