About this listing
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 25 minutes fr Manhattan
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 their own bedroom and then simply go downstairs to a beautiful dining room that serves as conference 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 neighborhood is lively and has many shops and many, many restaurants 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 on the main Road half a block away 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 and single aerobeds if required. Upstairs 4 can sleep in each of the two big bedrooms with one couple in each room and the smaller room can fit one couuple. 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. The other room has a double airo-bed. These rooms are quaint and admittingly 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. I have enough extra beds and a couch upstairs to accommodate 12 people sleeping in separate beds or 16 with couples. Check the reviews I had 18 with a 5 star review. 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. But I never enter the house without your permission.
Remember this is a beautifully decorated house in a quiet but popular area with many shops and easy access to Manhattan.
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
two flat screen televisions
one regular television
full range of cable channels
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)
- Indian restaurants
- 3 new resteraunts I need to find out about -
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 16 people as I explained above with four couples or people willing to share a bed - but it is perfectly comfortable for 10 with four 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 :)
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.
It is the city with a country flair!
The subway is a minute away - Manhattan is at your fingertips -
20-25 minutes World Trade
25 minutes to Canal Street = walk up Broadway - see the city
35 minutes to time square
Other Things to Note
The wifi code is pride Not Prejudice (phone number hidden)
This is a very quiet, high end neighborhood -
There is absolutely no smoking in the house, or on the property at all. I tried to allow smoking in a small area in back but it causes problems because there is a boy with asthma in close proximity and 5 children and a women with a severe allergy to smoke. Because of this also standing in front of the house or on the steps is also not allowed.
Smokers must walk around the corner, or go to one of the benches on Cortelyou Rd (half a block away) - a very busy, safe block. It is fun to people watch there.
The back door is not to be used except as an emergency exit or to take out the trash. There is no use of the backyard or side driveway. There are young children's windows close. No loitering in the back.
No parking in driveway. But you may block the space in front of the driveway on the street.
These rules are designed to offer you a safe stay without feedback from neighbors. My neighbors are fine people, but large groups of people can disturb without intent of course, so I am trying to avoid issues.
Rick was a very warm-hearted host! He made our 7-people family trip abroad feels like home.
The house turned out to be exactly as described - spacious, fully-equipped and beautifully decorated. Rick helped set up all the beds according to our requirements.
The check-in process was very smooth. Even though Rick was in hospital on that day, he asked his friend to wait for us in the house, showed us everything, and even called personally to make sure things were going well.
The neighborhood was quiet, safe, beautiful, and super convenient - 3 supermarkets nearby and full of organic foods and various restaurant options. Plus it's very close to the subway station so it's just a few stops from Manhattan.
The check-out process was very easy too. If I'm with a big group in NYC next time, I would definitely book Rick's apartment again!
Rick graciously let us into his home and welcomed all us for the day. The apartment was tidy, clean and very comfortable. You could very easily feel at home. Our host was very knowledgeable about the area and was genuinely interested in our work. I would highly recommend staying with Rick in his beautiful home.
Rick was really generous in allowing me and my friends to stay at his place for a couple of days. He really cared and made sure we were comfortable when staying over. There was plenty of room for us to sleep and hang out. All of us loved it, and greatly appreciated him having us over.
Photos of property are an accurate portrait of this adorable little property. Don't let the outside fool you. The inside is spacious AND warm. Feels like home.
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About the Host, Rick
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.