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What/Where: 1,600 square foot apartment in the West Village; "amenities include roof deck with spectacular views of NYC and the Hudson River, full-service laundry in the basement, 24 hour doorman, AC, Cable TV and high-speed internet connection."
Looks Good, Right? The Craigslist ad says the market rate on the place is $4,200/month, but the guy who lives here is looking for someone to share the apartment with. That new roommate will pay only $350/month!
The Catch!: "First: I'm at my apartment only 3 - 4 nights per week. The rest of the time I'm in New Jersey at my vacation home. Are you looking to save a lot of money and experience a new, unusual relationship? Do you hate sleeping alone -- being alone?..."
The Craigslist ad continues:
Would you like to share a great apartment and a very comfortable Queen-size bed with a man who is respectful and sensitive to your needs? THIS IS PURELY A PLATONIC ARRANGEMENT! I'M SEEKING A MATURE, ATTRACTIVE, DRAMA FREE WOMAN TO SHARE WITH ME. I have a huge 1,600 sf apartment in the exclusive West Village ("The Gold Coast"), overlooking the Hudson River and and riverside parks. My apartment's market rent is $4,200. per month. Your share of the rent is only $350. which includes all utilities. We will share the apartment including the master bedroom. Amenities include roof deck with spectacular views of NYC and the Hudson River, full-service laundry in the basement, 24 hour doorman, AC, Cable TV and high-speed internet connection. Send me a short message and a recent picture(s) of yourself. "A picture is worth a thousand words." No picture, no response. I will reciprocate with more pictures of my apartment and myself. NO GAMES. ONLY SERIOUS INQUIRIES, PLEASE!Serious inquires only, please. Oh, fuck, he already made that joke for us.
· $350 STRICTLY PLATONIC!! [Craigslist]