Most New Yorkers with the means to do so try to get out of the city for the summer, because in the summer New York City turns into a humungous pile of hot smelly garbage where you could easily end up sweating off your entire body weight while waiting for the subway. Of course, that means that some very fancy apartments are unoccupied from June through August, opening the door for out-of-towners who actually want to spend the hottest months wandering around Manhattan in a daze. Via Streeteasy, we've rounded up some of the most absurdly pricey short-term summer rentals, which are, of course, still cheaper than living in a hotel for two months.
The most expensive of the bunch, this loft-style penthouse in Tribeca is asking $30,000/month and claims to sleep seven, though we count only four bedrooms and a den. Complete with exposed brick walls and very high ceilings with wood beams, it also includes plenty of outdoor space in the form of a deck and a terrace—crucial for any summer rental.
Asking $20,000/month in Greenwich Village, this 2,500-square-foot two-bedroom does not include any private outdoor space, unfortunately, but it located in a full service building with communal roof garden and a health club, which costs extra.
Likewise, this $20,000/month two-bedroom in Nolita features only communal outdoor space, but then again, you're not going to find too many places with a living room/ballroom.
If grandeur, balconies, and extremely high ceilings are things that you are looking for in a summer rental, then this $18,000/month four-bedroom in the East Village is the summer rental for you. The listing advises you to, "Come in from the city hustle and bustle and lounge in your 3000 sqft house that has a gracious floor plan." Sounds like a plan.
This three-bedroom apartment in Carroll Gardens advertises itself as the "BEST SUMMER GARDEN APARTMENT RENTAL IN ALL OF BROOKLYN," and while we're not sure if that's true, it's certainly the most expensive at $10,000/month. Most notably, it comes with a private (and barren) rear garden.
Back to Tribeca we go with this 3,100-square-foot three-bedroom loft, asking $10,000/month. Maybe it's just us, but this place doesn't exactly scream "summer home." Also, the elevator in the building will be out for June and July there's an aggressive "NO PARTIES!!!" stipulation.
This $7,000/month two-bedroom pad in Yorkville is a pretty normal apartment, but a nice one. The East River views are a selling point, as is the fact that it's located in a full service building with a rooftop sun deck, fitness center with shower and saunas, greenhouse rooftop solarium, and children's playroom.
In Tribeca, this $6,900/month loft has three sleeping areas and is "Totally renovated to the nines." It appears to have no outdoor space whatsoever, private or communal.
This two-bedroom rental in Midtown West's Mercedes House is described as the "Perfect short term rental for no fee...great timing for summer internships" and costs $5,300/month. All things considered, it's not the worst summer rental as it comes with complimentary access to the Mercedes Club, which includes a pool.
This prewar townhouse unit on the Lower East Side is asking $5,000/month, but is only available from mid-June through August. It includes a small backyard and is located above a coffee shop—"you'll smell the coffee being brewed in the morning," the listing warns.
And finally, this two-bedroom Tribeca loft is asking $4,800/month, and includes a roof deck and a keyed elevator entrance. Plus, with the owner's extensive library, you'll never even have to go outside.
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