Artist's Ditmas Pk 5 bedroom house

House - Entire home/apt · Rugby Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226, United States

A city house with country flair and artistic elegance is waiting for you on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn, the new Manhattan - minutes from the subway and close enough to all you want to see.

Your host, Rick
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A city house with country flair and artistic elegance is waiting for you on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn, the new Manhattan - minutes from the subway and close enough to all you want to see.

The Space

This is the perfect property for a large group of people visiting New York for whatever purpose. The house was built in 1919 and is 17 feet by 80 feet with three floors that include an elegant finished basement - totaling 10 rooms. It is artistically furnished and designed, but changes can be made per your request to reflect your needs.

The house is beautiful. I grew up here. Though, there is a certain rustic aspect in the basement rooms. Some guests
have commented on it. These rooms are in a basement with high small windows and pipes. But it is elegantly finished with a comfortable temperature always.

This is my home and is not a hotel.

Tourists: the subway (Q train) is a 3 minute walk - see below for times to some of New York's popular venues

Family gatherings - great when traveling to a wedding or reunion for it is a wonderfully decorated house with a large dining room, elegant kitchen and living-room and even a sun room to have those fun conversations and even family dinners. There are enough televisions and computers to entertain and also there is a family feeling emanating. In the winter the gas fireplace adds charm.

Business gatherings - the dining room is great for meetings and if you are traveling with a group of five - each can have thier own bedroom and then simply go downstains to a beautiful dining room that serves as conferance room. However, the rooms aren't hotel rooms and do not have private bathrooms. There are two bathrooms with showers and one half bath.

The kitchen can serve a banquet but the nieghborhood is lively and has many shops and resteraunts you may need within minutes walking.

Victorian Flatbush boasts large houses from early last century - this 100 year home sits on a quiet block with birds chirping and children playing. It also has many bars and clubs and is now attracting artists and yuppies because of it night life and beautiful homes.

There are three bedrooms upstairs; two have double beds and one has a double futon. There are room in the two large ones to fit single futons if required. The two other bedrooms are on the lower level ( as I said elegantly finished basement). One bedroom has two beds that can remain separate or slide together to form a queen - they are heavy beds and do not move. The other room has a double airo-bed. These rooms are quaint and admit-tingly small, but comfortable and rent separately when the house is not rented to great reviews - see listings for quiet room 1 and 2. But still they are basement rooms and you know you are in a basement. This totals nine sleeping very, very comfortably as long as there are 3 couples. In addition there are 2 single futons and a double futon that can be distributed around the house to accommodate if there are more singles or more quests in general. Remember there is a great deal of flexibility to switch things around; in addition in the living room there is a comfortable couch. I often sleep on it in the winter because the room has a fabulous working gas fireplace. The house is large and roomy obviously. As stated above there is a formal dining room with a very large table for meetings. Two of the bedrooms can serve as offices. There is high speed internet access and regular internet with possible printer access if requested on one computer, as well there is a large sun-room sitting area in front with rocking chairs looking onto a tree lined block. By the way the kitchen also is wonderful for dining and it is elegantly designed with Quaker handmade cabinets, green granite and my own paintings and photographs adorning the marble and wallpaper facades.

We are minutes from the subway and many, many restaurants and night life. This is area has become one of the places to go in Brooklyn according to Timeout magazine -
Many restaurants line Cortelyou rd which is very active at night.

The bedrooms upstairs are all air conditioned and the first floor is air conditioned - the lower level is not but is really a basement, remains comfortable in both winter and summer. The rooms have space heaters and of course the house is heated by steam and gas.

Sometimes when the entire house is rented I may stay in the studio in the back which a separate building. This is totally and completely your call and I would discuss it with you. I would need to use the bathroom by the kitchen. There are three bathrooms. But usually I drive upstate to my country home or arrange to travel during rentals. But let's discuss this upon contact. Also I am not too fond of this so I have other alternatives.

Remember this is a beautifully decorated house in a quiet but popular area with many shops and easy access to Manhattan.

