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Living in New York City is a point of pride for locals who know that this city offers a distinctive way of life. From navigating the subway to learning how to locate the perfect slice of pizza, there are many skills unique to this exclusive set. If you’re interested in joining the most elite of New Yorkers, check out these luxury real estate locations.

The Townhouses of West Village

West Village is a quaint little retreat in the bustle of New York City, making it a highly coveted place for luxury living. Cobblestone streets and historic brownstones paint a picturesque scene. In 2012, homes went for an average price of $930,000. The area features several theaters as well as the Hudson River Park. It’s no wonder many celebrities call this neighborhood home, including Liv Tyler, Daniel Radcliffe, and Brooke Shields.

Converted Warehouses in Tribeca

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In 2012, the median sale price in Tribeca was more than $2.1 million. Many of the trendy apartments and condos in this neighborhood were once warehouses. Notable highlights in the area include the Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 firehouse, where the Ghostbusters movies were filmed. Home to the Tribeca Film Festival, this area has drawn many celebrity residents, including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Billy Crystal, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jay-Z.

SoHo’s Film-Worthy Scene

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Soho is a mecca for artists and other creative types in NYC. This neighborhood was at the very center of the avant-garde scene in the 1960s. Today, the area has a more upscale feel, with homes that go for a median price of $2.2 million. Visitors often enjoy a perpetual sense of déjà vu in this neighborhood, which was used for the filming of several favorite films including Men in Black, Spiderman, and Ghost. In early 2014, Rhianna joined the celebrity elite in SoHo, renting a duplex penthouse for $39,000 a month. Other SoHo celebrities include Dakota Fanning, Justin Timberlake, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Convenience of Midtown

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Midtown was the third most expensive neighborhood in NYC in 2012, with a median sale price of more than $1 million. Midtown’s great appeal is its convenience. Grand Central Station on the east side and Penn Station on the west side put the entire city at residents’ feet. Midtown East offers a relatively quiet retreat in the evenings, with a population that drops from 200,000 during the day to just 40,000 at night when many local highlights close shop. Celebrity residents include Tommy Hilfiger, Kim Cattrall, and Goldie Hawn.

The Vibrant Chelsea Neighborhood

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Chelsea is a hot New York destination for the young and hip. Home to the picturesque Highline, numerous art galleries, and a busy nightlife, this area features many coveted high-rise apartments, lofts, and brownstones. The median sale price in 2012 was more than $964,000. Chelsea’s notable residents include Cameron Diaz, Harrison Ford, and Kelsey Grammer.

Whether you’re in the market for a new place or just looking for some upscale neighborhoods for a picturesque stroll, these areas deliver some of the very best of NYC.

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