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A comfortable studio for 4. Gay friendly/Straight friendly. All are welcome

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

600 ft sq apt with separate kitchen & bath. King and full beds. Sleeps 4

Our home is located on DeKalb Ave in Brooklyn. The private apartment is on the 3rd floor with a separate entrance from the street level steps. It has been newly renovated with wood floors and a renovated kitchen. Each room has 3 windows making the spaces bright and welcoming.There is a king size bed in the spacious studio, lamps on 2 nightstands an either side and a clock radio. A leather love seat is provided for relaxation. Across from the bed is an eight drawer dresser, and a 46' Samsung TV. We offer local TV and Roku 3 with Netflix and games. Next to the dresser is a desk with a lamp and a swivel chair. Wireless internet is available. A double closet with wooden hangers, an iron and padded ironing board. We also included a sofa that converts to a double bed. Linens are supplied for both beds. Cotton sheets, cotton blankets and down comforters. There are 4 standard pillows and 2 king pillows. There is a linen closet with additional towels and sheets/blankets. Remote control AC in the bedroom.The bathroom has a tub for bath or shower, Shelves for extra towels, wash cloths and a hair dryer. Soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste are complementary. The kitchen is a separate space, with a refrigerator, and a 4 burner stove with oven. Also provided, a microwave, toaster, tea kettle, keurig coffee maker, blender, knife set, cutting boards stainless steel pots and pans, cooking utensils, dishes, drinking glasses, utensils, bowls, baking dishes, and a measuring cup. Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, hot cups, coffee and tea with creamer and sweeteners are complementary. On the other side of the room is a table with place mats and 4 chairs. There are child proof gates on all the windows, a security gate going to the fire escape and an air conditioner in the kitchen. Ample heat is supplied in the colder months. On the entry table you will find menus, maps and information on events around town. We offer complimentary welcome snacks, water & soda, and fruit to start out your great visit to New York!

More Details

Carole Musaracchia & Beverly Balbirsingh
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Carole Musaracchia & Beverly Balbirsingh

Hi! We are Beverly and Carole, who are the owners at 823. We live on the first and second floors of our home. We welcome you to a comfortable stay in our studio apartment

Carole Musaracchia & Beverly Balbirsingh purchased this studio in 2005

Why Carole Musaracchia & Beverly Balbirsingh chose Brooklyn

Our home is situated in an up and coming section of Bed Sty. It is a 10 minute car drive to both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. We enjoy the conveniences to activities in and around Brooklyn and Manhattan. We like the vibe of the neighborhood and the diverse population.

What makes this studio unique

We fell in love with this house because of the backyard space. We created a private space in our back yard to enjoy when we need to unwind. It makes us feel like we are in the country in the city. We like to entertain and having friends and family over to enjoy the space with us.


Bedford-Stuyvesant Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Tiled shower with tub. All towels and linens provided.
  • Relax in a warm bath or shower before you start your day or when you come back from a busy day. All linens are provided. Full size mirror. Sample size toiletries are provided. Hairdryer, too!
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa opens to a full bed, all linens provided
  • Studio is very comfortable, all new furnishings, hardwood floors, king bed, sofa pulls out to a full bed. Leather loveseat. Remote AC. All linens are provided. Wireless internet, 46' flat screen TV with local stations, Netflix and Roku 3. Game center, desk and double closet. Relax and enjoy the apartment or explore Brooklyn.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Brooklyn is the home of Hip Hop and everything that is cool and happening. Bed Stuy is becoming the mecca for up and coming musicians and artists. Nearby Bushwick and Williamsburg offer many art galleries to explore. While BAM, Brooklyn's own theater has live events and shows as well as BAM Rose cinema that shows great art house, foreign and current films. You will never be bored in Brooklyn.


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A comfortable studio for 4. Gay friendly/Straight friendly. All are welcome
average rating of 4.982456 based on 114 reviews
Redwood Valley, CA

The place was perfect for our needs. Pictures were accurate & accommodations were very comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We loved being part of a Brooklyn neighborhood for a week! Easy access to bus and metros stations. Nice neighborhood market near, loved Brklyn Blend for healthy food options, laundromat a block away was clean and spacious. Carole & Beverly were great hosts, always available and provided a very thoughtful place to relax and use as a homebase. Very happy we chose this place!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! We totally enjoyed hosting you both! We hope the rest of your vacation goes as well as the first part with us.Thank you again for making the jump from Manhattan to Brooklyn! Welcome back anytime Best, Carole and Bev
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WOnderful apartment and hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very lovely stay in this apartment. It is very well taken care of, clean, spacious and the perfect place to stay while exploring Brooklyn and NYC. Carole our host was wonderful and her recommendations for food were spot on. We will be back Carole, thank you again for everything!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Très bel appartement pour une visite de New York

  • 5 of 5

Appartement tout-à-fait conforme à la description et aux photos. Nous y avons séjourné à quatre adultes pendant 4 nuits. Il est suffisamment spacieux, très propre et bien équipé. Nous n'avons manqué de rien.

Le divan-lit est grand et confortable, même pour deux adultes.

La salle de bains et la cuisine sont très fonctionnelles et bien équipées.

L'arrêt de bus est devant la porte (Q 38) et conduit en un petit quart d'heure à une station de métro qui nous permet de nous rendre facilement à Manhattan. L'arrêt dans l'autre sens est à 200 mètres sur l'artère parallèle (Lafayette Avenue).

Une grande épicerie se trouve de l'autre côté du carrefour pour les petits achats éventuels.

