An incredible 8,230,290 people live in New York, in a relatively small area of 783.8㎢. The city is a mecca for arts and culture, and a central hub for some of the biggest movie studios, including Disney, Fox Corporation and NBC Universal. It is no wonder that so many celebrities and film stars make New York their home. Within the five boroughs of New York, there are certain areas, streets and buildings that have more than their fair share of celebrities move in. If you are looking for a home in New York, and fancy brushing shoulders with stardom on a regular basis, you too could seek a home in one of these iconic areas. You never know, you might end up meeting Robert De Niro in the elevator one morning, or even brunching at the table next to the ladies from Sex and the City!

The Dakota

The Dakota, located on 1 West 72nd Street is one of the most famous apartment buildings in New York. If you are saving for a home, it is worth checking your home loan options with an expert, so that you get a good interest rate. This can help make sure that your repayments are affordable. At The Dakota, you might need a substantial home loan however, a four-bedroom apartment could easily set you back $16 million. Plus you'll have to get by The Dakota's co-op board who have reportedly rejected several celebrities in the past. Residents of The Dakota have included Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Bono and author Harlan Coben. John Lennon was also a Dakota resident, and sadly was shot outside the building. 

443 Greenwich Street

443 Greenwich Street, in Tribeca is one of the favored buildings for celebrities, as it is apparently "paparazzi-proof." The building has secure underground parking and a beautiful "secret garden" located at its center. Celebrities that have made 443 Greenwich Street their home include Justin Timberlake, Meg Ryan, Harry Styles, Jennifer Lawrence and Ryan Reynolds. The apartments in the "celebrity dorm" are luxurious, have an amazing view of the city and will set you back a cool $60,000 a month in rent. 

173/176 Perry Street

173 and 176 Perry Street are twin residential towers built in the popular West Village. The building's amenities include concierge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, saunas, swimming pools and a full-time doorman. The Perry Street Restaurant is also at the top of one of the buildings, offering butler service to residents. The fried chicken on the menu is competitively priced at $34. Celebrity residents at 173/176 Perry Street include Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, and fashion icon Calvin Klein. The apartment rented by High Jackman, reportedly set him back $35,000 a month. 

If you are thinking of moving to New York, you may well find yourself passing a few celebrities in the street. But if you want to increase your chances of brushing shoulders with the stars, there are definitely some prime areas to choose. You might need a little extra budget though.