Due to the many inquiries I receive, please note the following:
1) A PHOTO IS REQUIRED FOR A RESPONSE.
2) Do NOT contact me for December or New Year's before Nov. 20th.....I rarely book more than a month in advance.
3) Please read the apt. description carefully. Many of your questions will be answered here. I also have certain requests and if you read on, you will see them below.
4) I prefer to have some communication with potential visitors before I accept a reservation. Thus it's best to contact me first before placing a reservation request.
5) I have way more requests than I can handle. I'm a longtime Airbnb host and try to do my best for each guest and inquiry. It may take me a while to reply to you. If you don't hear back, try me again. I also rent out my back room separately here on Airbnb. If you are traveling solo, you may have better luck booking that with me being here, rather than asking for the entire apt. for yourself. And of course, it's cheaper.
6) The apt. is NOT child-proofed (no bars on the windows, etc). I generally do not accept small children for this reason.
Now, about the apt.:
Lovely pre-war apt., light and colorful, homey, on the fabulous Upper West Side. Although this is a 2 BR apt., I generally close off the 2nd BR (which is my office) if there are only two guests, so I can store things back there and make more room for you. If you are going to require the 2nd BR, please let me know in your initial message. The BR has a queen sized bed.
I'm on a high floor in an elevator pre-WW II building. The apt is very light and airy with beautiful old wood floors, high ceilings, moldings and other features of the great pre-war Apts. (like a huge tub). The apt. has everything except a dishwasher: HD TVs and cable in the living room and bedrooms, ceiling fans in every room, box A/Cs in LR and BR, wifi, hair dryer, iron, wi-fi, Linens and towels are provided. Laundry service is available downstairs (for a fee). Unfortunately, like old pre-war apts. the wiring and plumbing are old. The apt. has window box air conditioners and they are not the most efficient in cooling off an entire apt. Your room will be cool, but the bathroom and/or kitchen will not be air conditioned. If you are American and used to central a/c, this may not be the best choice for you. If you are European, you'll be fine :)
I live here, so the apt. is pretty full with my stuff. There will be extremely limited drawer and closet space. If you're coming with a lot of luggage, this is not be the place for you - I prefer guests who bring one suitcase per person. There just isn't that much room for all of you and your luggage, especially if it's more than two people.
The kitchen is tiny (see photos) but very functional, including fridge, sink, gas stove and oven, coffee maker, blender, microwave & toaster (no dishwasher). If you want to do a lot of cooking, and have all your meals in, this is not the ideal apt. for you. (the fridge is small). If you plan to eat out much of the time, or bring in dinner (I have tons of take-out menus), and just prepare breakfast here, the kitchen would be fine for you.
Neighborhood: This is simply a great location on the Upper West Side. It's a fabulous, safe, green neighborhood. Stores, restaurants, supermarkets and bars galore. There is a 24-hour diner 1 block away, a 24-hour drugstore across the street, etc. Broadway tends to get quieter at night, but parallel Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue have lots of bars and nightlife.
It's a 2 min walk to the closest local subway, and 4 1/2 blocks from the Express train. The bus downtown is across the street. The crosstown bus is also a 2 mins walk.
The Central Park Reservoir jogging/walking path is a 7 minute walk.... Churches, synagogues are within a couple of blocks. Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, frozen yogurt, salad bar, fresh bagels, good Chinese food, organic food store, large supermarkets, cheese and vegetable grocer, kosher food store, about 10 restaurants are all within a two- minute walk.
You can walk to The Museum of Natural History (1/2 mile), and it's 1 mile to Lincoln Center. The Met and other East Side Museums are across Central Park (a 20 - 30 minute walk). TImes Square is 2 1/2 miles away, a hour walk or a 20 min. subway ride or a 30-40 min. bus ride.
Noise: The apt. faces Broadway, which is a business street, so there is street noise; including a garbage truck which comes by late at night to pick up garbage from the local businesses. At some point you will hear them, but they are only around for a few minutes. If you are a light sleeper and go to bed early, you may want to bring earplugs. If you can't tolerate noise at all, this place is not for you. My windows are charming pre-war windows, but alas - pre-WWII builders did not make "soundproof" windows. These are the old-fashioned single pane style. If it's summertime and you have the A/C on, that will help block out any noise.
Heat: The heat is regulated by the building according to NYC laws. In other words, you cannot regulate the heat yourself. If it's too hot, you simply open a window - there is no heater to adjust. Old NYC buildings tend to run hot in cold weather (i.e. be overheated, and dry). I have the heat turned off in the bedroom because it's generally too hot in there otherwise.
