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Rent a rare rooftop cottage in the East Village

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If the hectic city life gets you fantasizing about retreating to a quaint cottage somewhere, now's your opportunity to nab one—in the heart of downtown NYC. This duplex penthouse rental includes a top-floor cabin, perched atop the East Village's Pear Tree Place condominium; the unit spans two floors and nearly 2,000 square feet.

In addition to an expansive terrace, the three-bedroom, three-bath rental also comes with some dramatic history: In 2015, one of its neighboring cottages caught fire, but this one was spared. Of course, such an unusual (and lucky) rental will mean making a large monthly investment: It's listed with Corcoran for $17,500. 

The home, perched over East 13th Street and Third Avenue, is striking inside as well as out, with tons of exposed brick and a dramatic archway separating the living and dining areas. The living room is anchored by a working fireplace (there are three more throughout the home) and features built-in shelving and large windows with elegant casements. 

The dining area looks bright and airy, with windows overlooking the busy neighborhood below, and the kitchen has upscale appliances and a wide island for prep space. 

The stairs lead up to a solarium and adjacent master suite, which provides direct access to the rooftop terrace. The master includes an en-suite bath, separate dressing area, and large closet; downstairs, there are two additional bedrooms and baths, though they aren't pictured in the listing. Exterior views reveal what looks like a great space for summer entertaining, as well as the unusual mini-village of cottages that sits above the property. 

The floorplan reveals an in-unit washer and dryer, as well as your multiple outdoor spaces. Once the warm weather rolls around, you'll definitely be in an enviable position.