Tudor City, NYC

If you are not on a budget and enjoy the big city environment, Tudor City may be the best place for you to retire. Here, you don’t have to be torn between enjoying all of the cities amenities right at your doorstep and having the tranquil quiet suburban feel. You can literally have it all. This is not a retirement community though. Back in the 1940’s, most of the residents were older but, as the years have gone by, more and more young professionals have moved into the community.

The complex was built in the 1920’s as a city within a city. It consists of 11 castle-like apartment buildings, four townhouses, a garden, three parks, restaurants, shops, grocery, a gourmet deli, convenience stores, a hair salon, laundry, dry cleaners, a church, a hotel and even its own post office. It is a tight knit, self-contained community with he secluded streets lined with an abundance of greenery.

Each building in the complex is unique. The Windsor is topped with and actual replica of a Tudor Castle. Gargoyles, dragons, and other mythic creatures perch on Tudor City rooftops. Beautiful tapestries and stained glass windows adorn the lobbies in many of the buildings; and the exteriors feature detailed stonework complete with inscriptions.

Security is not an issue here. All but one of the buildings has a 24 hour doorman.

There are over 3000 co-op apartments and 600 hotel rooms which are home to over 5000 residents. It is located in downtown Manhattan and its beautiful neo-Gothic architecture played a part in it being named a historic district in 1988. Directly across First Avenue from Tudor City is The United Nations Building and many apartments have wonderful views of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Midtown Skyline, The East River and Inland parks. It is more expensive than its Hudson Heights Counterpart but you are right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the big city. There’s no need for a car since it is just a short walk to Grand Central Terminal and a quick bus ride to the theater district or Lincoln Center, home of New York's major opera companies and the Philharmonic.

All of this comes with a price though. Real estate here is small and a bit pricey. One-bedroom places are averaging between $275,000 and $325,000 and you can expect to pay between $1300 and $1500 per month for a small studio rental.

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