Forget flashy cars, expensive watches and impeccably turned out wardrobes: Turns out what the ladies really love are hardwood floors, expansive views and high-tech kitchens.
Or, at least, so says the New York Post, in an article titled "Would you sleep with this guy because of his apartment? He certainly hopes so." (Spotted via theglobeandmail.com)
To quote the article's Jim Norton, a 42-year-old comedian, "“Women see windows — and skirts come off.
The gent in question credits his Upper West Side apartment with getting some first date action. He adds that with all the economic woes of late, a man with a job, and a roof over his head, is suddenly more desirable.
Another source in the story, 41-year-old Ralph Sutton, bragging about the elevator that goes to his loft, claims, "I think a guy who lives on the top floor of a sixth-floor walk-up better have some immaculate game.”
There's also the question of whether it works both ways - would a gentleman be swayed by my swanky sky high pad? I'm inclined to think not, but the story doesn't look at whether men appreciate a lady's lovingly decorated space.
That's if it were to work at all, of course.
A quick poll of my single lady friends does not reveal a man's gleaming apartment, or panoramic views, to change romantic inclinations.
However, a few minor home decor tricks may help your love life, or at least keep the object of your affection from running for the hills:
- Clean sheets. Studies have found that a once a week tumble in the washer and dryer isn't the norm for singles in the city, with some people going as long as a month. Let's make it a habit, OK?
- Clean dishes. While clear counters might not get your romantic motors running, it's safe to say that a kitchen with stacks of dirty dishes doesn't exactly show you've got your life together. So load your dishwasher, or in case of emergency, stow the dirty ones in your oven (not that yours truly has ever done that ...).
- Wipe down your bathroom sink. Any guest will appreciate a clean, hygienic washroom, so give surfaces a quick wipe with a damp cloth and some vinegar, and, while you're at it, refill your soap dispenser and put out some clean towels.
Rocket science? Certainly not. But definitely a far more achievable way to impress your guests than purchasing a multi-million dollar pad.
And, in the meantime, I'd love to hear whether a prospective mate's pad has any influence on your decision to stick around - or, to quote the article, whether floor-to-ceiling windows really loosens those skirts.