I’m on my way home from a very fun long weekend in New York. I stayed with my friend, Monica, in what I would consider to be my dream condo.
Monica just moved to Manhattan from Washington to work for the Corcoran Group. And she’s living on 65th Street and Second Avenue on the 34th floor. Her apartment is facing south and west, and through a wall of floor-to ceiling windows, you can see from the Central Park West skyline to the East River to downtown. The view is a total WOW, from the balcony and from every room in the place!
But it’s making her crazy.
It’s really, really sunny there – something I always thought was a good thing. So does she, except when she wants to sleep later than 6:00 am when the sun comes up.
Then, there is a solar heating system built in. This might be a great thing in February, but this was the 4th of July weekend. It’s not super hot - in fact, it’s been raining most of the weekend. But for most of the summer, Monica has been sweltering, even with the air conditioning running full blast.
All over Manhattan, and throughout Washington, too, there are bunches of gorgeous new condos that are fabulous in many ways, including south-facing walls of glass. When I fantasize about down-sizing and moving back to New York, these are the condos of my dreams.
So, after this weekend, should I rethink my housing fantacies?