The Best Apartments in New York
These New York pads will have you thinking of moving to the Big Apple.
There’s nowhere in the world quite like New York. Known for its insomnia, fast pace and being one of the most happening places on earth, what better spot is there to spend some time? Staying in the Big Apple means you get the fun task of picking which of the city’s many neighbourhoods is the best fit for you – are you an Upper East Sider, a wannabe Williamsburg hipster or a Greenwich village Beatnik? Whatever your social style, Plum Guide knows that you want and deserve the best when it comes to a place to stay. Here’s our pick of the best apartments in New York.
An East Village townhouse in a converted synagogue
We’re starting out strong with our first pick because we know your taste is so discerning that you want the absolute cream of the crop. This incredible place to stay is one of the city's most unique homes. A four storey townhouse, it boasts 22 foot cathedral ceilings, a kitchen worthy of a Michelin star and no fewer than three terrace gardens.
With a classic decor scheme, this house will suit everybody down to the ground, whether you’re a Charlotte or a Carrie. The hosts have really gone all out with special touches such as a dedicated wine fridge, intricately tiled bathrooms, a media room, an outdoor hot tub and those incredible floor to ceiling glass windows from when the building was a place of worship (that’s right – they’re so striking we mentioned them twice).
As if the fact that this is one of the best apartments in New York isn’t enough, its location in the East Village means you’re ideally situated for the super-cool neighbourhood’s restaurants, bars, record stores, vintage shops and of course the ever-hopping nightlife scene.
A spectacular view of Central Park
If you’ve always dreamed of standing on your own private roof terrace, martini in hand, as you gaze out over Central Park and the New York skyline (and who hasn’t?) then this Upper West Side apartment is the one you’ve been fantasising about the moment your head hits the pillow every night.
Directly on the park, this is one of the best apartments in New York and has the luxury of taking up an entire floor of the building. It’s so quiet and removed from the hustle and bustle that you could almost be in the countryside - until you look down at the street, that is. This pad truly feels like a real home, which is it - the host even carved the fabulous dining room table for an art school project.
Neighbourhood-wise, the Upper West Side is affluent and family-friendly. The streets have a refined feel, and when you’re wandering the tree-lined avenues with a cookie in hand from nearby legendary bakery Levain, you’ll feel as though you might just pack up your old life and move here permanently.
A split level artist’s paradise with exposed brick
Still nursing daydreams of being the next bright young artist, and having the New York's cultural world fall at your feet? We feel you, friend (the boss at your well-paid desk job might think otherwise, however). This spacious, light-filled apartment is where you’d like to live in your fantasy of your alternate life.
Located in a historic building very close to Union Square and the buzzy East Village, this is a quintessential New York flat. Original fireplaces and charmingly distressed wooden floors are just some of the standout features, and the huge private roof terrace on this penthouse provides the kind of classic city view which will leave you breathless. Warm up on those famously chilly New York winter nights beside the outdoor fireplace and watch the people pass by on the streets below. You never know - you might make friends with some of the artists, musicians and influencers who live in the East Village and become their creaky-kneed protégé.
A quirkily decorated SoHo nest
This is one of the best apartments in New York because it has true character. In fact, it’s so beautifully decorated that staying here will make you feel as though you’re living in the pages of a design magazine.
This one bedroom apartment on the edge of SoHo and Tribeca is filled with original features such as a jaw-droppingly beautiful ceiling, huge sash windows and warmly welcoming wooden floorboards. Even if you’re only staying here for a weekend, this characterful flat will sweep you off your feet - and that’s before you’ve even seen the funky outdoor terrace, which will have your teenage kids lining up to take holiday snaps in.
If you’ve come to New York to indulge in the city’s famous shopping scene, SoHo is Manhattan’s retail therapy hub so you’re perfectly positioned to exercise your credit card to your heart’s content. The scene in this area is young and fashionable, so pack your best glad rags and get ready to see and be seen.
A Williamsburg loft for your hipster dreams
If you’re the kind of person who orders an oat milk latte at a coffee shop, your ideal weekend involves craft beer and flea markets and you’ve ever idly considered growing a moustache while staring at yourself meaningfully in the bathroom mirror, the likelihood is that you’re better suited to staying in Williamsburg than Manhattan.
This charming loft-style apartment might not be enormous, but its cosy, perfectly crafted proportions are brimming with character and flooded with natural light from the large windows. Plus, you get to enjoy a fabulous view over the hipster paradise of Brooklyn.
Williamsburg itself is so enchanting you might struggle to motivate yourself to cross the bridge into Manhattan. With an artsy, independent vibe, you’ll spend your days eating at some of the city’s hottest restaurants, strolling through the riverside parks and enjoying late-night cocktails at one of the area’s many bars.