Parlor in the Chelsea Mansion on 20th Street
Right before Labor Day weekend, I was invited to experience a little bit of the latest New York V.I.P housing concept: the temporary luxury dwelling. Perfect for movie stars and directors who are non-city residents but are shooting flicks in the city, the renovated Chelsea Mansion — built in the 1800′s — brings Edith Wharton into the glittering modern age. Located at 436 West 20th Street and restored by developer Michael Bolla, the place felt colorfully mind expanding like an ode to not just Wharton, but to the Bloomsbury intellectual salon of yore. The six-floored place features an in-house butler and psychic for all residents. (The amenities list also boasts an on call fashion stylist and yoga instructor.)
After falling in love with the marble fireplaces and Baccarat chandeliers (from the Twenties), the psychic, Roxanne Hulderman, literally gave me goose bumps. In the cozy boho chic parlor, she held my necklace in her palm and consulted my “guides and angels,” taking me on an uncanny session of personal details that I still do not understand.
Hulderman, who has been featured on CNN and other shows in the past few months, had become the financial world’s soothsayer du jour since the market crashed. She’s apparently also seen Courtney Love, who lived at Chelsea Mansion until May. For a cool $20,000 a month for a two bedroom — with short term leases going for a few weeks up to twelve months — you too can have the luxury of seeing the incredible Hulderman.
Still, you don’t have to move in to get a reading. You can contact the psychic through her website. Prepare to be spooked in the nicest possible way. Check out: PSYCHICROXANNE.
Courtney Love, one of the cozy yet luxe Chelesea Mansion’s first modern short term residents