Murray Hill From Quaker Farmers to Conservative Cool

 If we gave Manhattan neighborhoods human personalities, the meatpacking district may be the hip,  in-the-know popular cousin and Central Park South would be the conservative  Wall Street banker uncle, it would stand to reason that Murray Hill is our dear  old grandma, very quiet but endearing; you wouldn't want to spend Friday night  with her but she has frequently offers gems of wisdom and history.  

 Grandma might tell us the how the neighborhood got it's name. The Murray family  were Quakers who settled and farmed the land that now stretches from 33rd to  39th streets east of Madison Avenue. The name persevered though the family is  no longer with us.  

 Today, a gradual stream of young professionals are snatching up apartments in  the brownstones that line the East 30s and co-ops in apartment buildings closer  to the river and the 40s. Real estate is more reasonably priced than anywhere  else on the island south of Harlem; and being that everywhere in the  neighborhood is a short walk from Fifth Avenue and Grand Central, it's as sure  as any investment. Perhaps Murray Hill will never be a part of the glitz and  glamor of the meatpacking district but there is a gradual evolution is  underway, with new apartment towers being built on 34th Street and the  restaurant and bar scene on Third Avenue becoming spicier with each liquor  license issued.  

 The boundaries of the neighborhood are: 42nd Street to the north, 27th Street to  the south, and Fifth Avenue to the west. Some stretch Murray Hill's eastern  boundary all the way to the East River, but historians generally place it  between Third and Second Avenues, which allows for Kips Bay and Tudor City to  remain distinct waterfront neighborhoods. Real estate agents occasionally  stretch the southern boundary to 23rd Street, to eliminate a gap between Murray  Hill and Gramercy. Park Avenue brings heavy two-way traffic through the area, but Third Avenue has  more delis, bars, and shops. East to west, 34th and 42nd are the grandest and  busiest streets.  

 Average Price to Buy

 Most of the beautiful brownstones in the lower 30s are being held by the  well-to-do families that have owned them for decades. But there are plenty of  co-op spaces turning over continuously. Recent real estate sales show that the average listing price for a condo in  Murray Hill is $940,075 with the median sales price being $840,000. The average  price per square foot is $1,013.  

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Comments

  • I would not advise anyone to move into Murray Hill. Second Ave. is sleazy and often dangerous. The tunnel noise, congestion, fumes all combine with lack of good food stores. It's expensive and crowded. Don't o it.