historic, sun-filled + spacious

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226, United States

Our spacious apartment has high ceilings, lots of light and wide views over the city. Located in a historic Brooklyn building, it comfortably fits four people and is one block from the subway (25-30 min to Manhattan) and close to Prospect Park.

The Space

This is a spacious 1.5 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment on the 7th floor of a prewar building. The home was totally renovated in 2011, but we preserved the 1920's detailing. It has high ceilings, lots of light and great sunsets, and views (some more distant than others!) of the Verrazano Bridge, Greenwood Cemetery, Prospect Park, the Empire State building, and even a peek at the new 1 World Trade Center. This is a place where you can relax and have space, not just a place to sleep.

We really love our building, which used to be a residential hotel (rumor has it that some of the Brooklyn Dodgers stayed here). The 9-story building is conveniently located on the same block as the B and Q (express) trains, 2 stops from 7th Avenue station in Park Slope and 5 stops (25 min +/-) into Manhattan, with great views of the Brooklyn Bridge as you cross into the "other" borough.

Beautiful Prospect Park ("Brooklyn's Central Park") is two blocks away, with a lake, running and biking paths, and plenty of green places to explore, as well as the new Lakeside ice skating rink. Two blocks away are Church and Flatbush Avenues, with many places to buy produce and delicious food. Ditmas Park -- with lots of great restaurants, coffeeshops, bars, live music and a farmer's market -- is a 15-minute walk through tree-lined Victorian Flatbush. Also within walking or short subway- or bike-ride distance are the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Central Library and Saturday Farmer's Market at Grand Army Plaza, and the new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets.

There are two separate bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed, one with an tall queen-sized air mattress. The master bedroom with queen-sized bed is at the end of the apartment, and the second bedroom is set between the front hallway (through a wood pocket door), and the dining room on the other side (through glass French pocket doors, with an interior curtain for privacy). There is also a queen-sized mattress in a pullout couch in the living room, if needed.

In the hot months, there are two window air conditioners and a window fan installed. With those, plus the living room ceiling fan and a floor fan, the apartment stays quite comfortable.

Clean linens and towels are provided. Free use of the wireless internet, fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, and the washer/dryer. We have a cat, whose presence at the apartment is negotiable.

Though there are two elevators in the building, unfortunately our place is not wheelchair accessible. This includes the shower -- located in a deeper-than-average cast iron claw foot bathtub.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Location A+, so convenient to the subway. Very clean, open and comfortable living space. This was our first Airbnb booking and we will use it many times in the future.

    April 2014
  • Lovely lovely home and very comfortable. It is all exactly what they said it would be. We felt very welcome and comfortable. Brendan and Miriam were very gracious hosts. Nice kitchen, the bed was comfortable. BEAUTIFUL handmade quilts all over. Very spacious.We had a wonderful few days there!!

    December 2013
  • This apartment was exactly as pictured. It was sunny, spacious, and conveniently located to trains and Manhattan. In addition, the building was safe. Although I did not meet Brendan or Miriam, they were great about communicating with me and we very accommodating I would definitely stay again!

    November 2013
  • Brendan and Miriam have such a beautiful home and my friends and I were very happy staying there. It was very spacious, clean and welcoming. We felt like we were home! We will definitely keep them in mind next time we are in Brooklyn. :)

    November 2013
  • We loved it!

    Miriam and Brendan's place is lovely; immaculately clean, spacious and clothed in natural sunlight. My girlfriend and I spent two night there as a break from Manhattan and it was perfect. Miriam and Brendan made booking easy and were always responsive to our queries.

    As a measure of their generosity, Brendan even did me the favour of cycling half-way across Brooklyn to drop off a phone charger that I have left behind - Thanks again, Brendan!

    If in Brooklyn, their place is a must!

    October 2013
  • Brendan and Miriam's apartment is amazing. It is beautifully decorated, spacious and comfortable. Even though we did not get a chance to meet in person it was a very easy experience. I was visiting NYC with my parents so we spend most of the time in the city but it was treat to come home to the apartment at the end of the day. The access to the B/Q subway makes it all easy. Highly recommended!

    October 2013
  • Brendan and Miriam are awesome. The apartment is great and they were super hospitable hosts. Great location next to Prospect Park and the subway.

    September 2013
  • Perfect apartment! My roommate and I stayed for three nights. Just a couple minutes to the subway, which took us to all of the touristy locations within 30 minutes.

    Their neighbor Katie gave us the keys to the apartment when we arrived. She was very kind and understanding when were delayed due to traffic. We met Brendan (and the cat!) right before we left. He was nice and very easy to talk to both before and during the visit.

    August 2013
  • Too cute!!! The apt was exactly as pictured (except the MBR didn't have a 4 poster bed) and we loved it! Really gave us the feeling we were locals! Location was just a block from subway -4 stops to Barclays (where we were attending 2 concerts). Brendan was a gracious host & answered all of my questions promptly. The only negative was the noise from the subway.The a/c drowned out some of the noise, but it was still loud in MBR (but not in 2nd BR). But, that's the trade-off for being close to subway (which we wanted). Thanks Brendan & Miriam for sharing your apt!

    August 2013
  • My husband and I recently spent almost a week at Brendan's and Miriam's very nice apartment. It was very hot outside but the fans and window air conditioners kept the apartment very comfortable. It's very convenient to Prospect Park and the people in the building are very friendly, The apartment was very clean and well-appointed. Brendan was flexible and very responsive. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in Flatbush near the park but it is fairly convenient to Manhattan too since the subway is just across the street. They also left us a list of restaurants, grocery store, etc., that we used quite a bit.

    July 2013
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University of Pennsylvania, The New School, Amherst College, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Hello! We're Miriam and Brendan. We live and work most of the time in Brooklyn, and love using airbnb for our own travel and showing other travelers what we love about New York. We're both in the nonprofit world, Brendan in affordable housing (with an immigrant financial services tech startup on the side) and Miriam in workforce development. We'll tell you more about ourselves when we meet you, hopefully over a cup of your favorite beverage.
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