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Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Beautifully renovated comfortable apartment with full kitchen.

Large bedroom can be arranged with two twin beds OR a king-sized bed.

Small bedroom has a full-sized bed.

Pull-out couch in the living room can sleep an additional two people.

Beautiful private garden with eating area.

Super for families with children! Lots of space, inside and out -- even has a slide in the back yard! All children's and baby equipment available. Babysitting available by arrangement.

Apartment is on the ground floor, with a private entrance. The owners reside in the house above. The whole apartment is exclusively yours during your stay.

Located a 5-minute walk away from the subway 'A' train, a quick two-stop ride to midtown.

More Details

Owner
Laura Norwitz
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Laura Norwitz

Owners Larry and Laura moved to Harlem in 2000. Larry grew up a few miles north of here, at the northern tip of Manhattan. Laura grew up in Philadelphia but is happy to be a New Yorker. We have two daughters, aged 13 and 11, who are DEFINITELY New Yorkers. Larry is a computer programmer; Laura is a teacher. Our family loves to travel -- throughout the USA, Europe, Central America, and most recently Southeast Asia -- but with the girls in school it's hard to get away. So hosting visitors from all over the world is the next best thing.

Laura Norwitz purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Laura Norwitz chose Harlem

We were living in an apartment in Brooklyn, but once we had our first child wanted more space. Brooklyn has become so fashionable that we couldn't afford a house in Brooklyn and had to 'settle' for Manhattan!

This house still had traces of the glory days of its construction -- fantastic wood detailing, for example, and an elaborate dumb-waiter wheel in an upstairs closet-- though like its sister houses it had been much neglected during Harlem's decline and was pretty much falling apart. (Like many houses in the area it had been converted into a rooming house and the grand rooms chopped into tiny boarding units.)

With a grand house like this we find, sometimes, that we don't own the house -- the house owns us. Being the steward of an historical property like this is a responsibility -- we want to preserve and enhance the beauty of the architecture, even if it might be a little fancier than our personal taste.

What makes this apartment unique

The flowers filling the front stoop and entry area makes the house a joy to come home to. And the tranquil back yard filled with tree shade and birdsong makes you forget you are in Manhattan.

Amenities

Harlem Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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 ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Big fluffy towels.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , bed can be converted to two twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Crib available. Small bedroom has door to back yard.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Notes:
Great for families with children. Baby's and children's supplies available (crib, booster seat, stroller, bed rail, etc.) Babysitting can be arranged.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 85 reviews
5

A perfect place for a small group!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of three older (!!) women booked the apartment for a 5 day November get-away. The apartment was exactly as advertised, charming and spacious. It was an easy walk to the subway stop. We always felt safe in the area even coming home at night. After a busy day of walking, it was wonderful to be able to relax with a glass of wine in a lovely living room instead of a hotel room. We made breakfast every morning before setting out for the day. Laura was very knowledgeable about the area and New York in general. We would stay there again! Thanks Laura

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great place. Extremely helpful and responsive hosts.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was only 5 minutes walk from the subway. It was fitted out with everything required - a teapot is probably the only thing it was lacking. It was a great apartment for our holiday and I highly recommend it. There were lots of toys for the children to play with and we felt relaxed and at home there.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have now put a teapot in the apartment!
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4

A different NYC experience.

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed my stay in this comfortable apartment. Laura was a helpful and friendly host.

I stayed here following a week downtown and was so glad to have a different experience of NYC by staying in Harlem. There is plenty to see and do locally and I felt safe and welcome, but there is also good access to the subway.

I took a walkin tour and found some great places to eat.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great apartment

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment comfortabLe with lots of space. Everything we needed was provided and help was always at hand if we needed it.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Convenient location

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week in New York. The express subway close to the apartment was great for sightseeing and Harlem was full of surprises and very friendly. Laura was a very helpful host with lots of ideas to help you enjoy your stay

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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5

Spacious, clean, comfy apartment

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased with this apartment. It was spacious, clean, very comfortable and completely suited our needs. Close to 2 Subway platforms, in a clean neighborhood, and the owner was so helpful. The beds were comfy and the Brownstone was charming. We enjoyed our stay. Thank you

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Guardia
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
A,B,C,and D subway
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
I-87
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Tonali's
Car: not necessary

The House: This beautiful apartment is on the ground floor of a four floor brownstone row-house in the Sugar Hill/Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The house was built in 1894 in Renaissance Revival style as a single family house for a big family with lots of servants. During those years, this garden apartment was the kitchen and informal dining room, and a dumbwaiter carried fancy meals up to the formal dining room above when the family entertained.

During the 1950s the garden apartment had been converted to a Harlem hair salon, and the house above had become a boarding house, but in 2000 the house was purchased by the current owners who are bringing it back to its former glory; in 2005 the apartment was refurbished into a beautiful and spacious 2-bedroom apartment.

The Neighborhood: Sugar Hill and Hamilton Heights are a lovely neighborhood of elegant row-houses in an area that once served as the country retreat for the city's wealthy, at a time when the city included just southern Manhattan. Alexander Hamilton. a prominent statesman in the 1780s, built his country home, The Grange, on his estate just south of where 145th Street is now. Today The Grange is part of the National Parks system and can be visited at the north end of St. Nicholas Park.

When the train lines were extended north to this area in the 1880s the land was developed into elegant townhouses.

During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, African Americans made their mark on NYC as they had never been permitted to do so before. The north end of Hamilton Heights was known as Sugar Hill, for the sweet life available to those who could afford it.

The neighborhood is full of magnificent architecture in a variety of turn-of-the-century styles on quiet tree-lined streets dotted with lovely community gardens.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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