My boyfriend and I are smitten with our charming pre-war one bedroom rental in Manhattan. Overlooking one of Greenwich Village’s historic, tree-lined streets just a few blocks north of Washington Square Park, our little 650 square foot apartment is situated on our building’s rooftop giving it a Penthouse address.
Our home used to be a storage unit (along with two others on our floor), and the conversion to a residential space resulted in a very unique floorplan and industrial features. Most notable is our access to private rooftop space via a windowed door that opens right off the entryway. The wraparound outdoor rooftop is nearly as large as our apartment’s interior - with a spectacular 360-degree birdseye view of The Village, Empire State Building and Freedom Tower — all of which are visible from inside the apartment as well. Indoors, our apartment is filled with tons of natural light from the windows in every room facing 5 different exposures — east in the entryway, north and south in the living room, south and west in the bathroom and bedroom, and a skylight facing up in the kitchen. Decorative elements like glass doorknobs, clover-screened radiator covers, ceiling beams, and glossy white kitchen floor tiles give our rental character.
We filled our apartment with different textures, colors, materials and art, giving it an eclectic-organic-glamour vibe. Some of the highlights are a gallery wall above our slate colored sofa, white cowhide rugs, a goldleaf-and-mirrored console-turned-bar, a Diesel for Moroso leather chair, Donna Wilson Nos Da wool, lucite chairs pulled up to a Organic Modernism dining table, and a vintage GE fan. We love plants, and are very attached to our Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus that fills a corner of our living room, as well as our disc of green moss hanging on the wall. Outside, pink rose bushes, olive trees, honeysuckle, ivy, evergreen shrubs and succulents surround our grey-and-white lounge chairs, dining table, and conversation area.
We signed a two year lease, but plan on settling here for a long time to come!
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