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Key Takeaways:

  • TriBeCa reigns as the #1 most expensive neighborhood in NYC with $4.68M median sale price
  • Boerum Hill pushes into top 10 with 54% price growth
  • Brooklyn’s Fort Greene registers highest median price growth at 95%
  • DUMBO remains Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhood at #6 in our top 50
  • The Upper East Side was the most active neighborhood in terms of sales with 2,537 transactions

Looking at New York City price trends at a neighborhood level has become somewhat of a tradition here at PropertyShark, so as the year approaches its end, we crunched residential sales data throughout the city to see which are New York City’s top 50 most expensive neighborhoods in 2017. You can check out 2016’s top priciest neighborhoods here.

TriBeCa remains #1 most expensive neighborhood as prices continue to grow

Boasting a median sale price of $4,683,950, TriBeCa remains the #1 most expensive New York City neighborhood. The sleek neighborhood saw 417 sales complete in 2017, representing a somewhat cooler year compared to 2016’s 482 transactions. However, TriBeCa more than made up for this in the pricing department with a 12% expansion over last year’s median of $4,173,227.

With a median sale price of $2,997,500, SoHo ranked as the 2nd most expensive neighborhood in New York, even as the median price contracted 13%. While sales activity also cooled from last year’s 180 to 150 in 2017, it should be noted that 44 of 2016’s sales took place at 10 Sullivan Street and 180 Avenue of Americas, two pricey new developments.

Stagnating prices in DUMBO and minimal price growth in Little Italy, allowed Hudson Square to become  the 3rd most expensive neighborhood in New York. This is despite the neighborhood’s steady median price, which clocked in at $2,305,245 – just $5,245 higher than the Financial District’s. The latter landed on #4 in our top 50, following an impressive 19% year-over-year expansion of the median sale price.

Manhattan stays ahead with largest sales activity on the Upper East Side

Manhattan of course remains New York’s most expensive borough, boasting 7 of the city’s 10 most expensive neighborhoods, and 24 of the top 50 priciest citywide, mostly in the ranking’s upper half.  Among the city’s most expensive neighborhoods, Manhattan’s iconic Upper East Side registered the highest sale activity, completing 2,537 transactions. The Upper West Side saw the 2nd highest volume with 2,097 sales.

Manhattan was also the location of the 3rd largest price increase in the Financial District, which saw its median price grow 53% year-over-year. On the other hand, Manhattan also saw the largest price contractions among the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, with a 25% year-over-year contraction in the Theatre District – Times Square area, and a 24% slump in Greenwich Village.

New-to-market luxury developments skew numbers in Central Midtown and Flatiron District

Certain neighborhoods saw prices artificially inflated by high sales volumes at newly-launched luxury and ultra-luxury developments. Most noticeable in Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Red Hook, the trend was observed in Manhattan as well, with the Flatiron District and Central Midtown the most notable examples.

Ranking as the 4th most expensive neighborhood in New York, the Flatiron District is just $5,245 behind the city’s 3rd priciest neighborhood, Hudson Square. Registering 460 sales in 2017, the Flatiron District saw its median price jump 19% year-over-year to $2.3 million thanks, in part, to two new luxury projects. 51 properties sold at a median value of $6.5 million at Madison Square Park Tower, while 38 additional properties traded hands at 55 W 17 Street at a $2.6 million median.

Climbing two positions from a year ago, Central Midtown ends 2017 as New York’s 10th most expensive neighborhood. Following a 22% increase, Central Midtown’s median sale price reached $1,580,000, but the higher pricing trend was skewed here as well, similarly to the Flatiron District, Boerum Hill and Hudson Square. Central Midtown’s higher median was increased significantly by 66 properties sold at 252 East 57 Street, where the median sale price is $5.4 million, and the maximum is $13.9 million.

Check out the complete top 10 list below:

DUMBO is Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhoods

Brooklyn continued a strong performance in 2017, providing 22 of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods – just 2 fewer than Manhattan. In fact, 3 of NYC’s 10 priciest neighborhoods are located in Brooklyn – DUMBO at #6, Boerum Hill at #8 and Red Hook at #9 .  With a median price of $1,980,496, DUMBO is Brooklyn’s #1 most expensive neighborhood, although it slid one position compared to 2016, outpaced by the Flatiron District’s 19% median price growth.

Currently Brooklyn’s 2nd priciest neighborhood, Boerum Hill improved its positions thanks to a large volume of sales, mostly in newly launched luxury developments. Also ranking as New York’s #8 most expensive neighborhood, Boerum Hill closes 2017 with a $1,629,200 median sale price, registering a 52% year-over-year increase, the  4th highest in the city. This is in large part thanks to the neighborhood’s high sales activity this year, mostly in new-to-the-market luxury condominiums, such as The Boerum and 465 Pacific Street.

Overall, Boerum Hill closed 249 transactions in 2017, well over last year’s 83.  Of these, 130 closed at The Boerum, where units sold at a median of $1.78 million. 34 additional properties traded at 465 Pacific Street with a median of $2 million. In total, The Boerum and 465 Pacific Street accounted for 164 deals with a median sale value of $1.83 million, heavily skewing historic Boerum Hill averages.

Fort Greene sees median nearly double at 95% growth rate, Red Hook follows suite

Brooklyn also delivered Fort Greene, the New York neighborhood with the highest median price growth rate. Ending 2017 with a median sale price of $1,075,000, Fort Greene saw its 2017 levels jump a whopping 95%, almost doubling year-over-year. Fort Greene also marks this year’s most significant change in position, jumping from #88 in 2016 to its current #27 spot – tied with Manhattan’s Chelsea.

