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Harlem Hidden Gem! Manhattan 2 BR Brownstone Apt

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment - 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s) - 1 Bath - (Sleeps 4-6)

This is an ideal home base for a Manhattan vacation, especially for families. The apartment is located in Harlem on 129th Street, between 5th and Madison in a neighborhood of historic brownstones. A tree-lined block with a community garden and 2 playgrounds nearby. Private entrance on the ground level. The owners live above. Less than than a 10 minute walk to two major subway lines that take you to virtually all the major site-seeing venues in Manhattan. There is also a busline a block away that travels down 5th Ave. to Central Park, the Met and other museums.

The full kitchen and dining room means you can save money and have some relaxing meals at home during your vacation. A washer and dryer in the apartment means you can pack light-great if you have young children. A Pack-n-Play, booster chair or high chair are also available for your young ones. There are grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping nearby. Everything you need for an affordable, exciting, yet relaxing New York vacation. All taxes and cleaning fees included in base price!

Community and Convenience: Our brownstone is located in Harlem, which is at the northern end of Manhattan. Harlem is truly a 'community' within a large city. Neighbors know each other and come out on their stoops to say hi. Most buildings are less than 10 stories, so you can see the sky rather than be surrounded by skyscrapers. Residents cultivate community gardens as well as their backyards. It has a friendly atmosphere that is different from many other Manhattan neighborhoods. Yet, our brownstone has very convenient access to see all of New York City's attractions in other neighborhoods. The M1 bus is one block away on 5th avenue and travels right alongside Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. The 4/5/6 subway (east side) is less than a 10 minute walk, and 42nd Street(Grand Central)is only 3 stops away. The 2/3 subway (west side) is also less than a 10 minute walk and Times Square is just 5 stops away(approx. 20 min).

Comfort: We travel often, and really appreciate staying in villas and homes where it's clear the owners care about our comfort and convenience. We try very hard to provide our guests with a comfortable, homey environment. There is a washer/dryer with detergent in the apartment, along with an iron/ironing board, and hair dryer. The bed linens are high quality and the kitchen is fully-equipped with microwave, blender, coffee maker, etc. as well as spices. The apartment has it's own thermostat and hot water heater, so your comfort is under your control. We live in the upper floors of the townhouse, so we are available for questions and directions as you need them. There is a phone with local service so you can book restaurant reservations, and call to make plans with others when you need to. We have provided a binder with listings of local grocery stores and restaurants. There is also wireless internet available if you like to travel with your laptop.

More Details

Jean Moreland
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Jean Moreland

I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and have lived in Minnesota, California and moved to New York City in 2003, when I married my husband. We have lived in Harlem for 10 years now, have 2 children, and love the fact that we can be close to all the wonderful things New York has to offer, yet have a wonderful space to retreat back to on a quiet block in a culture-rich area.

Jean Moreland purchased this apartment in 2001

Why Jean Moreland chose East Harlem

My husband bought this brownstone in 2001, when it was a burned out shell with a tree growing up through the middle. He had always wanted to own a brownstone in Harlem. Many others were renovating at the same time, and we have forged a community of old and new.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a retreat away from the hustle of the tourist sites, where you will have two bedrooms, a full kitchen and laundry and space to relax in the living and dining areas. Yet you are still convenient to subway and bus lines that can get you to the sites quickly to enjoy all NYC has to offer!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Jean,

Six Germans enjoyed your apartment very much. All of us slept well and felt very safe in your place. Hopefully, we'll come back very soon.

Final Rating: AAA+

Yours, on behalf of Tobi, George, 2xSebastian, and Henrich,

Jul 2007
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East Harlem Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Plenty of extra towels/linens on site.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa-bed
  • Crib: A portable crib (Pack and Play) is available as well as a booster chair and/or high chair for babies and toddlers.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • swimming
All linens provided. Washer/dryer and detergent in apartment. No added cleaning fees.


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Harlem Hidden Gem! Manhattan 2 BR Brownstone Apt
average rating of 4.724138 based on 89 reviews

Perfect Spot for a NYC Adventure

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed two nights at this rental in August, and it was wonderful. First, Jean is incredibly accommodating and easy to work with. We ended up getting in early, so she allowed us to drop our bags so we could explore the city.

