|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Charming, 2 bedroom basement suite, available for your vacation stay. Located on a quiet tree lined block, proposed for historical landmark, in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhoods in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Newly renovated, the suite is complete with Jacuzzi, eat-in kitchen, and spacious living room. The first bedroom has a double bed that sleeps two people (10 ft X 13 ft), the second bedroom has a double bed that sleeps two people (13 ft X 16 ft), and the living room has a fold out futon that also sleeps 2 people. The apartment is accessed through a separate entrance on the ground floor, and street parking is available. This is a true basement suite. The space comfortably accommodates 4 people (maximum 6). Please note this is a true basement suite. The ceiling height is 6ft 10', and the midsection of the apartment (1 foot wide) in the living room clears 6ft 1'. Just a friendly 'heads up' for guests taller than 6ft 1'.
Located in the Heart of Brooklyn!: Being in the heart of Brooklyn, you can take advantage of our location by exploring the charm and diversity of our own vibrant neighborhood, and our close proximity to artistically prolific neighborhoods like Dumbo, and Williamsburg, and to the trendy neighborhoods, like Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Fort Green. You'll see each neighborhood offers it's own unique charm, no more than a 10-15 minute cab ride away!
Our full address is: 686 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216, located between Franklin Ave and Bedford Ave in the vibrant and dynamic neighborhood Crown Heights.
The 2,3,4, and 5 express subways to Manhattan all stop at Franklin Ave (just a 5 minute walk away). It's a 15 minute ride to Wall St, and 25 minutes to Union Square, and 30 minutes to Grand Central Station.
There is street parking available in front of our building.
Local Attractions: The beautiful Brooklyn Botanical Gardens should not be missed, just a 10 minute walk from the apartment (free on Tuesdays)! Check out the free concerts at Prospect Park, along with the drum circle on Sunday afternoons at 'Drummer's Grove' (southwest corner).
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is just one subway stop to Atlantic Ave, where you can see world renowned artists performing music and dance along with the local artist's scene at BAM cafe.
Brooklyn Museum is just a 10 minute walk away offering free concerts by local artists the first Saturday of every month.
The Tabernacle Church has a very lively service on Sundays. Witness the neighborhood community of worship, and experience a welcoming & friendly dose of cultural immersion.
From the Caribean jerk chicken to the hipster hang outs like Franklin Park, the neighborhood offers diversity at its best. There's an eclectic selection of restaurants nearby: Caribbean, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese, American.
Nearby Amenities: Our local grocery store 'Fischer's' is just a 5 minute walk away on Franklin Ave, and Nam's Corner store (2 blocks away) has the best produce. The Grand Army Plaza Farmer's Market is fun to visit on the weekends, and there are several specialty stores a few blocks away in Park Slope where you can buy specialty cheeses and breads.
Laundromat: half a block away, offering very affordable full drop off service.
Pharmacy: on Franklin Ave, just 2 blocks away.
Wine Store: Franklin Ave, 2 blocks away
Coffee shops on Franklin Ave: Pulp & Bean, Breuklyn, Fig and Lily.
From the Caribean jerk chicken to the hipster hang outs like Franklin Park, the neighborhood offers diversity at its best. The selection of restaurants around our apartment is very diverse, all very affordable, and most of them deliver if you feel like chilling out for a night: Bombay Masala (Indian), Udom Thai, Chavella's (Mexican), The Spice is Right (Caribbean), Bristens (paninis).
I adored renovating and restoring this brownstone building and hope you love it as much as I do. I love to travel, and equally appreciate meeting travelers from all over the world. Hope to meet you soon!
Owner purchased this apartment in 2005
I chose to live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn because of it's undeniable charm, and convenient access to Manhattan.