However, it bears noting that sale price medians in Fort Greene have been significantly boosted by newly launched luxury and ultra-luxury developments, similarly to Boerum Hill. Of the neighborhood’s 97 total sales this year, 12 properties traded at 38 Vanderbilt Avenue with a median of $2.2 million. An additional 9 properties traded at 1 Hanson Place, with a jaw-dropping median of $15 million. Red Hook’s 34% median price appreciation was also boosted by new developments.

Ranking 16th the previous year, Brooklyn’s Red Hook climbed into the top 10 in 2017, landing at #9 with a median price of $1,625,000. Of the 21 transactions registered this year, more than a third took place at a new townhouse development at 74-84 Sullivan Street and 109-125 King Street where the median sits at $2.63 million.

Queens continues to show promise, two neighborhoods pass $1M median

When it comes to Queens, the increasingly expensive borough saw 8 of its neighborhoods rank among the city’s 50 most expensive, albeit mostly in the bottom half of that chart. Boasting a median sale price of $1,083,750, Malba is the #1 most expensive neighborhood in Queens, and the 25th priciest in New York. Although closing only 14 sales, Malba saw its median jump 11% year-over-year, bringing its rank up by 3 positions from last year’s #28.

Queens’ Hunters Point also passed the $1 million mark, reaching $1,061,382 after a 13% year-over-year median price growth. Tied at #37 Queensboro Hill and Neponsit also trended towards the $1 million mark. Both reached a $900,000 median sale price, following median price increase of 15% and 6% respectively.

You can see the full ranking in the table below:

No.BoroughNeighborhoodMedian Sale Price2017 vs 2016Transactions
1ManhattanTriBeCa$4,683,95012%417
2ManhattanSoHo$2,997,500-13%150
3ManhattanHudson Square$2,305,2450%85
4ManhattanFlatiron District$2,300,00019%460
5ManhattanLittle Italy$2,283,031-6%26
6BrooklynDUMBO$1,980,4960%143
7ManhattanGarment District$1,657,500-4%26
8BrooklynBoerum Hill$1,629,20052%249
9BrooklynRed Hook$1,625,00034%21
10ManhattanCentral Midtown$1,580,00022%310
11ManhattanFinancial District$1,501,50053%566
12ManhattanCentral Park South$1,450,00005%70
13BrooklynGowanus$1,355,0004%56
14ManhattanGreenwich Village$1,350,000-24%436
15BrooklynManhattan Beach$1,300,00040%33
16ManhattanWest Village$1,260,000-1%253
17BrooklynBrooklyn Heights$1,240,00019%248
18ManhattanTheatre District - Times Square$1,235,000-25%87
19ManhattanUpper West Side$1,226,50016%2097
20ManhattanUpper East Side$1,153,3732%2537
21BrooklynPark Slope$1,120,03815%498
22ManhattanClinton - Hell's Kitchen$1,120,00012%523
23BrooklynVinegar Hill$1,107,50070%8
24ManhattanBattery Park City$1,095,000-11%165
24BrooklynColumbia Street Waterfront District$1,095,00030%32
25QueensMalba$1,083,75011%14
26BrooklynCarroll Gardens$1,079,345-12%65
27ManhattanChelsea$1,075,000-1%567
BrooklynFort Greene$1,075,00095%97
28QueensHunters Point$1,061,38213%178
29BrooklynCobble Hill$1,025,0003%71
30BrooklynProspect Park South$995,00048%25
31ManhattanGramercy Park$980,8333%306
32BrooklynGreenwood Heights$979,50018%62
33ManhattanEast Village$975,0003%249
34ManhattanSutton Place$930,000
-4%268
35BrooklynFiske Terrace$929,00011%13
36BrooklynWilliamsburg$916,4255%597
37QueensQueensboro Hill$900,00015%36
QueensNeponsit$900,0006%15
38BrooklynMill Basin$893,750-3%46
39ManhattanTurtle Bay$893,700-10%396
40BrooklynProspect Heights$892,0008%375
41BrooklynGreenpoint$890,969-3%141
42BrooklynDyker Heights$890,00013%73
43QueensDitmars - Steinway$865,00011%25
44ManhattanCivic Center$841,94420%16
45QueensBelle Harbor$840,26012%34
46ManhattanLower East Side$832,5003%176
47ManhattanRoosevelt Island$825,000-4%45
48BrooklynDowntown Brooklyn$820,000-1%153
49QueensEast Flushing$810,00013%99
QueensFresh Meadows$810,0007%155
50BrooklynBedford-Stuyvesant$799,00011%255

Methodology:

The median sale prices were calculated based on residential property sales closed between January 1st, 2017 and December 6th, 2017. The residential properties included in the stats are single-family homes, condos and co-ops.

The boundaries to some of the neighborhoods in Manhattan have been changed from previous studies. Therefore, data on several small neighborhoods is now included in stats for larger areas. For example, NoLita is now included in Little Italy; NoHo is included in Greenwich Village; Carnegie Hill, Lenox Hill and Yorkville are included in the Upper East Side, and Forest Hills Gardens is now incorporated in Forest Hills.

Eliza Theiss

Eliza Theiss

Eliza Theiss is a senior writer reporting real estate trends in the US. Her work has been cited by CBS News, Curbed, The Los Angeles Times, and Forbes among others. With an academic background in journalism, Eliza has been covering real estate since 2012. Before joining PropertyShark, Eliza was an associate editor at Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive. Eliza also writes for CommercialEdge. Reach her at [email protected]

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