The West Village is as charming and colorful as any neighborhood in New York City. With a rich history and culture, the West Village still has its quaint mélange of narrow streets from its early days as a small country village. Best known as the home of the bohemian and the hip, today it is a modern day mecca for writers, artists, intellectuals, radicals, actors, and students as well as many professionals and families. Because of its Old World charm, many people have been drawn to this area. With its quiet streets, low-rise townhouses, and profusion of cafes, shops, small theaters, boutiques, bodegas and music clubs, the Village is reminiscent of European cities, such as Paris and Budapest. And, along the Hudson River, new luxury residential buildings offer splendid views of the river as well as the city. Given all this history, color and cool, it's easy to see why the West Village is one of the city's most popular neighborhoods in which to live. Situated between Seventh Avenue and the Hudson River, the West Village stretches from 14th Street to Canal Street.