Rich in history, culture and beauty, Washington Heights is located in northern Manhattan. Along with its neighbor, Inwood, it is experiencing gentrification as increasing numbers of professionals with higher incomes seek affordable housing, a more relaxed suburban feel, and more space in these neighborhoods. Artists, students, and families from diverse backgrounds live here. Many of the buildings were built in the once prevalent Art Deco style, thereby creating a certain stylistic uniformity, which harmonizes the area. Washington Heights has many beautiful houses and co-ops on quiet tree-lined blocks with lovely architecture. Along with its oases of trees, parks and Hudson River views, you'll find many nooks and crannies in this area, still largely undiscovered by the folks who think Manhattan ends at 96th Street. On the other hand, when you want big-city life, this lovely, safe neighborhood is only 15 minutes from Midtown on the A train.
Recently, some have taken to calling the area "Hudson Heights" with its posher sounding name. Extending from West 154th to West 181st Street, Washington or "Hudson" Heights is between the Harlem River to the east and the Hudson River to the west in Upper Manhattan. In the heart of Washington Heights, there is a bustling commercial district as well as Yeshiva University and Columbia's Presbyterian Medical Center. The neighborhood's Fort Tyron Park is home to the magnificent Cloisters, a medieval museum, with a tremendous collection of art, built in the style of medieval cloisters, chapels and halls. With its many positives, it's no wonder this neighborhood is becoming increasingly popular. If there is any area of the city that is destined to be the next "it" neighborhood, Upper Manhattan is the one to watch.