This second-floor walk-up at 235 West 18th Street is about as much like an average NYC rental apartment as you could get for a month or two in town, which is clearly the intended purpose of this furnished Chelsea pad. The listing states that it’s available for one to twelve months, but there are towels on the beds, AirBnB-style, along with other bare-bones necessities. Knowing that makes it seem a lot more acceptable that one of the apartment’s two “flex” bedrooms appears to be in an actual closet—which isn’t so bad if you’re only in town for the holidays. And to be fair, whole rooms in some of the city’s hipper boutique hotels appear to be in closets also. The listing says the apartment “comfortably sleeps 4,” which apparently means at $3,500 you’re getting a pretty good bargain.
There is an actual bathroom, though it’s not pictured. There’s also Wi-Fi, and each bedroom has its own flat screen TV. The bigger bedroom doesn’t look half bad with lots of nice old wood and plenty of closets and storage.
Although closet-sized, on the plus side, there are brick walls, built-in cabinets and a nice window with a questionable view—all of which, again, are more than you’ll probably get for much more at the Jane or the Ace. We’re guessing there’s no funky bar or restaurant in the lobby here (as there’s no lobby), but you’ll find Willie’s Barbershop in the building’s basement, which could look quite hip if you squint a bit, plus haircuts are probably cheap, quite a find in this town.
The efficient and tidy-looking kitchen has the basics including a coffee maker and cookware, and there’s a “heat and A/C unit.”
The best part of this fine New York City temporary home is definitely its location on a lovely Chelsea street near all of the cool boutiques, bars, restaurants, museums and galleries that you can frequent with the money you save by not staying at the Standard. There are several other units available in the building, so if your crew wants to be more comfortable than cozy, rent a block of them and live a little.
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Images via Eisenberg Exclusives.
Neighborhoods : Chelsea