About this listing
A budget traveler's dream: comfort, style, subway access, + friendly hosts who've got an arsenal of suggestions and years experience all for a very reasonable price! Plus, 2 dogs to call your best friends for the duration of your stay :)
A budget traveler's dream: comfort, style, subway access, and friendly hosts who've got an arsenal of suggestions and nearly 3 years experience, all for a very reasonable price! Private and semi-private vinyasa-style Yoga classes available for purchase, held in the home studio. Plus, 2 dogs to call your best friends for the duration of your stay :)
:) FIRST THINGS FIRST! :)
Airbnb has a COMMUNITY VIBE. We invite strangers into our home and welcome you as family, while giving you the SPACE AND RESPECT you need on your vacation. As such, we have a few requests when inquiring so that you get a QUICK AND POSITIVE acceptance!
1. PROFILE: Have a PHOTO of YOU, along with a BIO to let us know a little bit about you! (Where you're from, what you do, etc.) Please, VERIFY YOUR ID!
2. TRAVEL: Tell us about your TRIP (travel plans TO NYC, duration, etc.) and any special requirements you may have.
3. AGREEMENT: Confirm you have READ THE TERMS of stay, POLICY on check-in and check-out, and the very few house rules.
4. GET HAPPY!: If we have the space and you've done #1,2,3, we WELCOME you gladly! Hosting people from the around the world is awesome and you've chosen the BEST VALUE anywhere!
Our home is a BUDGET TRAVELER'S DREAM!! A peaceful oasis to crash at while you're out all day exploring the city. Easy subway access to Manhattan on two subway lines- 2,5 at Church Avenue, and easily transferable to the 3,4 trains at Franklin Avenue, and the N,Q,R,B,D lines at Atlantic Avenue.
About the ROOM:: This room is one of two guest rooms in our brand new home in Flatbush, Brooklyn!
This bedroom has…
- queen-sized bed with at least 4 pillows
- closet to hang clothing and store luggage
- a dresser with four drawers
- a high powered fan and a heater
- hair dryer
- TV that operates DVDs only
- a lamp
- subway map
- a huge guidebook with tips and places to visit
- pamphlets from various sites
- magazines and books
About our HOME:: Our 100 year old row-house was gut renovated in 2012. It has only one other apartment downstairs, occupied by very nice tenants. Our apartment has TWO Airbnb rooms, and our bedroom. The apartment is on the second floor and it is very quiet! Street parking is available. The subway stop is 3 quick blocks away, which has the Express 5 (20 minutes to Manhattan- Financial Districts and several transfer points- about 40 minutes to Grand Central Station), and the Local 2 train. For the price, you can't beat the subway access!
For your use, we provide…
- KEYLESS entry! (No keys, much safer; come and go as you please)
- free WiFi
- free luggage storage
- laundry facilities with soap provided
- TV usage in your room with a variety of DVDs to borrow
- iron and ironing board
- bathroom: shared shower and bathtub, body soap, lotion, shampoo and conditioner
- kitchen: pots and pans, utensils, spices, plates, cups, and bowls, electric kettle, toaster
- breakfast: toast, a variety of cereals, low-fat milk, tea, oatmeal
We have two doggies, Oliver and Cookie, who would love to be your best friend. They are well behaved, but very nosy and content to be by your side, or leave you alone entirely.
We would love to have you stay with us! Please remember that this is our home and we are more than willing to accommodate you. Please keep the lines of communication open so we can make your stay as comfortable as possible. Having guests is a great joy because we love meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. You will see in our reviews, and the reviews from our old page, we love to help people and recommend the best New York has to offer. Please let us know if your stay will require anything additional. Welcome to Brooklyn!
Use of the...
shared bathroom with tub and detachable shower-head
kitchen to eat in and cook, and washer and dryer (once we give a briefing on the appliances).
Interaction with Guests
We live here so we are usually home in the evenings. Zach mostly works from home so he around and is available if guests need anything.
Christa is usually available via text message ((website hidden) as well).
About the NEIGHBORHOOD:::
The neighborhood is Flatbush, bordering Ditmas Park and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Our neighborhood is very residential and typically quiet. The ages of the neighborhood are very diverse (young children to elderly homeowners who have been here for 40 years). Flatbush is on the brink of gentrification and has a lot of local charm.
Jamaican food is plentiful (jerk chicken- yeah!); there is also a local donut shop nearby, Thai, sushi, pizza, and Indian food for delivery or a 5-15 minute walk to the restaurant, as well as many chain stores like Dominos, Dunkin' Donuts, IHOP, and Walgreens drug store. There is also a Planet Fitness (handy for Black-Card members!)
