City Living: Dream Home!

It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to live here in the Big Apple! I’ve lived in New York my entire life but it wasn’t until I went to college that I lived here, in the actual CITY. I remember visiting NYC quite often as a child, both of my parents worked here, and I even tried to convince them once to sell our house, so we can live in an apartment up in the sky.

It’s crazy to think I’ve been living here now for 18 years! A dream of mine, yes absolutely, but if I’m being completely honest, I’d trade in my apartment any day. Jason and I moved here before children, because it was bigger than my last Chelsea apartment, and we somehow got locked into a rent stabilization in our building, which doesn’t not ever happen, and let’s just say it would be super hard to give that up. But on the flip side and three children later, we do need to buy something and soon. Jason is constantly on my case about how we do not own real estate. We agreed that we need to start looking and since I’ll 1000% never leave NYC, let’s stop looking at second homes, and start focusing on our first home.

Last week, I had the opportunity of visiting 70 Charlton, a new resident building in the West SoHo neighborhood! I’m super familiar with this area because Ryder went to preschool over there, so I spent many hours strolling the neighborhood while waiting for him to get out of school. The blocks surrounding 70 Charlton are in the midst of transformation too. The new rezoning is introducing new luxury apartment residences, green spaces, an elementary school and other community amenities to this formerly industrial micro-neighborhood. The existing loft spaces have already attracted leading architecture, design, tech and media companies, drawing new restaurants, cafes and shopping to the area as well.

70 Charlton was developed by Extell, with architecture by Beyer Blinder Belle and interiors by Workshop/APD. This building features 1-4 bedroom homes that are ideal for families with children! Ryder and Siella had the opportunity of touring the building this week, and I have to say we are all in LOVE! We walked in to one of the four bedroom apartments, and our jaws dropped. The interior designed by Jonathan Adler was an absolute dream! If I could, I would pack up our things immediately and move in!

I had to take note of some of the things coming out of Siella and Ryder mouths:

Siella – “Mom this closet is the the size of our kitchen.”

Ryder – “Wait, if we moved here, I’d get my own room!”

Siella – “Omg Mom, look at the view.”

Ryder – “There’s a basketball court and pool here! Can we live here!”

Me – “Go home and convince your Dad!”

And yes, you read the above correctly, 70 Charlton features a 24 hour doorman, residents lounge and landscape outdoor area (with a basketball court), 60′ indoor salt-water swimming pool with steam room, and locker rooms, private gym, children’s playroom, and more. It’s truly a dream (wait I said that already, but it IS!) I wasn’t surprised to learn that most of the residences are already sold, but this gem we toured is actually still available! I encourage anyone that is looking for a new home to go see this masterpiece of a building at 70 Charlton and all that is has to offer!

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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.