|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We stayed at the house for 12 days during July. To sum it up, it was a really nice stay. Actually the only thing we were really missing was a dishwasher (yes we knew), a table in the living room and probably a wardrobe for the downstairs bedroom.
The house is antique and it shows here and there (and it should to a certain extend). Updating the house is obviously a still ongoing process and will make the experience even better in the future. The neighborhood is good and still developing I would say as some of the houses around are getting or already got updates. We felt absolutely secure.
We did not try to walk to the ferry as the height difference was too much after a long Manhattan day full of walking. On weekend days we parked the car for $8 directly at the ferry (which itself is priceless - statue of liberty view twice a day for free and relax meanwhile) or $0 along the streets (unfortunately there is only very limited parking space there while the parking lot of the new outlet next to the ferry is still closed, so weekdays you will most likely get no parking space there) and weekdays two blocks back at St Marks Pl/Hyatt St on a parking lot for $15 the day.
Parking around the house never was a problem. Having a car, shopping was also no problem. We did not try anything nearby. Just make sure not to visit the Western Beef on Bay St. That is the most disgusting shop I've ever entered. Food never frozen especially counts for the ice cream. And if you do not trust me, please visit the restrooms for the full picture.
We went to several other stores which were all okay. The Staten Island Mall is very good and the Mills at Jersey Gardens offers good outlet shopping not too far away. The Midland Beach at Father Capodanno Boulevard is also very good.
The owners communication is perfect - so: Stay here! It's good.
We loved the apartment, a comfortable old house kind of space with an eat in kitchen and large living room area. Do be prepared for lots of stairs! We drove to the ferry to save our strength for them at the end of our long days of sight-seeing. Parking on the street was easy and accessible. The neighbors seemed to save our space for us each day.
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.