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Alec Walling

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Loft studio,mahogany wood work;1 Block Central Park & Museum of Natural History

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Sleeps max four in queen-size loft bed & queen-sized sofa bed; 1 full bath

My house is a five-story 1892 townhouse on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I had the ornate brownstone facade restored recently. It has eight apartments (I occupy the garden apartment). The house is part of a neighborhood of townhouses on the side streets, large multiple dwellings on the avenues, occasional grand apartment buildings on Central Park West, and some notable institutions such as the Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center dotted around the neighborhood. The area is well served by buses and subways, with a large population of restaurants of many different ethnicities and varying levels of sophistication. No area of Manhattan is far away in time or difficult to reach.

The # 3 studio: Located in the Parlor Floor Front, one flight up the stoop - no elevator - overlooking West 81st Street. Its two big windows with security bars under a stained glass crescent are in the frontispiece photo.

The main room is 12 feet wide and 22 fee long. A large decorative fireplace dominates the room with its 13 foot ceiling ( with a chandelier/fan in the middle). Towards the middle of the building is the high bar separating the kitchen from the LR and the spiral staircase leading to the loft bed, along with the full bathroom. The queen-sized loft space is less than 4 feet high - you can sit up but not stand up. A reading lamp is there, along with a radio clock.

The kitchen has a double gas burner and a large microwave oven; an under the counter fridge/ freezer, and cutlery, plates and glasses for six. A good selection of stainless steel cooking pots and pans, cooking utensils complemented by storage containers. High definition TV satellite service. Internet WiFi; free USA phone.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Walling (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, spanish

What makes this apartment unique

Museum of Natural History (Oh, those dinosaurs!) and Planetarium across Columbus Avenue; New York Historical Society 5 blocks away, Zabar's and Fairway close by on Broadway; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim & Museum Mile across Central Park (1 block away);Children's Museum 2 blocks away; MANY restaurants in the neighborhood, two subway lines & 7 bus routes for transportation

Guestbook comments from the manager

Michael Replogle said: April 20th, 2010 1:14 am

My wife and I quite enjoyed our stay. The apartment has charm and character, all you need in a small kitchen, a comfortable loft bed (if you're not afraid of climbing spiral stairs), a decent bathroom, and good space to hang out. The neighborhood is great UWS. Try Nobu nearby if you like great sushi. We'll be back!
Apr 2010
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1 traveler review

Loft studio,mahogany wood work;1 Block Central Park & Museum of Natural History
average rating of 1.0 based on 4 reviews

Great location,very dated

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Property was located in the heart of the upper West side but was very dated and unsafe. The spiral staircase is very rickety almost fell off the wall, the air conditioner had mold in it. There was food left in there from previous renters some had expired in November of last year. The outside has great character, just beware if you have breathing problems this is gonna be hard place for you to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is hard to recognize my apartment in this description! The recently installed metal spiral staircase to the loft queen-size bed is secured to the floor beams and wall beams with multiple 4 inch lag bolts - it is VERY secure. This aristocratic brownstone dates from the 1890's. The original mahogany wainscoting, ornate decorative fireplace, and fretwork over the entrance to the kitchenette area are the unique charms that attract and delight my visitors. Dated? That's the point! I do leave some condiments and spices for the next guest (who wants to buy salt and pepper for a 3 day stay?) Mold in the AC? I don't see any. The kitchen and its cutlery sets; plates; wine, tumbler and liqueur glasses; Cuisinart pots and pans; are all modern, as are the coffee maker, food processor, and dishwasher. Breathing problems? I don't know what that could be about. One of the two large windows can be easily opened for fresh air (the other is securing the large air conditioner). Were they oppressed by history?
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Car: not necessary

One flight up the stoop, this apartment, the former Parlor Front of a large and imposing brownstone, looks over 81st Street. It has a queen-size loft bed reached by a spiral staircase with a four foot clearance over the bed. It has a fully equipped deck kitchen with a two-burner gas stove, large microwave, half size refrigerator/freezer, sink, and small dishwasher. There is a queen size sofa bed.

The neighborhood in general is largely brownstones (townhouses) on the streets and big apartment buildings on the Avenues, with occasional exceptional institution such as the Museum of Natural History, the New York Historical Society, Lincoln Center, and some grand piles on Central Park West dating from the 1920's.

The building is a block from Central Park, across from which are many Museums on the East Side's Fifth Avenue. On the West Side, famous Zabars' Deli and Fairway Market for vegetables, fruits, meats, fishes and organic foods are nearby.

Other Activities: if you have to ask.......


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Manhattan Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • # 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The loft bed is up a spiral staircase. There is about four feet clearance from the ceiling. Kids love it, elders less so. The other bed is a queen-sized sofa/bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • tennis
It must be understood that the apartment is a studio: no separate bedroom to provide privacy for two couples (or parents and their children).

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