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Refined Escape - Idyllic 1-Bed Brownstone

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Modern Luxury Meets History With Antique Furniture

You will love this traditionally-styled, private duplex. Modern luxury meets history with antique furniture, original brick walls, UHD flatscreen, modern kitchen and a top-tier mattress. Enjoy 1.5 baths, a green garden, and a pet-friendly apartment.

The apartment offers easy access to the entire City, one block from the subway, and the neighborhood is host to some of the best restaurants in the City.

Harlem is its own microcosm within New York and could be explored for days without seeing it all, especially with a huge popularity boost in the past 10 years.

Celebrity chefs like Marcus Samuelsson have opened globally-known restaurants like Red Rooster, known for its jazz brunch, fusions of Southern staples and downstairs performance space Ginny’s Supper Club. Meanwhile, new shops, music venues and ethnic-centric museums make the neighborhood endlessly interesting.

The National Jazz Museum pairs live performances with discussions. You can also learn more about Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean culture and history at El Museo del Barrio. The Studio Museum of Harlem is known for work by African-American artists and pieces representing the African diaspora and original works from Africa.

Film festivals and workshops are also featured at Maysles Cinema while old-school jazz bars and speakeasy-style bars can be found nearby like Minton’s, Showmans Jazz Club and Cotton Club, where 1920’s-style big-bands can be heard.

We love to indulge with soul-food at Billie’s Black and Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too. Cajun and creole dishes can also be tried at Londel’s Supper Club, po’boys at Harlem Food Bar and French fare at Chez Lucienne. You can start or end the evening with state-of-the-art cocktails at 67 Orange Street before or after a show at the 80-year-old Apollo Theater.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church, brownstones and parks like St. Nicholas and Marcus Garvey Park also make wandering around outdoors a gorgeous adventure on any day.

My apartment is centrally located with easy access to the Subway. Cabs and Ubers are also plentiful, and it's a safe neighborhood to walk, day or night.

It is located the following distances from these main attractions:

One World Trade Center - C Trains

Chelsea Market/Highline - C Trains

Empire State Building - B, D Trains

Grand Central - C or B to the 7 Train

Rockefeller Center - B Trains

Museum of Modern Art - B Trains

Central Park - B Trains

American Museum of Natural History - B Train

Guggenheim/MET - 3 Train

JFK (John F. Kennedy Airport) is located outside of Manhattan and is around an 1 hour 15 min car ride or 1 hour 15 min subway/train ride.

NWK (Newark Liberty International Airport) is located in New Jersey and is around an 1 hour and 15 minute car ride or 1 hour and 15 min subway/train ride.

Laguardia Airport is located near Manhattan and is around a 45 minute car ride or an 1 hour min subway/train ride.

Considerate, thoughtful, warm.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

James the place is absolutely stunning....and he is Akins and welcoming host. The apartment has perfect light and a super comfortable bed. The neighborhood has some incredible a eats and a 2 min walk to Subway. I would stay again in a heartbeat.
Mar 2017
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Harlem Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • I would be grateful if you removed your shoes when indoors
  • Please be conscious of loud noises since others live in building.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , The 1/2 bath is upstairs in living area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Nice patio area outside bedroom that is accessible through French doors.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Refined Escape - Idyllic 1-Bed Brownstone
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Great property in Harlem

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent Xmas holidays here and we definitely loved it! This brownstone in Harlem matched all our expectations: a classy apartment in a quiet street, really close to the subway stop which makes it the perfect place to retreat after a long day in the city, specially on such freezing days! The courtyard is great, too, although it was all covered with snow! Facilities in the house are great, you have everything you need and there's plenty of space for a couple on holidays. Wifi and tv Netflix are great, too. Nearby there is a Keyfood store which is very convenient and also a laundromat, just in case. James is a really nice, attentive host and he offered us a welcome gift which was very kind of him. He's also very helpful and responded right away to our doubts. We definitely recommend this property. Thanks a lot James for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maroochydore, Australia