Just a 10 minute walk down the road is Kings Theater (built originally in 1929 and shut in the 70s) just under went a $93 million renovation and re-opened in February 2015. It has been called the Radio City Music Hall of Brooklyn, and it is quite extravagant. Restorationists and Architects would be delighted to tour this place and see a concert or show. Many big names come here including Diana Ross, Sarah McLaughlin, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Passion Pit, Gladys Knight, Daniel Tosh, and Broadway-type shows like Annie. We are very glad this has opened here!
Many students, young professionals, elderly, children live around-- it is very diverse and fun. It is very busy, lively and well lit; lots of traffic and people hanging out, loving life. Mostly working-class population, so lots of commuters each morning and night. There are giant housing complexes around; it is a true neighborhood, so smile at everyone and you're sure to get a friendly "good morning!" or "God be with you!" Police station and Fire Station are two blocks away.
Four subway stops away at Franklin Avenue there are many restaurants with burgers, ice cream, vegetarian options, organic grocery stores, bars, coffee shops, wine stores, Thai food, shopping boutiques, live music, poetry readings, and yoga.
We are close to Prospect Park-- our favorite part of the borough, and the biggest reason we moved here! About a 20 minute walk, there is a new ice-skating rink (October-April) and roller skating as well (April-October). It was a $90 million complex! In Prospect Park, there are many large fields for a picnic and trails to walk. There is also a gathering of Food Trucks from May-October every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 11am-5pm, and a long-run Farmer's Market year-round on Saturdays from 8am-3pm. This park was designed by the same people who designed Central Park.
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are a 35 minute walk, or a 10 minute subway ride right to the entrance.
We are close to Prospect Park-- our favorite part of the borough, and the biggest reason we moved here! The Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday, and there are many large fields and trails to walk. There is also a gathering of Food Trucks every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 11am-5pm. This park was designed by the same people who designed Central Park.
We are located by the 2,5 trains at Church Avenue. We are also a 5 minute walk from the SBS 44 bus to Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg. We are near B35 bus, which takes you across Church Avenue. The B,Q trains (south to the beach, north to Manhattan) are a mile (20 minute) walk away.
Other Things to Note
**NOTE: Though our check-in and check-out times are very flexible, it is important to understand that many times, we have guests back to back. This means, if you are coming in on a red-eye flight and are arriving early in the morning, the previous guest may still be occupying the room until 11am. As we work and are not a full-time business (just a couple renting out a room to meet awesome travelers), we may not be able to change the sheets and thoroughly clean the room until later in the evening. If you are concerned about your schedule, please inquire. We may be able to have to room empty and ready by the time of your arrival by not booking for the night before. Additionally, because of time constraints, we may ask that you be packed up and out of the apartment by 11am. You are always welcome to leave your bags, especially for those guests who have late evening flights (Who wants, or COULD, drag all that gear around?!). Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and flexibility!
- This is a non-smoking property. All smoking must be done at the curb due to asthma and allergies.
- Absolutely NO GUESTS who have not been previously approved through Airbnb reservation or in person.
** ^^^ Any breach of these rules may result in a loss of your deposit.
- Dirty dishes and cups can be left in the sink (we will load them in the dishwasher).
- Please wash pots, pans, and knives with the WHITE brush.
- No candles.
- No illegal drugs or illegal activities in person or with web usage.
- No shoes inside of the apartment... There is a stool in the foyer you can use to take your shoes on and off.
- Most importantly to us, please take your shoes off at the door... New York streets are absolutely filthy and we don't want that dirt inside.
- Think Green! Turn off lights and fan when you leave the room; recycle; don't run the water excessively, etc.
- Be nice! :) Have fun, and come to us immediately with any questions, concerns, or problems.
- If you have any accidents, let us know as soon as you can because we can usually clean the stain or fix the problem effortlessly!
- PLEASE WRITE US A REVIEW if you enjoyed your stay-- we are trying hard to build our reputation here at Airbnb, so please be mindful of this! We always leave reviews for our guests!
-**NOTE: Though our check-in and check-out times are very flexible, it is important to understand that many times, we have guests back to back. This means, if you are coming in on a red-eye flight and are arriving early in the morning, the previous guest may still be occupying the room until 11am. As we work and are not a full-time business (just a couple renting out a room to meet awesome travelers), we may not be able to change the sheets and thoroughly clean the room until later in the evening. If you are concerned about your schedule, please inquire. We may be able to have to room empty and ready by the time of your arrival by not booking for the night before. Additionally, because of time constraints, we may ask that you be packed up and out of the apartment by 11am. You are always welcome to leave your bags, especially for those guests who have late evening flights (Who wants, or COULD, drag all that gear around?!). Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and flexibility!
ENJOY YOUR STAY! :) :)
I came with my sister and even before we arrived, we felt very welcomed. Christa is very efficient; she gave us good directions and tips for our stay. She and Zach were friendly and made us feel at home. Also, their dogs are very easy going (and cute).
The double bedroom was accurately described. The bed comfortably fits two and there is good space for the luggage and clothes. The only thing that wasn't as great was the room temperature; since it's summer, the room can get pretty warm even with the fan on. They have been trying to improve this (changed lights to LED)...
