Rent from a Rocker in Harlem

You say your Andrea-Bocelli-loving landlord won't renew your lease unless you stop playing Green Day? So get a cool new landlord -- like the drummer for David Byrne's band. Drummer Graham Hawthorne is renting out the entire top floor of his renovated Harlem townhouse. Interested? Here's what you get...

The Details: The open, 900-square-feet can be either completely open or configured as a one- or two-bedroom loft.

Original Ingredients:
Parquet floors and mahogany pocket window shutters.

Modern Extras:
New kitchen, dishwasher, washer/dryer, skylight, cable and high-speed Internet, alarm system, two exposed brick fireplaces.

And if your secret vices include the occasional session with Kenny G, no one ever has to know. The apartment has soundproof, sliding-glass doors, so you can enjoy your secret shame in private. Did we mention that the rent is just $1,800? Or that the building's other tenants love living here?

Tenant Testimony:
Current tenant E.F. says: "I feel truly at home in this beautiful building, on this lovely street, where there exists a real sense of community amongst neighbors with the coolest landlords on the planet. Living here has offered me a unique opportunity to experience life in NYC in an authentic neighborhood and in a personal and peaceful building. And I can always find a parking spot! The best kept secret."

Outgoing tenant RG: "We have loved living in this apartment for over four years and are only leaving now because of a job location. The space itself is fantastic -- plenty of light, great air flow, high ceilings, and the original details...contribute to the overall charm. The landlords are very cool but also very responsive to their tenants' needs. The neighbors in the building are very friendly, quiet and trustworthy. I cannot say enough positive things about living her and would absolutely recommend it to a friend."

The location: 127th Street, around the corner from the 2/3 trains; Metro North is two blocks away.

Neighborhood Conveniences:
Citarella, Fairway and Pathmark supermarkets, Starbucks, Sylvia's famous soul food restaurant, Gap, Old Navy, H+M, Marshall's, Office Depot and upscale developments, include the Dafina.

The downside: It's a walk-up, so prepare to climb some stairs.

Contact: Email to There is no broker's fee.

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