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Minnette LeBlanc, Owner, Miu Wong, Bookkeeper

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Williamsburg Townhouse. Apartment, Garden - Near East River

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Special Offer! $185/night Basic Rate for 3+Nights (May 5 to Dec 31, 2016) May 5 - December 31

Brooklyn Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Library, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Vintage 1st floor apartment in 1840 townhouse, near the East River. Has a private entrance from front garden, and a rear rose garden with tables, BBQ, fountain, fireplace, lots of greenery and hedges, very sunny and private. Apartment all newly renovated, kitchen and tile bath with shower and soaking tub, has original 10' wide plank floors. There is a study area with desk, nice sized living room/library (which accommodates a good quality raised inflatable bed, if needed), and bedroom with new double bed. Windows on 4 sides for fresh river air, very secure.

All rooms are joined by french doors...Apartment is quiet and restful, but near all the action. The area is surrounded by world class restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries, shops, music venues - within 2 blocks are great cappuccino around the corner at Marlowe, best lunch, brunch and dinner at Diner, Peter Luger Steakhouse, Dressler, Fatty 'Cue by celeb chef Zak Pelaccio, Italian at Giando's with seats by the water looking out at the river, 3 bridges and the skyline!...

Transportation is very close: Short walk to the 'L' train or 'JMZ' trains - then 5 minutes to Manhattan, ferry is a 2 minute walk, buses, and car service arrives on call in 3 minutes to take you to Manhattan in 10 minutes, $10. We are nearly always available with info and tips, and the house and the neighborhood are safe and friendly. Maximum occupancy 2 or by special arrangement, minimum stay 3 days, $100 cleaning fee, and security deposit required in advance. If there is no vacancy, see VRBO#352989 for Apt #3 and VRBO#621568, our new Atelier apartment with terrace available in the same building - same rates.

Absolutely no smoking, in consideration of other guests. Please send me an email to confirm availability and let me know about you, and any special needs you may have, before booking... Please note: excellent New York credentials and references available, also California, Amsterdam, Berlin and Munich references available. VRBO calendars may not be current - please inquire.

Keywords: full floor, private entrance, with front and rear gardens

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Minnette LeBlanc, Owner, Miu Wong, Bookkeeper (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Minnette LeBlanc, Owner, Miu Wong, Bookkeeper

Currently developing and brokering commercial and retail properties, restaurants, bars, music venues, and hospitality properties in prime Williamsburg and North Brooklyn; own active real estate firm; also deal in fine art, antiques; classical singer; knowledge of German language and culture; frequent traveler to San Francisco and Bavaria.....More info upon request.

Minnette LeBlanc, Owner, Miu Wong, Bookkeeper purchased this apartment in 1988

Why Minnette LeBlanc, Owner, Miu Wong, Bookkeeper chose Brooklyn

This is a large house in the City, but the sun, river air and gardens make it feel like the country. (I had lived in Tribeca, Manhattan, and feel like I bought the garden and the house came with it!) I live on the parlor, or second floor, and the 1st floor is often available for guests. It is quiet for New York, restful, out of the way and private - and 2 blocks away from everything!

What makes this apartment unique

Fresh breeze drifts in from the river - there are actually windows on all 4 sides! The garden is full of the scent of roses, lilies, honeysuckle, violets, lavender and herbs just outside the windows. And there is a fire pit and BBQ in the yard. It's great to walk around the corner early in the morning for expresso and newspapers, cappucione and croissants, and sit at sidewalk tables and meet the locals! 2 blocks away is Bedford Avenue, epicenter of the area, with every type of shop, bar, gallery or restaurant. World class food, film, and music venues are just blocks away, and it's safe to walk at all hours.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I had a nice stay at Minnette's place on the south side of Williamsburg. The location is great (only minutes away from great restaurants and a short walk to the Bedford area with shops, cafes, bars etc) and the apartment is really nice and clean. Also you have access to a very nice back yard. Minnette is nice and easy to get along with. All in all a pleasant experience.
Oct 2010
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based on 14 traveler reviews

Williamsburg Townhouse. Apartment, Garden - Near East River
average rating of 4.785714 based on 24 reviews

Great Location - Very Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Minnette was very accommodating and helpful. Her directions and recommendations were spot on.

I am a NY native (now residing in Houston, TX) and this was my son's (13) first trip to NY. My Mother met us here from PA.

The apartment is very clean and extremely cozy - we felt right at home from the get go.

The surrounding neighborhood is great for drinks, food, scenery and also feels quite safe. The riverfront has some great views!

Manhattan is very easily accessible via the JMZ subway lines.

The Urban Supermarket is fabulous. Giando's is a great Italian restaurant with spectacular views of the city.

Much thanks and we hope to return soon!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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  • 5 of 5

The flat was perfect! We took our 15 & 18 year old daughters to NYC, for the older one's "senior" trip. Our thirty+ish nephew lives just 6 blocks down on Grand, and we spent an exciting fun-filled 5 days exploring Brooklyn & Manhattan, with the apartment as our base. My nephew and his girlfriend, long time Brooklyn dwellers, were greatly impressed with the location, and the apartment, especially its decor and closed away garden, in the back. They are definitely recommending it to their friends coming to visit. If we are able to get back to Brooklyn, we will definitely be staying with Minette. We may try the 3rd floor next time, when my knee is healed, I'm sure its just as impressive. Just a great time all around!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Recommend Highly

