My neighborhood of choice would be the Upper West Side of Manhattan - close access to Central Park, near the best shopping, and it offers many residential locations with stunning views of the city and the park.
Like this . . .
This beautiful rooftop terrace is part of a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on Central Park West. At 2,300 square feet, it is considerably larger than my current home, so I know all my possessions would fit nicely with room to spare. It has a wood burning fireplace, a huge living room with park views -
and a staff room, which could be the cat's room (complete with his own bathroom for his litter box!). My favorite part of this apartment is the kitchen -
It is ideal - top of the line appliances, wood floors, and space for a large table - the perfect place to prepare a five course dinner . . . or some Scooby Doo macaroni and cheese!
Photos courtesy of Corcoran.com
It also has this second wonderful rooftop seating area - imagine sitting there with your morning coffee, a Zabar's bagel and the Times crossword puzzle, or you could enjoy the sunset with a martini on a hot summer evening.
The downside to this lovely piece of real estate is the purchase price: $10,800,000 (with 50% of the asking price required as a deposit). Let's do the math: a 30-year mortgage at approximately 5%, including taxes and monthly maintenance fees will cost about $34,000 a month (yes that includes the 50% deposit; the mortgage is only on $5,400,000). Ouch.
Well, maybe someday . . .