Aucun problème de sécurité dans le quartier. Nous sommes souvent rentrés tard et n'avons jamais eu le moindre problème.

L'accueil de Carole et Beverly est à la hauteur de leur appartement : chaleureux et convivial.

Elles ont bien pris le temps de nous expliquer le quartier et toutes les fonctionnalités de l'appartement. Agréable surprise en arrivant : quelques friandises et autres boissons se trouvaient dans le frigo !

Un tout grand MERCI à vous, Carole et Beverly !

Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans votre appartement et n'hésiterons pas à revenir !

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MERCI! Thank you for the review in French language for all of our future Belgium and French guests! It was such a pleasure to host you guys! Hope the boys are well. We really enjoyed hosting you and telling you about the neighborhood. It has changed for the better so much since we first moved here 12 years ago. We are happy and proud of Brooklyn so hip now, even young adults enjoy what the city has to offer. It's not boring! LOL! Good to hear from you. Please come back next time! Regards C&B
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Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

I booked this for a couple visiting me from Portland. They absolutely loved the place! The owners are wonderful and accommodating. The place is spanking, clean and very, very cute. Almost an apartment! I highly recommend and will be using this place again, and again!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review of our apartment! We enjoyed having your friends stay with us. They were a lot of fun. Please feel free to have your friends come back anytime! All the best C&B
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Duluth, MN

A Great Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

Two of us gals (55+) took a trip to New York and decided to explore a new area. We had a wonderful stay at Carole and Beverly's Apt. The apt. was just as the pictures show ~ spotlessly clean, nicely decorated, and we had everything we needed for our stay. Carole's communication with us, even before our arrival was so appreciated. She alerted me to pick up our Metro Cards before we arrived, if possible. I was unaware that they now had them available at the airport (LGA). That worked out GREAT! She also took the time to show us around ~ brought us on the bus route and showed us where to get on the subway. She went beyond the call of duty, and it really made us feel like we had a friend nearby, who would help us with anything.

The bus stop was right outside the apt. We took that to the Subway to the Q train every day. We visited Coney Island, and Prospect Park ~ where the Botanic Gardens were beautiful. We also spent time in Manhattan. We got into the swing of the commute pretty quickly. :)

All in all, it was a wonderful experience! We highly recommend Carole and Beverly's Studio Apt. Thank you for being such great hosts ~ we really appreciated all your guidance!

Our Best, Nona and Lori

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you gals for the great review! We really are happy when our guests feel at home in the apartment. It is a pleasure for us to show off all that Brooklyn has to offer. We are glad you were so open to finding your way around and allowing yourselves to experience this part of the city. Hosting you was so effortless because of how cool both of you are and the beautiful spirit you reflect back out to others. Please think of us again on your next trip to Broadway, NYC!
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Hugoton, Kansas


  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect apartment for our family vacation. You had everything we needed. The beds were comfy, so it was no problem getting a good nights sleep after a long day of trekking through the city. Carole and Bev were friendly and made us feel welcome. Carole and gave us a run to how to get from one place to another and told us about local events we could attend. We will definitely be staying here on our next trip to New York

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! We enjoyed meeting you and your family after communicating with you before your arrival. It was a pleasure for us to host you. Please consider staying with us on your next trip to NY!
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Nearest Airport
10.79 Miles
John F Kennedy International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.9 Miles
Speedy Romeo
Nearest Ferry
4.6 Miles
Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan
Nearest Golf
5.25 Miles
Chelsea Piers
Nearest Train
2.59 Miles
B38 bus on corner approx. 30 ft. to D,B,Q,N & R
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Brooklyn Queens Expessway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
9.4 Miles
Coney Island
Car: not necessary

We are located in Brooklyn in historic Bedford Stuyvesant. Our home is right on DeKalb Avenue just steps away from the B38 bus to Downtown Brooklyn. It's a ten minute bus ride to a strip of fantastic restaurants, Fort Greene Park, the Barclay Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets and the venue for concerts and BAM. Take a stroll through Pratt Institute's Sculpture Garden which is only 7 minutes away by bus. Have a slice of Juniors famous cheesecake only 15 minutes away by bus, before you connect to the B,Q, N or R train to New York City right on the corner of Juniors. Stroll through the mall near Barclay Center where you will find stores such as Target, Marshalls, Uniqlo and DSW. Or explore the newly reorganized and rapidly changing Fulton Mall near Juniors in which you will find Macys, Aeropostale, Aldo, American Apparel, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic,Brooklyn Industries to name a few. We are very close to the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park where you will find the most spectacular views of NYC between 2 bridges. Brooklyn Bridge Park offers free outdoor movies in the summer with the NYC skyline as a backdrop, Beach Volleyball courts, Kayacking,

and the famous Janes Carousel where, for 2 dollars, young or old, you will enjoy this. There are fun parks within the park for children and a scenic bike path. Food festivals are a regular attraction at this park. Citibikes are available a few blocks from us, where you can rent a bike and use the bike lanes made available, we will supply maps. Prospect Park is also nearby Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum and the Zoo. A large green market takes place during the summer at the edge of Prospect Park and also every Saturday at Fort Greene Park. Many farmers from upstate New York attend these markets as well as every Wednesday near Union Square Manhattan, a short ride on the D train.

There are a number of public parks and a public pool (Kosciuszko Pool) which is 3 blocks from our house. There is so much to do in Brooklyn, so many restaurants and bars near our home and in the nearby Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. We are centrally located and a very easy commute to all attractions.

You will have a great time and we will help you navigate your way around town. We are gay friendly and straight friendly. Family with children welcome!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.