My place is a charming 3 room (4 including a bathroom) prewar walkup located in the heart of Chelsea. There are 4 apartments per floor, mine is on the 2nd floor at the back. It's extremely quite and receives lots of light.
The neighborhood is fantastic, I'm between 2 major subway lines (1,2,3 and A,C,E in addition to the L), 1 block north of the West Village and 2 blocks east of Meat Packing, The Apple Store and The Highline. There are plenty of options for food/drink/art/clubs/groceries and laundry all within minutes from my door.
My neighborhood is very friendly/old school. Throughout my block people gather on the stoops in the warm weather for a drink and/or people watching. Neighbors are friendly and helpful but also respect your privacy.
No smoking. Preferably no pets.