3 Great Upper East Side Rental Neighborhoods

The Upper East Side has always been a popular choice for families with means, but there are plenty of rental options here for people just starting out as well. This article explores three great neighborhoods in this area.

The Upper East Side was once synonymous with multimillionaires, old families, and trust funds. While that part of the Upper East Side still exists, there’s plenty of room for those with more anemic pockets as well. Plenty of young people with and without families flock here for its safe neighborhoods and its housing stock that can often go for less than one might pay in the West Village or Tribeca. Listed below are three area neighborhoods that are great for renting.


As anyone who’s ever walked from the FDR Drive to Central Park can attest, it can be quite a hike heading all the way from Manhattan’s easternmost side to the nearest subway station. Yorkville stretches from 80th to 96th Street and starts at Third Avenue and ends all the way at the East River. The closest subway station is the 6 train, which runs on Lexington Avenue. This often means that people can find pretty good deals on apartments located on First and even Second Avenue, streets that are a good deal away from the train. There’s a good mix of apartment styles over here. Plenty of people find relatively affordable studios and one bedrooms in older buildings with charming details, but there are plenty of buildings filled with all the bells and whistles for those who seek amenity-filled residences. The great thing about the 6 train is that it races through some of the busiest parts of the city, including Grand Central Station and Union Square. But even though it’s a cinch to get to work or nightlife downtown, Yorkville’s filled with restaurants, dry cleaners, retailers, and bars — which makes it easy to get everything done in your own neighborhood.

Carnegie Hill

Fifth Avenue along Central Park from 86th Street to 96th Street and all the little streets reaching over to Lexington boast some of the most beautiful and oft-photographed stretches of real estate in the city. You’ll pay a premium to live in the Carnegie Hill, but this is a definite case of getting what you pay for. From some of the best schools in the city to the fabulous Museum Mile, you won’t want for anything here — if you can afford it. Brokers who know the area inside and out will be able to help you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Sutton Place

Located along the banks of the East River between 53rd and 59th Streets, Sutton Place rises majestically above the FDR Drive, a near-priceless collection of ultra-luxury prewar buildings and stately mansions. Quiet public parks border the neighborhood on either side, helping increase the sense of privacy and seclusion. Sutton Place buildings also tend to be dog friendly, making it a huge hit with dog lovers. The area is home to some of the most exclusive addresses in the city, and the views from many of the apartments here are practically priceless. Inventory is often low, so if your dream is to rent in the area and something comes on to the market, don’t press the pause button.


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