House rules: No outdoor shoes in the apt. No heavy perfumes or aftershaves (due to allergies). Absolutely no smoking. No pets (I love them, but again, allergies). More rules are below.
Please write with any questions.
If it is a couple, the 2nd BR will be closed off.
There is a drop-off laundry service downstairs on the block.
I prefer guests use their own cell phones, and not use the apt. phones.
Interaction with Guests
If I am here, I will interact with the guests; meet them, check in to make sure everything is okay. Otherwise we communicate via phone, (website hidden), texting, etc.
Close to 2 major, green parks, close to the River; lots of stores, restaurants, museums within a few minutes walk. A neighborhood with lovely old buildings and brownstones. Close to a jogging track.
1, 2, 3 subway trains very close by. C and B trains about a 10 min. walk away. buses run outside the door. No free parking except on the street and street cleaning alternate side parking rules must be observed.
No outside shoes once in the Apt. (too much dog poo and pee around).
No heavy perfumes or aftershave.
Please only eat in the living room and preferably at the table, not on the sofa!
No food in the back room.
Any stains, food on floor of bedrooms, etc. will result in holding back of your security deposit.
No partying in the apt. and no outside visitors without prior permission. You need a LOW PROFILE to stay here. If you don't know what that means, please ask.
Lastly, you may not use the computer in the apt. Bring your own laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. (wifi is provided). You can rent computer time at a store one block away. If I find evidence the computer was used, or that the modem/router was tampered with, you'll forfeit some of your security deposit.
Robin was great. She explained everything very clearly before we came. The keys were left at a very nearby doorman, easy for me to pickup because I got in late at night. The location was clean and convenient. Definitely recommend!
Первый раз арендовал жилье через этот сайт. Непривычно;) квартира идеальна по расположению - рядом с центральным парком. До метро 5 минут пешком. Хозяйка очень заботливая. Необычно было жить в квартире, где повсюду лежат вещи хозяев: косметика в ванной, полотенца хозяев, личные вещи... Чувствовалось присутствие хозяев каждую минуту;) для меня это необычно.
Robin was very friendly and accepted our reservation upon short notice. The first night she ended up having to stay so we got a price reduction for that night. The location is great however the apartment is very cluttered and a little messy.
Erika reserved on extremely short notice and I did not have the time to prep the apt, straighten it up and clean it as well as I do when I know in advance that I will have guests. I explained this to her and she was okay with it. [I was about to vacuum the bedroom when they arrived, and she told me not to bother.] Yes, the apt. is a little cluttered (it's in the listing notes), but it is always clean and the photos are accurate.
Between the two of them, someone bled on the bedsheet and it soaked thru to the mattress cover. I wasn't happy about that, but was able to get it clean.
We didn't have a chace to meet her, but everything went smooth and she answered all questions quickly. Her nest was very homely.
We found this property was in a handy location and well priced for Manhattan. It has a good amount of sunlight. I would probably only recommend it comfortably for a couple or 2 adults and a child as the 2nd bedroom (study) requires a blow up mattress and was quite uncomfortable for my mum. There was no space for putting away clothes in drawers or cupboards as the apartment is very much in use by the owner and tends to be quite a squeeze as there is a lot of stuff. Overall however we enjoyed our stay & Robin was very friendly.
I'm sorry to hear Katy's mum did not have a comfortable sleep on the the airbed. All that Katy commented on is in my apt. description, which is quite detailed, so there should have been no surprises there. I'm working on a better 2nd bed solution that what I currently have. I wholeheartedly agree with her - the apt. is better suited for a couple , or two friends who don't mind sharing the queen bed; or younger people who are less sensitive about their sleeping conditions. I ask everyone to read the apt. listing very carefully to understand what to expect from their stay before they commit to a reservation.
Robin is a great host! We booked a trip at a short notice with no problem. Robin was travelling but responded right away and was able to arrange for someone to meet us. The communications were clear and instructions helpful. The apartment was clean and welcoming. The area is great for anyone who wants to live and explore the city as a true New Yorker.
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I'm a full time musician, part time Real estate mogul! :) I love to travel and have friends in all parts of the world. One of the customs I picked up in my travels, and which I exercise in my home now, is the practice of removing outdoor shoes after I enter my Apt. (thanks to the Danes and Japanese!).