About this listing
Welcome to Soho! The apartment is really quiet and peaceful for the most part, which makes for an enjoyable stay downtown. I've lived all over the city and this is by far the most quiet I've had - most apartments you can hear sirens and honking through the night.
The building is from the 1900s, so it's not a fancy luxury building and comes with its quirks. I've owned the apartment for about 9 years now, so please take care of it like you would your own home! :)
2 bedroom with a queen bed in one room and a double bed in the other and, a very comfy couch in case you need an extra spot to sleep.
The apartment is a unique two bedroom with a backyard, exposed brick, one full bathroom with tub and shower and the other one just a toilet and sink. The kitchen and living room are connected so it's a nice open space. You are on the ground floor, so no stairs to walk up, and the apartment is extremely safe - I have lived here for since 2009 with no issues.
The backyard is a little rundown, but even thought it's a nice thing to have in NYC, I rarely use it. Sometimes it's nice to sit out there and have a drink, but usually it's either too hot or too cold. I'll probably make some renovations at some point, but it's not a huge priority for me. Please use it as much as you like! There is a bbq outside, but propane is illegal so please do not use it. As you know airbnb is illegal in NYC so it would be bad to have the building burn down from illegal guests. Haha! :)
If you have more than two guests, the couch can sleep one—it's actually really comfortable and blankets/sheets/pillow are provided.
NOTE: in the winter it gets a little chilly because of the outdoor space door, but there are blankets and a space heater (only to be used when you're home).
Separated from the living room by shoji screens, so it's private, but sound does travel, so if someone's on the couch, you are essentially in the same bedroom (the shoji screens do shut all the way). There's a queen bed and a private bathroom, but the shower is in the other bathroom. Access to the outdoor space is from this bedroom.
This bedroom is a good distance from the other bedroom and is quite because there is a real door. The entire apartment is fairly quiet but this would be the more private room.
There is wireless internet, use of refrigerator (NOTE: it is not a full-size fridge), and access to filtered water (Brita). There are in-wall air con units and floorboard heating. All linens and towels will be provided, plus some closet space in the front closet for your things. There is no cable.
Anything in the apartment you are free to use. If you use the washer and dryer, please don't put shoes or anything other than clothing or linens in there. If you wash your towels or sheets, make sure you wash the same colors together. The washer is small and can only handle a very small load (like 3 towels).
Liquid soap goes in the slot all the way to the left and the softener part doesn't work. There are dryer sheets (please empty lint trap after use). The washer requires a VERY small amount of detergent or the washer will get clogged. The door is broken - you need to lift and push to shut.
Interaction with guests
I will be available via text/email/phone for any questions and will most likely be handing you the keys and giving you a tour, but will not be present in the apartment at all during your stay.
You are in the perfect location to get anywhere in the city with ease. Within a minute's walk, you have an organic juice shop (Juice Press), coffee shop (Local), trendy restaurant for breakfast, drinks and food (Navy), small Italian place (Pepe Rosso to Go), trendy Jamaican restaurant and juice bar (Miss Lily's), coffee and brunch (Once Upon a Tart), trendy and delicious restaurant (the Dutch), healthy restaurant (Souen Soho). A walk north, south, east or west and you have a ton more. I can help with other recommendations.
Shopping and all that Soho has to offer is right outside your door. You are a 20 or so minute walk from the Freedom Tower and an 8-minute walk to Washington Square Park. If you want to go to the gym, there is an Equinox on Prince Street or a NYSC on Varick - both under a 10-minute walk.
You are within a 5- to 10-minute walk of all the major subway lines (ACE, 1, BDFM, NR and a little farther is the 6). There are many buses you can take, but I am not familiar with the times or lines (I don't ride the bus at all) - I'm sure a guide book can send you in the right direction or a quick internet search. Taxis are readily available from Houston Street and of course, Uber.
Other things to note
The refrigerator is under the counter and it's probably smaller than your used to - not as small as a hotel size, but keep this in mind if you're planning to do a lot of cooking. I cook all my meals at home and I don't have a problem with the size, but it's not gonna fit a 24 pack of beer and a bunch of food. The freezer basically doesn't exist (it's a flap), but can hold ice just fine. If you put ice cream in there, it will be semi-soft. As someone from California there's a lot of things I've learned NYers don't care about - one is cooking.
- No smoking of any kind
- No shoes in the apartment
- Eating only in kitchen/living room (please clean up crumbs)
- Clean up after yourself as you would at your own home
- Dishwasher - rinse before putting inside
- No pots, pans, or knives in the dishwasher
- Refrigerator (is small)
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm an easy going Californian who currently resides in NYC. I will probably end up back there someday, but in the meantime, I'm exploring NYC and taking trips around the world when I can; last stops: Indonesia and Hungary. I enjoy riding my bike around Manhattan and I stay active whenever I can. I'm a personal trainer and holistic health coach, so I surround myself with all things healthy, and yes, that includes wine! :-)
I'm a very clean house guest and I expect the same from my guests - I have a no shoe policy and try to keep things in order in my home space. Please enjoy the space as you would your own home and have fun! Soho is the best neighborhood.