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Lovely duplex loft on the coolest block in the South Street Seaport

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Location: South Street Seaport, Manhattan, New York City, USA (access to 9 major subway lines is two blocks away, in the multi-destination Fulton St. Subway hub.)

Accommodations. The top 2 floors of an historic landmark building. Sparely furnished. 2+ bedrooms, 2 full baths, a large, light-filled kitchen, spacious dining and living room areas, a private terrace, Sleeps 4-5. 5 day minimum. Internet, Cable t.v.,air conditioning, washer/dryer, iron

Located on historic Front St, on a charming cobblestone street with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, this elegant, light-filled loft is on a stylish residential block of bustling cafes and cozy neighborhood restaurants. The street is lively in the day and evening-- and blissfully quiet late at night. And it is wonderfully central. The neighborhood is only a short walk to the chic restaurants and bars of Tribeca, the boutiques and small designer shops of Soho, as well as to Chinatown, Little Italy, Noho and the bohemian haunts of the East and West Village. It is also only a few subway stops from the hip, up-and-coming neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

We are two short blocks from the multi-destination Fulton subway station hub, and only steps away from Seaport shopping, ½ price theater tickets, the beautifully designed new Pier 15, the World Trade Center Memorial Site and the mega discount store Century 21, (and not far from Battery Park--a 15 minute walk--and the ferries to the State of Liberty and Brooklyn.)

Bikes can be rented a block away, where one can amble along the riverfront toward Battery Park, enjoying some of the cities most spectacular views, and then up the newly renovated Hudson River Park all the way to the upper end of Manhattan, or head in the other direction and ride across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Our neighborhood is an easy and safe location to get to and from, whether it's to New York’s museums or to Lincoln Center and the Broadway theaters, (just four subway stops away) or to Central Park.

The loft itself occupies the top two floors of a lovely, converted 19th century brick counting house, combining the bohemian feel of a loft (2400 sq. feet) with the privacy and understated luxury of a townhouse. It has two+ bedrooms, two full baths, a spacious kitchen fitted out with high-end appliances, (including a nespresso machine and a new Bosch cooktop) and a private terrace off the kitchen. There is a dishwasher, washer/dryer, A/C, cable TV, a DVD player and wi-fi internet.

Both floors boast wood beamed ceilings and are light-filled and sparely furnished, with a mix of modern pieces and Danish antiques. The loft has an open plan, so the kitchen, dining and living rooms flow into each other. The top floor, which doubles as an artist’s studio, has a soaring cathedral ceiling with skylights and serves as a large and dramatic master bedroom. There is an elegant bathroom- cum- marble shower (with a rain shower) off of the master bedroom, as well as a second bedroom, which works well for children. The third bedroom is on the living floor below and adjoins the bathroom downstairs, which has a separate bath and shower. No elevator.

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Andrea Barnet
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Andrea Barnet

We are an artist and writer who bought our building in 1978 as a derelict shell and renovated it ourselves, when the Seaport was still an undiscovered and neglected neighborhood peopled with artists and fish mongers who plied the streets at night when the wholesale fish market used to operate. (The market is now long gone). We have lived there for many years and now split our time between New York City and upstate New York, visiting the farm in West Virginia where my husband grew up whenever we can. We raised our daughter in the building and have many friends in the seaport and tribeca, which is only a stone's throw away. Because we work for ourselves-- and now that our daughter has grown up-- our schedules are flexible and we no longer need to be in the city full time. We are deeply attached to the building, partly because we brought it back from the dead (it had no windows, plumbing or electricity when we bought it) but also because it is utterly unique, as I hope the pictures convey.

Andrea Barnet purchased this apartment in 1978

What makes this apartment unique

Our neighborhood is lovely, intimate, and well located. (Our building is the third oldest existing commercial building in lower Manhattan.) What we love is feeling the historic character of old New York, yet being within easy walking distance of all the downtown neighborhoods and amenities we use most. (tribeca, the lower east side, soho and noho) Often, especially in good weather, we don't have to use the subway at all. When we do, both the east and west side subways juncture at our subway stop, which is unusual for New York. And because we are just one block from the waterfront, one never feels overwhelmed by the size or density of the city. One can amble over to the piers at any time of day or night, and take in the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines and on a clear day, even the Veranzzano narrows in the distance. (or take one of the ferry boats plying back and forth across the East river to Brooklyn.) For us, a huge plus is that our block is quiet late at night, so great for sleeping, but also filled with wonderful little restaurants and cafes. And there is a view of the Brooklyn bridge from our windows!


Lower Manhattan Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (3)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Lovely duplex loft on the coolest block in the South Street Seaport
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Very comfortable apartment in a great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! It was comfortable and quiet and easy walking distance to the subway and taxis. The 1/2 price ticket booth is about 1.5 blocks away and has a shorter line than the Times Square booth - tkts has an app now so you can see what's going to be on sale. The restaurants in the area are good, and there are some cute little shops. Make sure you walk the Brooklyn Bridge, it's just a few blocks away. Chinatown and Little Italy are easy walking distance too, as is the 9/11 Memorial. We returned to the apartment many nights at around midnight and always felt safe walking from the subway station. The beds are comfortable and have nice bedding and because the neighborhood is so quiet, you awake feeling refreshed every morning. The heating works well - we were there during a record cold spell and never even felt a slight chill. The owners are so pleasant and easy to work with and have provided everything you will need for your best trip to NYC.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excelente apartamento para alojarse en New York

  • 5 of 5

Pasamos la Navidad y el Fin de Año en familia en Nueva York.

