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Top-rated 1 BR Apt with private entrance - 15 min to midtown/Times Square

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4: 1 Bedroom with Queen Bed + Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room ; 1 bath

QUIET, LOVELY, IMMACULATE APT WITH PRIVATE ENTRANCE from the street. All this in a convenient location a 2 minute walk from the 2/3 express subway line putting all of NYC at your doorstep! Come home to a peaceful refuge in a vibrant community after a busy day in the hustle and bustle of NYC.

We are happy to have this 1BR apartment available in our 2 family brownstone to offer to NYC visitors here for a short stay. Enjoy the comfort of a home away from home with a fully furnished apartment with up-to-date, clutter-free, stylish furnishings. The apartment sleeps up to 4 adults on a Queen size bed with luxury Serta Beautyrest pillow-top mattress in the bedroom and queen size sleeper sofa in the living room with 5” memory foam mattress. See Amenities section for more information on what is provided in the apartment.

Maps, guidebooks and a list of our favorite NYC spots are available in the apartment but feel free to ask us for any personalized recommendations.

Why is renting our apartment different from most other short-term rentals in NYC?

1. Peace of mind - we can legally rent our apartment as a short-term vacation rental because our house is a 2-family private dwelling. Apartments in buildings that contain 3 or more apartments cannot be legally rented on a short-term basis (30 days or less) in NYC.

2. We live on the property. While the apartment is a separate unit with a private entrance, we live upstairs. If you have any questions, concerns or issues, we can address it right away and most of the time, in person.

3. We provide all of our guests with an information binder with valuable neighborhood and NYC information and can assist with any requests they may have.

4. We love to travel and know what is important to our guests. We professionally clean our apartment between guests and make sure everything possible is provided for our guests comfort.

We hope you will enjoy our city and apartment!

Dining and Shopping : We are located in a prime area of central Harlem on West 127 St. between 5th & Lenox Avenues just 2 short blocks from the 125 St. retail/business district. Famous Sylvia’s soul food restaurant is literally around the corner. Down the block is one of the hottest restaurants in NYC, Red Rooster, owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson and the venue for President Obama’s fundraisers. Corner Social, a casual bar & restaurant features a lively atmosphere. The newest restaurant options are Babbaluci and Sotto Casa, two delicious brick oven pizza restaurants, Yuzu, a traditional sushi restaurant and Sushi Inoue (recently awarded a Michelin star) where it's all about the delicious, fresh fish! If a sit down dinner is not an option, there are endless choices including the many local delis or Soul Food Buffet & Salad Bars. For those of you that want to prepare your own meals, Whole Foods just opened 2 blocks away and Olive Market, a gourmet market and Pioneer Supermarket are only 3 blocks away.

Retail shopping on 125 St. includes Marshall’s, TJ Maxx & Burlington Coat Factory (Designer/Brand name discounters) , H&M, DSW Shoe Outlet, Old Navy, American Apparel, Banana Republic & Gap Outlets, Bed/Bath & Beyond, & Modell's or House of Hoops (Sporting Goods).

Arts & Culture: Culture abounds in Harlem. Just within a 5 minute walking radius, we have so much to offer:

- The world famous Apollo theatre

- The Studio Museum, the nexus for artists of African descent and for work inspired and influenced by African-American culture

- Ginny's Supper Club and Jazz clubs such as Showman's, Londel's, Cotton Club & the newly opened Minton's.

- Shrine, world music venue, offers live music every day of the week.

- The Maysles Independent Cinema is the only independent film house north of Lincoln Center dedicated to the exclusive exhibition of documentary films.

More Details

Michael & Sandy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Michael & Sandy

We are both project managers in the financial industry and moved to Harlem over 9 years ago most recently from the Upper East Side. One of us was born and raised in NYC and the other has lived in NYC for the last 20 years and we couldn't imagine living any place else! We love traveling, reading, gardening, running, skiing, tennis, good food & wine and enjoying all NYC has to offer!

Michael & Sandy purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Michael & Sandy chose Manhattan

We have lived here for over 9 years and this is the first neighborhood in NYC that feels like a true community to us. We are happy that the area has changed for the better and pleased that our guest have had positive experiences in their visits!

