*** FEATURED AS ONE OF THE TOP 25 BROOKLYN APARTMENTS ON AIRBNB'S "Best of Brooklyn" LIST! **
Come find out why there's a waiting list of friends who want our apartment if we ever move out - but why would we? It's got:
• Charm to spare: hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, original moldings and fireplaces and that greatest Big Apple rarity - SPACE! There's a big living/dining room, super cheerful kitchen, and beautiful bathroom. Plus, one of us a professional dancer so there's even a mirrored studio with hula hoops! (It can also be used to host additional members of your party - we've got a full-sized air mattress.) Design is one of our passions, so every detail down to the light bulbs has been lovingly considered. It feels open and fresh in the warm months and cozy and inviting in the cold ones, providing a tranquil contrast to the lively streets below.
This listing is for our big bright bedroom, which is actually two rooms because it has a sweet, cozy office attached to it. Please note that it's only available when we're out of town.
• Location: Just a four minute-walk from the G, ten from the A/C line, and 1-2 blocks from major bus lines, so it's easy to get around.
- 6mn subway to Williamsburg (+4mn walk)
- 13mn subway to TriBeCa (+10mn walk)
- 15mn taxi to Lower East Side (unless it's
- 4mn subway to famous Brooklyn Flea
Market and beautiful Ft. Greene area with
gorgeous parks and fantastic bar/restaurant
scene (+4mn walk)
There are great little coffee shops and restaurants (and a little shop with the most surprisingly delicious vegan baked goods) popping up all around us and we're convinced that our neighbors (a wild mix of African-American, Caribbean, and hipster) are the friendliest in the entire city. Bed-Stuy is still repairing its reputation from the days when rappers Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. were growing up here, but it's come a long way and we've always felt safe and welcome.
• A natural-born hostess: I'm the girl who was always asked in school to show the new kids around. I love sharing - food, stories, experiences, suggestions - with people and take your well-being seriously. I'll give you as much privacy or guidance as you need to be happy and comfortable.
Some other goods: insanely fast internet connection, ample street parking, amazing homemade Jamaican food downstairs, a super charming little Siamese cat (she's hypoallergenic and a dynamite conversationalist). We don't have a TV, but we've got books and DVDs that you're welcome to enjoy. (we use our laptops for the latter.) Please let us know if you've got any questions!
We're laid-back and considerate and hope you are too. We've got to be fanatically clean in the kitchen to ward off six-legged friends, so please keep that in mind.
Pets are allowed on a case-by-case basis. They (and you) must tolerate, if not enjoy, cats.
Jacqui is a great host. Alway quick to reply and very helpful with al types of information.
The apartment is big, spacious and kept very clean, but the layout of the apartment is not that good. We knew we had to share the kitchen and bathroom with another couple living next door, but found out that we also had to share the living room with the other couple. As we left early in the morning and came back late is was not a big deal but never the less a surprise.
As we only were to use the apartment as a place to sleep and shower it was important for us that these facilities was ok. Sadly they were not. As the rest of the apartment these were poorly maintained. There was almost no water pressure and the water could not get as hot as we wanted it to get. Jacqui told us that the it would be looked at quickly. We don't know if any one looked at it or not, but it did not get fixed. The other important thing for us was the bed. Our daughter had an airbed to sleep on and that was fine. We had discomfort of sleeping in the bed. That only happened two nights. The bed was terrible. You can feel all the springs and it is so worn that there is a big gap in the middle that we both rolled in to. The springs made noises every we moved. We actually woke each other up several times. So we ended up sleeping on the floor on a weird mattress that was in the office. It was a bit hard lying on the floor, but better than the bed. The rest of the apartment is poorly maintained. The pictures does not lie, but there is no way you can see how badly the over all state of the apartment is, by looking at the pictures. It is not just an authentic look, it is close to be worned out. It really needs some tlc and a professional contractor. Not just a quick fix here and there.
The location of the place is good. It is about 20 minutes to manhattan. We were driven to and from the airport, så we can not say anything about the trip to and from the airport. Be aware that you can only get a taxi by calling one, if you want to leave the apartment by taxi.
Our stay at Jacqui's apartment had its ups and downs for the four of us. The apartment looked almost exactly like the photos, although a lot of things were rearranged and in different orientations. Upon our arrival, another airbnb guest greeted us at the door, which was something we did not expect. The photos and description definitely made it seem to us that we were getting a full apartment (not shared), but that is not the case. There is an additional room OUTSIDE of this apartment that has access to the common spaces (and no locks on the private room/office). We also found some parts of the apartment weren't as clean as we'd hoped. Our big problem was that the doors between the office and the master bedroom do not close, and when were able to get one of them partially closed, we found out that it had clear glass in it, so there was no privacy between the two rooms. HOWEVER. We wrote back and forth with Jacqui about our complaints and she agreed to giving us our cleaning fee back (plus extra) in order to make our stay more enjoyable. Jacqui's communication was pretty good, and she was willing to be accommodating with our questions and concerns. The apartment is also fairly convenient for traveling to both north Brooklyn and into Manhattan. We were able to go up on the roof and enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline, which was a definite bonus. All in all, the apartment met our needs for the 5 days that we stayed there.
