About this listing
Quiet, spacious, carefully furnished full floor loft with museum quality art. In a landmarked building adjacent to the MoMA store, with high ceilings, large windows and a private elevator. Excellent transportation hub. Perfect for adult families.
**I'm sympathetic to people looking for a space to shoot, a place to have an event, a property to sell, or loft to furnish but this is not the place. It's much appreciated if you do not reach out with these offers. Thank you for your understanding!**
If you are browsing this listing, you already know SoHo is an affluent area with artistic roots. This is the most stimulating, creative and centrally located NYC neighborhood to live in, work in and visit.
Uptown is very 'straight'/generic while Midtown is commercial/business. The Downtown area (generally anything below 34th Street, or some would say 23rd Street) is where all the color is in the city because of the small, unique neighborhoods. SoHo is at the center of these cultural gems, almost all of which are within walking distance.
While SoHo has all the well-known global boutiques and some great grocery stores, two blocks east is NoLiTa, which has local storefronts with items you won't find in other cities. Also nearby is Greenwich Village (quaint and tree-lined), Union Square (farmer's market), Chinatown (cultural voyeurism), and the Lower East Side (hipster).
Most tourists are usually staying and dining in Midtown/Times Square or the Meatpacking District so you would be among the few visitors to NYC that actually stay in this desirable residential area.
SoHo is the only neighborhood in NYC where all 5 major Manhattan subways have stops. This is one of the reasons why the real estate value in the neighborhood is extremely high and the many celebrities live in the area. Cabs are plentiful here most times of day, and there are two Citibike stations within 2 blocks of the front door.
One week before you arrive, I will send you a neighborhood guide with insider tips on what to do (and not do) in the neighborhood and beyond. There will also a local map populated with location of convenient services. Someone could literally spend a month in the 20 square blocks surrounding the apartment and still not fully experience all the interesting things in the area.
This 1800 sq ft / 550 sq meter apartment is situated in a converted warehouse and has very high (20 ft/ 6 m) ceilings, large windows to the North and South and a large skylight, all of which make the apartment very sunny -- a rarity in Manhattan.
The space has a rotating art collection. Some of the paintings and photographs were made by friends, some by artists who had retrospectives at MoMA, and others from contemporary art galleries in South Africa where I used to work.
On the first floor, the keyed elevator opens up into a dining area. A full bath is off to the left. It is small, but clean and functional, with a shower and shelving for toiletries. I enjoy cooking so the kitchen is fully stocked with equipment (and pantry items which you are very welcome to use if needed). In the back of the first floor is a cozy living room situated under the large skylight -- this is the room most favored by my friends.
The second floor has another living area. The couch can be converted into single bed if needed to sleep 5 in total. (Please let me know if you would like this option prior to your arrival.)
The upstairs bathroom includes double sinks, a sauna, a jacuzzi tub, and a shower stall. There is a full washer/dryer, iron and ironing board. While there are no closets per se, there is a garment rack with ample hangers for hanging clothes, suitcase racks in each of the bedrooms, and a wardrobe in the front bedroom.
There are two sleeping areas upstairs. One is an alcove with a double bed. This room is also situated under the skylight. (It is very enjoyable to sleep here during a rainstorm or snowstorm.) In the back of the loft is another open but quiet bedroom with a queen bed. Please note this is a true loft so there are no bedroom doors, but both sleeping areas are private from each other. The floor plan in the photo gallery can help with an understanding of the layout of the bedrooms.
Linens are hotel-quality, professionally laundered and used only for guests. A housekeeper comes every Wednesday afternoon. If you like, I can arrange for her to come during your stay otherwise your privacy will be respected.
CHALLENGES TO SOME, ADVANTAGES TO OTHERS ...
The apartment has many artful, delicate objects and furnishings; a few guests have commented that this is stressful for families with small children. The apartment is sunny (a rarity in New York!), including the sleeping areas which are not able to be blacked out. It is worth mentioning again that this is a true New York loft so there are no bedroom doors -- although the sleeping areas are quite separate from each other.
I look forward to the possibility of being your host and helping you enjoy this wonderful neighborhood like a native New Yorker while avoiding the tourist traps!
TO REQUEST A BOOKING
Because this is my home, please tell me a bit about who will be staying and complete your guest profile including verifications. The loft is best suited for mature, respectful adults. This is a very upscale, quiet building. Out of courtesy for my neighbors, no parties beyond guests staying in the loft. While I love kids, probably not the best option for children 2-8.
RATES AND TIMES
The site auto-calculates the rate. Kindly note the price for the loft is fixed. This is the least expensive website to rent the apartment through -- it rents through other broker sites for (phone number hidden) a night. To allow for cleaning, check in time is 4:00 PM and check out time is 11 AM. For foreign visitors, an early AM arrival or late afternoon departure can be arranged for $250 on either end. Please let me know at time of booking if you would like to arrange for this. Otherwise you are more than welcome to leave luggage in the foyer if you have a later flight. Pets are a possibility.
Interaction with Guests
I generally leave town early prior to guests' arrival to accommodate a proper and thorough cleaning and resetting of the apartment. If it would be helpful, I am glad to speak on the phone to help you get you acquainted with the space and answer any questions. Regardless, I will email you a detailed house guide and map one week prior to your arrival date.
SoHo is the most chic and culturally rich neighborhood in the city. It has wonderful landmarked architecture, enjoyable people watching, exquisite shopping options and some of the best restaurants in the city. Even if you don't end up staying in this loft, definitely stay somewhere in Soho. No other neighborhood is as interesting or centrally located.
Mostly you will be walking around and enjoying the neighborhood, but if you want to sight see further, the loft is ideally located within a few blocks of 4 out of the 5 major NYC subway lines: BDFM services the middle of the city, NR diagonally services the city, 6 services the East side and
CE which services the West side.
No smoking. Shoes off appreciated. Because of the exclusive location and wonderful neighbors, please no noise after 11 pm.