Living on the Upper East Side gives you access to a host of conveniences and amenities. Not only can you enjoy the comfort of quiet residential neighborhoods, but you can also easily visit Central Park, check out a wide variety of restaurants in every style and taste, and enjoy visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Every day offers a fresh opportunity.
Whether you already live on the Upper East Side and want to make the most of each day or you're considering moving to the area and want to craft the life of your dreams, several steps can take you there.
1. Define your dream lifestyle
Before you can start building the life you've always wanted, you need a solid idea of what that life looks like. If you're living on the Upper East Side, you may already be thinking about many of the amenities and options that make the area spectacular. At the same time, you may want to carefully evaluate what you want out of your life and how you can shape it.
Location and convenience
The tree-lined streets of the quiet residential neighborhoods on the Upper East Side appeal to many of New York's residents. Before you move into your new home, however, think about where you want to live and what amenities you want to be able to access most easily. While New York has a strong public transportation system that can carry you throughout the area with ease, you also need to be close to the things that matter most to you.
Residential amenities and services
Before you move into a property, picture which services you want your dream property to offer. If you want to live your dream lifestyle, it's important that you lay out the conveniences and options that are important for you in everyday life. You may want to look at things like:
- Washers and dryers in the units.
- Green living spaces (either private accessible spaces or public spaces, depending on your needs).
- Parking spaces.
- Storage (including in-unit and outside-the-unit options).
- An in-building gym.
- Dog park access.
- Pool access.
- Smart home features.
- Coworking spaces in the apartment complex.
You may want to prioritize the amenities you want most based on a list or rule out properties based on the services they do not offer. Talk to your real estate agent about which amenities are hard to find or where you can find the ones that top your list.
2. Lay out your budget
As part of living your dream lifestyle, it's critical to create a budget and calculate whether you can afford all the key elements you're imagining. Make sure that you:
- Determine how much of your budget you can afford to spend on housing (including what you might have to give up in other areas of your life to meet those budget goals).
- Consider how much of your budget goes toward other key items, including your entertainment spending, food, and more.
- Think about how your move will change your budget requirements.
- Label your priorities, including what type of spending is most important to you.
Setting your budget ahead of time can ensure that you're financially prepared to live your dream lifestyle — and that you won't end up overspending on housing when there are other things that are more important to you.
3. Get to know the local area
The Upper East Side is truly where luxury meets comfort, and plenty of fantastic amenities in the local area can help you live the life of your dreams. Talk to your real estate agent at Societe Real Estate to get a better feel for what the area has to offer.
The Upper East Side offers easy access to several incredible restaurants. Whether you're looking for a great American meal at Quality Eats
or seeking Italian dining at Caravaggio
, there are plenty of great options to choose from.
Of course, part of living the life of your dreams is having access to stores that allow you to live out that lifestyle. The Upper East Side allows you to visit many of the stores you've always dreamed of shopping at. Check out Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Argosy Books, Burlington Toys, Chocolate Works, and an array of other spectacular shopping experiences. If you have a specific type of store you may need to get to frequently, talk to your real estate agent for recommendations.
Are you looking for the perfect cafe or coffee shop where you can bring your laptop and get in a little work while enjoying the local ambiance? Do you dream of picking up fresh fruits and vegetables for your meals every night? Whatever your dream lifestyle looks like, living on the Upper East Side means you're likely to have easy access to those options. As you explore the area, you'll discover the many stunning amenities it has to offer, from Bluestone Lane Upper East Side Cafe to Birch Coffee.
Find your dream home today
Living your dream lifestyle starts with finding the perfect home on the Upper East Side, and Societe Real Estate has you covered. Contact us today to start the search for your ideal property.