Best place to retire: Tudor City
Pros: Centrally located in midtown Manhattan
Cons: More expensive than Hudson Heights and not very quiet
Real estate: You'll pay upwards of $500,000 for a one-bedroom. One-bedroom rents hover around $2,500.For almost twice the price, that 30-minute ride to Manhattan's core can become a five minute stroll. Anchored in midtown Manhattan, Tudor City is 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.
The neighborhood, a collection of 12 vintage 1920 apartment and co-op buildings, sits on a plateau above the United Nations headquarters and the din of Second Avenue. A small group of shops serves the immediate vicinity, and the liveliness of midtown is a block away. Apartments are less expensive than many in Manhattan but small.
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