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Hardwood Floors, Sunsets, Peace & Quiet.

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2nd bedroom available in Washington Heights. I own my 2-bedroom apartment (600 sq. ft. newly renovated in 2020) as a shareholder in Lafayette Gardens, a cooperatively owned pair of buildings right off 181st with a view of the Hudson River, NJ Palisades, and the George Washington Bridge (see photos). The 2nd bedroom (for rent) is small at approximately 95 sq. ft, has a closet, pocket doors, and a quiet enclosed radiator that doesn't knock in the winter like other NYC apartments. It reduces the air-drying effect typical exposed radiators have in winter. There's space enough for a queen-size bed and two smaller pieces of furniture.

I’m 43, a musician and former music teacher. Currently embarking on a career shift with the goal of being able to work from home. I am clean, reasonable, and considerate. I communicate directly, clearly, and am seeking all these same qualities in a roommate. Open to either male or female roommate. My priority is to find a mature professional or older grad student seeking the same. Please take note of the shared bathroom. I don’t drink, but don’t mind if you do in moderation. No pets please.

Watch walk-through video from time of purchase (March 2020) for a better sense of the layout. You will not be able to find a nicer building or room in this area. Yes, it’s on the small side with no private bathroom, but come see it for yourself. No deposit, no fees. Just need first months’ rent. There is, however, a move-in fee if you are using a moving company.

Lafayette Gardens is filled with friendly and supportive neighbors that care about the neighborhood and maintaining a high quality of life in the building. No place is perfect, but the board of directors care a lot about the building and do a great job. Living in a building like this is a world apart from renting.

Kitchen has a half-size dishwasher, beverage fridge, gas oven and range, microwave, and washer-dryer combo (IN-UNIT LAUNDRY). Modern renovations from 2020. Dresser and tall bookcase available. Otherwise, unfurnished.

Perks:

1. Tremendous view of the George Washington Bridge.
2. IN-UNIT laundry (as well as in-building laundry)
3. Building amenities: elevators, live-in super (Ziggy's the best in the city!), part-time doorman (4:00 PM - 12:00 AM), excellent package handling for deliveries.
4. Two beautiful courtyards maintained by professional gardener with comfortable patio furniture and umbrellas for shade in the summer.
5. Located right off 181st street. Easy access to WaHi social life with restaurants and bars in the area. While close to lots of evening/night-life, the physical apartment happens to be nestled into a quieter corner of the building in a quieter-than-typical area of the neighborhood.
5. 5-6 minute walk from door to the platform of the A train (181st stop). 10 minute walk to the 1 train (181st stop).
6. 20-minute walk, 15-minute commute, or 8-minute bike ride to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
7. 2-minute walk to Riverside Conservancy bike and running trails, the Little Red Lighthouse, bike trail to NJ (over George Washington Bridge), 7-minute walk to Bennett Park, 12-minute walk to J Hood Wright Park, 15-minute walk to Fort Tryon Park.
8. Sound-proof windows, Hardwood Floors, Epic Sunsets year-round.
9. Living room with high-end 2021 OLED TV and stereo system.
10. *Ask me about access to the garden.
11. No additional expenses. Utilities & Wifi included.
12. Spacious 9 ft ceilings of concrete that provide extra sound insulation from upstairs neighbors.

Drawbacks:

1. Currently, there's sidewalk scaffolding outside the window of the rented bedroom and contractors are repairing our retaining wall. This work will probably last through the holidays and should wrap up mid-January if all goes according to plan.

2. Regularly scheduled building inspection and repairs (scaffolding included) are scheduled to happen in Spring of 2024. These inspections and repairs a part of the 5 year cycle that all NYC buildings must undergo according to the Facade Inspection Safety Protocol (FISP). The board of directors believes the inspection and repairs will be done by Summer 2024.

3. If I'm in town, I'm here, at the apartment. Any work I do for the foreseeable future will be remote, so that's something to consider for us both depending on your situation. I do get out a fair amount and leave town for road trips, but if you need an apartment to yourself for remote working purposes, this might not be the place for you.

There’s no approval process, no board application, but I will ask to see government issued ID to verify you are who you say you are, recent paystubs, and last years tax return proving you earn 40x the rent ($62k = 40 x $1,550). Please be prepared to provide two references who have known you at least 5 years.

This space is great for artists, people on the go, grad students, medical personnel, business folk, travelers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. I do have some flexibility in the rate for grad students and otherwise qualified candidates. My priority is to find a considerate, responsible, reliable, individual with whom sharing the space will be easy. Come take a look and see if it's a good fit.

  • Apartment share
  • Washington Heights
  • 10033
  • 181 St Station
    5-10 minutes walk away
  • $1,550 monthly (small)

Availability

Available
Now
Minimum term
None
Maximum term
None
  • Short rentals considered

Extra cost

Deposit
$0.00
Utilities included?
Yes
Fees apply?
No

Amenities

Furnishings
Unfurnished
Parking
No
Garage
No
Garden/terrace
Yes
Balcony/patio
Yes
Disabled access
Yes
Living room
shared
Broadband included
Yes

Current household

# roommates
1
Total # rooms
2
Age
43
Smoker?
No
Any pets?
No
Language
English
Nationality
American
Occupation
Professional
Interests
music, reading, films, dancing, beach, exercise, swimming, family, singing, comedy, socializing, computers, psychology, social justice, software
Gender
Male

New roommate preferences

Couples OK?
No
Smoking OK?
No
Pets OK?
No
Occupation
Don't mind
References?
Yes
Min age
27
Max age
50
Gender
No preference

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