Point blank – Manhattan can be incredibly loud at 2PM and still be just as noisy at 2AM. While plenty of people move to the Big Apple seeking constant energy at all hours, there are definitely others that need complete silence to drift off to sleep at the end of the day. So, if you’re a little sensitive to sound, is it possible to be in the center of it all but still get your well-deserved beauty rest? We have some helpful tips on landing the oasis of your dreams – and no, it’s not just about which neighborhood you choose to live in.
Where and what should I look for?
Unfortunately, there’s no filter for “quiet apartment” on listing sites, but there are definitely some things you can look out for. As you dig deeper into your search, be sure to take an extra step in finding out where exactly the apartment is located, both geographically and within the building itself. Buildings located on side streets are generally less noisy as opposed to avenues or major throughways. Rear-facing and corner units are generally less noisy than their street-facing counterparts. Google Maps can help you do a little research about the location of the building, where you can easily search for “noise-emitting points of interest”, like firehouses, hospitals, police stations, or nightlife. Also keep a lookout for units on floors with laundry, playrooms, or gyms as they’ll have more foot traffic.
Does the floor of the unit matter?
Definitely. The higher up you go in the building, the quieter it gets. Many buildings also have fewer apartments on the top floors which makes them less affected by noise.
Which building type is the quietest?
Go for prewar buildings rather than brownstones. Prewar buildings were mostly built with thicker walls and the intention of keeping sound at a minimum. On the other hand, brownstones that were once single-family homes weren’t created with separate units in mind.
Are there specific “quiet neighborhoods”?
The more residential the neighborhood is, the quieter your apartment will be. Tribeca and the Upper West Side are some of the best Manhattan choices (noise-cancelling has its price, right?), but other mostly residential or office areas can be good options if you avoid restaurants and bars nearby which could potentially attract a lot of foot traffic. The Financial District, Upper East Side, or the West Village all fit the bill.
Any other odds and ends to check off my list?
Floors and walls are often key. If the floors in the unit make a ton of noise, the upstairs neighbor’s floors probably do too. Also check to see if you can hear your neighbors through the walls during your walkthrough. You can even visit at different times of the day to see what peak and off-peak noise times might be in your future home.
All in all, even you’re smack in the middle of the city that never sleeps there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find some peace and quiet. Click here or call 646.681.5272 with your questions to speak with an agent from Platinum Properties to help you in your search! We’re standing by to help you through every step of the real estate process, whether that’s guiding your rental search, selling or buying a home, or anything in between.