Next, the location is terrific. It is located on a quiet street in a vibrant section of Harlem with plenty of great restaurants and activities nearby. There are also two subways stops within easy walking distance with easy access to all New York activities.

Finally, the apartment is nice, with comfortable beds and great amenities. Jean also has a great collection of possible activities and menus.

All in all, I would highly recommend this rental whenever you visit NYC. I know we will rent it again if we return.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love when guests enjoy our neighborhood as much as we do. In the summer there are often free concerts and shows as well. It's nice to have a place to go that's a bit out of the huge tourist crowds, but close to transportation to get to the sites when you want to. Thank you!
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Clean and comfortable with all necessities.

  • 5 of 5

4 of us stayed for 3 nights and had a wonderful experience. Jean brought us extra necessities without asking, and checking in/our was easy. Jean was very helpful giving us directions to navigate the city. There were several restaurants close by (highly recommend Babbalucci)! We cannot wait to return and we will definitely be staying with Jean again!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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love it

  • 5 of 5

Love the apartments feel homely

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable, with plenty of room.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our three night stay very much. I wouldn't call the apartment fancy, but it was clean and very comfortable, with plenty of room; and everything worked. Grocery stores, restaurants ( The Red Rooster and Sophie's were great) and the subway are within walking distance (six to eight blocks). The owner lives upstairs and responded immediately to every query we made. Thank you Jean.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

  • 5 of 5

nous avons passé 15 jours dans l'appartement de Jean , le quartier est sympa , et proche du métro , l'appartement est bien agencé mais seul petit bémol , il y a très peu d’ustensile de cuisine , et pas de grande casserole pour faire a mangé , nous étions cinq et c’était difficile de faire à mangé , nous avons très peu vu Jean mais elle était joignable par message , mais nous reviendrons c'est promis

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate any and all feedback. Desiree's family did more cooking than most, and with her feedback, I've added additional skillets and serving bowls. We have plates/glasses for at least 8 people, but I will review if we need more pans for those who like to cook during their vacation. I was also on vacation during their visit, so I did not see them often. But I am always reachable by email and phone/text, and will try to accommodate any requests you have during your stay. I'm so happy they liked our neighborhood and look forward to hosting them on another visit!
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Neenah Wisconsin

Great location

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was in a nice neighborhood, easy access to subway, good places to eat, was clean and had everything we needed. The owner was helpful with tips and navigation. Drawbacks were very minor, A.C. only in livingroom so bedrooms got a little warm at night but it was very hot when we were there and the WIFI was weak. Like I said the drawbacks were minor compared to having a great space to stay and be part of the community. I have stayed near Time Square in a hotel before and this was a much better option. We were 4 women riding the subway, walking to the apartment at 11 or 12 at night but always felt safe. I would not recommend doing that solo but in the group it felt fine.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group was here during a heat wave, but please inform me if the temperature is too hot or cold during your stay and I will do what I can. Whether the wifi is slow, or you need help with the TV or shower--I'm here to help figure out how to make it better if I can. I'm so glad they liked the neighborhood. My family and I have lived here 14 years now and love it. We are away of most of the tourist fray (although it keeps encroaching more and more), but close to transportation so you can have the best of New York!
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
FDR at 125th Street
Car: not necessary

This apartment is located in the ground floor of a brownstone on a quiet block in historic Harlem, which is at the north end of Manhattan. The Apollo Theater, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Sylvia's famous soul food, and President Clinton's office are all just blocks away. The lively 125th Street shopping district is a 5 minute walk---where you can get everything from Mac Cosmetics and Hip-Hop clothes, to African drums and shea lotions. Restaurants such as Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne, and the Corner Social have created a lively culinary corner within a few blocks. It's less than a 10 minute walk to the 4/5/6 subway lines or the 2/3 subway lines which take you all the way up and down the East and West sides of Manhattan. Both Grand Central and Times Square are about a 20 minute subway ride away. The M1 bus is one block away and travels down 5th Avenue along Central Park and past the Met, Guggenheim and other museums.

Other Activities: It's New York City--you can do anything and everything!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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