Everything has been amazing. I have no words to describe how kind was Jacqui and what a wonderful host she was ( we never got to meet, she answered fast any request by e-mail or sms) and how great our experience has been. We spend there a mont and a half with my husband while apartment hunting in NY and I have to say, that anything we saw compared to this apartment looked small and ugly. If we had had the chance to rent this apartment for the whole year, we would have done so. It is spacious. well decorated, beautiful, spacious. It really feels like home. The niegbourhood is great. Lots of nice people, very familiar. On your second day people is all ready saying hello and good morning by the street. Not gentrified ( but it looks that it will be soon). Nice shop just on the corner for basic shopping and a couple of supermarkets two blocks further. The street can be a bit noisy though ( well, while we were there the street was being rebuilt so I guess our experience was a bit different than the usual) but it feels that it can noisy anyway mainly because of the cars. However, for us that was not an inconvenient at all. We slept like babies every day. .One thing you need to do if you stay at Jacqui's place: there is this small place down Nostrand on the AC gate direction: Doubles and Bakes. Please go there and it what they have there. One of the things of being in this was to get to know the west indian community, they are a really open an welcoming community. In short: if you go to NY and your intention is to stay in Brooklyn, go to Jacqui's apartment. I truly recommend
Beautiful, beautiful space :) loved staying here! There was an awesome little grocery shop right down stairs as well! Jacqui was awesome and gave great instructions! The space was very close to the subway this was very helpful and we had a free spot to park our car the whole time!
One thing we didn't realize was we shared the kitchen and bathroom with another bed room, when jacquie said she would not be around we assumed we had the place to our self. When my boyfriend and I were getting ready to go to bed another Airbnb Couple arrived and we were a bit confused! They turned out to be super nice and it was not a problem at all, but I do wish we would have known just so it wast a surprise :)
Ma famille et moi avons adorés séjourner chez Jacqui. L'appartement est très agréable, le quartier est vraiment sympa typique de Brooklyn, la station de métro de la ligne A et C est à quelques mètres sur Nostrand Avenue. Nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Jacqui qui est une personne super sympa et qui est à votre disposition pour la moindre question. Nous avons pris le métro pendant 15 jours à n'importe quelle heures sans avoir aucun soucis. Il nous est arrivés de rentrer à 3h00 du matin en metro nous n'avons jamais été importuné. Les new yorkais sont des personnes ouvertes, très sympa. Il règne une atmosphère musical, convivial et chaleureuse sur Nostrand Avenue. Merci Jacqui pour la découverte de ce super quartier :-)
First and foremost, Jacqui is excellent at communication. She responded promptly to our initial request and to any questions. She has clearly put thought and effort into being a good host.
The apartment is a 4th floor walk up in a nice neighborhood. My family and I walked pretty much anywhere at any time with no concern. The apartment is fresh and clean, very tastefully and sparsely decorated - just right. There is lots of space and great light, especially for what is laid out as a one bedroom. The only issue I had was the bed - it is very soft, like a queen sized down pillow - probably the softest bed I have ever slept on. I have back issues and the soft bed did me no favors. My wife, on the other hand, had no problem with the bed. Jacqui provided an air mattress and linens as a second bed for our daughter. The kitchen and bathroom are fine - water pressure is very low - that could be due to the utility work going on in the area of it could be just an old building in Brooklyn.
We enjoyed the Civil Service Coffee Bar (formerly the Tiny Cup) and Bedford Hill Coffee Bar for morning coffee. The scones at the latter were especially good.
All in all, this was a great experience for us. Jacqui is a thoughtful and pleasant host and the overall value is outstanding.
These has been my first airbnb experience and i must say it couldn't have been better. I decided this trip very last minute and the correspondence with Jacqui was quick and easy. Her little castle is bright, spacious, clean and very comfy. Great area, good connected to public transport, very local and friendly, with some nice coffee bar restaurant spots nearby. Highly recommended!
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I'm a UK native based in New York and Los Angeles, working internationally as a theater artist and actress. Glad to share my favorite New York performance venues and spots for wellness and good food.
I'm caring for this apartment temporarily for my dear friend Jacqui, which is why you'll see the reviews so far reference her as the host.