I have a medium size single room that is simple, yet comfortable that will accommodate one person. It is the perfect room for the traveler who is just looking for a place to rest for a few nights in any given week. This is a shared apartment that has two other rooms with one room already being occupied by me. The traveler would only have to share the bathroom with one other person, since my room is self-contained and has its own bathroom. There is a shared kitchen and washer dryer.
This room is located on the second floor of my home. It is in a beautiful duplex apartment in Brooklyn that is 15 minutes away from downtown Manhattan by trains. My neighborhood borders both a Jewish and a West Indian community and I live on a small block that is located across the street from a playground and one block away from the Interfaith Hospital. There are post offices, pharmacies, grocery stores, hair and nail salons, supermarkets and other places that provides a variety of amenities nearby. The C train is just one block away & the A trains are two blocks away, the LIRR is also a block away and other means of public transportation are very convenient just in case one does not drive. There is a parking garage that is located three blocks away from my home, also a BP Gas station and a Seven Eleven is located around the corner just in-case one does drive. Furthermore, The Children's museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park and the Botanical Garden are all amazing sites to see while staying at my home.
SORRY THIS ROOM ONLY ACCOMMODATES ONE PERSON, NO EXTRA GUESTS ALLOWED!!! THANK YOU!!
I DO NOT PROVIDE DISH WASHING LIQUID, DETERGENT, TOILET PAPER AND PAPER TOWELS FOR GUESTS WHO ARE STAYING LONGER THAT THREE(3) WEEKS. THESE AMENITIES ARE ONLY PROVIDED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SHORTER STAYS, SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.!!
"A" train is located on Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street - this train goes express to and from Manhattan and also Queens throughout the day until 11pm in the evenings, then it runs local.
"C" this train is located on Fulton Street and Kingston Throope. It runs local (stops at every stop) throughout the day until 11pm, then the A train runs in its place.
NOTICE: I WILL NOT ALLOW GUESTS TO EXTEND THEIR STAY IN CASE THEY NEED TO IF I HAVE TO REMIND THEM TO KEEP THE HOUSE RULES THAT ARE LISTED BELOW ! SORRY IF THERE ARE ANY INCONVENIENCES.
Sorry no pets allowed; No smoking; NO SHOES, since it is a shared space!
THIS ROOM ONLY ACCOMMODATES ONE PERSON, NO EXTRA GUESTS ALLOWED, SORRY NO EXCEPTIONS!!! THANK YOU!!
I DO NOT PROVIDE DISH WASHING LIQUID, DETERGENT, TOILETRIES FOR GUESTS WHO ARE STAYING LONGER THAT THREE(3) WEEKS.
-THESE AMENITIES ARE ONLY PROVIDED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SHORTER STAYS, SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.!! ( THERE WILL BE A DISCRETIONARY SUPPLY OF THESE AMENITIES ON OCCASION).
PLEASE DO NOT WASH THE TOWELS AND LINENS THAT I PROVIDE TO YOU. I WILL WASH THOSE MYSELF. PLEASE, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO REMEMBER!
-THE CLEANING FEE THAT IS CHARGED (10$) GOES TO CLEANING THE SPACE UPON YOUR DEPARTURE AND THE CLEAN LINENS AND TOWELS THAT ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ONCE A WEEK.
- THE CLEANING FEE (10$) DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MAINTENANCE OF THE APARTMENT DURING YOUR STAY! YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEANING UP AFTER YOURSELVES BECAUSE IT IS A SHARED SPACE AND AS A COURTESY TO YOUR ROOMMATES.
-PLEASE WIPE THE STOVE DOWN AFTER COOKING !
- WE DO RECYCLE! PLEASE RINSE CANS, BOTTLES AND PLASTIC CONTAINERS OUT BEFORE THEY ARE PLACED INSIDE THE RECYCLE BLUE BAG - JUST ASK ME!
-EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE TURNS IN MAINTAINING THE BATHROOM AND TOILETS.
- PLEASE LEAVE THE BATHROOM NEAT AFTER YOU SHOWER/ TOILET CLEAN AFTER YOU USE IT -THERE ARE CLEANING SUPPLIES IN THE CABINET BELOW THE SINK (PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ANY HAIR IN THE BATHTUB AND SINK OUT OF CONSIDERATION FOR YOUR ROOMMATES)
- I will occasionally change bath rug and spiffy up the apartment as a courtesy to guest.
-Please remember to turn off the stove before leaving the apartment and before going to bed.
-Kindly switch off all the lights in the living room, kitchen and hallways at nights and upon departure during the day.
Thank You So Much! Enjoy Your Stay!
Free Wifi connection
I stayed at Portia's place for 3 months. The place is close to the A and C subway lines, which brings you to Manhattan in about 30 minutes. I came back as late as 3am and never had any problems despite the low-lit streets.
