So it begins: The long-awaited 34th Street/Hudson Yards stop on the MTA's 7 train extension—which was first scheduled to start running late 2013—finally opened this weekend, which means not only are future Comic Con-ers no longer consigned to a long walk to the subway from the Javits Center, residents of this slice of the west 30s, christened Hudson Yards, now have a better commute.
The new 7 train station on 11th Avenue is just part of a large-scale urban planning project that is reshaping this part of Manhattan, one that will likely bring early comers investing in real estate payoff by way of a significant rise in property values, experts told us this summer. While the area's transformation is far from total completion, at the very least, this weekend's transportation news has made it a more convenient place to reach—and live.
Interested? Start with these properties on the market, all located within two east-west blocks, and five north-south blocks of the new stop.
408 West 34th Street, Apartment 1A. This studio has a separate section that can be designated as a sleeping area, and is in a building with parking and a newly refurbished laundry room. Asking price: $399,000
408 West 34th Street, Apartment L6. This renovated studio with an updated kitchen is in an elevator building that offers parking. Asking price: $420,000
430 West 34th Street, Penthouse B. The best part about this one-bedroom, one-bath is quite possibly the terrace off the bedroom from which its new owner can survey the neighborhood's metamorphosis. It's in a doorman building that allows pied-a-terres. Asking price: $850,000
448 West 37th Street, Penthouse B. An old-school loft is a find, especially when it has its great bones intact. This 1623-square-foot loft in a mixed-use condo known as the Glass Farmhouse fits that bill. Asking price: $2.675 million