About this listing
The apartment is a prewar classic design 2 bedroom on West End Avenue. It is bright and clean with hardwood floors. It is tastefully furnished, uncluttered, located in a well maintained elevator building with helpful 24/7 doormen and an on-site superintendent. This is a pet and family friendly building. The original 1929/30 character of the apartment has been retained and restored over the course of the almost 70 years that it has been my family's principle dwelling.
The guest bedroom is offered for 3 day to 3 week stays, from early November until the end of April. It is large with two closets and windows facing north and east. It is furnished with a queen size bed or two single beds, work table/desk and chair, reclining chair, TV, cabinets, shelves, a window air conditioner, and a full length mirror. It is large enough to accommodate an extra single bed or air mattress in the room.
The kitchen is vintage, eat-in style, that is very well equipped with an original "Waterman Ideal" gas range and porcelain double sink. The microwave and fridge are newer. There is no automatic dishwasher. The living room is comfortably furnished. Mail and trash chutes are on every floor and recycling bins and card operated laundry facilities are located in the basement.
Wireless internet (DSL) is available throughout the apartment, utilities are included and respectful use of power is requested (e.g. turn off the air conditioner when you're going to be out and check that stove is turned off).
This building is steam heated so radiator valves are either on or off; not really adjustable. I tend to keep them off in my bedroom, unless it gets very cold and windy, because the building is overheated for my taste. (And I am embarrassed to be heating the great outdoors by opening windows to regulate the temperature in the apartment.) The bathroom radiator I always have on to make my towels toasty warm for a snuggly fast dry after my bath.
The neighborhood is wonderful, lively, safe and desirable, with lots of live-entertainment in local cafés, restaurants and bars; good grocery and other shopping is one block away on Broadway. Four buses and #1 train, 103rd St. station, are within a three block walk.
The W103rd Street entrance into Central Park is a 10 minute walk east and Columbia University is a ten minute walk north. Museum Mile is one mile away, a 20 minute walk and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) is about a 30 minute walk. Both walks are through lovely parts of Central Park. With good connections the MMA can be reached in about the same length of time by subway and bus. To Times Square takes about 15 minutes and to Wall Street takes about half an hour (via Red train downtown one stop, change to (email hidden).).
It's about an hour by public transit to or from La Guardia Airport. JFK and Newark airports take a little longer.
On-street vehicle parking is free and very safe on West End Avenue. It is alternate side parking, Mon&Thurs. (north and west sides) or Tues&Fri. (south and east sides) from 9:30am-11am. Two nearby indoor garages have daily or overnight parking rates.
Other Things to Note
Our closest off-leash dog run is in Riverside Park, very close by. Local dog walkers are available.
Leave all keys in the blue bowl on the oval table in the foyer when you depart.
When you're done enjoying it, please leave the kitchen cleaned up and ready for my use. Same for bathroom. I'll do the same
Conserve electricity; turn off tv and air conditioner (power bar) when you go out for the day.
Outdoor foot wear stays at front entrance. Please bring a pair of slippers to wear inside the apartment.
Canines under 3 years old are not welcome unless confined to a kennel when you're not around to keep them from chewing my furnishings. With other pet species I'm flexible, based on your experience and responsibility for their behavior (damage, noise, whatever).