Portia was very responsive and could be reached by text message when she was not at home. Overall I enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend it to anyone staying in the NYC area.
Portia did fantastically as a host. She made the place very comfortable. The room is as mentioned simple with a closet a bed a bedside table and a mirror. I lived here for a month before my lease started in August.
One downside though was the wifi. It wasn't really a big deal for me because I wasn't there often enough, but the internet router is on the first floor and you're on the top floor so the reception is not the best.
Besides that, great comfy place that does the job and lies close to the subway line.
The positive first:
-Let me start by saying, Portia was very nice and accommodating.
-She was able to help me change my reservation when I needed to shorten my stay by a month.
-Laundry machine in the apartment was a plus!
-The room was simple, as advertised and had everything I would have needed for a quick stay.
-Close to the A/C train which is a really great subway line for getting around.
-Close to a grocery store (Super Foodtown) and Duane Reade
(Which I'll preface by saying that I'm a teensy bit of a germaphobe)
-The pillow, blanket, and mattress seemed really ancient, which grossed me out.
-I saw a couple of cockroaches crawl across the wall that my bed was against.
-The internet was pretty spotty. I was in town doing some freelance work and needed it often. I usually went somewhere else if I needed to get anything done.
Some things that were left out of the description:
-You're staying with Portia's mother and (possibly) one other guest.
-The apartment is right next to the LIRR tracks and my bedroom window was level with it. So every half hour, a very loud train rolls by. Even at night.
-The street was creepy and really dark. The streetlights were rarely on.
As Background: I am a college student that stayed with Portia for about three months while I was interning in Midtown for the summer.
Experience: The place was always very clean and the room was big for New York. I could get to Grand Central in about 35 minutes which is where my office was located. The subway is only a few minute walk from your door.
Neighborhood: I came home often late at night or early in the morning and never had any problems. I'm sure people's comfort level will vary depending on what they are used to. By no means an edgy spot in Brooklyn like Williamsburg, but lots of culture.
The Host: Portia was extremely friendly and only a text away if you needed anything. Her mom lives upstairs with you and is without a doubt the sweetest woman ever. She is a great cook and offered me dinner a few times a months.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and would recommend it to anyone seeking a clean, simple, and comfortable living situation.
Mon séjour a été très agréable chez Portia. C'est une hôte très sympathique même si je ne l'ai pas vu très souvent. La chambre est très bien. Il n'y a eu aucun problème.
Portia made sure that everything ran smoothly with great communication and care for her guests.
Background: College student who was interning in Manhattan while on my school's extended winter break.
I shared the top duplex with Portia's mother and another guest. I mainly interacted with the mother who was very hospitable. The location is very close to the C-Train and not too much further from the A-Train, which I often took as well. I was permitted a section of the fridge and access to the washer and dryer machine during the evening times. In addition to a grocery store, there are a string of fast food/local restaurants nearby (From McDonald's and Chinese to Subway and local eateries). Overall I enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to other guests.
I began my month long stay with one towel from Portia, which I appreciated. Ordinarily it would not have been enough, but it was not a problem since I brought my own (which I would recommend for long stays like mine). I'm not sure what the experience has been for guests who needed to borrow towels or other toiletries since I either brought or bought my own. Also, bring slippers/house shoes, as there is a no shoe policy. There may be a trash can on the lower level of the duplex, which I did not have access to, but there were none where I was staying. At first I found it a bit odd to not have a place to throw away trash within the house, but it was manageable.
The one true criticism someone might have was with a fellow guest. He smoked on the balcony and made terrible messes in the bathroom. Due to my schedule I was not in the house very often but it might have bothered another guest. This is, of course, no reflection on Portia or the rules of her house since they were made clear in the beginning. Again, I enjoyed my stay and definitely recommend it.
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I love living a life that is full of adventure and new experiences. Music, art, foods are all wonderful adventures that can be very exciting to indulge in. Hence, living in Brooklyn enhances the excitement while adding a diversity that never gets dull. In my free-time I love to have a nice lunch or dinner at a trendy restaurant in Manhattan. When I crave a lovely glass of wine and some escargot the place I like to go is Balthazar. I also love sushi and foods that are spicy so there are many other wonderful restaurants to go to for that too. Music, music I love all types of music, especially Latin and world music. I also enjoy going dancing with friends or visiting an art gallery. The Broadway plays are fun to see too and afterwards, going home to Brooklyn is a nice escape from the big city.
Having me as a host would be quite an experience because I understand what hospitality means; I have worked within that industry for many years and I take great pleasure in welcoming guests into my home. Besides visiting a big city and enjoying what it has to offer one also must be able to go home to somewhere that is quite relaxing and soothing to the soul.
I also work as a licensed real estate sales agent; if you are interested in residing in Brooklyn for the long haul I can certainly help you with finding an apartment or home-