Cozy w/ private bathroom and yard!

House - Private room · 28th Rd, Queens, NY 11102, United States
Peter

Our basement guest room is clean, private, and self-contained. You have a private bathroom (w/ shower) and backyard (both are small). Plus we're very close to the subway. 45 great guests can't be wrong. Plus, this is a legal NYC rental.

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Our basement guest room is clean, private, and self-contained. You have a private bathroom (w/ shower) and backyard (both are small). Plus we're very close to the subway. 45 great guests can't be wrong. Plus, this is a legal NYC rental.

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.

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" 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. There is also a small library of New York City maps and books well suited to first-time New York visitors.

Since this is our home, and it is the big city, we probably won't rent to you if this is you don’t have any Airbnb reviews. If YOU ARE NEW TO AIRBNB (or even if you're not), please tell us (briefly) who you are, including your full name, and why you're coming to NYC. We've loved all our guests and would like to keep it that way.

Fresh air and a bit of 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 sunlight in the morning.

The guestroom is ideal for one or two people. Or even a couple +1. But there is an extra charge for each additional person. We love solo travelers! The main bed is a queen-size futon. The second bed is a surprisingly comfy fold-down-flat couch.

People tend to sleep well -- one guest described it as a "sleep cocoon," which is very nice for New York City!

What's the catch? Really, nothing. For one person, it's quite a bargain. And though we could probably charge more, but we're not desperate (or greedy), and we like the people we’ve hosted.

From another country? Temperatures in New York City can range from 38C (100F) in the summer to -9C (15F) in the winter. The basement is the coolest part of the house in the summer and the warmest part of the house in the winter (you're by the furnace). The summer heat is not a problem 50 weeks of the year, but our house has no air conditioning. If you’re here during a summer heat wave, it can be hot. On the plus side, there are fans, and you can safely keep the bathroom window and backdoor open for lots of fresh air.

[Also, this rental is completely legal. New York City made it tough for some people to rent through Airbnb (in an attempt to shut down places trying to be sneaky hotels). The laws criminalizes most apartment rentals. As an owner-occupied house, rest assured, this rental is 100% NYC legal!]

Guest Access

Your private room which includes a bathroom, washer, dryer, fridge, and backyard. You'll pass through our dining room, living room, a flight of stairs, and an office.

Interaction with Guests

Not too much. 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!

The Neighborhood

ASTORIA is a safe and interesting neighborhood known for great food (particularly Greek, Mexican, and Middle Eastern). There are numerous cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, and fruit stands within a block or two.

Getting around

SUBWAY (N and Q) is just around the corner and run every 5 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes all night (yes, it is safe). It's a 10 minute ride to the first stop in Manhattan (Lexington and 59th Street), 25 minutes to Times Square, and the end of the line -- the mighty Atlantic Ocean and Brooklyn's Coney Island -- is a butt-numbing 75-minute ride.

We're also close to LaGuardia Airport and the M60 bus that takes you there.

If you arrive by Amtrak train, we're about 30 minutes by subway from Penn Station (and Grand Central).

FLY into LaGuardia or JFK if you can, not Newark. A taxi to LaGuardia takes 10 - 15 minutes. The M60 Bus to LaGuardia Airport (30 min) is three blocks away. (One guest even walked to the airport, with luggage, in 30 minutes! Though that is a little crazy.)

JFK is 80 minutes away. Newark Airport is a pain to get to and taxis there are prohibitively expensive. You can get to Newark on public transportation, but it can take two hours.

We do not have PARKING. Street parking is safe, but at best it is very hard to find a space (at worst it can be impossible). We do not have (or want) a car. We don't really like them.

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. Of course we have free wi-fi (medium signal).

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

And yes, we have a working smoke and CO detector for our guests' safety.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
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  • We had a lovely stay at Peter and Zora's. Their place is in an adorable and convenient neighborhood, and they were friendly and hospitable to us to a level that went above and beyond. If you seek a laid-back, private space to yourselves with a laid-back "host family" to match, search no further. Yay Queens!

    June 2014
  • Comfortable and private, clean and quaint. Great location in Astoria, very short ride to LaGuardia. Cozy would absolutely describe it! It's what we hoped for and expected! Private bathroom and shower are a HUGE plus! Note that if you want a TV, there is none available. But they have lots of books to choose from, including their own! Peter and Zora are wonderful hosts of a great home. They provided great advice when asked but were never in the way or made us feel anything but welcome. Thanks! We look forward to returning and we will be sending family!

    June 2014
  • Peter and Zora were helpful and fun. Their place is a pleasure to stay in--private, quiet, and filled with cool details. Very comfortable bed. Their house is a short walk to all of the wonders of Astoria, culinary and cultural, and a ten-minute subway ride from the city. Highly recommended!

    May 2014
  • Peter and Zora are thoughtful hosts. The accommodations are comfortable; pleasantly and creatively decorated; and private. Also, the reasonable price is much appreciated. I look forward to staying with them on my next trip.

    October 2013
  • We loved our stay in this beautiful part of Queens, Peter and his lovely wife Zhora where fantastic hosts, extremely helpful at all times. I would highly recommend this place, a perfect base o explore New york.

    October 2013
  • I've stayed with Peter several times. He's a marvelous host, the place is a great deal, and I love the neighborhood. And just 15 minutes by train to Midtown.

    September 2013
  • Can't thank them enough! Peter is a very generous and caring host. My second time staying here (with a couple of years in between). In season, home grown grapes - a special treat. Excellent location for the traveler (access to subway, wide variety of food, 24hr market, foot traffic). Very quiet street. The apt is very nice and very roomy, but the bathroom could be too small for some. I look fwd to my next trip and highly recommend this spot.

    September 2013
  • Peter was super accommodating to my crazy last minute travel changes. The space is terrific, and it's a great way to explore the neighborhood.

    August 2013
  • We loved our stay at this place! They really make you feel at home and the house is wonderful. We loved having our own bathroom and terrace. And the area is great, everything you need is within a short walk. Also very close to the subway, which takes you to Manhattan in no time!

    June 2013
  • Another trip to our 'second home' in Astoria. We love everything it has to offer (both the apartment and the neighborhood) and can't wait to return!

    April 2013
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We like to think we're good hosts. I teach and write. My wife writes travel books. 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. And I don't speak all those languages, but between the two of us, we can get by in them. Our home is relaxed and peaceful and we hope you'll feel... well... at home!
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