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Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry

Bedrooms 3
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 5-6

Step into another world in this duplex apartment on the top two floors of a 140 year-old hilltop Victorian home. Relax in the evening with the lights from the bay and the Verrazano Bridge outside the window. Yet you are just a 20 minute downhill walk to the Staten Island Ferry, the greatest free ride in the world. The house is surrounded by a lush, terraced garden with tree swing. Descend from our secluded hilltop into downtown Staten Island, a diverse, up-and-coming real New York neighborhood with a convenient strip of restaurants and small shops.

If you have the spirit of romantic adventure and hate overpriced hotel rooms, we can make your New York stay even more special, and affordable.

The Ferry to Manhattan: The Staten Island Ferry is by far the loveliest way to enter Manhattan, a 25-minute cruise across the harbor. You pass very close to the Statue of Liberty and watch the skyscrapers grow enormous as you approach. The boat runs 24/7, usually every half hour. It runs more often in rush hours, hourly very late at night. And it's FREE.

The walk to the Ferry from our house is an easy downhill stroll. Coming back you may prefer to hop a bus 2-3 stops, or a cab for $5-7.

Staten Island: If you stay more than a few days, you may want to see the sights of Staten Island itself, New York's 'forgotten borough.' These include Snug Harbor, a 19th-century sailors' retirement home turned museum and cultural center, the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Museum, and the Alice Austen museum, a beautiful waterfront house devoted to a pioneering woman photographer. The south shore of Staten Island offers many miles of sandy beach and boardwalk if you want to take a few hours off from being a tourist. The island is famous for its Italian food, but newer immigrant groups are making their contributions as well. You will find the prices for restaurants, like lodging, far more reasonable than in Manhattan.

More Details

Helen Shustikov
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, russian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you very much for the hospitality of your wonderful house, We have had a great time walking around the area and going on the ferry
Nov 2013
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Tompkinsville Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry
average rating of 4.195652 based on 50 reviews

It's not what it seems

  • 3 of 5

On my arrival I didn't expect the neighborhood to be so under kept. And it was sort of a challenge to locate the house. Once I discovered that it was behind a wall of stairs. Once I got to the top of the wall. I realized there was more stairs to get to the apartment. Then I enter the apartment to discover another flight of stairs and the living quarters of the apartment. It was smaller than what I expected. Bedroom on the main floor was on large enough for a full bed only. No walking space. The livingroom was spacious due to lack of furniture. Kitchen was small. Bedroom was ok. Then the other two rooms where up another flight of stairs that I felt that was too small for my child to climb up without assistance. Those beds were on the floor without a bed frame. But it was clean and organized. It was differently a different experience but yet I did enjoy the island and food.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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dirty, smelly and unsafe

  • 1 of 5

One of the rest things we noticed upon arrival was the smell in the house: a garbage smell, an unclean smell. The rental was unclean to say the least.

There were no fire-extinguishers and there is no escape route in case of fire: an unsettling idea.

The kitchen was incomplete and filthy. No kitchentowels present to name something. A very wobbly kitchentabel.

Bathroom: filthy, with 5 towels for 3 people staying 3 nights and 1 roll of toiletpaper.....

This rental oozes neglect, filth and screams for renovation and screams even louder for safety.

With lloud shouting and cussing we heard at night on the street, and all the debry and garbage all around the neighborhood, this was a once and never again place to stay for us.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice warm with a charm house

  • 5 of 5

Omg!! I love this place. We are from california family of 6 we had more than enough room for all of us. We stayed during Dec 24, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017 and we really like the place we could had not asked for a better place. We like that we felt like home kids wanted to eat in the middle of the night and since we had a full kitchen I was able to cook for them. We all took showers one after another and the hot water never went out on us. It was a good experience that we would definatly go back to renting or even suggesting our family on renting this place out when they want to go to New York. Thank you again for having us in your place and making our vacations a wonderful experince.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Come back again, and send your friends from the West Coast!
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Terrific location and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We travelled from Australia to Honolulu to NYC to arrive at this fantastic location. The ferry to and from Manhattan to Staton Island was an excellent way to unwind and relax. Helen and Craig were very helpful with timings and our needs. The beds were comfortable and most things there that we needed.

The stairs are steep but that is to expected in this neighbor hood. The walk to and from the ferry is relatively easy although also steep especially if the roads were icey or snow was on them. The taxi ride home was a welcome relief some days after walking all over Manhattan.

Recommend the apartment highly.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Please send us more lovely guests from Down Under!
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Casselberry, FL

Perfect Home For A Big Family

  • 4 of 5

This home has 2 separate apartments available in VRBO. Our family used the entire home (2 apartments). We had a family reunion to attend and 15 of us were traveling up from Florida. The home had all the amenities, the location was close to public transportation and a short drive to the Staten Island Ferry which was essential. The view from the 2nd and 3rd story windows was very nice with the Verrazano Bridge as the backdrop. The neighborhood it's in is not the greatest but we had no trouble from anyone. The beds and bedding were all clean and all towels, pillows and extra linen were available. All kitchen needs were met and then some. There were couches and a futon which added to the comfort. Aside from not having televisions in the bedrooms and that there was a little more dust that we would have prefered, The home was clean, cozy and inviting. Both apartments were. I would not hesitate reusing this home and I'd recommend it to anyone in need of accommodations totaling 4 bedrooms 2 baths in the 1st floor and 3 bedrooms 1 bath on the 2nd floor. The price for each was reasonable and affordable. Thank you for everything Helen and Craig Shustikov.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family

  • 4 of 5

The unit was perfect for our group, 3 teenagers and 2 adults. The boys took over the 3 rd floor where they had their own bright space ( 2 bedrooms) to hang out. The 2nd floor had a good size kitchen, living room with comfy pull out futon and another bedroom with a comfortable queen size. The unit was clean. It was the hottest day of the year we were there and unfortunately with the 2 air conditioners running on the 3rd floor, we couldn't use the one on the 2nd floor or the fuse would blow. Needless to say, it was very hot and sticky on the second floor. The house is situated at the peak of a hill with more stairs to get to the house then more stairs once inside the house. You must be in decent shape to handle the ascent. There was also road work going on directly in front of house and the jackhammers at 7 am were a little annoying since we didn't arrive until late. The walk to ferry is about 20 minutes and downhill on the way there, just remember it's uphill on the way back, especially after a long day in Manhattan. The parking lot at ferry terminal is very reasonable as another option. All in all I would stay here again, but on a cooler day.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Newark Liberty
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Penn Station New York
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-278, Exit 12 or 13
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

Our neighborhood is known as either Downtown Staten Island or St. George, a vibrant, multicultural "up-and-coming" area across New York Bay from Lower Manhattan. If you enjoy urban settings where people of different skin colors and economic groups live close together, you will fit right in.


Rates & Availability

Tompkinsville Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.88%

$100-$170/night, $500-$900/week
$100-$170/night, $500-$900/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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