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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!

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Property type townhome

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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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  • 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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)
Charming and Spacious Garden Apt. 2 Stops from Midtown!
average rating of 4.8653846 based on 54 reviews

Lovely and spacious apartment

  • 5 of 5

This was a great apartment to return to after a busy day exploring NYC. There was plenty of space for the four of us and the air conditioning was welcome in the summer heat. We appreciated having a washing machine and tumble dryer. We soon got the hang of the subway system so the trips into the city didn't take very long. We never worried about being out after dark at night. Lovely comfortable, big double bed!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write. Yes, all the subway choices make it easy to get downtown (just to clarify to newcomers, the apartment is in the city already). And the King bed is a rarity so glad you enjoyed it! See you next time...
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Great SAFE family vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

I booked this property for a recent vacation for my parents,aunt and cousin. Since I was not travelling with them I was a little worried about where they would be staying and how they would manage to get around the city. Lauren and Peter were super helpful with providing me and my parents travel tips in NYC. My parents loved the home and felt very safe in the neibourhood. We will defiantly be coming back to NYC and and hopefully will be able to stay with Lauren and Peter. And yes Lauren next time I will bring the baby!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this, and it is much appreciated that you mentioned "safe" since some people who are not familiar with the neighborhood do worry about safety, but no one who has stayed here has had any problem whatsoever. See you and the baby some day!
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Très bel appartement pour 6

  • 5 of 5

Appartement très propre et tout équipé, suffisamment grand pour 6 ou 7, cour extérieure agréable, proche métro, Propriétaires accueillants.

Merci pour le séjour

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci à vous!
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Spacious and comfortable unit in upper Manhattan

  • 5 of 5

Lauren and Peter have done a great job with this place! Most of our time was spent exploring the city, but the apartment was always comfortable to return to. Convenient access to the subways, and to markets nearby. The neighborhood is still in the early phase of a renaissance, so it's a bit rough around the edges. Also, it takes about a half hour to get downtown, but you'd pay a lot more to stay closer to the tourist destinations. All in all, we were very pleased with the place, and would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the positive comments - yes it feels good to leave the frantic midtown environment at the end of a major sightseeing day and to repair to the leafy streets and hip new restaurants around here. The main thoroughfares here (Broadway, 145) are a little surprising to people from out of town since they are really lively and street life is rich (people sitting in chairs on sidewalk and playing dominos in the summer!) but while it may seem "rough" it is actually a great aspect of the neighborhood, in my view, since it always feels active and safe when coming home late - lots of action means lots of good company. But then the apartment is nice and quiet for a good night's sleep...Anyway it was a pleasure chatting with your family and hope to see you on your next trip.
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  • 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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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
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Hogshead
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Upper Manhattan Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late August/Labor Day Special
Aug 28 2016 - Sep 5 2016
1 night minimum stay
Holiday Peak
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Upper Manhattan Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Double Sleep Sofa (1), extra mattress for floor
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • 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
outdoor back patio, private chef upstairs for hire

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