Perfect for adult families. Quiet, spacious, carefully furnished full floor loft with museum quality art. In a tree-lined, landmarked building at the center of SoHo. High ceilings, large windows and a private elevator that opens directly into the apartment. Excellent transportation hub. Two floors for ample areas to congregate or have privacy.
**I'm sympathetic to location scouts, realtors, event planners, designers, etc. but 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 the most stimulating, creative and centrally located NYC neighborhood to live in, work in and visit. Even if you don't stay here, you should stay in SoHo.
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 cultural color is because of the small, unique neighborhoods. SoHo is at the center of these neighborhood gems, almost all of which are within walking distance.
While SoHo (SOuth of HOuston) has all the well-known global boutiques, two blocks east is NoLiTa (NOrth of LIttle iTAly) 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 (grunge/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 avoid) 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 options 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 generous 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 a very comfortable 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 section can help you understand the layout of the bedrooms vis a vis each other.
Linens are hotel-quality, professionally laundered and used only for guests. A housekeeper cleans the apartment before and after each stay. If you like, I can arrange for her to come during your visit, otherwise your privacy will be respected.
CHALLENGES TO SOME, ADVANTAGES TO OTHERS ...
This home 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 (again, a rarity in New York), including the sleeping areas which are not able to be blacked out. If you need a completely dark environment to sleep, this apartment would not be suited to your needs. Last, it is worth mentioning again that there are no bedroom doors however the sleeping areas are on separate ends of the floor 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. If there are young children staying, please let me know and I will put away some items to make it less stressful for parents.
RATES AND TIMES
The site auto-calculates the rate. Kindly note the price for the loft is fixed./non-negotiable. 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.
Interaktion mit Gästen
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.
No smoking. Shoes off appreciated. Because of the exclusive location and wonderful neighbors, please no noise after 11 pm.
Hello, I'm Lisa. Along with a Professor of Sociology from Columbia University, I own an innovation agency that specializes in launches and relaunches. We work for clients such as CHANEL, Mercedes-Benz, The Economist and the United Nations. I enjoy throwing big and small dinner parties, do activist work for anti-torture causes -- including animal rights -- and paint now and then. Originally from Minneapolis, I have lived in downtown Manhattan for 20 years. I took the plunge and bought this loft when I was young. Over time, I have layered on furniture and artwork from travels and artist friends. I often use the time when people rent the loft to visit my family back in the Twin Cities.