About this listing
2,000 sq ft. Loft is very well placed in the middle of chinatown and Soho. Giant open spaces with personal touch of widely traveled owner. 48' Flat screen TV, Washer and Dryer, Large walk in shower, large separate bath tub, 1.5 bathrooms, massive closet space, Open plan Kitchen, High speed WiFi, Apple TV. Professional quality ping pong table can be left out on request!
2 Blocks from Soho, 4 blocks from Little Italy, 13 Blocks from Ground Zero, 4 different subway lines within 2 blocks. 8 blocks from Brooklyn Bridge....It's all so close!
We are very close to a number of subway lines. The J,N,Q, R and 6 trains all stop one block from the apartment. And the A, C, and E trains are only 6 blocks away on Canal street.
We are also only 6-7 blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge which is great for walking or riding to Brooklyn.
Canal street is busy during the day, so be warned :-) It is the nexus of Chinatown and Soho, and there are lots of people and tourists during the day. At night it is quiet though. The bed rooms are in the back of the apartment so the noise is low by NYC apartment standards. For large groups with people sleeping in the front area as well, there is lots of light in the morning, as well as more noise in the front of the room. I have never had people complain about it, but it has been noted.
No unplanned overnight guests. No smoking at all in the apartment. No parties. No pets.
This place lived up to the hype - incredible space in prime location, beautiful decor and everything well prepared to ensure a fantastic experience. You are literally minutes away from the pulse in soho and noho and although in a busy street on canal, you can jump in an elevator and escape to your sanctuary immediately.. truly amazing! Richard was very accommodating, very proactive in ensuring everything was to my liking, and I am very satisfied! Truly a unique and hard to find spot in NYC.
I will just have to add one negative comment that visitors should be aware of - the building is shared and above the apartment (one level above) there is a dance / yoga studio and classes run from afternoon to late evening and this does lead to some loud banging noises from the roof near the bedroom and bathroom from afternoon to evening.. if you are intending to sleep by 8-9pm this may be an issue as we found this continued until later in the evening
Apart from comment above I would highly recommend the place and the host... would return in a heartbeat if I had the chance!
This apartment is massive! Despite already expecting a large space - I was still awestruck at the size once we got there. Barrie (Richard's property manager) met us there and was extremely nice (and forgiving despite our later than expected arrival). Communication was excellent with the host as well as his property managers, Barrie & Claudia.
Please note: the building is extremely unassuming on the outside (in fact we were very dubious before we entered the apartment - but loved it once we saw what was inside).
The location is right downtown with the subway a few steps away to get you across town relatively easily. There is a McDonalds next door which is helpful for early morning coffee runs!
We stayed here with a bunch of friends and found it to be the perfect size giving us some privacy with the bedrooms in the back and a big enough space to socialize in the front. The ping pong table was a BIG hit!
During the day there is a dance studio that has classes upstairs, so it gets a little noisy toward the back - but no issues at all at night.
The AC in the living room was fully operational however not fixed to the window so we noticed water dripping from it after it had been on for more than 20 minutes or so. We put a bucket underneath for a quick fix.
We had a great experience overall and I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a larger space in NYC.
Great apartment in a great location - really amazing to get this amount of space in the city, and was a great base for both work and play! Would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting equal parts of crazy & relaxing when in NY
We had a great staying in NYC and Richard has been really helpful with everything.
The apartment is really nice and comfortable, big spaces, well equipped, well located and very close to the important areas, a metro station in just one minute.
If we need to return again to NYC absolutely we will rent it again.
We were very warmly welcomed by a friend of Richard's who was there when we arrived and in close contact via SMS prior to our arrival from JFK.
The apartment fully matched the description, though upon arrival downstairs it is a little strange and unwelcoming. Once inside the apartment it is very comfortable.The neighborhood was funky being so close on the edge of Chinatown and Little Italy and it has absolutely excellent metro connections only a few yards away.
The biggest challenge is just finding a regular well stocked supermarket that sells standard items. It could do with some maps and instructions where these are. On the other hand it was great for buying high end Italian food and wine and whatever you could possibly imagine and beyond in terms of Chinese food.
Please note that there is a dancing school that is very loud every evening till around 10pm which would make early evenings in bed impossible and the bedrooms need better noise insulation form the extraction fans and at weekend parties that take place being the loft.
Richard's place was perfect. It's in a great location, and is clean, comfortable, and bright. He went out of his way to make sure we had a comfortable visit, and was communicative and friendly. I look forwarding to staying there again.
We really enjoyed the location of the loft. Easy walking distance/subway/taxi to everything you'd like to see in the city. The loft is spacious and had plenty of room for all four of us. Noise was a bit louder in the bedrooms because of some new construction on a neighboring street. I'd recommend ear plugs if light sleeper. Winter has its challenges with noisy pipes to heat the loft. But the building was constructed in 1915 so it's a relic!
About the Host, Richard
Social Entrepreneur. Born in Lima, Peru. I've been in NY now for 15 years. I travel 5-6 months a year to visit our volunteer projects based in 10 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
I hope you enjoy as much as I do when I am in town...