Sweet N.Y. Rental: West Village Charmer for $3,695

Paying rent in the West Village can be a cash-hemorrhaging experience, and this sweet rental at 3 Bedford Street is no exception, but that's the price one must pay to live two floors under Justice Sotomayor.

Or maybe that's just the price to pay to live on a tree-lined West Village block. The one bedroom, one office apartment (located in the prewar building where Sotomayor owns a unit) is listed at $3,695/month and features a small bundle of treasures in its 850 square feet. We're totally delighted by the wood burning fireplace set against a narrow strip of brick wall, the small terrace in the master bedroom that looks out onto a garden, and the bathroom's unexpected dollop of throwback swank -- think black-and-white diamond walls and dressing-room-esque strip lights.

Tons of quaint eateries populate the West Village, which means your only blocks away from brunching on truffled egg toast at 'Ino on Bedford street and some serious sugar/liquor intake at Sweet Revenge -- a cupcake and spirits bar two minutes north to Carmine street where wines and beers are expertly paired with raspberry red velvet, malaysian coconut, expresso-swirled mexican vanilla cupcakes...okay we'll stop...with milk chocolate ganache filling...okay, really, we'll stop.

But our favorite thing about this rental is something that the listing claims -- that at 3 Bedford Street you can hear birds sing -- which must mean pigeons aren't the only avian breed that roosts in this 'hood. We hope.

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