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Forbes.com: Most Exclusive Gated Communities

Pomander Walk, Manhattan, New York

Pomander Walk, hidden on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a tiny, private pedestrian-only street lined with picturesque two-story Tudor-style town houses nestled behind intimate gardens, lush with rose bushes and climbing ivy. Built in 1921 by architectural firm King & Campbell as a replica of a street in the Chiswick district in London, the walk runs from 94th to 95th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.

“You pass through the gates and there is just this lovely sense of tranquility,” said Natalie Weiss, vice president of Nest Seekers International, who grew up on the walk. “It was pretty great,” she said, noting “the sense of community, unique charm and history” remain the attraction for current and prospective residents. About half of the units in the complex, now a co-op, are on the walk. It received landmark status in 1982. Originally there were 63 units, but six two-family town houses have been converted into single homes that sell in the $1.6 to $1.8 million range, Weiss said, and typical 700 square foot two bedroom apartments currently sell for about $750,000.

(Credit: Jill Nelson)

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