The guestroom bed  (with different sheets--who knows what color you'll get?)The bed is a confortable queen sized futon placed on a slightly smaller futon and frame.
Astoria w/ private bathroom & yard! (legal, too)
Astoria w/ private bathroom & yard! (legal, too)

Private room

3 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Our basement guestroom apartment is cozy, clean, and self-contained. You have a comfy bed, a small private bathroom (with small shower), and a small backyard connected to your room. You share our entrance and walk through our house to get to your room. We're very close to the subway (N & W). Almost all 5-stay reviews. Plus, this is a legal NYC rental.

Please do not request a reservation without airbnb reviews or if you are asking to rent our place for somebody else. Those will be declined.

The space

Welcome to our warm and beautiful New York City home in Astoria, Queens! We're very close to the subway. The guestroom is private. It's nice but not fancy. Access to the guestroom is through a common entrance and living area and down a flight of stairs. You can come and go as you please, day or night, without worry or bother to us.

Since this is our home, and it is the big city, we do vet who stays here. Please tell us who you are, including your full name, and (briefly) why you're coming to NYC. We've loved all our guests and would like to keep it that way.

Your room is very self-contained, like a private studio apartment. You have your own bathroom (shower and toilet--the sink is in the main room), backyard, fridge (help yourself to a beer if you find one), and our washer and dryer. Of course we provide clean towels and sheets and wifi.

Our house is a typical 1920s brick Queens rowhome. In some ways, we're stuck in the past: we have no TV, microwave, car, or air conditioning. The basement is a bit more "modern" than the rest of the house but still very nice.

Honestly, what we call character (record player? too many bicycles?) you may just find odd, old, or rough around the edges. The basement floor, for instance, is painted concrete. We cover much of it with oriental rugs, but the whole place could use a paint job. Kind of like Astoria, comes to think of it.

You'll have your own keys and can come and go at any time. We have a small library of New York City maps and books (including ours) well suited to first-time New York visitors. We especially welcome people from other countries!

Fresh air and a small bit of natural light come in through the door and bathroom window in the back, but there are no other windows. The small backyard gets a little bit of direct sunlight in the morning.

The guestroom is ideal for one or two people. Or even a couple +1. But there is an extra charge per person. We welcome the adventurous solo traveler!

The main bed is a queen-size futon on a slightly smaller frame. The second bed is a surprisingly comfy fold-down-flat couch.

People tend to sleep well -- one guest described it as a "sleep cocoon." Not bad for New York City!

What's the catch? Really, nothing. Though we could probably charge more, but we're not desperate (or greedy), and we like the people we’ve hosted.

New to NYC? Welcome! Just so you know, temperatures in New York City can range from 38C (100F) in the summer to -9C (15F) in the winter. Of course we have heat for the winter. But we do not have air conditioning. There are fans, but in July and August New York can be really hot. You can safely keep the backdoor and window open for fresh air. The basement is the coolest part of the house in the summer and the warmest part of the house in the winter.

Guest access

Your private room includes a bathroom, washer, dryer, fridge, and backyard. To get to your room, which locks from the inside, you pass through our dining room, living room, a flight of stairs, and my office.

Interaction with guests

Just enough! We're friendly and non-intrusive and always happy to answer your questions, but we're generally busy at home writing and will leave you alone. Our home is relaxed and safe and peaceful and we hope we can help you feel... well... at home!

Other things to note

LATE ARRIVALS are not a problem.

Our home is pet free (and no, you can't bring yours). Allergies should not be a problem. I'm very allergic to cats.

We have horrible mobile phone reception for ATT (but you can get a signal outside). All other carriers are OK, but not great. Our wi-fi is fine.

Also, our friend Katie house-sits for us if we're out of town (she's mentioned in some of the reviews).

Finally, this rental is completely legal. New York City has made it tough for some people to rent through Airbnb (because some people run illegal hotels through airbnb). We own our home, live here, and get along with our neighbors. Nothing shady. This rental is 100% NYC legal.

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Room type: Private room

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

We're not picky, but please take off your shoes at the front door. (Feel free to bring your own slippers our borrow some of ours.)

There is no smoking in the house, but feel free to smoke whatever you want in the backyard.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

2 nights minimum stay

60 Reviews

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Vincent User Profile
June 2016
Zora and Peter were warm and inviting. The location in Astoria was great and the cozy indoors were filled with great books and quirky finds from their travels. I really enjoyed hearing about Peter's research and writing. There's a good amount of privacy, given the room's basement location. Highly recommended!

Stephanie User Profile
December 2015
Staying with Peter & Zora was excellent! They are really cool, interesting folks, so definitely make time in your trip to chat with them for a bit :) Their home is right off the N train, and it was really convenient getting into the city. The neighborhood they were in also had a bunch of great gems all around.

Katharine User Profile
October 2015
A great room and excellent hosts, providing brilliant directions and other information. Friendly and comfortable in a lovely neighbourhood. Highly recommended!

Judy User Profile
October 2015
Peter & Zora made us feel very welcome, and we enjoyed talking to them. The bedroom was spacious & very clean, and it was fantastic having access to a fridge, washer & dryer. We didn't use the back yard, but appreciated having the door open for fresh air (the weather was wonderful). We loved Peter's sense of humor and whimsy on display throughout the apartment. The location was absolutely perfect for us - just a short walk to our daughter's new apartment, subway stops, restaurants & shops. It was great to have a private bathroom, but it was a bit on the tiny side. I just pretended that I was on a cruise ship. Excellent experience & value. Highly recommend.

Mike User Profile
October 2015
Peter was a great host. Both he and Zora made me feel very comfortable in their home. The apart is nicely located in a very safe area in Astoria close to many shops and restaurants and to the subway which makes it very convenient to commute the city. The room/studio itself is large with everything you need since everything has been meticulously thought through. They are very sweet, caring and attentive hosts and I can strongly recommend staying at their home. I would definitely stay again at their place if I get the chance

Ed User Profile
September 2015
Enjoyed our stay at Peter's charming space in a vibrant section of Queens. The room - and house - is full of character. Bed is comfortable, and it's definitely nice to have access to a refrigerator and private bathroom. Peter is a considerate host and provided us with plenty of maps to the city. There are books aplenty to read in the room, including Peter's own writings. We hope to stay here again.

Leslie User Profile
September 2015
Another great stay with Peter & Zora in Astoria. Highly recommend!
Peter User Profile
Response from Peter:
Thanks, Leslie. It was great having you! I'm glad your trip went well. We hope to see you again.
September 2015

New York, New York, United StatesJoined in December 2009
Peter User Profile

We like to think we're good hosts. I teach and write. My wife is also a writer. We both cook a lot.

We're friendly and non-intrusive. We're always happy to answer your questions but will generally leave you alone.

Our home is relaxed and peaceful and we hope you'll feel... well... at home!

Languages: Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Nederlands, Ελληνικά, العربية
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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