Soho

One of the most storied and scenic neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, Soho is beloved for its Belgian block-paved streets, its gorgeous cast-iron buildings, and the atmosphere of creative inspiration that pervades here. It’s defined as the area north of Canal Street, West of Lafayette Street, and south of Houston street, hence the “SoHo” moniker. Once home to a thriving community of painters and sculptors, who found in its spacious lofts ample room and great light for their work, most of Soho is now out of reach for all but the well-heeled. (Nearby boutiques like Vera Wang and Isabal Marant give some indication of the expectations of local residents.) But for those who can afford it, the renovated historic buildings of Soho offer an iconic style of New York living, with airy spaces, tons of windows, and cutting-edge design.

13.6% of homes listed in the Soho neighborhood are studios, 23.0% are 1 bedrooms, 34.2% are 2 bedrooms, 20.5% are 3 bedrooms and 8.8% have 4 or more bedrooms.
The average listing price of a studio in the Soho neighborhood is $2,618,641, 1 bedrooms average $1,566,532, 2 bedrooms average $3,335,630, 3 bedrooms average $5,308,077, and larger homes average $10,356,935.
The average size of a studio in the Soho neighborhood is 1,328 square feet, 1 bedrooms average 781 sqft, 2 bedrooms average 1,606 sqft, 3 bedrooms average 2,481 sqft, and larger homes average 4,090 sqft.

Housing stock

Lofts, lofts, and more lofts are the attraction of Soho, and include the majority of the properties available here. Converted from industrial textile shops into art studios by painters in the 1970s and 1980s, the cavernous cast-iron buildings of the neighborhood have since been converted into ultra-premium residences offering space, light, and luxury. Naturally, all those features come at a price, but — excepting Tribeca to the immediate south — you won’t find much like a SoHo loft anywhere else in New York. If lofts really aren’t your style, there are also a few historic townhouses in SoHo, many quite large, as well as a handful of co-op apartment buildings.

Transportation

Centrally located in Lower Manhattan, Soho is served by many different subway lines. The 1 train stops at Houston and Canal streets, and A, C, and E trains stop at Spring and Canal streets. On the eastern edge of the neighborhood, several stations provide access to the J, N, Q, R, W, Z, and 6 trains along Broadway and Lafayette Streets. Taxis and Ubers also cruise the streets of this popular shopping neighborhood, ensuring that getting anywhere from Soho is never difficult.

Schools

As a fairly small, historically industrial neighborhood, Soho has relatively few schools, but its many transit access points mean that getting to campuses elsewhere is easy. The nearby neighborhoods of Tribeca, Greenwich Village, and the West Village all offer excellent public and private options for students in grades K through 12, and Soho does offer an excellent Montessori school.

Parks

Soho’s age and history as a former industrial neighborhood, coupled with its placement in Lower Manhattan, mean that it lacks the large parks found in other nearby neighborhoods like the Villages. But there are still respites from tall buildings everywhere. Vesuvio Playground, at Thompson and Spring streets, coaxes neighborhood dwellers with a wading pool and basketball courts. Albert Capsuoto Park, on the southwestern corner of the neighborhood, offers lawns, benches, and dramatic new water fountain.

Restaurants and bars

Soho is home a bevy of high-end eating and drinking establishments. Arguably the most famous among them, these days, is Dominque Ansel Bakery, home of the world-famous (and still very much in-demand) cronut — along with plenty of other delicious, carb-forward concoctions. Second-most famous in the ‘hood might be Balthazar, the popular temple of French cuisine known for its brunches, its breads, and its reputation with food critics. Sleek wine and cocktail bars pervade these historic streets, but not everything is so fancy. Nestled right in among the boutiques and lofts is Toad Hall, a comfortable and laid-back neighborhood pub.

Shopping

Soho is rivaled perhaps only by Midtown as Manhattan’s foremost shopping district. Like Midtown, Soho’s Broadway corridor features outposts of almost every major national and international chain (H&M, Banana Republic, Aldo, MUJI, etc.). Unlike Midtown, however, Soho is also home to an array of smaller and more unique boutiques — one-off shops that draw New Yorkers from all over, like Cos, the aforementioned Vera Wang, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Birchbox, and Madewell. And like most everything else in Soho, grocery shopping leans toward the high-end, with locations of Gourmet Garage and Dean and Deluca.

Landmarks and Culture

Still a hub of New York’s gallery scene, Soho offers its discerning denizens no lack of cultural activities. Numerous museums and art spaces testify to the creative past and present of the neighborhood, including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Artists Space, and commercial galleries like AFA and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Other attractions and landmarks include the Aire Ancient Baths, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, the Flea Theatre, and the Museum of Chinese in America.