Image of living room of PA-4708 with dining table and windows overlooking Les Invalides The views are iconic from this spacious furnished Paris apartment’s living room!

The new year is upon us, and that means it’s time to shake things up and set some lofty new goals for the coming year! If your goals just happen to include a new loft apartment, well, you’re not alone! One of the top life changes people aspire to for the new year is changing up where they live, trying out an exciting new neighborhood and finding a new abode to settle into and call home. Whether your dream apartment is in the Big Apple or across the pond, we have an array of apartment options to fulfill your new year’s resolutions.

Just in time for the new year, we’ve picked 4 amazing apartments around the globe that will inspire you to take a leap and move to a new place — and as a bonus, they’re all close to some fabulous winter fun!

A New Year in New York

Aerial view of Chelsea Piers Sports Complex with Hudson River and Manhattan Skyline Chelsea Piers offers a multitude of activities including two world class skating rinks with river views! Photo credit: courtesy of Chelsea Pier

If you aspire to reside in the midst of the glamour and excitement that is New York City, we have plenty of options available all over town, from the frenzied energy of Times Square to serene residential neighborhoods that make you forget you’re in NYC.

The neighborhood of Chelsea, in downtown Manhattan is the perfect place to settle down for the winter, with residential streets lined with charming townhouses are tucked between avenues full of cozy fireside cafes and bistros, boutiques and art galleries. Renting an apartment here will situate you close to picturesque outdoor spots like High Line Park and the Hudson River, and just in time for winter, you’ll also be near year-round indoor ice skating at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, one of the premiere skating rinks in the country! Here you can enjoy ice skating and ice hockey, join a competitive team, take group or private figure skating lessons and even rent out event space for parties, all including an expansive view of the Hudson River!

Image of living room of NY-17298 with decorative fireplace in Chelsea, Manhattan Start the new year near the fireplace in this charming townhouse in Chelsea

Start the new year off in trendy Chelsea, where this two bedroom furnished apartment sits in a charming townhouse on a quaint tree-lined street. This apartment has the best of both worlds, situated in a residential neighborhood that also has a hip mix of restaurants, nightlife and shopping. The apartment has hardwood floors throughout, while original exposed brick walls and decorative fireplaces instill it with a warm, homey feeling. The large, open kitchen is a luxury in NYC and perfect for preparing meals at home or hosting friends for a dinner. Relax in the spacious bedroom, while a second bedroom has a murphy bed that tucks away into the wall saving space and providing room for extra guests. You’ll also enjoy conveniences such as laundry washer/dryer in the apartment and a terrace space with outdoor seating.

A Fabulous apartment in Paris by February

Image of living room PA-4706 with wall of windows overlooking planted terrace Sip your morning coffee on the planted terrace of this Paris apartment with view of the Eiffel Tower

Maybe you visualize a new year living in France, drinking vin chaud and skating under the iconic Eiffel Tower. We can certainly help you realize that dream as well, with plenty of classically Parisian apartments in every arrondissement with spectacular views of Paris. This one bedroom furnished rental in the 7th arrondissement is located near Les Invalides and boasts the most surreal views of the Eiffel Tower from its terrace! Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room flood the space with natural light while balcony doors give access to a large terrace space where you can enjoy a glass of French wine while looking out at the dreamy view of the Eiffel Tower! Even room has such a spectacular view in this apartment, you won’t believe your eyes! From the living room, bedroom and right at the dining table, what looks like a framed picture is a real-life view with the dome of Les Invalides taking center stage! Try out some French recipes in the fully equipped kitchen. With such breathtaking views, you’ll be tempted to show off to your friends and family, and with a second living room space with sofa bed in addition to the main living room and the bedroom, you’ll be able to comfortably accommodate them.