I do say 16 can fit - I have rented once that way - but that would be for a special group who do not mind tight quarters. There aren't 16 beds and sleeping bags would be required. I would only be willing to do this in certain circumstances.

This is my home and I love it - miss it when I am not there.

You are welcome -

Prospect Park is .8 miles down the block and it is was built by the same architects as Central Park.


High Speed Internet - WIFI
Use of entire house except separate studio which was once a carriage house.
washer and drier
living room
two flat screen televisions
one regular television
full range of cable channels
all amenities

Restaurants in area

- The Farm (simply prepared dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients)
- Mimi's (delicious hummus)
- Purple Yam (Filipino pan-Asian)
- Cinco de Mayo (Mexican)
- San Remo Pizzeria (pizza & Italian)
- Cafe Tibet (delicious Tibetan food)
- Sycamore (flower shop by day/bar at night)
- The Castello Plan (wine bar w/ dinner & weekend brunch)
- Kumo (Japanese)
- Catskills Bagels (NY-style bagels)
- Quathra (coffee shop)
- Cafe Madeline (coffee shop)

Manhattan is a subway ride away

• Q train line
• Easy transfers to 2,3,4,5,LIRR from Atlantic Ave
• To SoHo (28 mins)
• Union Square (25 mins)
• Herald Square (30 mins)
• Times Square (35 mins)
• Central Park and Columbus Circle (about 40 mins)

The space can fit 14 people with four couples or people willing to share a bed - but it is perfectly comfortable for 9-11 with three couples. There are five separate bedrooms - a total of 10 rooms.

If you have any questions or special needs just email me -

Smokers may not smoke in or anywhere near house. They must go around the corner or to one of the benches on the corner.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my home which I love- at first I did this only for the money now I enjoy also showing my home and meeting wonderful people :)

Guest Access

An entire house

Interaction with Guests

I leave that to the guests - but I enjoy meeting you. I love meeting new people and have become friends with some of my guests.

The Neighborhood

It is the city with a country flair!

Getting around

The subway is a minute away - Manhattan is at your fingertips -

Other Things to Note

The wifi code is pride Not Prejudice (phone number hidden)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 16+
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 16
Extra people: $50 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $1000
Cleaning Fee: $140
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • A very clean, and artistic style house with many bedrooms which can accommodate our 20 people filming crew. Quiet and safe neighborhood which is 3 minutes walking to the subway station. The host is an extraordinary friendly, nice and a warm person. We had a very smooth shooting there!

    July 2014
  • We stayed for four nights with the parents of my son's fiance from Spain and my son and his fiance/now wife. We enjoyed the neighborhood and made many fun meals which we enjoyed together at the big table. On a cold night the fireplace was lovely. We had a couple of excellent meals in the neighborhood also.

    May 2014
  • Rick really is the perfect host. When we arrived he had to leave the same night for his own New Year holidays but found plenty of time to show us around the house and the interesting places (restaurants, bars, shops, ...) in the vicinity.
    The house itself was perfect for our group of 11 people, 2 families with 7 children, youngsters and adolescents (ages 6 to 22). 5 comfortable bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets. We immediately felt ‘at home’ in this lovely house.
    A minor sanitary problem was fixed by Rick from a distance, even while he was miles and miles away from us.
    Flatbush, Brooklyn is a great neighbourhood, with the subway at less than 5 min. walk from Rick's house, bringing you to the center of NY - Manhattan, Broadway, Central Park, ... in about 35-45 min.
    Everything you need is ‘just around the corner’ : Chinese, Sushi and Italian restaurants (and many, many more), both take-away and delivery-at-home, Dunkin' Donuts, a late nite Superior Deli, grocery store, backery, pharmacy, convenience store, ... you name it.

    An absolute recommendation for a perfect stay in the Big Apple !

    January 2014
    Response from Rick:

    One of the wonderful benefits about being an AIRBNB host is the ability to travel. Just in case something occurs guests are able to reach me by text. I keep international text and phone on. Phiillipe texted and.called that one of the pipes was leaking. He was in manhattans still enjoying the day when I got the message. I easily had my maintenance person Manuel there waiting when they arrive back at the house that evening. It was fixed immediately..

