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LAuren McGrath

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, my husband speaks some Spanish

Charming and Spacious Garden Apt. 2 Stops from Midtown!

47 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Overview

Manhattan Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

This is a generous garden apartment in a classic brownstone on a great, safe block in vibrant West Harlem. It is super convenient to 5 subways and easy to get anywhere in NYC. Come to Hamilton Heights with Alexander Hamilton's former home right nearby! Live like a native!

Only 3 blocks to 1 train and 5 blocks to A, B, C, D, trains and express is 2 stops (to midtown -Columbus Circle- you can be there in 20 min from your front door), 3 stops to Times Square! There is also a bus that stops on the corner leading directly to Museum Mile, Central Park, The Cloisters, and all over.

This historic home has been completely renovated and recently upgraded, with quality, classic rustic furnishings, lots of room and beautiful original details: decorative fireplace, wood floors, as well as exposed brick, all tiled kitchen and bath, premium fixtures. There is high-speed internet, premium cable with many movie channels, central air, radiant heat.

In season, the peaceful, landscaped outdoor patio affords a wonderful respite and place to relax in between outings or for a nice coffee in the morning. It also is like a second living room and provides a whole other place to sit and regroup.

The apartment can be used as a luxury getaway for 2, or is also spacious enough to sleep up to 6 with plenty of room to not feel cramped. Perfect for families or a great share for 2 couples, with direct access to the bathroom and kitchen from both rooms with privacy.

We are in a classic Harlem neighborhood, with beautifully detailed historic homes to view, great new restaurants, cafes and craft beer pubs right around the corner, easy access to all of Manhattan and the rest of the city. The subways are lively late at night so recommended even into the wee hours, and the parking is easier than in most of the city (we can guide you to free street parking on the block). Plenty of grocery shopping nearby. We live on the premises in the rest of the brownstone and can provide directions, restaurant advice, babysitting, anything needed.

West Harlem is a magical neighborhood so convenient to the rest of Manhattan yet with a history and a feel all its own. We are 2 stops away from midtown, but on a beautiful block with trees and up on a hill, where you can feel the sea breeze from the Hudson, and can walk down to the river's edge for a picnic or get to a bike path that can take you all the way down to lower Manhattan.

Explore Hamilton Heights landmark district, Sugar Hill, Striver's Row. We are so close to many major teaching institutions such as Columbia University, City College, Barnard, Teacher's College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, Columbia Presbyterian. We are very near some gorgeous sights such as The Cloisters, St. John the Divine, Fort Tryon Park, and to such landmarks as the Morris Jumel Mansion and the Apollo Theater.

It is a diverse and vibrant area with plenty of history and charm, a great vantage point from which to explore the whole city.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
LAuren McGrath (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, my husband speaks some Spanish

About LAuren McGrath

We are in the food business and in construction. We are happy to help with travel plans and advice on food destinations and more.

LAuren McGrath purchased this townhome in 2008

Why LAuren McGrath chose Manhattan

This is a remarkably convenient location full of friendly families, beautiful blocks, and very pleasant to live in.

What makes this townhome unique

The amount of space, the quality of the original detail and furnishings, the generous outdoor area, the amazing neighbors and the convenience have all made this a great choice for us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Lauren and Peter The entire Danne Family would like to thank you very much for your welcome. The apartment was nothing but great ( the king size bed was awesome !!). It is a perfect place for a family stay in NYC, close to the subway and not so far from Downton Manhattan. We could enjoy all our activities and visits ( Liberty cruise, Empire State Bldg, Central Park etc and a NY Islanders hockey game in Brooklyn). We even had to buy an additional suitcase to take back all the shopping items that two teenagers and one 5 years old kid can buy during such a stay ..... Many thanks as well to Peter for his kindness and good advices. We will surely recommend to any of our friends that want to visit NYC to use your apartment and we thank you again for having made our stay even more unforgettable (even the heavy rain on the last day was not trouble ....) With warm regards Florence
Oct 2015
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Reviews

4.9
based on 47 traveler reviews

Charming and Spacious Garden Apt. 2 Stops from Midtown!
average rating of 4.8510637 based on 49 reviews
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I say perfect because it really was from the moment I reserved my stay online. Lauren was so helpful throughout my stay. The place was clean and large. Loved that it had a washer and dryer (could pack light and run every day). The outdoor space out back was a perfect way to end the day. Went to the places that were recommended by Lauren, some spots I went twice. The location was fine for any sightseeing. One day we went down to South Ferry (Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island), ate lunch in SoHo, stopped at Grand Central Station and from there walked through Central Park to catch the subway at W. 72nd (covered 11 miles of walking) and were back by 9:30pm (perfect day). The next day we headed north to Inwood Hill Park (beautiful), ate at Indian Road Cafe (farm to table) and walked to the Cloisters (a part of the MET). Can't wait to stay there again and definitely recommend this place. Thanks Lauren!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow thank you so much Shawn, you were a pleasure and looking forward to seeing you the next time.
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5

Clean, fabulous location and lots of room!