Everything else worked very well! It's around 40 minutes to Midtown Manhattan by subway, which is very close to their home. There's also groceries and pharmacies close by, so it's very practical.
Staying here was a pleasure and we definitely consider coming back in the future.
P.S.: Their decor is pretty neat.
Christa and Zach's home was lovely and we felt comfortable there. We didn't get to really meet or talk to them until our last night (of 3 nights), but Christa was easy to communicate with prior to our stay via messages and during our stay by text. Their pups were a delight! And not having to have physical keys to enter the space was really great - one less thing to worry about!
The room was clean and the bed was so comfortable! The only issue I had was with the skylight as the only window in the room. Their listing is accurate in that there is no AC for this room and there is only a skylight, which I failed to foresee how that might be for sleeping (if you're someone who likes it cool and dark like me). While there is a fan, in July on a sunny day the room can heat up quite a bit and become a little stuffy. Also, if you are someone that doesn't wake up very early, the light coming in from the skylight might make those last few hours of sleep difficult, as the skylight isn't on an angle and there is no tinting, so it becomes very bright in the room once the sun is up. Again, this is just personal preference. Their listing is accurate - I just glossed over those details which made for some slight discomfort after long, active, hot days out and about in July.
Overall, great space and friendly hosts! A nice, convenient, affordable option.
Unfortunately, because my personal reason, I just stayed at christa's home one night. So I didn't have enough time to meet with Christa and Zack, and also had no enough time to enjoy the cozy house. Christa is nice and prepared the metro card for me. Room is same as the picture. Thanks for Christa's help and host.
We had the best time with christa and zach. They went over and above the call of duty in terms of the help they offered us! We were made to feel so welome and they did everything they could to make sure we felt comfortable and had a good time in NY. There house is lovely and really handy for the subway. We highly recommend that if you come to NY that you should stay here. Thanks again for having us Christa and Zach we will be back :)
Christa and Zach are such welcoming hosts! Communication prior to our arrival was flawless and they sent us all the instructions how to get to their apartment safely. The room is small but comfortable and the apartment is charming. Let us not forget Cookie and Ollie, the two adorable dogs! The neighborhood is nice and authentic. We only stayed one night but wish we could have stayed more. We also enjoyed chatting about our respective AirBnB host experiences with Christa and Zach.
My friend and I stayed and Christa and Zach place for only two nights, nevertheless it was a really nice and pleasant time. We have arrived at late night and there were no issues with accesing the house.
Christa and Zach have very nice, cosy and neat house. They have very tasetful interior decor which I was admiring each morning:) The room was small nevertheless it was very comfy and clean.
Flat was located very near to the metro station what was another advantage of this place. The neighbourhhood was peacefull and clean.
Christa and Zach were very very nice and helpfull - we had an issue with ordering taxi for our way back to the airport and Christa supported us through all that process. She called taxi company and even monitored if the car is arriving and if we managed to get to the airport on time.
As an addition they have the two most adorable dogs in the world which are very friendly and like to be "massaged":).
If I ever come back to NY, I wish I could stay at their place!!
Our experience with Christa + Zach's home was excellent! Everything was exactly as described, and there were no surprises (which is a good thing when travelling). Not only was the apartment sunny and cozy, but they were also extremely accommodating. Christa eagerly provided us newbies directions and helpful tips to wherever we were going, and Zach acted as our cultural guide- giving excellent insight on the cities' colorful cultural background.
Their apartment is affordable, easy to get to and was a great experience! We love their pups too!
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About the Host, Christa And Zach
Wahoo! Celebrating over 4 years of hosting over 600 people from dozens of nations! Yay!! Committed to giving you the best stay possible at an affordable price.
Christa: 20-something ;) vinyasa-style 200-hr. yoga teacher and a 85-hr. prenatal and post-natal yoga teacher. Also a nanny, and former elementary school teacher. Married to an ambitious artist; cares for two sweet puppy dogs; Wishes she could live outside, 80% of the time. Happy, pleasant, and harmonious. Collects Christmas ornaments, and new plants.
- lists ;)
- miniature pigs, goats, chickens (I hope to have a mini farm one day!!)
- to run, do yoga, and lift weights
- anything relating to the great outdoors
- gardening in our backyard and making our block even more beautiful
Zach: originally from Texas, fine art photographer and videographer (search his name to find his website). Likes cheese, his pups, and New York. Works from home part time, and as an assistant part-time, and loves to visit galleries and hear artists' lectures.
We love helping people navigate the city by sharing useful tips and recommendations of places to eat and see! Hosting on Airbnb is a great experience, as we get to meet so many wonderful people from around the world. We love to learn about other cultures and share ours as well!
We have over 400 bookings in over 4 years!! We have met over 600 different travelers! What a great experience!