I am a female in my early 30's. I live in the West Village of NYC. I am a former real estate broker turned wine writer.
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We stayed in Lauren's home over the xmas and new year week in 2012/2013.
The apartment is exactly as the pictures show, even the size that the pictures appear to show is spot on.
The apartment is toasty warm, so no issues with being cold in winter here.
The street and general area is really really nice. Great location. I can only imagine that it would be even more beautiful when the leaves on the trees are out.
Lauren put together a lot of information for us including restaurants, transportation and general details about the area. She even put all of this into a folder and had it waiting on the kitchen bench, along with a welcome card. Very nice.
Even though there is a adequate kitchen, stocked with everything you should need, the apartment is so close to everything so why would you waste your time cooking.
The only negative I could comment on this stay was the fact that due to being an older building the wood floors really do creek a lot when you walk. No matter how much you try to prevent it. The neighbour below the apartment is quite sensitive to the noise, and will let you know that.
Lauren did mention this before we arrived, however it did play on our mind for our stay.
The old floors also means you can hear the neighbours on top also, although that did not bother us too much.
Lauren is a very conscientious home owner. Before our departure, she sent me an email following up on all necessary details, and had the apartment perfectly set-up for us when we arrived, complete with a beautiful array of fresh roses! The informational packet that she left us was perfect and had all the information that we needed relating to the building and recommendations for the surrounding area. Her apartment is in the perfect west village location.. Just a block's walk to all great shopping on Bleecker, and within walking distance to wonderful restaurants, subway lines, and the Highline. It was particularly beneficial to us that she was a block away from Bleecker playground, as we had small children that needed to burn off energy during the day. A great trip and a highly recommended apartment!
Lauren put a lot of time and effort into (email hidden), she was highly prepared for our stay. The 5+ pages of recommendations of cafes, restaurants and bars were greatly appreciated and meant we got to know about the 'local'' places. The apartment was in a great location and very stylish, we had everything and more that we needed. We were so comfortable in our home for 2 weeks that we really felt like locals. Highly recommended :-)
It was a genuine pleasure sharing my home with Lauren & Bart, they were great guests. Easy, independent, friendly and left their room in great shape. I'd be delighted to have them back any time - highly recommended.
We enjoyed hosting Lauren while she attended her conference at Meadowood. Lauren was wonderfully patient while we worked through an electrical circuit issue. We hope she has the opportunity to come to the Wine Country again and stays with us.