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Large Sunny 2 Bedroom Brownstone Apartment in Charming Brooklyn Neighborhood

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Convenient to all NYC 3Blocks, A,C trains 5 Blocks #3,4 trains

This large two bedroom apartment (1,000 square feet 92.90 square meters) with an 11 foot (3.35 meters) high ceiling is the perfect example of historical and contemporary Brooklyn living.

The house was built in 1909 and is listed for its architectural significance in both the United States and New York State Register of Historical Places. The apartment is located on the third floor of a large well maintained brownstone townhouse that has retained most of its original architectural components including; seven fireplaces, bow front windows, decorative masonry, oak staircase, 11 foot tall pier mirror in hallway, wainscoting and mosaic tile entryway floor. There is a skylight which brings natural light into the stairway.

Free Cable TV including all premium channels: HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, TMC and EMC.

Free WiFi.

Free NYC Daily newspapers - NY Times, NY Post, Wall Street Journal

Free flowers and organic fruits and vegetables from the owner's garden -- when available.

The apartment is bathed in natural light and has a large eat-in kitchen. The kitchen table is a stylish large midcentury breakfast bar. The kitchen is excellently designed for cooking and dining. The kitchen is fully stocked to suit the needs of most cooks. The Brita water filter provided makes NYC tap water even more delicious.

The master bedroom is extremely large and has a beautiful fireplace original to the building. The furniture is a combination of antiques and contemporary pieces. There is a queen size sleigh bed in this room situated in front of a three window bow front. The amount of sun that bathes both bedrooms is truly pleasurable. There is a large marble table in the room with a 1950's wooden 'atomic shaped base' and matching chairs.

In brownstone townhouses the second bedroom was traditionally called 'the gentleman's bedroom'. It is smaller than the other bedroom but also accommodates a queen size bed and has its own closet/storage area.

The living room has its original period fireplace, midcentury Scandinavian string chairs, a wrought iron glass top table and a trundle bed/couch which comfortably sleeps two adults. This room has its original beautiful parquet wood floor. An Austen Air Hepa air filter is provided for your healthful pleasure

The bathroom is as sunny and airy as the rest of the apartment. It has its original green antique shell tile accents on the wall and original cast iron claw foot tub -- which is perfect for a long deep soak after a day of sightseeing . This tub is much larger than contemporary tubs and has an overhead shower attachment. The bathroom's Lucite storage unit houses a plethora of towels, complimentary toiletries and is topped by a sun loving ponytail palm.

OWNER OCCUPIED: This is very similar to a bed and breakfast without the additional cost. Unlike most vacation rentals the owner and his family live in the building. There is usually someone there to answer your questions or give you a native New Yorker's advice on this city. The building's owner is a published author and will give a Free personally inscribed edition of one of his coffee table sized art/history of NY books to every group who stays at his home for at least five days. This is a non-smoking building.

PLEASE NOTE: The apartment is on the 2nd floor so you will be walking up the stoop (stairs leading up to the entranceway pictured below) and then two flights of internal stairs. There is no elevator.

**If the apartment is booked during your planned vacation please see my other rental listing #

(same location)**

More Details:

Suitability: Children Welcome. Pets Welcome. Wheelchair inaccessible. Non Smoking only.

Housekeeping, Babysitting and Laundry Service available.

Three blocks from the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Five blocks from the Brooklyn Jewish Children's Museum

A 15 minute walk or one subway stop from both :

The Brooklyn Museum

Prospect Park

1st Bedroom - Queen Sized Bed - Sleeps Two

2nd Bedroom - Queen Sized Bed - Sleeps Two

Living Room - Trundle Day Bed - Sleeps Two

Air Mattress can also accommodate Two people

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017

About Michael

Hi: I'm Michael the owner of this home. I'm a native New Yorker, from the great Borough of Brooklyn. I've traveled all over the globe but Brooklyn is home. I live in this house with my family. My Manchester Terrier, Crixus, enjoys walks around the neighborhood and would happily accompany any of you who are homesick for your pet.

I write about New York and am happy to give advice about this great town.

I'm delighted to give one autographed and personally inscribed copy of a coffee table sized art/history book to any group of visitors to my home who stay at least five days.

Though I won't intrude on your privacy -- I hope during your stay we become friends and you will want to stay with me again when you come to NYC.

Michael purchased this house in 2011

Why Michael chose Brooklyn

This property is special, not only is it listed in both the NY State and National Register of Historical places for its architectural significance but it was built relatively late for a brownstone townhouse 1909 -- so the rooms are very large, much larger than the brownstones built earlier and the ceilings are very high. The house has many of the original architectural details, which are lacking in many of the recently restored buildings.

What makes this house unique

The bathroom has the house's original cast iron claw foot tub. These bathtubs are much larger and deeper than contemporary tubs. Having a good long soak after a day of exploring NYC is an added benefit.

I'm also a collector. The furniture, artwork and just feel of the house reflect my particular taste.


