Before I leave the Big Apple I must treat you to a little House Porn. This unit is small by Texas standards at 629 square feet, but perfect if NYC is your second home. You just don’t need a Sam’s closet in Manhattan; Duane Reade is a block away, they are open 24/7 and even have food. 

Here’s what you get: Phillipe Johnson-Alan Ritchie architects; smooth natural hardwood floors, Bulthaup kitchens with integrated appliances all in a smooth white enamel finish that cleans like a dream. Fisher & Paykel dishdrawer is great. I mean, I wouldn’t want to do a holiday dinner in this kitchen, but I did a couple nights of chili and it was a dream. A hall closet is loaded with a Miele (be still, my heart, I love Miele) stack washer and dryer, which is worth more than gold in this town. Brokers tell me that if you want an in-house washer and dryer in Manhattan, the lease is at least $3500 a month.   Negatives: the elevators open right into the units, which is actually way cool for schlepping your luggage in if you travel like me and bring half the house. But it is a little noisy at night since you hear your neighbors going up and down. I think the problem could be solved by creating an artificial door with sound-proofing. The closets are small, but that’s what you get in NYC. No microwave— easily fixed — and no garbage disposal, but I’ve been living with that for years at the beach house. I do like the garbage chute in the kitchen, and you simply take recycles to the basement.

And let me tell you, no developer will do this again: when #5 was built in 2006/2007, every master bath got that Tota Neorest I am trying to fit into my suitcase. The master bath has heated stone floors and great floor-to-ceiling glass subway tiles.

I like the small lobby, who wants to pay for common space?, and after 11:00 p.m. you get a virtual doorman, which may be why the monthly dues are only $503.  The $649,000 price is reduced. When this building was born the real estate world was a vastly different animal, and the agent, Elena Sarkissian, tells me initial pricing was $1414 psf, now down to $1000.

The Neorest is practically free!

Best thing: location. Located between Madison and Fifth, I have walked the four blocks east to Times Square countless times and it is a piece of cake. SoHo is a quick subway ride and Grand Central is so close I can see it while I’m writing. I’ll take more photos after I pack up.

Mid-town, Neorest, Bulthaup: I’m in love. Anyone want to share a one bedroom in Manhattan?