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Elegant 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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 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.

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • 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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Elegant duplex maisonette on secluded street in historic Brooklyn Heights
average rating of 4.6037736 based on 53 reviews
North Richland Hills

New York in the holidays

  • 5 of 5

Property was built in 1848 and some things were dated, but for us that was just part of the coolness about this site. It is located in a great spot, Brooklyn just across the East River about a mile south of Brooklyn Bridge. Nearby park on the river gave us fantastic night shots of Manhattan. Local eateries and groceries were about 3 blocks and subway a few more blocks that would get you anywhere you wanted to go. One bath for eight people (we only had four) would require 'Sheldon's' bathroom schedule, but not really a big deal. Kitchen well appointed, and was always cozy and warm when we got back to apt. Would come back for sure if we do another trip in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the character of the neighborhood and of 2 Willow Place. It was a pleasure to meet you and share your enthusiasm for the joys of Brooklyn. Thank you so much for your kind words and we look forward to welcoming you again if your travels take you this way.
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Wonderful home owners, great location!

  • 4 of 5

First, Larry and Kathy are wonderful, kind, and accommodating people - and that made all the difference in our trip! The home is set in a great neighborhood with good proximity to everything! We walked to the subway, to the Brooklyn Bridge, shopping and really good restaurants (Juliana's, Theresa's, Lichee Nut.. all AMAZING!). We really enjoyed the architecture around Brooklyn Heights and the fact that their home was still on a cobble stone street! Thank you for all the welcoming and helpful things you did for us - in person, online, and behind the scenes!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and sampled all the goodies of the area. it was lovely meeting you and we hope to see you again some time in the future. Thank you for your kind words.
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Perfect location and comfortable for the whole family 👍

  • 5 of 5

We had the joy of having a daughter getting married in Brooklyn Heights, and we wanted to stay in a home to share with 2 sisters, brother and sister-in-law. We could not have been happier with the location, accommodation, ammenities, and price. Now that the wedding has taken place, we plan to return there when (we hope) we are blessed with more grandchildren! Big THANKS to Kathy and Larry for sharing their home with our family!

Lynne and Dennis P.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful neighborhood!

  • 4 of 5

My family loved staying here. The neighborhood was wonderful! There were so many neat shops and restaurants that we couldn't even get to them all. I'm so glad we stayed in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. We got unlimited Metro passes for the week and took the subway into Manhattan every day. It was very convenient. I couldn't rate it the full five stars because the apartment and furniture are old and in need of some updates, but it's not without charm. With so much to do, you won't be spending much time there, anway. The owners responded quickly when we had a problem with the smoke detectors. Thank you for having us, and I hope we can return again someday!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful neighborhood

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

There were a few items that needed to be repaired at the property, but Kathleen addressed our requests in a timely and professional manner.

While you could stay in a more luxurious hotel in Manhattan or some other part of Brooklyn, you will pay dearly for those options and you will still not find yourself in a better neighborhood than in this pocket of historical Brooklyn Heights. Walk in any direction and you'll find some of the best restaurants in the area...all the while traversing some of the most diverse and beautiful neighborhoods. It's truly magical to take in the different architectural designs, urban gardens and crazy good cafes, shops and restaurants. How many neighborhoods have two Yemeni restaurants, a cat petting cafe and some of the best sushi and Middle Eastern food you'll find a 2-3 block radius. And, if the Manhattan skyline is your thing, a 3-5 minute walk from this property will take you to the pier area with sports facilities, more good food/drink and nearby access to the Dumbo area and the Brooklyn Bridge.

If you're wanting to spend most of your time indoors with a small group, this property may not be your cup of tea. But, if you're on a budget (or want to spend more of your money on food and activities), have more than 3-4 people and are visiting NYC primarily to experience outdoor city life, this home is a great choice. Thank you Larry and Kathy for opening your home up to the rest of us.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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