Homemade banana bread and a cupboard stocked with Brooklyn Roasted Gorilla coffee awaits you. You'll find a sanctuary here, and you'll be privy to all of my personal favorite activities in the neighborhood. Satellite TV with over 150 channels including 30 movie channels, DVD player and DVD library are all set for when you need to unwind. This is a true basement suite with ceiling height of approximately 83' high (6ft 10'), with the exception of a mid section which is 73' high (6ft 1').
We greatly enjoyed our stay at Krista's beautiful apt. This was our first experience with VRBO and it was a wonderful introduction!
The photos online do not do justice to just how beautiful and functional this apt is. I was expecting the apt to be a bit dark, since it's in the basement, but Krista has done an excellent job with track lighting and the apt is very well lighted...not dark in the least!! The apt has everything that you need for your stay, including blow dryer, shampoo, conditioner, and wonderful smelling body wash (since this was our first time with VRBO, I wasn't sure if it would have these amenities). The kitchen is fully equipped and Krista leaves freshly baked banana bread out on the counter, a really nice touch. The kitchen is also stocked with orange juice, milk, and apples, as well as coffee and teas. All the spices one would need to cook are also in the cupboard.
There are two air conditioners in the apt, so cooling is not an issue at all. There is also a stand alone fan. Plenty of closet space and towels and comfortable bedding. But, the absolute best part was relaxing in the jacuzzi jet bathtub after walking all day in the city!! Such a nice treat!!
Krista made us feel entirely comfortable and left a notebook full of suggestions for everything from restaurants to numbers for taxi cabs (much cheaper airport transportation than I found online).
The neighborhood is about 4 blocks to the Franklin Ave. subway station, with access to the Number 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. You can take an express train which will get you into mid-town Manhattan in about 20-25 minutes (obviously, the local trains take a bit longer). There are lots of food options in the neighborhood...we popped out to one of the many deli/convenience stores for a take-away breakfast each morning. A full service grocery store is also about 4 blocks away. The neighborhood is very lively, but at no time did we feel unsafe and we walked back to the apt after midnight on two occasions.
The only caveat I would offer is that when we returned to the apartment building late our first night, the hallway light was off, making it very difficult to find our way to the apt (thank goodness for the flashlight app on the i-phone!). The next morning, however, we discovered a light switch to the hallway conveniently located next to the front door and a second light switch located closer to the apt.
This was an entirely positive experience!
This apartment is quirky and quite interesting in its way; it has most things that you need to get by (we sometimes like boiled eggs for tea, so egg cups would have been useful). There is plenty of lighting - but then there needs to be as there is virtually no daylight. The only window with an almost direct view to the outside is over the kitchen sink, and half of that is taken up with an air conditioner.
From the photo of the front of the house we thought we had identified the basement, but the apartment is actually below what you can see.
We were of the opinion that, rather than being a "true basement apartment" as described, it is actually a cellar that has been given a makeover. There is really no fresh air and the bathroom is completely without ventilation. The second bedroom has a double bed. The only other furnishing is a mat and a folding wooden chair. There is just about room to squeeze along the sides of the bed to climb in after a tiring day's sightseeing. Guests using this room can hang some things in a cupboard in the living area, but otherwise there is nowhere to put anything. We lived out of our suitcases for ten days. A chest of drawers just outside the bedroom door would have made it more convenient. The main bedroom fares better in terms of space and furnishings and the living area is actually quite comfortable.
On the plus side the position is excellent. It's close to the interesting Franklin Avenue with its shops and subway station, to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, to the wonderful Brooklyn Museum, to Prospect Park and, of course, to the amazing Tom's Restaurant on Washington Avenue. It takes only 20 - 30 minutes to get to the heart of Manhattan.
There were four adults in our party - two couples - and although not perfect this was a good base from which to enjoy New York.
