A 100yr old charming house with cottage style decor. Conveniently located in a tranquil neighborhood overlooking the historic Kensico Dam, walking distance to Metro North station that will take you into midtown Manhattan in 40 minutes.
Please do note that our house is on a slope and there are 3 flights of stairs leading to the front entrance. Unfortunately, we are not ADA accessible.
We are a late twenty something professional couple who just moved into the house from Manhattan. We recently renovated the guest room and added a brand new full bathroom. It's right by the front entrance of the house so you have complete privacy. You will also have access to our living room, dining room, and kitchen.
House is located in Westchester county. We are a 5-minute walk to train station, where you can catch a train to Manhattan and all that it can provide in 40 minutes. It's close to many nature trails for running and biking, bars, and restaurants.
P.S. I hope you love dogs (or at least you can tolerate them). We have four friendly, playful pups if you happen to want some animal therapy. Alternatively, they are kept away from the main living area so you never have to "deal with them."
Let us know if you have any questions! Look forward to hearing from you!
All cleaning supplies and laundry detergent are eco friendly, natural products (Seven Generation Brand).
Downstairs: living room, dining room, kitchen
Interaction with Guests
My husband commutes into the city for long work hours while I sometimes work from home in my office upstairs. Our main living quarter is upstairs, but you will probably see us in the evenings in the kitchen.
Quiet, tranquil neighborhood with a view overlooking the Kensico Dam Plaza and surrounding forest.
Easy 5 minutes walk to the Metro North Station which takes you into Manhattan in 30-40 minutes.
Getting to the house from Airports:
You can catch the M60 bus at the terminal which will take you to the Metro North Station on 125th St. You can then catch the train to our house.
Total trip time: 75 minutes
Cost: $2.5 for M60 bus + $10-13.5 for Metro North Train
Taxi option: $100/one way, 45 minutes
You can catch the AirTrain to Jamaica Station - Sutphin Boulevard and then transfer to the E train, which will take you into Manhattan, at the Lexington Av/53 St Stop. You can transfer to the 6 train going downtown to Grand Central Terminal (GCT). From GCT, you can catch the Metro North Train to our house.
Total trip time: 2 hours
Cost: $2.5 for the E & 6 trains (free transfer) + $10-13.5 for Metro North Train
Taxi option: $100/one way, 50 minutes (up to 90 minutes with traffic)
***For bookings over 2 nights, airport pick-up and drop-off option may be possible for $30/one way.
Other Things to Note
Public parking on the street.
No shoes. No smoking.
Great host, clean house and ensuite. The heated bathroom floor was great! I had no problem getting into the house although I arrived late at night. Katie was very accommodating.
Close proximity to the Valhalla train station was very convenient. A few restaurants and gas station for food and necessities across the street from the station.
I would definitely stay here again if I were in the area.
I stayed at Katie's home for one night prior to an interview in Valhalla. The guest area (including private bathroom and shower) was very clean and cozy, and is accessible right from the front door. It was a little chilly in the guest room in March, but there is a space heater available for use that quickly warmed it up. Katie's puppies were totally harmless and were fun to play around with before I left in the morning. Would definitely recommend staying here!
Katie was very welcoming and hospitable. The room and bathroom are to the side of the house and very private and I was able to get some much needed rest. The bed was very comfortable. They also have a nice list of things to do around the area and also a train schedule in the room. It's very easy to take the train from their place if you want to get into the city. Overall, a very nice place to stay!
This was my first Air BnB experience and it was a great one. The location is right above the train stop in Valhalla making it very easy to get into NYC. The room and bathroom were perfect, you just walk in the front door and private entrance to the right. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an affordable way to stay in the area.
Really enjoyed staying at Katie's place. We didn't have a lot of contact during the stay, but she was very welcoming and helpful and the place was comfortable. I would recommend staying here!
The room and private bath are very clean and attractive but also very small. The bed is very comfortable - better than at any hotel. I did not get to see Katie but she did call me during my stay to make sure everything was okay. I briefly saw Jason, who showed me where the kitchen is and how to get hot water for my tea. It is a very steep climb up to the house - some 30 steps and getting my suitcase up there was a challenge, particularly since it was snowing when I arrived and the steps were a bit slippery. I like dogs but was a little intimidated by the barking, even though Katie reassured me that there was nothing to fear. I was visiting my father who lives in Valhalla and I had a rental car so being near the train station was not an advantage for me but for people wanting to go into the city, it is very convenient. The downside of being close to the station is that you hear the train whistles which, if you're a light sleeper, can wake you up. Earplugs would be a good solution to this problem. Overall, I think this is a fine place to stay if you just need a comfortable place to sleep.
Super comfy bed which was all we needed as we were at a conference from early morning until late at night. The stairs are not as bad as others make them to be--I would advise not wearing high heels though. We didn't get to meet our hosts but we appreciated their thoughtfulness of providing extra toiletries in case we forgot ours.
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We are a couple of late twenty-something professionals who live in the suburbs north of New York City. I am finishing my PhD (so close...) at Columbia University and Jason is a software developer at a financial startup in downtown Manhattan. We have four super friendly puppies (Paulo, Teddy, Creswell and Saul) and we love travelling and hiking with them.