Comfortable, classy and safe

  • 5 of 5

We we were the first people to book this apartment and did so before it had any reviews. James communicated with us promptly, answering all our questions about it and the neighbourhood. When we arrived we had a glitch with our phones and weren't able to let James know exactly what time we were getting there, when we contacted him, he rushed over to let us in with a big welcoming smile, freshly baked goodies and some cute empire state building soaps which our kids loved! The apartment is WAY bigger than it looks in the photos. It's absolutely gorgeous with everything you could possibly need. There are only a few stairs to the entrance - so not too difficult to get all our suitcases in. We stayed for 9 nights with our 2 kids and were very comfortable for such a long time! The girls played in the back yard when it wasn't too cold, we frequented the local grocery store often and made ourselves at home. We found a laundromat around the corner that collects and delivers your laundry for $25 which was great! The area is perfectly safe - we often walked home from the subway station at night, through the park and never felt anything but totally safe. The subway is literally across the street and the C line takes your straight to times square and even onto Brooklyn if you want. Thank you for a wonderful stay James!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

We normally stay at a hotel in Times Square when we come to NYC but the room rates have increased to $700 per night so we decided to try a VRBO. We just spent 7 nights at this property and the accommodations were perfect for our needs. James, the owner lives in the building in another suite so he was there in person to welcome us and show us around the property. James was very welcoming and you immediately feel that he wants you to enjoy your stay at his property. James checked in with us via text a few times during our stay just to make sure everything was going okay and to ask if we needed anything. Not intrusive at all and again it just shows that he cares. James has a friend who helps with cleaning the property and she also makes homemade soaps and baked goods. It was a nice touch to have homemade banana bread and mini Empire State Building soaps waiting for us when we arrived.

The property itself was very clean and exactly how it appears in pictures on the VRBO website. The master bedroom is downstairs and you need to use the spiral staircase get downstairs. It was fine for us but older people may have difficulties going up and down the stairs with luggage. We didn't cook while we were staying there but the kitchen appeared to have all the modern necessities.

The property's location was perfect for us, just a short 1/2 block walk to the subway station. We'd leave for the day in the morning and get back at night and we never felt unsafe. We were able to walk to some local Harlem restaurants (Sylvia's and Red Rooster) on Malcolm X Blvd and a local coffee shop a few blocks away.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay and would not hesitate to stay there again the next time we are in NYC. Thank you James for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful on many levels! Will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

My BGF and I spent a long weekend here and loved it! The owner greets you and is next door if you need anything. There is banana bread and Empire State Bldg soaps on arrival (nice touch). Plenty of space and a great kitchen. One block from the subway. A wonderful , quiet place to retreat to after a day in the city. Always felt safe and even nicer than the photos portray. Oh... there are trees and a courtyard in the back. I will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Great Brownstone

  • 5 of 5

I must say this brownstone in Harlem exceeded our expectations. It was located less than 2 blocks from a subway stop on a quiet street. The unit was on the main floor of the building, up one small flight of steps to enter. The first floor had a comfortable sitting area with a futon which was made up into a bed, a half bath, a kitchen area with nice appliances, and a living area with good seating including a table and chairs. The bricked walls and oriental rugs over the wood floors really gave it a cozy appearance. Now if you are one to watch a lot of regular TV you may have a problem. The TV had Netflix, YouTube and a few other options. We travel with a Fire Stick and usually watch Netflix so it was not a big deal for us. Down a narrow circular staircase was a large bedroom with a comfortable bed. There was a full bath there. The neighborhood was quite safe. Went out several nights and had fantastic meals at The Edge and Abyssinia (an Ethiopian restaurant).Groceries nearby too. So we loved our stay and when we go back we plan to stay there again. James was a great host and greeted us with a basket of banana bread! Thanks you again.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house, Amazing host, Amazing neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

We just ended our stay at this home for 3 weeks and it was the perfect place. It is filled with charm and is an absolutely beautiful home. James was an amazing host. He was attentive, and kind, and was always responding to us right away if we needed anything. The house is right by the train, there is a beautiful park next door, and even Alexander Hamilton's home is just down the street! We were staying there for work and the wifi was great! After long work events it was so nice to come home to a safe cozy place that even has a back deck! I couldn't recommend this place or James more and I hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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