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Comfortable duplex maisonette on secluded street in historic Brooklyn Heights

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 living rooms, sleeps 8

Charming duplex apartment with patio in landmark, circa 1848 brownstone on quiet tree lined street. Our home is a secluded retreat where you will find peace and quiet after adventuring in the city, yet a short subway ride to Soho, Times Square theater district, Greenwich Village, and Wall Street area. Within walking distance of a wide variety of restaurants from ethnic to elegant, farmers market, boutiques, bookstores, library, grocery stores and breathtaking views of Manhattan, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. Family neighborhood with access to playgrounds. Beautiful new Brooklyn Bridge Park has just opened down the street, directly on the waterfront, featuring water play, sand, grassy slopes and climbing. Nearby are Brooklyn Academy of Music featuring theater, dance, cinema, Brooklyn Art Museum, Botanic Garden, and Prospect Park with its beautiful walks, delightful zoo, carousel, and winter ice skating.

Brooklyn Heights was New York's first historic district. It has been home to writers from Walt Whitman to Norman Mailer. George Washington had his headquarters here and Abraham Lincoln visited Plymouth Church, where you can see the pew he occupied. Most of the homes here date from the mid 19th century, the oldest constructed in 1824.

Owner occupied: The apartment is the lower duplex, 2 floors, in a townhouse, circa 1848.

The master bedroom is on lower floor next to bathroom. Smaller bedroom with twin trundle beds on parlor floor. Two sleep sofas.

More Details

Kathleen and Larry Goldhirsch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About Kathleen and Larry Goldhirsch

We have lived here since Larry was in Brooklyn Law School. We raised our family here, and our grandchildren attend the same schools that our children did. Kathy taught at Packer Collegiate Institute just up the street.

Kathleen and Larry Goldhirsch purchased this townhome in 1970

Why Kathleen and Larry Goldhirsch chose Brooklyn Heights

In the 70s we were part of a a contingent of young people who loved old houses, the beautiful neighborhood, and who set about refurbishing these houses by hand.

What makes this townhome unique

This is a peaceful neighborhood of tree lined streets where you'll see lots of children and dogs. It's very family oriented. There are all sorts of interesting shops, from supermarkets to ethnic and elegant. A plethora of restaurants. The waterfront boasts the most spectacular views of Manhattan imaginable. If you've ever seen photos of the skyline you will recognize the views immediately.

The apartment has plenty of room and a large dining area downstairs next to the kitchen. There is a small patio off the kitchen where you can enjoy relaxing with a beverage or breakfasting al fresco.

There is a small patio adjacent to the kitchen where you can breakfast and dine al fresco, watch the world go by, enjoy a cool drink or a cup of tea. Cook out down by the waterfront on one of the grills, even kayak in New York harbor.


Brooklyn Heights Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , We also have a portacrib available
  • One master bedroom with queen bed, one smaller bedroom with trundle bed opening to 2 side by side beds, sleep sofas in each living room divided by french doors.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Kitchen is adjacent to patio and is well equipped.


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Comfortable duplex maisonette on secluded street in historic Brooklyn Heights
average rating of 4.5076923 based on 65 reviews
United States

Best location for doing anything in NY

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 days here, and it was great! It was my first visit of any length of time since I left in 1980, and I couldn't have asked for better. If you're looking for luxury, this isn't the place. We slept in the small bedroom on the parlor floor because it was quieter. If you're looking for a place to stay that is convenient to anything you could possibly want to do in the 5 boroughs, is comfortable, private and well-maintained - this is your place. Trains and buses are not far, there are restaurants and shopping all over. And the Brooklyn Promenade is almost in your back yard! You're going to NY to do stuff, not hang out in the house. Thanks, Larry & Kathy, for letting us stay in your home!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and took full advantage of the location and the neighborhood.Thank you for your kind words, and we hope to see you again some day.
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Knoxville TN

Quaint, comfortable & clean

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 5 days and this was the perfect place to use as our hub while we explored Manhattan. It was clean, comfortable and a true taste of Brooklyn. The home is very simple and no frills but provided everything we needed during our stay. We did not use the kitchen but it had the basics. Only thing I would suggest is adding more comfort to the front living room and adding the TV in there as more of a main gathering space. The character of the home was wonderful. The neighborhood was perfect and we always felt safe with our family even walking back from the subway station late in the evening. Just a few streets away and you have restaurants, coffee shops and the waterfront at your disposal. If your looking for a comfortable hub while you explore Brooklyn and Manhattan this is a perfect location!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ensemble très moyen

  • 3 of 5

la maison a du charme, le quartier et la situation très bien. 10mn métro et commerces, quartier assez chic.

La maison est vaste avec 4 zones de couchage séparées, qui ont motivées notre choix..

Par contre le logement est sale et délabré. Pour ce qui est matériel de cuisine, réfrigérateur, gazinière, micro-onde, cafetiè sanitaire, c'est basique mais propre. Pour le reste, mobilier et état général du logement, cela laisse à désiré. L'ensemble est vieux, sale et en mauvaise état. Mobilier délabré, pas de rangement(1 commode 3 tiroirs avec les fonds défoncés pour 5pers. et 4 chambres). Les vitres et les rideaux sont repoussants. J'ai du nettoyer les chaises en arrivant car les dossiers étaient collants. La climatisation est hors d'âge et fonctionne à peine avec un bruit nécessitant le port de bouchons d'oreilles pour la nuit. Il y a de la poussière partout; sous les lits (couche épaisse datant de plusieurs mois), sur les portes de placards, les murs, les extérieurs des pièces, les plinthes, les interrupteurs...... Et le top, 2 beaux cafards de 4cm de longueur(photos).