What makes this apartment unique

Quiet, immaculate apartment on a beautiful block of brownstones in a friendly, convenient and newly trendy neighborhood is yours to enjoy like a New Yorker. We love NYC and love to travel as “locals” ourselves which allows us to anticipate the needs of our guests to make their stay as memorable and comfortable as possible. Hablo español!


Harlem Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Handheld spray shower with multiple spray options. Bath & hand towels and wash cloths. Hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash & hand soap. Toilet Tissue provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen Bed in Bedroom: Luxury Beautyrest Pillowtop Mattress with Hypo-Allergenic pillows and 400 thread-count cotton sheets. Living Room has Sleeper Sofa with 5 inch Queen Memory Foam mattress; hypo-allergenic pillows and 325 thread-count cotton sheets
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Umbrellas, stepping stool, broom, dustpan and Swiffer are available in the apartment.


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Top-rated 1 BR Apt with private entrance - 15 min to midtown/Times Square
average rating of 4.873134 based on 134 reviews

Wonderful Harlem Apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Michael and Sandy couldn't have been better hosts. From the reservation to checkout they were available to offer recommendations, answer questions and even accommodate a late departure. The apartment was spotless and spacious; exactly what we were expecting from the ad. We were 1 minute from Sylvia's and Red Rooster (actually put our name on a wait list and then went back to the apartment to wait for the text telling us our table was ready), and 2 minutes from the 2/3 express lines and M60 bus to La Guardia. Plenty of other great little spots in the neighborhood and all of 20 minutes to Times Square. We highly recommend this great apartment!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of the Big Apple

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Harlem from beginning to end. Upon arriving at the apartment, we were greeted by Sandy who was very hospitable. She went over a few arrival details with us, offered the home key and showed us how to exit via back room in the case of a fire (thanks for the safety lesson). She also left a welcome bottle of wine and some fruit to eat throughout our short vacation.

The apartment was fairly roomy for a spot in the city. We even expected that it would be a bit smaller than it turned out and were quite pleased by the roominess it provided. Though we did not cook during our stay having the opportunity to do these things if needed are top to none. We also enjoyed the television when we wanted to relax a bit before going out. The television had every channel a person could want and includes the benefits of on demand to pull up a show or movie.

The location was also great. Martin Luther King street (125th Street) is just a few blocks away from the home and can be reached within a walk of less than 5 minutes. This opens a whole world of dining, grocery stores, delis, food carts, fruit stands, shopping, all types of businesses, subways, buses, etc at your fingertips. The street is on the M60 bus line (as described in the details of this property) and a simple bus ride from LaGuardia Airport saved quite a bit on a ride share or taxi service. The subway line can be just under a five minute walk depending on the line you need to take around the city – there is also access to another set of subway lines less than ten minutes in the other direction.

The neighborhood was overall lively but never felt more unsafe than the usual night in any large city. We walked several times around the streets of Harlem and all without a hitch. Hopefully that continues to be the case for all guests visiting the Big Apple!!

Overall, a perfect stay in the city! I would recommend and stay at this property again any day!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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St Catharines, ON, Canada

So glad we stayed in Harlem

  • 5 of 5

Mike and Sandy's unit was perfect for our family vacation. The unit is spacious, clean and equipped with everything we needed. The location is awesome, walking distance to great restaurants (around the corner from iconic Sylvia's), and subway station. We bought a 1 week subway pass which was perfect to explore the city. Wine and fresh fruit on the day we arrived was a nice surprise. Highly recommend staying in Harlem, and this unit.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful space to come back to after enjoying the attractions

  • 5 of 5

My Mom, two nieces and I spent 6 days/5 nights here and couldn't have been happier. It was extremely reasonable, well located for access to both the subway and bus. Free street parking(although you do have to move it depending on the day, for street cleaning from 9:30 to 11am. The master bedroom was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. Several amenities were included(free wifi, britta water filter/pitcher, a binder with attraction, restaurant, travel, etc information, coffee maker, plates, glasses, towels...). The owners, Mike and Sandy were always available either in person or by phone, and went out of their way on a few occasions to assist us with parking or information in general. They had great explanations for which subways to use, how to get around, pretty much any question we had was able to be answered. We never felt unsafe, even when arriving after midnight a couple of the nights. I would certainly stay here again, even if there were a closer location to midtown available. Thanks Sandy and Mike!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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CLose to transit. 15 min to Times Square

  • 4 of 5

This was a great little apartment. More suited for 2 people. They have a pull out sofa, but my kids ended up pulling the mattress on the floor to sleep. It was much more comfortable. Sandy was very good host. She always kept in touch and gave us helpful information about the city.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Hope to return!

