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.
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.
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.
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.
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!