To save you and us time, we decided to first talk about the swaps that interest us. This is not to be impolite, but we are having a hard time managing all the requests we receive from properties that don't interest us. If your property and its availability matches our parameters, please contact us.
What are we looking for?
- We can SWAP ONLY with spacious apartment/houses that have AT LEAST 2 BEDROOMS.
- Even though it might be counter-intuitive, we usually DO NOT SWAP WITH FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN at this point, b/c our apartment is just not set up for kids -- we have lots of art and midcentury furniture: In the past couple of years we needed to restore our dining table thrice, and all three sofas have suffered some damage - most incidents were caused by kids being kids, a couple by adults. By restricting the use of our apt to teenagers and adults we simply hope to reduce probability of damage. Our son has learned from very little on to be careful with things, but we can't expect such a care from other kids.
- We are interested in visiting the following months/locations: summer months in Southern Europe or Germany, December/January in India, Thanksgiving and spring break can be somewhere in the Americas. We are open to non-simultaneous swaps anywhere during these periods.
- For the summer, we strongly prefer Southern Europe, especially Italy and France.
- We love to swap for entire months (May/June or July) in a few specific large cities: Naples, Turin, Marseille, maybe Paris or Rome, but we're not interested in London. Bonn, Munich and maybe Berlin are another option for a 1-month stay in the summer.
- Vacation locations (villages and beach) should be available in August: For beach locations 2+ BR or the countryside 4+BR with pools so our family can join us.
- We love Central/South America and warm US locations for swaps during shorter breaks: Thanksgiving or a week during spring.
- We might be open to swaps with houses in India in December/January.
- The apt is strictly non-smoking and no-pets (highly allergic and asthmatic occupants).
Now to our apt:
Our apartment is in one of the most desirable locations of Manhattan, on the high floor looking southwest, with a wide open exposure in both these directions. Toward the south you look toward the World Trade Center, to the southwest over the Village and SoHo, and to the west you can watch the sun set from our balcony far in New Jersey. Our building has a 24-hour doorman/concierge. Our cleaning lady comes on a weekly basis (though if desired, you could potentially book her for more days). We recently changed windows and you can enjoy total quiet and calm, while being in the middle of things.
The huge master bedroom features a king size bed with ensuite bathroom with bath tub. It also has a large desk with two large apple screens in which you can plug your computer and work while looking at the world trade center. The second bedroom, which is our son's room (though not the typical cluttered kids' room), has a comfortable king size sofa bed, which we use ourselves for extended times when we have family visiting. Across the hallway is a smaller second bathroom with a large shower stall.
Our furniture is mostly original mid-Century modern, wooden furniture hence requires the appropriate care (i.e. the use of coasters is essential). The apartment is beautifully cross-ventilated, and the west-facing balcony has a large table (Biergarten Tisch) that can comfortable seat six or more for outdoor meals or drinks while watching the sun set over NJ.
We are located in the heart of Manhattan, in Greenwich Village/NoHo, one of the best (and most expensive) neighborhoods of New York. You can explore the diversity of the close-by neighborhoods easily by foot: literally 2 walking minutes to SoHo, 5 minutes to the East and West Villages, 10 minutes to Union Square and its green market, 20 minutes to Tribeca and the Financial district, 20 minutes to Meatpacking District, the new Whitney Museum, and Chelsea, 15 minutes to the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy. Almost every subway line is within a 5 minute walk.
Our neighborhood boasts some of the world's greatest jazz clubs, along with more practical amenities like a Whole Foods grocery, Murray's Cheese, Astor Wine and Spirits, and more authentic French bakeries then it is possible to count. For fashionistas, many high-end designers have their flagship stores within 5-10 minutes walking distance.