  • 5 of 5

I chose Sandy and Michael's VRBO as it seemed, after an extensive search, to be the best choice for a 2 bed apartment. I was not wrong. There is a queen bed in the bedroom and a pullout couch in the living room. It is located conveniently in Harlem, quite close to a subway station on the the 2 or 3 line. It is the lower floor of a lovely brownstone. It was easy to gain access and the provided instructions were easy to follow. Though we had more personal contact with Sandy, both she and Michael were responsive, accessible and accommodating. We had several requests of them, a pitcher, a blender, more towels, etc. and each request was quickly and cheerfully met. They went above and beyond expectations with their personal attention and assistance.

The unit itself was great. It was both clean and comfortable! We enjoyed the provided guidebooks and tourist information. There was a in unit binder with all kinds of specific information both about the unit and the city, which was helpful and reassuring.

The bed was comfortable and the bedroom was spacious, with lots of cupboard and drawer space. There were plenty of hangars, a real bonus! There were night lamps on each side of the bed, so nighttime reading was easy. The air conditioners worked well.

The shower worked well and had sufficient hot water for 2 showers in a row.

The kitchen had some basic supplies (tea, coffee, sugar), which was greatly appreciated. The fridge was clean and spacious and the stove worked well. We very much enjoyed being able to have sit down meals at a proper table.

The wifi was faultless.

And, upon arrival we were greeted with a very generous bowl of fresh fruit and a bottle of wine! How great is that?

We enjoyed our comfortable stay in this cosy apartment and were only sorry we had to leave after 5 days.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
Top of the Rock
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
Red Rooster
Apollo Theater
"We highly recommend the Burrata Pizza!"
High Line Park
Central Park
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Sushi Inoue
Gin Fizz
Ginny's Supper Club
Nearest Airport
6.7 Miles
LGA is 15 min by taxi; JFK is 30 min by taxi
Nearest Barpub
0.07 Miles
Cove Lounge, Lenox Social, Gin Fizz
Nearest Ferry
5.5 Miles
Summer ferry to Sandy Hook Beach,Martha's Vineyard
Nearest Golf
6.7 Miles
Van Cortlandt Park, oldest public course in the US
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
2,3 Express Subway (12-15 minutes to Times Sq)
Nearest Motorway
0.9 Miles
125 St. Exit on Harlem River Drive
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Sylvia's, Sushi Yuzu, Lenox Saphire, Babbalucci
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Tuxedo Ridge
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Car: not necessary

2/3 subway 2 short blocks away take you to Central Park in 3 minutes & Times Square in 12 minutes! The M1 bus stops on the corner and takes you down beautiful 5th Avenue/Museum mile and along the east side of Central Park. The M60 bus on 125 St. will take you directly to/from La Guardia Airport in 25-30 minutes or Columbia University in 15 minutes. Yankee Stadium & the nearby Gateway Shopping Center are only 20 minutes away. Subway lines 4,5,6,A (to/from JFK), B,C,D & Metro North railroad (10 min to NY Botanical Gardens/Bronx Zoo!) are also nearby.

Nearby Harlem Local Attractions: Jazz Clubs, Sunday Gospel Masses (e.g. Abyssinian Baptist Church), Historical Landmarks (Apollo Theatre, Mount Morris Park Landmark District, Striver's Row, Astor Row, Hotel Theresa, Langston Hughes House), Marcus Garvey Park (playground, basketball courts, recreation/fitness center & swimming pool). El Barrio/Spanish Harlem & East River Plaza shopping center nearby on 116 St.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

Monthly rates available upon request.
Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Cancellation policy: The full rental deposit amount (minus $100 cancellation fee) is refundable up until 6pm/ET 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the rental period. For cancellations less than 3-6 weeks prior to the arrival date, the Owner will retain the Rental Deposit (50% of the rent). For cancellations less than 3 weeks prior to the arrival date, the Owner will retain 100% of the rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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