    January 2014
  • Rick is a wonderful host, very welcoming and kind. As we arrived, he showed us around the beautiful neighborhood and pointed out to his favorite restaurants and grocery stores, which was very helpful.
    The area is very nice, safe and quite, it feels more like a village there. Not very close to Manhattan, but a great base to explore Brooklyn. The subway station is a minute away.
    The house itself is quite big and has a vintage atmosphere. It is well lived in so you feel like staying in a family house rather than a hotel or a apartment designed for short-term rental.
    The upper bedrooms are very cozy, the basement ones are really rustic with low ceilings, pipes and no windows. I stayed on the second floor and was quite happy, my colleagues who stayed at the basement did not like it that much. However all the rooms were functionable. Moreover the host does not try to hide the rustic character of the basement rooms, which is fair.
    The fireplace in the living room is very beautiful!
    Overall nice experience and reasonably priced for what you get.
    Thanks Rick!

    November 2013
    Response from Rick:

    Basically there are two rooms down the basement She misunderstood her colleague. EACH ROOM HAS A WINDOW. I tried to make it cozy and put up curtains. The ceilings are lower than traditional ceilings but there is plenty of room and in the rooms you need to stand on something to touch them The pipes are painted green and some have commented that they lend atmosphere.

    November 2013
  • Clean, Well-maintained house in Brooklyn; everything in working order and very close to some excellent restaurants. MTA subway stop within very short walking distance for easy access to Manhattan. Quickly responded to all communication, would recommend without hesitation.

    November 2013
  • Our large group (five couples plus a few babies) was coordinating a brief reunion in NYC, and Rick's house fit our needs perfectly. The house was well-kept and had plenty of space for us to spend time together while kids were asleep. Neighborhood was also very active and fun for adults (unique restaurants, etc.) and kids (playgrounds/parks). The location was convenient to public transit for people travelling to Manhattan or airports, and parking was easy for those who drove. The basement rooms were a bit musty, but otherwise accommodations were great for our large group.

    September 2013
    Response from Rick:

    The house was great when I returned. I do have an DE-humidifier in the basement. I was in Tunisia when I made the booking. I was on a self contained cycle trip for a magazine. The prior guests, a movie company actually - see the the trailer Hell's gate - 60% filmed in the house - for some reason turned off the DE-humidifier. I always make sure it is on and I even air out the basement with fans and such before a guests arrival -

    But I am glad they really loved the house -

    September 2013
  • Rented Rick's beautiful home for a family reunion weekend.. It was absolutely perfect; everyone was comfortable and happy with their accommodation, and thrilled with the neighborhood, which had loads to do in walking distance and was a five minute walk to the train. Rick was a gracious host and provided everything we would need for a lovely stay. I would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone looking for a great experience in the area.

    July 2013
  • Ricks house was just as shown and he was very accommodating. He was interested in us and offered assistance when we needed it. The home was beautiful and just right for our group, as well as being very conveniently located. It was a very short walk for both food and to get to the subway. I would absolutely recommend this home and rent it again if needed.

    May 2013
  • Rick was a fantastic host -- very accommodating & helpful.

    House is his childhood home & you can tell that he really loves it!

    Overall, rooms were nothing fancy, but comfortable & clean. He was able to accommodate my 2 small children with little futon fold-out beds which were perfect.

    Neighborhood was fantastic & proximity to subway was perfect!

    May 2013
  • Im großen Ganzen ganz ordentlich.

    May 2013
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Erasmus Hall High School
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I am a writer and actor living and creating alone both in the city and the country - best of both worlds. I have had success but my most most recent joy is writing awareness plays, producing, performing and directing them for the New York City school system - delightful. Check out www,(website hidden). As well discover my channel on youtube, key words: pridenotprejudic (no final e) I also enjoy writing and performing for the New York theater scene. Another joy is getting to know people - I traveled to over a 100 countries and delight in meeting and keeping in touch with as many interesting humans as possible. My passions are classical music, theater, bicycling, swimming laps and walking in the woods and Manhattan or Brooklyn - the new Manhattan.
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