Image of bedroom of PA-4708 with bed and window seating nook This Paris apartment comes complete with views of Les Invalides

Another equally impressive accommodation in Invalides is this 2 bedroom/2.5 bath apartment in a Hausmannian building with views that overlook the iconic Les Invalides. This apartment can be rented as a vacation rental for short stays or a furnished long-term rental. Hardwood floors, crown molding and a cozy decorative fireplace add charm to this modernly decorated apartment. This spacious accommodation has plenty of room for a family or larger group to spread out and multiple bathrooms ensure there will be no line waiting for the shower! The living room has plenty of space to gather and relax, including a large dining table for family meals. The sleek, white kitchen is ultra-modern with flat-top range and stainless steel appliances. Each bedroom has its own TV, while the first bedroom has a comfortable double bed and the second bedroom has two twin beds for flexible sleeping arrangements. After a long day or night on the town, you’ll look forward to returning home to the luxury of the deep soaking tub and rainfall shower!

Image of the ice skating rink at the Eiffel Tower What could beat skating under the Eiffel Tower?

Best of all, between late November or December to February (depending on location) you can take advantage of fabulous free ice skating rinks that open around Paris for the season, many of which are found around some of the city’s most famous sites. Check out the Ice Rink at the Champs de Mars, close to the Eiffel Tower, where you can experience ice skating with a view of this majestic monument! From December 16, 2017 to February 18, 2018 the first floor of the Eiffel Tower itself will transform into a winter fairyland, complete with giant penguins and a replica Eiffel Tower all made of mirrors. What could be more dreamy than walking among the giant quartz crystals in a forest of white birch and black fir trees? Get a few Instagram-worthy photos among the magical winter landscape and then head to the Cacao Corner to warm up with some decadent hot chocolate! Paris is the city of love, so if you’re lucky enough to be there in February for Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out our tips to make the day unforgettable!

An Exciting New Life in London

Image of living room of LN-1933 with fireplace and large windows Sunlight flows through the huge windows of this London apartment

If having a pint sounds more your style, and you long for some fish and chips at a cozy neighborhood pub chatting with locals and working on your refined British accent, consider renting an apartment in exciting London! It is the ideal spot for cozy pubs on cold winter days after all! With a wealth of history, royalty and unmatched contributions to the musical world, London is packed with places and experiences to discover! Who could resist settling down for the winter in this charming 1 bedroom duplex apartment in the exclusive Primrose Hill section of London? Curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea by the decorative fireplace while sunlight illuminates the living room through large windows providing scenic nature views. The kitchen is equipped with all you need to get cooking and make yourself at home and a convenient laundry machine is located in the apartment. The bedroom is fitted with a double size bed and a double size sofa bed in the living room provides additional arrangements when your family suddenly decides they all want to visit you in London. After a long day checking out all the sights around the city you can come back and relax it all away in the sunken tub.

Image of skating rink with Christmas tree and carousel outside London’s Natural History Museum Outside of London’s Natural History Museum is a winter wonderland (Photo credit: David Champnet)

Enjoy living like a true local in this stunning residential area that also has a number of restaurants and bars and cafes close by for evenings out. The beauty of this location is also its proximity to nature with Primrose Hill Park and Regents Park close by. Enjoy the season with an ice skating outing like no other, taking a spin around the rink at the Natural History Museum surrounded by a backdrop of majestic Alfred Waterhouse buildings! There’s also a centerpiece Christmas tree and a carousel for the kids, and don’t forget to warm up with a delectable hot cocoa at Hotel Chocolat (or something stronger at the Café Bar) on the perimeter after you get off the ice!

Wherever destination you decide the new you needs to be located at, the off-peak winter season is a perfect time to get settled in to a new apartment and to get to know the neighborhood and surroundings without all the tourist crowds. If you’re craving a change for the new year, browse the apartment inventory on our website, see which location around the world is calling to you, and get planning for the new year ahead in a brand new place!

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  3. Winter Wonders in London: The Ice Skating Rink at the Natural History Museum, Kensington-Chelsea
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