Crown Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Antique Cast Iron Claw Foot Bathtub
  • The bathroom is large and airy. There is an antique cast iron claw foot tub that is perfect for a long deep soak after a day of sightseeing. The tiles are also original to the house and are the traditional black and white pinwheel design. There are plenty of towels and bathroom supplies.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom is large and sunny. It has a newly refinished hard wood floor a fireplace original to the house and a small sitting table.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services


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Large Sunny 2 Bedroom Brownstone Apartment in Charming Brooklyn Neighborhood
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Spacious & clean apartment in a cool neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Michael was super friendly and warmly greeted us upon our arrival at the front door. He took the time to give us some history and description of Crown Heights, including subway stations, parks, and some recommendations on nearby neighborhoods to check out. The apartment itself was very spacious and clean for the 5 of us staying. He also had an air mattress in the closet, so this apartment could comfortably fit up to 8 people. All amenities in the listing were included. Lots of good food, bars, and convenient stores within walking distance. We really enjoyed our stay at this property and neighborhood, and would definitely come back! Thanks for your hospitality, Michael!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean Large Sun Filled Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We arrived very late and our host still greeted us happily.

We were a family of six visiting New York fort first time. Our host gave us numerous tips on things to see and do during our stay and always responded to our texts quickly.

The apartment was large enough for all of us. The place was clean and comfortable. Their were plenty of toiletries and towels.

The air conditioning kept us cool during a heat wave.

The house was a brownstone in a quaint neighborhood and it was only a few minutes to the subway.

It was definitely a bargain.

We'd stay here agin.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Convenient to Watchtower

  • 5 of 5

We are a large family of eight who came to New York to visit the Watchtower and see the sights. The apartment we rented was spacious enough for all of us. Yes, there is an iron. The place was clean, airy and sunny. We could see the Empire State Building from the windows that faced the back of the building.

The apartment encompassed a complete floor and it suited our needs very well. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were 100% cotton.

The host was pleasant and helpful. T

The house is close to public transportation.

We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large Sunny Clean Apartment

  • 5 of 5

There were four of us on a short spur of the moment visit to Brooklyn and Michael graciously welcomed us into his home.

The place was even better than the pictures with lots of room and sunlight streaming in from both the front and back windows. From the rear window you could see the Empire State Building.

The beds were firm and comfortable. The place was clean. The apartment was spacious.

The claw foot tub was a pleasant reminder that we were in a turn of the century home.

There was every premium channel available on the TV.

The air conditioning kept us comfortable during a NYC heatwave.

For the price we paid it was a delight--and only a few blocks to the subway and a short ride to Manhattan.

We will absolutely come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Disappointed but rolled with it.

  • 2 of 5

It was our first time to VRBO in NYC. We are not real familiar with the city so it ended up being not very convenient for our planned activities in Manhattan. We were also visiting Pratt Intitute in Brooklyn which is why we chose this location. This unit is in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. If you want a good feel for old NY this must be it. But it isnt for everyone.

That aside, the apartment and building were a bit run down. We were in the 3rd floor unit and there were some missing floor tiles in the kitchen, no door for the main bedroom, although the living room had one, and the bathroom had a strong urine smell and didnt have any electrical outlets. We had to purchase some sponges and paper towels to wash the dishes since the sponge at the sink was extremely dirty and smelled very bad. The store at the corner has a good selection of healthy foods and necessities.

The fuse blew twice when my wife used her hair dryer (in the bedroom due to no outlet in bathroom). I called the owner who told me where to reset the breaker and that we needed to turn off one or both of the window unit AC's to keep it from happening. When we arrived there were towels hanging on the bathroom door hook so we were unsure if they were clean or dirty. Fortunately there was just enough left in the shelf for us to use.

My daughters who slept in the front bedroom had trouble sleeping due to the train which runs a block and a half over. Lastly, we did not feel at all safe walking back to the apartment late at night. We actually got a hotel room in Manhattan one night because of this and the travel time back. Perhaps our expectations were too high for this part of town.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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good infrastructure to metro and groceries, but not clean and poor equipment

  • 2 of 5

Die Wohnung war geräumig und hatte eine verkehrsgünstige Lage. Sie müsste jedoch einmal gründlich geputzt, entrümpelt und renoviert werden. Bettwäsche und Handtücher waren okey, es fehlten jedoch Geschirrtücher. Die Schränke konnten kaum genutzt werden, da sie mit den Überresten vorheriger Mieter vollgestopft waren. Gut war die Klimaanlage und wir fühlten uns sicher im Haus.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nostrand Bar
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Staten Island
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Kingston - Throop
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Brooklyn Queens Expressway
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Brighton Beach
Car: not necessary

North Crown Heights is one of Brooklyn's hottest gentrifying residential areas. It has the charms of Brownstone Townhouses and is a short walk to the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

The house is a short distance from the Barclay Center. It is also very convenient for visiting the WatchTower.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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