About This Listing
Comfortable one bedroom apartment with separate entrance located on the ground level of our historic home in South Orange, New Jersey. South Orange is a vibrant commuter town located 30 minutes by train from New York Penn Station, 15 minutes from Newark Airport and 1 block from Seton Hall University.
One bedroom basement apartment located on the lower basement level of our home with a separate entrance. A large living room area has a flat screen TV with cable TV. A separate bedroom has two single beds that can be combined to make a king plus the sofa bed in the living room pulls out to a full size pull out bed. The full bath has a shower. There is a table for meals and working. The galley kitchen is well stocked and has necessary equipment (full size stove/oven, microwave, toaster, and coffeepot). There is also a laundry room that you are welcome to use.
Guests are welcome to use the laundry facilities.
Please note that the basement is in the lower ground level of our home so you must enter and go down 4 steps to gain access to the apartment door.
Interaction with Guests
We frequently host guests in our home and welcome the company. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable!
South Orange is a vibrant New York City Commuter town with a direct 25 minute train into Penn Station, mid-town Manhattan. We are less than a mile from the South Orange train station and only 20 minutes away from the Newark Airport.
In addition to its proximity to New York City, the Village of South Orange has much to offer including many unique shops, restaurants, pubs, a movie theater and its own Performing Arts Center. South Orange is also home to Seton Hall University which is just one block from our home.
The train station is 0.8 miles (9 blocks) from our house. It takes most people about 15 minutes to walk to and from the station. If you prefer not to walk, there is a "jitney" van service that can pick you up and drop you off at the end of our street during morning and evening commuter hours.Our train is a direct 30 minute train into Penn Station, NYC. If you have a vehicle, there is off street parking in the driveway.
Other Things to Note
After the first two guests, there is a 20 charge for each additional guest. There is also a 35 dollar cleaning fee. If you wish to have cleaning on a weekly basis including a sheet and towel exchange please let us know so those arrangements can be made in advance. The fee is 35.00 per week for the cleaning service to come in.
Please no smoking in the apartment. Also note that we have a large in-ground outdoor pool located at the rear of our home. Due to a number of concerns the pool and surrounding pool deck areas are not included in the apartment rental. We appreciate your understanding our concerns.
Jen was a good communicator and responded to any questions quickly. The neighborhood is lovely with some really amazing homes. Seton Hall main entrance is right across the street and downtown is just a 5 minute ride. The rooms were clean and comfortable. I'm 6'4" and needed to duck a little coming out of the bathroom to avoid hitting my head on a pipe but we would come back. We had an issue where our stay coincided with some renovation work being performed in the entrance hallway resulting in some fumes that were unpleasant. Jen reimbursed us for the inconvenience so I don't feel the need to lower the overall experience rating to lower than 4 stars as everything else was fine.
We have enjoyed our 10 days stay in this apartment, which is as described, very convenient, cosy and spacy, located in a charming Victorian district especially at spring when trees are blossoming.
20 minutes walk to the train station and the shops and restaurants, 20 minutes drive to interesting hiking wild areas so close to New York (the great swamp national wildlife refuge, the south montain reservation), 1H30 to Philadelphia, a couple of hours to Atlantic city and the Jersey shore... In short, a strategic place to enjoy the best of New Jersey.
We just regret that we did not have the opportunity to spend more time with Jennifer and Jerry, which have been very welcoming and attentive (lights and nice music on at our arrival).
Terrific place and Jennifer was super helpful and accommodating. My daughter and wife stayed here while touring Seton Hall. Look forward to staying again.
About the Host, Jennifer
We are avid travelers and enjoy hosting and exchanging stories with fellow travelers. We have been home exchanging and hosting for many years so have come to love the experience of traveling while staying in a real home. We have made many friends throughout the world through our travels.