Ready to experience Brooklyn from a unique, tree-lined neighborhood just minutes away from prime Manhattan destinations? Let me be your host and guide.
AVAILABILITY: It's always worth your sending me a note about your expected dates. I sometimes offer the option of booking a single bedroom/single bath and an additional sofa bed.
•2nd floor of a sprawling three-story Victorian house.
• Master bedroom and bath (with tub, but no shower) plus small bedroom/private bath (with shower) just off the living room. NOTE: I have just replaced the single bed with a queen size. Opens onto deck you have all to yourself - if you'll water the plants.
• Living room has pull-out sofa that sleeps two.
• Kitchen, dining room, long sleeping porch/sitting room.
• High-speed wifi; A-C
• Five min walk to Q train ; two blocks to Prospect Park (An Olmstead gem!); Wonderful restaurants, farmers market, music 3-4 blocks.
I also rent this space two other ways: Small bedroom plus bath; Small bedroom/bath with a sofa bed in the living room.
MY NEIGHBORHOOD gets called Victorian Flatbush, Ditmas Park, Kensington. Whatever you call it, this eclectic 1908 suburb is where you'll find The Sophie’s Choice House next to an Italianate Villa, an orange and green Japanese pagoda half a block from a Southern Tara Mansion. Every house evokes a different architectural style, compressed within the five by two block Prospect Park South historic district. L Magazine ranked Ditmas Park #7 on its list of most "13 Most Livable Neighborhoods" in Brooklyn, using a must debated ranking system -- depending on how much of a "hipster" you are.
EASY ACCESS TO MANHATTAN via a six-minute walk, safe all hours of the day and night.
• Times Square/Theater District (35-40 mins)
• Easy transfers to Westside 2,3, Eastside (Museums!) 4,5,and LIRR at Atlantic Ave
• Canal Street/Chinatown (20 mins)
• 14th Street/ Union Square (25 mins)
• Herald Square/Penn Station/Macy's (30 mins)
MY BLOCK made L Magazine's "Brooklyn's Five Best Blocks to Live On", probably, because in addition to unique victorian homes, we're two blocks from Prospect Park, Brooklyn's answer to Central Park, complete with a skating rink, summer performances, ((website hidden)), and miles of bike and running paths.
What makes this turning-hipster neighborhood so unique is its breathtaking diversity. On the streets you'll experience residents from every corner of the globe. Take a look at some of the restaurants, from high-end foodie destinations to first generation immigrant favorites, all within 3-4 blocks:
• Eclectic slow food, seasonal - The Farm on Adderly transformed Cortelyou Road. (Long lines for Sunday Brunch!)
• Fantastic hummus with from an Israeli perspective -- Michelen-rated -- Mimi's Humus (website hidden)
• Great coffee -- Quathra ("NYC's Best Coffee House" NY DAILY NEWS) or Cafe Madeline (Great breakfasts. Cozy hangout)
• Filipino/ Pan-Asian food so good the President's chef took the train up for brunch -- Purple Yam
• Mexican -- I grew up on the Border (Cinco de Mayo & La Huasteca)
• Thai -- AM Thai Bistro. Church Avenue's entry into hipness
• Tibetan -- Have you ever eaten a momo? -- Cafe Tibet
• Bar/flower shop/music venue -- Sycamore. Good enough for the Boradway cast of "Hair".
• Wine Bar w/small plates -- The Castello Plan (music Mondays)
• Sushi -- Kumo (Japanese)
• Etc....just ask me.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||5 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$1000 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$3000 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
We travelled to USA as 2 British couples and Cates beautiful home exceeded all of our expectations! I printed off Cates directions to the street and passed them to the driver from JFK which helped keep the cost down to $46 in the yellow cab. The whole apartment is clean, bright and homely and reflects the character of the 1908 house which we loved. We’ve been back to work for 3 days and I’m still raving to colleagues about our trip and the houses we stayed in… If you want a host who will keep in touch and a property that is real Brooklyn / New York you should have no hesitation in staying here. As Brits wary of New York’s old reputation we walked, used the subway and busses without any problems, always feeling safe, and in the process meeting real New Yorkers. I’m more on edge in London. The Subway into NY is an adventure… because of the subway's layout not the location, we had speedy and interesting people watching trips into town and soon realised our leg of the trip to Manhattan was not much longer than someone travelling within Manhattan and we had the bonus of the view over the bridge on the Q line. Tip is to get the weekly pass if you’re there for any length of time and go for it… the subway is way more complicated than London underground … but that’s Manhattan as a whole and not related to the trip from Church Avenue which is straight forward, we travelled back at 12.30am after clipper cruise without any problem. As a couple this was our 3rd Air stay and so far every home has been amazing. We’re getting used to the feeling of entering someone’s home and feeling like and intruder, the couple we travelled with found this strange but Cate made this easier with clear closet space and permission to use kitchen herbs etc… which we did and enjoyed the late night cooking facilities. We felt we had ample space and privacy with the bedrooms at both sides of the apartment, 2 bathrooms, giving total privacy and we had the bonus of the terrace room, a cool relaxing space particularly on a night after a long day, chilling with candles and vino. M & G had the master suite, a huge comfortable space looking over the quiet street with ensuite. Aircon in both rooms was effective and welcome in 93* heat. The whole house was amazingly quiet, better than our house on a morning with busses passing and reflected the location in a residential area of Brooklyn. We respected Cates request to minimise noise in the living room on an evening.. This wasn’t an issues, we were usually out late and the central kitchen counter in the perfect chat space on return.. We met neighbours up and down and noise was never an issue, from us or them. A long reflection but honest and appreciative of AIRBNB host, we’d stay...
This is a really large apartment in a good location in Brooklyn. The street was very quiet and safe- we were woken by birdsong instead of traffic which was quite a surprise in the middle of NYC! The main problem we had was that we couldn't use the living room at night without disturbing the downstairs neighbour. We found this quite hard as one of the bedrooms leads off the living room. Having said that I was able to contact Cate and she sorted out any glitches very quickly - Cate is excellent at communicating and this made things much easier. It is not an all-mod cons sort of apartment but is more of a quirky, arty place with lots of lovely books and Cate is an excellent, very friendly and helpful host. Also it was extremely hot whilst we were there and I am glad to report that the air conditioning / fans worked very well.
I cannot say enough about our amazing experience with Cate and her wonderful apartment; it was everything we hoped for and more! She was a delight to work with, strong and caring communication, no problems at all during our stay and was very flexible. Her thoughtfulness was such a delight and made our entire visit very memorable! We loved her neighbors, the neighborhood and felt very much at home. It was really a retreat and her love for books was inspiring. Thanks SO much Cate, Kim and everyone at Airbnb!!
Very nice,OLD Apt.Really old!
Great location,quiete place,with possible parking,
a little problems with buthtub.Neighbor from the first floor very picky
with a noise!
Nice strong bed,but can't open windows for the fresh air.
Cate's home is located in the very desirable Kensington section of Brooklyn, very close to Manhattan by train and car, but not so close that it's impossible to park. The home is an older home so it comes with the charm and some of the quirks of houses built in the early 20th century. Our family stayed in Cate's home over the Thanksgiving holiday and was very happy with her responsiveness and our overall experience.