We had such a wonderful stay in this cozy apartment!!! It totally exceeded my expectations. After reading a couple of reviews about low ceilings I was slightly concerned...since my husband is 6'4"...but we had no problems whatsoever! Everything was clean, bright and comfortable. The building was located conveniently to the Park Road train station...we took the train into town and had a great time in the city. Krista and Jan were both so nice and made sure that everything was taken care of and that we had everything we needed! They even left a nice loaf of banana bread and a pint of milk to get us started in the morning! I highly recommend this as an great affordable place for a family of 5 - 6 to stay!
The location of this apartment can't be beat. It is conveniently located right off of Franklin Ave. where there are plenty of excellent coffee shops, restaurants, bars & markets, and the metro stop (the 4 & 5 trains run express into the city) is just a short walk away. The Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Gardens and Prospect Park are only a subway stop or light jog away and Prospect Park is a beautiful place for a run. The jacuzzi tub in the apartment was an appreciated feature after one of those runs or walking around the city all day.
Krista was nothing but helpful during our entire stay, and I would highly recommend this apartment or any of her other rental locations that she has available.
Not suitable for people over 6 ft tall due to low roof height. Not suitable for people with mobility issues due to narrow steep stairway down to basement apartment. Very central location, quiet street close to subway and great restaurants. Really comfortable beds, apartment is well stocked with everything you need to prepare your own meals. Grocery stores and laundromat 2 minutes walk. Security is great, we had 2 sets of keys for our convenience and a security code for the front door.
Bathroom has no ventilation so black mould grew on ceiling after a week of showers.
My husband loves open windows and fresh air at night (even in winter) and the large window in the basement behind the bed was a great bonus. The screen dividing the bedroom and the buildings hot water heater is not secured properly and moves, the facia above the wardrobe is not secured properly and falls off. The picture in the main bedroom is hung on the wall with tacks so it falls off when you walk in the room. Some power points emit sparks when you remove power cords. Some light fittings are starting to come loose in the ceiling. It is a comfortable, quaint apartment, our teenage kids loved it, we felt it was great value for the money, but a little maintenance would improve the apartments presentation. As a family of four, two adults and two teenage daughters, this was a great central location in which to explore New York each day and return to the lovely quiet street for a good nights rest.
My family of 5 had a very nice stay in the appartment. It was for sure spacious enough. We didn't have any problems with noisy neighbours, the appartment was really quiet. Brooklyn is a perfect place to stay to get away from the busy Manhattan. From the house it is about a 10 minutes walk to the subway. The Subway takes you in 20 to 30 minutes to Manhattan. Do realize that the subway in New York is relatively expensive. We bought a week ticket even though we had only 4 days to spend. My advice is to eat in the neighbourhood, the places are great. We tried Dutch Boy Burger, Baranzino and Rosco's. The food is great and prices are acceptable. There are grocery stores within few minutes walk of the appartment. We loved the banana bread that Krista provided on arrival. There was one big problem with it though! It was so good that we finished it the first day and had to do the rest of the days without. There is free wifi in the appartment, thank you for that Krista!
We were in New York during an extreme hot period but temparature in the appartment was okay. We had a great time in New York (my kids hardly watched television which is very rare and means they were occupied) and the appartment was a perfect place to relax after an exhausting day.
It's a 5 minute walk to the nearest subway station at Franklin Ave, where you can catch the 2,3,4 & 5 trains, all of which run express to Manhattan. It's a 15 minute ride to Wall St, 25 minute ride to Union Square and 30 minutes to Grand Central Station.
We're just a 10 minute walk away from the amazing Brooklyn Botanical Gardens which should not be missed ! Other points of reference: 10 minutes to the Brooklyn Museum, a 20 minute subway ride to Coney Island, 5 minute subway ride to famous BAM (highly acclaimed music and theatre performances) .
We're located in the neighborhood Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a working class neighborhood on the border on the more affluent neighborhood Prospect Heights. We have the best of both worlds: affordable living with the option of hopping over to the next neighborhood for trendy restaurants and higher end boutiques featuring local designers.
Other Activities: Shopping, Boating
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5 night minimum stay
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