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Arial image of Central Park with lake and skyline of apartment buildings NYC has tons of apartment options to consider (Credit : Global Citizen)

New York City has so many types of apartments and neighborhoods, to an outsider it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start your apartment search. Size and budget are a starting point, but to truly find the perfect apartment “match”, you also need to consider your personality and interests. See if any of the “types” of apartment hunters below describe you and get some ideas where to start and what to look for in your next apartment rental.

I. The Foodie

Image of large kitchen with stainless steel appliances in NY-16264 The kitchen in this Brooklyn vacation rental is a chef’s dream

The foodie has an appetite for all things culinary. This 1 bedroom vacation rental in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double door refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop range, and a dining table for six. Not one but two ovens, an extra-large sink and culinary extras like a stand up electric mixer make this the perfect chef’s kitchen. There’s also a BBQ for grilling in the gorgeous back yard/garden area! This 3 bedroom furnished apartment in Brooklyn Heights also has a large kitchen that aspiring chefs dream of. For foodies who love food but hate to cook, this furnished studio in Hell’s Kitchen-Midtown Manhattan is steps away from Restaurant Row, where an array of world cuisines are at your fingertips (no cooking required!). Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the large vaulted reading room at the Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève Paris’s magnificent libraries don’t disappoint, from the Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève to the American Library of Paris!

Paris has been a center of learning for nearly a millennium, with a rich history of universities and royal patronage. Nowadays, students and workers can enjoy some spectacular library spaces that represent that academic heritage. From well-known Latin Quarter study rooms to a fairytale library in the Marais, the city is full of enchanting work spaces and shelves of books just waiting to be read. Staying in a Paris furnished rental, you can study at home or check out some of these top Paris libraries. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Tower Bridge, backed by skyscrapers including the Gherkin London’s landmarks combine historic architecture and modern design.

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York gets the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building – in London, you’ll find even more landmarks, from Tower Bridge and Big Ben to the Gherkin and the Shard. Like any global city, London sets itself apart with iconic buildings that recall its history and show its innovative nature. Traveling to London, it can be tough to check off all the sights on your list. Start by renting an apartment near a London landmark and you’ll be that much closer to all the sites to be seen Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Louis Vuitton Foundation building The Louis Vuitton Foundation promotes arts and culture in Paris.(Credit : Daniel Buren L'observatoire de la lumiere travail in situ- Guignard)

When you dream of Paris, you envision strolling through art galleries with a glass of wine in hand or dressing up in the latest haute couture and making your grand entrance into the opera hall. Paris is known as a city of the arts, one trip here and you will certainly see why. Aside from all of the usual tourist sites and museums, take some time to discover this epicenter of the performing arts. Here you will find something to fit everyone’s taste, from opera, theater and ballet to the latest concert line ups and cabaret. And because its Paris, the venues themselves are as intriguing as the events they house. On your next trip to Paris, rent an apartment near one of these iconic venues and immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Paris.

A mix of fashion and art is everywhere in Paris, so it’s not surprising that Louis Vuitton created the non-profit Louis Vuitton Foundation, an art museum and cultural center here, to promote arts and culture in Paris. And of course, it could only be designed by one of the best, the famous architect Frank Gehry, whose internationally acclaimed works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain. The foundation is located in the 16th arrondissement, and is worth the trip just for the amazing architecture alone. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the pool of the London Virgin Active gym club with the skyline in the background Swim with a view at this penthouse pool at the Virgin Active gym club. (Credit: Canary Riverside Health Club)

London doesn’t need famous beaches to offer lots of places to go for a dip, from pristine pools to tree-lined lakes, you won’t be far from the water this summer. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your furnished apartment complex, then swimming for pleasure or fitness may be a part of your daily routine. You can also get passes to pools like the one pictured above, located in a private gym club on the top floor. For the rest of us, it’s a great way to escape every once in a while. There are plenty of places in London that are open to the public where you can relax or work on your technique. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of people swimming in Astoria Park Pool with Triboro Bridge in the background Swim with a view at the Astoria Park Pool one of many great NYC pools.(credit:NYC Parks )

When you think of lounging by a pool relaxing the hot summer day away, the last place that probably comes to mind is NYC, but amid all the concrete and skyscrapers these elusive urban oases can be found, you just have to know where to look. New York Habitat can help you find the perfect furnished apartment in New York City. From apartment buildings to hotel rooftops and gyms, read on to find a spot to cool off this summer in the urban jungle. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of marathon runners on the Verrazano Bridge The NYC Marathon crosses iconic landmarks like the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (Photo credit: TCS New York City Marathon http://www.nyrr.org/)

New York is famous for its nightlife and culture more than its athletic events, but the city is a hub for all kinds of athletes. One of the most famous events that take place in NYC is the TCS New York City Marathon, held every fall. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though, as our guide to marathons in the city shows. While you’re planning your stay, take a look at our furnished rentals around the city, a great alternative to hotels. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of Piscine Josephine Baker You can’t swim in the Seine, but you can swim right above it!

While it might not be famous for its beaches, Paris has lots of places to cool off in the summer or get in some exercise: unique pools spread around the city. From Seine-side swimming spots to hidden pools that resemble resorts, you’re bound to find something you like with great pools like these! After a swim or a day lounging in the sun poolside, we’ve got nearby furnished apartments for you to relax in, so take a dip and see what Paris has to offer! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of British flags and double decker buses Check out our guide to events and activities in London this summer.

London is a vibrant and culturally diverse city to enjoy in the summer. With four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of the world’s top museums, hundreds of festivals, and beautiful parks, there is something for everyone.

Image of people sitting on grass with fountains and statue Trafalgar Square is a favorite central hang out in London in the summer.

It isn’t easy to pinpoint the heart of London. Visitors all have differing views of where the center of London really is, though if you find yourself in Trafalgar Square you aren’t very far away. Overlooked by the National Gallery, just a short walk to the River Thames, and close to both Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, why not start your journey here. Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of the Metropolitan Museum’s roof by Central Park One of the city’s most famous roofs, the Met offers stunning views of Central Park. (Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Hyla Skopitz)

More than any other city, New York is oriented vertically, with shining glass canyons and sweeping bridges dotting the skyline. There’s no better place to enjoy the unique vistas that NYC offers than on one of the city’s many rooftops, whether above a furnished apartment, a cultural icon, or a nightlife hotspot.

See the city from above with our guide to some of the best rooftops in town. You can take in all that the city has to offer! Read the entire story here…»