Roosevelt Island

Of all the options in real estate in Manhattan, Roosevelt Island condos for sale are perhaps the most unique in terms of setting. A two-mile-long island in the East River, Roosevelt is a refuge from the traffic and noise of nearby Manhattan. Cool, serene green spaces and fabulous views of the city skyline are just two of the many attractions of this urban oasis.

Additionally, the many car-free areas on Roosevelt Island help make the air fresher and the region more environmentally friendly than Manhattan proper. Residents can own cars if they choose, and some who commute to work daily do. Main Street is the primary road on the island, and it has no stoplights. However, people typically drive at a leisurely pace and traffic is light.

Who Lives There?

The diverse population of Roosevelt Island includes longtime residents, young professionals with children, United Nations workers, executives and retired people. All share this rare slice of land. Prior to 1970, the island housed several institutions, including a prison and a mental hospital. Although the prison is no longer there, the former asylum is now the atrium of the Octagon, one of many buildings offering apartments for sale in Manhattan NYC.

About 14,000 people lived in the 13 high rises as of 2015, according to the New York Post. Island House is one of the building complexes with Roosevelt Island Condos and Apartments For Sale. Prices range from $575,000 for a one-bedroom unit with 800 square feet of space to $1.3 million for a three-bedroom unit with twice the floor space.

Luxury condos line the south shore, looking out over the East River and Manhattan, a scant 700 feet away. These buildings provide residents with a host of amenities, including health clubs, yoga, rooftop gardens and conference facilities.

What’s Happening There?

A new Cornell Tech campus will soon be built on the former site of a hospital. It will include housing for academics. Cornell plans to break ground in 2017. The campus will attract students and faculty residents.

Private developers are adding Roosevelt Island condos for sale with three new building projects. More than 325 new apartments for sale in Manhattan NYC will be opening up on the island soon. In anticipation of an influx of new occupants, Starbucks, an art gallery, restaurants and a pharmacy have all opened shop on the island.

The area gained recognition as the place where Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaign for president. A park on the island’s southern end is named for an earlier chief executive, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Perhaps more than any other real estate for sale in Manhattan, homes on Roosevelt Island give residents both the sense of permanence that comes from living in a historic place as well as the excitement of being at the forefront of change.

What Are the Transportation Options?

Although it may seem miles away from the noise and congestion of the city, Roosevelt Island is well connected in terms of transportation. The F-train delivers people quickly and efficiently to the big island, and Roosevelt is connected by tram-car as well, making it convenient to workplaces and city shopping. A shuttle bus takes people where they want to go around the island.

What Schools are There?

The Roosevelt Island School educates students from pre-kindergarten through middle school. A culture of diversity, parental involvement, and a small community atmosphere characterize this New York City public school. Special programs offered at the school include foreign language studies, dance classes, gardening, Shakespeare in the Schools, and an accelerated learning track.

What Kind of Community Is It?

As an island community where most residents live in high-rise buildings, getting to know the neighbors is likely to be easier than in other areas with apartments for sale in Manhattan NYC. Also, the parks and cycling/pedestrian paths throughout the island provide people opportunities to get outside, enjoy the views and socialize with other residents, if they choose.

Considered a bedroom community by many, Roosevelt Island is largely home to those who work in the city. Those who like something a bit different in terms of surroundings will find the island to be a world away from most real estate for sale in Manhattan. What’s more, residents need not go off-island for food, shopping or recreation because they are all available nearby. Due to this self-contained quality, the island has a hometown appeal that encourages residents to intermingle.


For those seeking something a bit different in real estate for sale in Manhattan, Roosevelt Island may just be what they are looking for. A world unto itself yet in view of Manhattan and within minutes by public transportation, the island provides its diverse community with a rare and lovely place to call home. Whether you’re looking for Apartments for Rent in Roosevelt Island or real estate for sale, you’ll fall in love with our options.

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