  • 5 of 5

My son and I enjoyed our stay at this location. The subway stop was close and we were in mid-town within minutes and only about 25 minutes from lower Manhattan. We felt very safe walking to and from the subway at all times, including late at night. It was clean, roomy and the owner, Lauren, was so nice and helpful! The back patio is very cute! The apartment included a hair dryer, fully stocked kitchen and laundry detergent to wash our clothes. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location, Great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed staying at Lauren and Peter's apartment in Hamilton Heights. Quite by accident, we ended up only two blocks from our son's place, which made it especially convenient. We enjoyed the opportunity to explore Hamilton Heights and Harlem, areas we would probably only have visited briefly if we had stayed elsewhere. The community is very vibrant with a mix of families and singles, and is extremely multi-ethnic. Two conveniently located subway stops made it easy to get downtown or to Citi Field for a Mets game. There were some terrific restaurants and pubs nearby. Try Cafe One and filtered for your morning latte. We appreciated the suggestions contained in the binder the hosts put together about the neighborhood. If you happen to be an Alexander Hamilton fan, you are also only a few blocks from his home. The apartment itself is very nice. It easily slept three of us and was fully stocked in the kitchen. There was also a lovely patio, complete with BBQ grill. This apartment was the perfect fit for my family, and Lauren and Peter were perfect hosts.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roomy and clean Harlem apartment

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Lauren's and Peter's apartment. Lauren made us feel very welcome and was so easy to work with. We liked the spaciousness of the apartment. It was well-furnished, in good condition and clean, and we especially enjoyed the shower. It was an unexpected bonus. The garden area was under construction so we couldn't access it, but it looks like it will be lovely when finished. There were many amenities provided, but, unfortunately no microwave. We appreciated Lauren's binder with restaurant recommendations, and enjoyed pizza at one nearby.

In general, it took us longer than advertised to get from Harlem to mid-town. The closest subway stop is on the 1 line, but it is not an express train. The D line, which is supposed to be an express train, is at a subway station several blocks away. The express train was not running on the weekend we were there (construction?). We did get an express train on Thursday night, and it was just two stops as advertised, but most of our trips ended up being local trains, and were slower than anticipated.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind remarks: it was great to have you! People do repeatedly say that the apartment is much bigger than it appears in the pics so that's good, and yes, the shower is very nice and good pressure! We have considered a microwave but, like in our house, have opted for counter space instead, but perhaps we should keep one stashed in a cabinet....I believe that would be a good idea and will execute. We were fixing up the garden for a special event and the good news is it is DONE and more beautiful and functional than ever (pics to be posted shortly), with a distinctly separate expanded patio outside the apartment and some lovely landscaping and bigger patio toward the back, totally available as well. Sorry you were there for some of the fixing, but at least it was mostly rainy! The ABCD train stops are about 3 more minutes by foot than the 1 train stop and usually running well, though (on the weekends only) it is always good to check "service advisories' before setting out. They never do repairs on both lines at once so a strategic selection at these times is key! And jumping onto the express 2 and 3 trains form the 1 is a great and easy way to speed up journeys. Future guests please feel free to ask for some tips on how to access this info online: there are certainly times when one line is the better choice, but all told NYC subways are super efficient and easy to navigate. Thanks again and please return one day!
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Harlem Haven

  • 5 of 5

Very cute little place in Harlem. Outside patio is a lovely touch. The place itself was bigger than we expected; five women each with a cozy bed to sleep in. The hosts were kind and noninvasive. I'd recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. Yes, people have repeatedly says it is bigger than they expected! Each of the two rooms is quite large, so not confining in any way unlike many an NYC apt., and the back patio is like an extra living room (in season!). Come again any time. Best, Lauren
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Perfect in every way!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 found this gem to stay in during our recent vacation from LA to NYC!! It was absolutely perfect in everyway, and Lauren and Peter welcomed us like we were family! The apartment was everything we were looking for (charm, history, enough space for all of us, comfortable beds, close to public transportation, safe area, and laundry!) We could have stayed a month or more, the apartment and area are just wonderful! We used the subway for the week, and did not come home before midnight each night! So much to do, and Lauren and Peter have made a guide book to help you traverse your way around the city, and the local neighborhood! Thank you so much for this amazing experience! Having this apartment was so much better than a hotel! Your place is beautiful, and the street is amazing with gorgeous brownstones! Kids are already asking to come back, and we will for sure be renting from you again! Love from Los Angeles, The Whalen Family

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
LaGuardia
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Hogshead
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
subways
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Henry Hudson Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Grange
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
City Island
Car: not necessary

There is swimming available at nearby Riverbank State Park, and there are amazing bike paths all the way up and down Manhattan. We are very near other attractions including The Cloisters, Abyssinian Church, St. John the Divine, Dinosaur BBQ, several nice local restaurants are available and a great new craft beer bar called Harlem Public.

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Rates & Availability

Harlem Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Last minute july special
Jul 25 2016 - Jul 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
Holiday Peak
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $75

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Manhattan Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Double Sleep Sofa (1), extra mattress for floor
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
outdoor back patio, private chef upstairs for hire

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