New York - 3rd Street IIIUnited States / New York / New York City
Consider this two-story home your own personal estate, gorgeously decorated with high ceilings and complete with a garden perfect for elegant ruminations. The streets are quiet, and the local food is de rigeur, so there’s no need for a private cook staff in your expansive kitchen. Relax here and you’ll come away recharged, as if you’ve just spent a weekend in the country.
Our host family is young, and with both the lord and lady of the house working in education, you'll find a whimsical nature to the decor (this goes double for the rooms of their two daughters). Like the best of the ruling class, they've spent time overseas, living in India and Africa, only to return to New York, crown jewel of the empire.
Mind Your Manors
You'll enter through the living room, where you may feel inclined to set down your bags on the hardwood floor, ogle the fireplace and yell for a butler. Alas, domestics are not included in this home, but if you continue to the kitchen just beyond you'll find it's the kind of place where you wouldn’t mind cooking for yourself, with diverse accoutrements, all of them sparkling and new. The dinner dress code is informal, to fit with the funky art one finds at every turn here.
The home’s layout is upstairs-downstairs, with all the bedrooms beneath the living area on the ground floor. Tuck in your little heirs and heiresses in the colourful children’s rooms, then it’s time to hold court in the spacious back garden.
Tea and Crumpets
The neighbourhood’s edgier food, prepared by the still edgier locals, will rival any whipped up by your in-home chef. Our host recommends the nearby Stone Park Café, as well as the nearest sushi “joint” and public house. Zip back from lower Manhattan in just 15 minutes by subway, then round out every day by walking the grounds of Prospect Park, the finest leafy locale in the city.
Kitchen : Coffeemaker, Freezer, Kettle, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster
Laundry Room : Dryer, Iron & Ironing Board, Washer
Bathrooms : Hair Dryer, Shower, Shower/Tub Combo
Livingroom : Piano, TV