Pour résumé, emplacement, situation très bien.

Propreté, équipement, passable fait de bric et de broc(Emmaüs). Un nettoyage global, voire restauration s'impose. Une location quel quelle soit et quelque soit son prix doit être propre.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location. Quiet Neighborhood. Inside was dirty.

  • 3 of 5

We loved returning to Brooklyn Heights after a busy noisy day in downtown NY. The location is wonderful. Super close to walking to the Subway, promenade and many restaurants like they mentioned in the ad. I had to give this a lower rating because we were very disappointed to walk in and find how dirty everything was. The blinds had some sort of red stains on them in the twin bedrooms but really all the blinds were dirty, Our kids found a slug on the wall above the twin beds. I had to wipe down all the counters, some of the light switches, the bathroom sink and pre-wash the dishes before using them. The pillows were so gross that we had to find more pillowcases and triple layer each of them just to feel comfortable using them. They were so badly stained with sweat/drool marks. Lots of cobwebs. I have photos of all the things I have mentioned. We would defiantly stay in Brooklyn Heights again but not at this VRBO.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that you were disappointed in your stay and will certainly look into improving the things that you pointed out as unsatisfactory. We appreciate hearing from our guests in order to make a stay here as enjoyable as possible.
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Historic home in an amazing location

  • 4 of 5

Almost on the bank of the East River directly across from downtown Manhattan. This house has the unique quality of being on a quiet tree lined street while being minutes away from the ferry, subway, and downtown Brooklyn. You can literally be on Wall Street or Times Square in less than 30 minutes without the noise and drain of being "in the city". We rode the subway directly from JFK in about 45 minutes.

Great restaurants and delis are on every corner. The riverside park is a great place to eat pizza and watch the sun go down over the Manhattan skyline.

The house and neighborhood are really historical. For example, the Trader Joes down the street is build in a historic bank with 35" ceilings that once occupied the spot where Washington's headquarters were during the American revolution. The magnificent Borough Hall was once the city hall of the then independent city of Brooklyn.

The house is over 150 years old and you often feel the history as you image the horse drawn carriage that once parked outside your kitchen window, or picture the servant family that probably occupied the bottom floor, as you comfortably enjoy the large living space that covers two floors of the house.

Keep in mind that due to the age of the home, the wood stairs are creaky, there is only one bathroom, electricity was an afterthought, and the floors slant at an subtle angle, but that is the charm of staying in a historic location.

The main bedroom is comfortable with a queen sized bed. The other bedroom is completely occupied by two twin beds. The remain sleeping areas consist of two pull out couches in the foyer and living room. However, my family of 7 lived here comfortably for a full week without feeling cramped or uncomfortable.

I would definitely stay here again. The owners were responsive, helpful, and certainly met their obligations honorably.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and especially that you appreciated the personality of our home, with its creaky stair and slanting floor, and enjoyed the ambiance of the neighborhood and its wealth of things to do and places to go. We hope to make our guests as comfortable as possible and welcome suggestions and feedback that will help us to achieve that goal. Your comments are especially appreciated because they will help future guests get a clear idea of the unique qualities of the location and the set up of the apartment. They give a picture of the experience of staying here in a way that our own description of the premises couldn't. Again, thank you and we hope to welcome you again sometime in the future.
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Extremely disappointing accommodation!

  • 2 of 5

The accommodation was extremely disappointing! How it can qualify as elegant and suitable for 8 people blow our minds. My husband and I slept in the tiniest room on 2 single beds. No space for side tables, you cannot even walk around the bed. We had to find a pillow and pillow case for the sleeper couch wich was not even pulled out when we arrived after 26 hours of travelling! Door handles and kitchen tap are loose. No where to sit and enjoy a chat upstairs in the so called lounge. Very badly furnished and not elegant AT ALL. Owners never even checked to see if we needed anything or to introduce themselves. I will never book this place EVER again. Kitchen well equipped and the position is good.... and that is IT!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In response to the disappointment expressed by the guest, we can only say that we are sorry that the apartment did not live up to expectations. We take pride in providing a comfortable amp away from home for our guests. As our many positive reviews attest, we usually succeed in doing so. We live upstairs in the same house and are available to respond to concerns and to deal with them. We appreciate being informed about any malfunctioning features as feedback helps us to improve travelers' comfort and alerts us to maintenance needs. We were surprised to hear that there was no place to sit and chat since the two living rooms are set up with a sleep sofa in each and they can be closed during the day to provide seating. There are chairs and a desk as well, and a television. As to the second bedroom, we agree that it is small but it is as represented and has a trundle bed that can be slipped under the other. The main bedroom is furnished with a queen bed and traditional furnishings. We are sorry that the guest did not have the good experience that we will continue to provide and will work on improving with the welcome help of guest suggestions.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Kennedy Airport
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Liberty Island
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Borough Hall
Nearest Restaurant
River Deli Sardinian Cuisine
Car: not necessary

Five blocks to 2, 3, 4, 5, R subways that will take you to lower Manhattan in five minutes where you can catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, visit the Wall Street area and Seaport, World Trade Center site. In the immediate neighborhood are an abundance of restaurants, from the elegant River Café under the Brooklyn Bridge to the chic bistros of Smith Street. In two minutes you can stroll to the Promenade and view the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, and Statue of Liberty. Hop On Hop Off Water Taxi takes you around the city by boat. In 15 minutes by subway you can be in Soho, in 20 minutes midtown Manhattan, the Metropolitan Museum, Broadway, the Empire State Building and the myriad marvels of the city. Local attractions appealing to every taste include The Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Coney Island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100

First payment is 30% of total due upon booking. Balance is due 30 Days before arrival..

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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