NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) -- Manhattan, New York's Midtown East neighborhood has some of the largest concentration of Fortune 500 offices, highest real estate prices and fanciest retail shops in the world.
The Midtown East area is bordered by Fifth Avenue on the west, East River on the east, 42nd Street on the south and 57th Street on the north. Turtle Bay, secluded Beekman Place and Sutton Place are sub-neighborhoods located in Manhattan's Midtown East.
Midtown East is the combination of corporate headquarters and residential living. Citigroup, Chase, Boston Consulting Group, Unilever, Ferrari, Mercedes, Bloomingdale's and Saks are some of its world-famous corporate residents. In addition, Midtown East is the location of prominent addresses such as Trump Tower, The Veneto, Beekman Regent and Sutton Place.
Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and the United Nations overlooking the East River are additional Midtown East icons. Many foreign consulates and permanent missions to the United Nations are located in Midtown East because of proximity to the United Nations. Hence be prepared to see diplomats walking around the neighborhood, usually in suits but sometimes in their traditional attires, on 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the afternoon. Being home to the UN also makes Midtown East very diverse.
Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, perhaps the two most prestigious commercial addresses, are in Midtown East. The intersection of 5th Avenue and 57st Street is the location of the new Louis Vuitton flagship store and high end retailer Bergdorf Goodman.
Many Midtown East residents have the luxury of walking to work, to 5th Avenue for shopping or to Central Park for summer picnics.
Don't want to be too close to corporate offices? Most residential buildings are east of 3rd Avenue. Manhattan being an island, one block can mean the difference between being smack in the middle of Corporate America's headquarters and a quieter residential neighborhood. There are even secret gardens with waterfalls that make one forget being in midtown Manhattan. One example is the Greenacre Park on 51st Street right next to the Singapore consulate.
Midtown East has an abundance of renowned restaurants and hotels including the Four Seasons, Palace Hotel, Smith and Wollensky's, La Grenouille, the St Regis and the Waldorf Astoria. Sensing the need for a more value priced hotel in the area, the Pod Hotel opened a few years ago on 51st Street.
Midtown East is also an area that we recommend to clients seeking investment property in a solid neighborhood. This is because of high demand, low vacancy and good appreciation potential. A blue-chip among Manhattan neighborhoods.
Real estate prices are higher because this is an established neighborhood with no oversupply issue. At the high end, a one-bedroom apartment goes for about $2.4 million, or $3,000 per square foot, at the Trump Tower. 211 East 51, a new development residential building, is asking about $800,000, or $1,400 per square foot, for its one bedroom apartments.
Being a longtime Midtown East resident, I love it here. Midtown East's biggest advantages are proximity to corporate offices, 5th Avenue and restaurants. 5th Avenue is where the world comes to visit and it's just a stroll away if one lives in Midtown East.
Wei Min, CEO of Castle Avenue Partners, is a real estate entrepreneur focused on brokerage, investments and management. Previously, Wei Min was VP at Citigroup responsible for a $500 million portfolio. He received Citigroup's prestigious Chairman's Award, a recognition awarded to the top 2% of managers. He was also Director of Travel Insurance at American Express where he managed a $180 million portfolio. Wei Min's first exposure to real estate was in 1998, when he helped develop mortgage strategies at Citimortgage. He has traveled to many cities to view thousands of properties. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese, Malay and is conversant in Mandarin. He is a runner who frequently races at 10K and half marathon distance events. Wei Min holds a black belt in tae kwon do and works out at the gym almost everyday. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BBA from Marshall University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org www.castle-avenue.com.