Small loft in Noho in the Village; one big room with small kitchen area and bathroom, not sure of measurements, must be around 50 sq. meters. 2-story-walk-up, king bed, plasma tv, Bang & Olufsen stereo, Apple G4 computer with high speed internet access, high ceilings, good light. We have a galley kitchen; there are two small fridges, a small convection oven/toaster broiler, microwave oven and electric hot plate. There's a small private garden terrace, great in warmer weather. Our housekeeper of over 10 yrs will come as usual once a week - unless you'd prefer she didn't come. The bathroom has a washing machine and dryer - a big bath and hand shower (no built in stand-up shower.) It's a three story building, we are on the 3rd floor up a narrow stairwell. There's no doorman or lift. It's a very old building with it's quirks but a great little NYC urban space. We've done two exchanges, both in the Perth area: one in Freo 2008 and another in White Gum Valley 2009 ... both report having enjoyed the space and location ... one joked that we'd have to call the police to get them out and has asked to come back again ... the other called it "gorgeous" and "fabulous." It's very far from luxurious, and some of the floors i wouldn't want to put a level on to see how far off straight they are but it's a warm and comfortable space in a great location.
Three blocks from Soho, one from Nolita, five from Litte Italy. Can't beat the location. It's a great downtown Manhattan neighborhood in the Village. Very hip neighborhood; cafes, bars, restaurants, boutique stores and Off-Broadway theatres (Bleecker Street Theatre is half a block away, the famous Public Theatre/Joe's Pub is 4 blocks away.) Tree lined inner-city street often used as movie set. Most everything is within walking distance and subway lines are a block away if you want to go Uptown. (Central Park is a 15 minute subway direct ride.)
We are a middle-aged couple (45 and 50). I, Vivienne, am Australian but raised and lived most of my life overseas (Montreal, Moscow, New York.) I work as a television news producer/journalist. My husband, Douglas, an American, manages a fine wine store in Tribeca in lower Manhattan. We're of course happy to provide notes on our neighborhood, our 'best of' list for bars, restaurants, shopping, museums/galleries/theatre/music venues and "must dos" in the city ... make a few brunch/dinner reservations in advance at our favorite places for you if you would like. 1) We visit my family in Fremantle, WA, every year for 2-4 weeks, normally Feb after kids are back in school in Perth but we can normally go anywhere from Jan 2nd to mid March. We like to stay in or around Fremantle or Margaret River area where my parents and sister live ... love Cottesloe too. In 2010, we MAY need to go to WA in January for a family reunion loosely scheduled for anytime after New Years but before the nephews have to be back in school in Melbourne. --- 2) May to Sept for a week or two every year looking for somewhere warm near the ocean not too far a drive or less than 6 hr flt from NYC ---3) We'd like to go to Paris in 2009 for a long wkend around 8th Nov. 4-6 nights.