About this listing
Beautiful, large, *legal*, entire parlor floor with walnut-oak flooring, ten-foot Breakfast-at-Tiffany's mirrors & black Italian marble hearths, in registered landmark in Chelsea (near Village) brownstone townhouse w/ huge exclusive southern terrace.
Elegant, romantic, cosmopolitan, large, high-ceiling, sunny, full-floor townhouse apartment with huge private deck; warm and inviting; north-south exposure; perfect downtown location; in most exciting, most centrally-located neighborhood in Manhattan; half block from subway exit; filled with historic charm and great restaurants - from superb Northern Italian cuisine to celebrity-chef hot-spots, all on one tree-lined, set-back sunny block near the Village.
Walker's Paradise according to walkscore period c0m: 100 out of 100, 100 out of 100 for transit score. Also, with Citi Bike ((website hidden)) bike rental on each end of the block.
Short-term *legal* rental (four days to 2-months) of beautiful, *full* parlor floor with walnut-oak flooring, ten-foot Breakfast-at-Tiffany's mirrors, and black Italian marble hearths, of registered landmark lower Chelsea brownstone townhouse w/ lots of light, 700 sq-ft, well-furnished, elegant, warm & comfortable apt, large b/r w/ queen-sized bed, very small complete kitchen, beautiful bathroom, private 400 sq-foot southern-exposure finished terrace off living room.
Rent includes all taxes, utilities, electricity, insurance, incoming phone, Internet (WiFi & Ethernet).
Situated on most beautiful, set-back, tree-lined, dynamic, super-safe block in Chelsea.
Private unlisted phone; a/c front & back; fax; full stereo, HDTV, DVD/Blu-Ray/VCR (no cable), flat-panel PC (ancient) with WiFi and DSL Internet; nearby laundry and postal/shipping services; excellent access to express/lcl subways (1-2-3-9-A-C-E-L), PATH trains, and Penn Sta./LIRR/AMTRAK.
We value and welcome your visit. Guests from all corners of the world have been enjoying the apartment for 17 years before Airbnb started.
Guests have full access to the entire apartment and to the exclusive deck, with the exception of one bedroom closet, and one cabinet in the kitchen, living room, & bedroom.
Also, I regret that we no longer give previews/tours of the apartment. Again, we regret this, but we had far too many no-shows or very late cancellations.
Interaction with Guests
Either I or a colleague will meet you at the apartment, give you keys, orient you around the apartment, and answer any questions you might have on the spot. After that you will not be disturbed at all and are free to contact us via phone, email, or text 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Most exciting, most centrally-located neighborhood in Manhattan filled with historic charm & great restaurants - from superb Northern Italian cuisine to celebrity-chef hot-spots, all on one tree-lined, set-back, sunny block in the Village.
There is no other location in all of New York City that has as easy access to all forms of transportation as this address.
Excellent access to express and local subways (1-2-3-9-A-C-E-L, express *and* local subway exit right on the same block as the apt.). PATH trains to New Jersey *half* a block away, and Penn Sta./LIRR/AMTRAK one express stop away on the subway.
Dozens of open-air rental (via credit card) bikes with Citi Bike ((website hidden)) on each end of the block.
"Walker's Paradise," according to (website hidden): 100 out of 100, 100 out of 100 for transit score.
Cross-town, up-town, and down-town buses one short street block away. Get a 7-day pass to use unlimited buses and subways!
While no parking provided, there is a parking garage across the street & free street parking.
Other Things to Note
We look forward to hosting people from all over the world, but some information will insure that you will be fully happy with the accommodations.
No building that is over 160 years old in constant use is without quirks.
For instance, in exchange for a grand-fathered high water-pressure in the shower, you will notice the tub drains slowly. This is not due to the filter or a clogged drain; the plumbing was recently "snaked" three times by the same good plumber. The pipes are simply from before the 1920s, extremely narrow, below the tub, and, unfortunately, utterly unreachable for replacement. The ventilation fan next to the deck is noisy when it starts up and shares an I-beam with the terrace, so there is some noise & vibration on the deck part of the time. And every time I paint a patch, another patch or scuff mark shows up (although the entire premises are freshly painted now).
If something serious breaks, we will do our best to fix it or make it right. Smaller things (but not insignificant! we go through a check-list for every guest) -- a light bulb out, a door knob loose, a wobbly chair -- can either be fixed for a modest deduction from the deposit or will need to wait. Otherwise, the base rent would have to be raised significantly higher, affecting everyone who visits.
If you would like the high maintenance of a luxury hotel -- and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that -- this will not suit you.
But despite these "infelicities," you are getting a classic dwelling from a bygone era in a unique location and in awfully good shape. You will not find a better deal in Manhattan for this class and location of accommodations.
Lastly, because this is a not-for-profit enterprise, we are just barely covering our costs. As such, we may need to ask that your reservation-request fit the dates left without "unrentable" gaps (shorter than our 4-night minimum). This is a little awkward to explain, but if, for instance, only May 10 to 20 was unrented, and you wanted to rent 4 nights from May 13-17, we may not be able to accommodate because that leaves 6 nights unrentable, 3 nights before and after, and your 4-night fee will not even cover the base cost of the ten days, even before our other expenses.
There is no smoking whatsoever in the apartment, but you are welcome smoke out on the terrace provided you use and empty your ashtrays. The fireplaces are now decorative and originally designed for coal; they cannot be used.
We have recently had some problems with a guest who thought this was a hotel and he a rock-star. You are very welcome in my home, and I look forward to hosting you. You will be house-guests, not renters in a hotel or bed&breakfast. The space is a completely furnished apartment in a landmark building in a great location, and the accommodations will be offered to you cleaned and prepped. Just as house-guests, you should leave the premises in the same condition you enter them, except for the normal wear of the duration of your stay.
We provide fresh clean linens, two sets of keys, some kitchen staples, and, naturally, clean rooms and empty waste cans. During your stay, you will be responsible for your own linens (i.e., no service comes in during your stay to clean the linens or make the bed), food, key-handling, and garbage removal (again, no one will be coming in and emptying the trash during your stay--your privacy is maintained).
Conditions where the premises require more than regular laundry and cleaning -- examples being music CDs scattered on the floor through the apartment, garbage over-flowing in its containers or on the floor, covers of furniture removed, linens permanently stained -- will be remedied at your cost by an outside service who handles these problems for me and others locally. Please do not spoil your stay or my hosting by treating these choice accommodations at a fantastic location in a disrespectful manner. I would be very grateful for your cooperation. We are really not up-tight hosts; we're just still reeling from a pretty bad, recent incident.
Thanks a great deal, and we look very much forward to welcoming you in our home.