  • 5 of 5

Thank-you to the owner Minnette. We have had a wonderful winter experience in New York. We loved the snow and tugging up for the cold weather. The ground floor apartment was so warm, comfortable and spacious for us. Much better than a hotel room. The apartment is impressive with its renovation and lovely fresh painting. We enjoyed the Williamsburg neighbourhood, plus the ease of access to Manhattan. Minnette was at all times friendly and helpful and went out of her way to make our month stay so enjoyable. We recommend the apartment highly and hope to return. Regards Jan and Alan

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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charming abode

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay here. The apartment is warm and cozy with wonderful views of the lovely garden. I really enjoyed sitting in the kitchen and watching all the birds. The apartment had just been painted and looks great! Great location as well with a number of great options for food and plenty of transportation nearby. Hoping we will be able to visit soon! PS the bathtub is great for a soak!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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West Sacramento

Not as expected

  • 3 of 5

I must say after carefully reading the reviews, I should have realized the raves were for the top floor apartments, not the ground floor unit. First of all upon arrival you enter down two steep steps immediately into a locked entrance way, this in my case was made even more inconvenient because of a rather large discarded bundle of christmas greenery put there together with some wire bits. Not the most welcoming entrance. The apartment door is at the end of a long hallway, which opens into another long hallway, there are three chairs against the wall, and a desk and a chair at the end of this hallway, to the left is a small kitchen with very low ceilings and exposed pipes. There is a round table pushed up against the wall and three chairs. There is a door to the outside and a partial garden view which is reached by walking up the stairs since apartment is below ground level. The kitchen is well equipped for light cooking, some coffee and butter and frozen bagels were left, nice to have coffee.

The bedroom and living room are reached off the main hallway, fairly large rooms but dark and furnished in what appear to be castoffs. Bureau drawers were missing handles, bedside table placed in front of bureau so lower drawers not accessible, leather couch patched with black masking tape. The floor lamp in the living room didn't work and some of the windows were broken so unable to open, apartment very hot as there were radiators and also the exposed pipes added to the high temperature. The bathroom was small but as this is NY that's to be expected, it would have been nice to have a brighter light in the shower area as when curtain was drawn it was very dim. Good supply of hot water though. Apartment is about a block away from the Williamsburg Bridge and you can hear the trains very clearly. The bed is comfortable but very creaky every time you move. I have to say the owner was very responsive to my query about the heat situation, but I never saw anyone or was greeted on arrival or departure. Just kind of a disappointment staying here over Christmas, apartment not particularly welcoming, just dark and shabby.

The neighborhood location is great, walkable, near all kinds of great restaurants, transportation easy to get around.

Would guess that if the upper apartments had been available, my review would have been different.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most of this review is inaccurate. VRBO does not permit guests to stay in one unit and then, post a review under another unit. The reviews listed for this unit are for this unit. We are deeply sorry that this guest did not enjoy her stay here during Christmas. We hope you will read all of the reviews before making your decision. In any case, the unit is undergoing annual renovation during January, so a point by point response would not be accurate. We will post additional photos in a few weeks.
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Melbourne, Australia

Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this apartment in April with my two teenage daughters and a friend - a real girls hol! We all loved the apartment. Fabulous hip neighborhood, quick walk to the subway then just one stop to Manhattan. It is also an easy walk across the bridge. Amazing supermarket just a block away - Urban Market. Sensational. Many fantastic eating places nearby as well. A really great place to stay.

Minette the owner was charming and very helpful.

Looking forward to returning but next time will stay for a month. Two weeks in NY not long enough - so much to see and do!


  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally, We're so happy you all had such a great time! You really made the most of it. There really is so much to see and do right here-hope you make it back again soon! Thanks, and warmest good wishes!
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
JFK, Newark and LaGuardia
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Diner, Marlow, Fatty 'Cue, Dressler, Peter Luger,
Nearest Ferry
0.01 Miles
Schaffer Landing - 2 blocks
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
'L', 'J,M,Z' trains - 6 blocks
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Coney Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Diner - Nouveau American Cuisine
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Marlow - Morning Espresso, PM Raw Bar
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Signature Bank
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Neighborhood Bodega
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Chase Bank
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Peter Luger Steak House
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Fatty Cue
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South 4th Bar and Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Pies and Thighs
Nearest Point of Interest
Giando's on the Water
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"L" Train stop
Nearest Point of Interest
"J,M,Z" Train Stop
Car: not necessary

The area is surrounded by world class restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries, shops, music venues - within 2 blocks are great cappuccino around the corner at Marlow, best lunch, brunch and dinner at Diner, Peter Luger Steakhouse, Dressler, Fatty 'Cue by celeb chef Zak Pelaccio, Italian at Giando's with seats by the water looking out at the river, 3 bridges and the skyline!...

Other Activities: shopping, health/beauty spa


Rates & Availability

Brooklyn Apartment Rental Rates

Special Offer! $185/night Basic Rate for 3+Nights (May 5 to Dec 31, 2016)

Special Offer From:
Dates May 5, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016

Rate applies to the 2 guest basic rate for all reservations May 5 to Dec 31, 2016 for this apartment Vrbo#320337, Vrbo#352989 and Vrbo#621568 (all in the same building) minimum stay 3 nights. "Other special rates may apply during this period-please inquire"

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $250

Calendars may not be current. Please inquire via email. If dates not available: *see VRBO#352989 and VRBO#621568, our new Atelier apt. with terrace available in this building - same rates.

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Brooklyn Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) High quality inflatable Bed, stands at normal height, for additional guests. See reviews - very comfortable., Double Beds (1) New pillow top mattress double bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) additional twin available on request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality queen inflatable bed with luxury pads, available on request.
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Excellent, uncrowded, Professional Gym Nearby. We are in the middle of one of the most lively neighborhoods in New York, but when you are in for the evening, you feel like you are in the country.

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