Fue excelente haber dado con el apartamento de Andrea para nuestra estancia allí.

Más allá de que la ciudad es hermosa haber pasado 11 día en este apartamento fue un verdadero placer. Espacioso, cómodo, excelentemente decorado y equipado, buenas camas, toallas y sábanas limpias, muy buenas duchas, calefacción... todo fue perfecto. Tuvimos todo lo necesario para preparar y disfrutar nuestras cenas de Navidad y Fin de Año.

El barrio es hermoso y ofrece todo lo que se necesita, muchos buenos restaurantes cerca, supermercado a dos cuadras, estación de metro a tres, muy cerca del mar y además tranquilo y silencioso, un barrio y un apartamento con Historia propia.

Andrea y Kit fueron muy amable, amigables y atentos con nosotros antes, durante y después de nuestro viaje

Fue realmente magnífico haber estado allí y no dudaríamos en volver. Amamos vivir New York en este alojamiento.

Eduardo, Helena, Nico, Jiosefina y Nacho.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievable value!!

  • 5 of 5

What a nice apartment. We visited NYC with a couple who had never been there and had an amazing time. The apartment is spacious, sparkling clean, historic, and conveniently located in a wonderful neighborhood.: Two bedrooms, one up an one down, each with a separate bath; also had a nice kitchen and living area, and, as a bonus, a patio, which we were able to enjoy on our unusually warm December visit. The neighborhood has restaurants, shops, and a subway station only a few blocks away. Morning coffee is available at Jack's, right downstairs, or you can have deluxe coffee in the apartment (Nespresso). A great breakfast and lunch place is right downstairs. You'll have wi-fi and cable TV.

Not a place for weak knees. You have to walk upstairs, but if you are reasonably fit, don't worry about it. If you're overly sensitive to urban street noises, you might be a little uncomfortable. ( We found them to be reassuring after our first night)

The hosts, Andrea and Kit, are a pleasure to work with. You could stay in a hotel and take cabs everywhere, but if you want to experience New York, try this apartment. You won't be disappointed.

A great place for a family or a sisters' trip (which my wife hopes to make). I won't stay anywhere else in NYC if this apartment is available.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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University Place, WA

Loved this Apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Due to a cancellation for an apartment in midtown we ended up here near the Brooklyn Bridge. It was meant to be and we are so glad that it happened. The neighborhood is bustling with friendly people. The apartment is very quiet at night. We walked everywhere, even across the bridge. There is a convenient market, pharmacy and many, many restaurants. The entrance to the Metro station is just a few blocks away and easy to use. We walked to Battery Park via the promenade, to the World Trade Center, China Town, and the Bridge. Make the walk across the bridge just before sunset, it is spectacular. The ride on the subway to Central Park, Times Square and the Empire State building is very easy and quick. The deck is a great way to begin your day with a cup of coffee and end it with a glass of wine. The kitchen is fully stocked if you choose to cook. The half price tickets kiosk is great! Be sure to be in line about 10:15/10:30. Kit and Andrea are the best! They will answer your questions up to your arrival, then meet you at the apartment to help you with any last minute details. The building is full of history; they did a wonderful job of keeping it's charm. We are very glad they are sharing it with all of us!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miami, Florida

Family 4th of July Trip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this apartment during our summer trip with our two daughters age 3 and 7. We booked our stay during the 4th of July for convieniance to the east river where the fireworks were to be held this year. The photos online do not do this incredible apartment justice! Talk about large and comfortable in a city where being crammed and being in small spaces are the normal. The history and architecture of this apartment were a highlight for my eldest and my husband. Reading the black binder the owners leave on the dining room table with the history of this space is a must. The area of South Street Seaport where the apartment is located is fantastic, you have restaurants, shops, the promenade, the piers where several sightseeing boats leave from right at the door step. There is also a subway terminal a couple blocks away making access to the city pretty easy and convenient. The washer and dryer are also very convenient when traveling with children. The home owners put a lot of love and time into this apartment and it definetly shows. This was a great summer vacation of all of us and coming back to this apartment after a long walking and sightseeing day was fantastic! I can't say anything but great things about the owners, they were both very informative and helped us as much as they could. Andrea made this very easy for me to make the decision to rent this apartment with her quick and lengthy responses! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeds Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this apartment for a week in August with my 2 young adult sons and one son's girlfriend - I oogled over the photos on the website for a week before committing. It was a splurge for us but could not have been more worth it. Had the best week ever with my kids, sitting and visiting at the days end was a true delight - we hung out on the deck and even had friends over who were completely charmed (and jealous) about the apartment. I had the lower floor and gave the upper to the young folk which worked out perfectly. (it was a little noisy when they were walking around overhead at 3 am after a night out but didn't really bother me.) I was a little concerned about the heat but the A/C was great and the fans supplied by the lovely owners also helped.

Andrea was a wonderful communicator and she and Kit were delightful, it was fun getting to know them and hearing about the evolution of this truly unique, charming, spacious and well appointed space. Neighborhood was so cool - a TV series with Debra Messing was being filmed next door for an entire day during our stay - very cool. Lovely cafe down stairs and good shopping, proximity to Brooklyn, and the train lines to the entire city. LOVED IT!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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weekly cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

For the holidays--December 20-January 1, rates are 4000.00 a week.

One half due at booking and the remaining funds two weeks before arrival. Refunds will be made in the event of a cancellation, up to a month before arrival, subject to a $250.00 fee. If there is an emergency, you will be refunded. I promise! Paypal or bank to bank wire transfer accepted.

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