David and his family bought and renovated their dream brownstone in 2012, shortly before he was posted out to China for work. Here they discuss the privilege of owning such a precious home, and why they have entrusted its care with onefinestay.
I grew up in New York City and there is definitely a mythic quality to brownstone living; it seems so typically New York.
We were immediately drawn to the woodwork; it was rare to find a house with such intact original work.
Space is a major factor. We are a young family (one toddler, with another baby on the way) so we needed a place we could grow into. Here there’s plenty to go around so that a family can live comfortably without crowding each other’s spaces.
We put a lot of thought into the kitchen – it’s an incredibly important space for us. As a family we like to cook and eat together most nights out of the week.Since we are away the majority of the year, it’s wonderful to have a full service company help us maintain the house. It’s difficult for us to know what is going on at all times – is the water running OK, is the house too cold or hot, etc.
onefinestay has never hesitated to assist with any issues that we’ve come across, whether it’s been with furniture deliveries or a problem with the utilities.
It feels nice to know that this house we put so much time and effort into is being used and loved and cared for while we’re away.