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.
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
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)
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 :)
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 -
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. There is no use of the backyard or side driveway. There are young children's windows close.
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 very helpful. He met us, gave us a tour of house and neighborhoodand showed us how everything functioned. Six of us rented this house for a family reunion. We had a fine time here. Great access to subway, parking on street within a block or so of the house. The house is cozy, with a gas fire in the fireplace.
Two bedrooms on the second floor are very comfortable: large sunny rooms with nice double beds.
Please read all the other reviews. Sarah and her family were four hours late and did not even want a tour of the house. There is an empty closet in the room they said was too small upstairs. And one has a choice of beds: a single aerobed or a futon. I work with my quests. I never had complaints about this room before. All bedrooms are comfortable – even the “primitive” rooms in the basement – they are quiet clean and very comfortable – and there is also an empty closet for suitcases. A banister is not required for the basement steps for there is a a ledge. Sarah’s ninety-five year old mother got down there without a problem. Besides Sarah did give me 5 stars for each category. Read the other reviews! Any concerns let me know..
Rick's Ditmas Park house was exactly as described. The pictures are accurate as is the description. If Rick says it, believe it. My wife and I, our two daughters and their husbands, and their six children (ages (phone number hidden)) for a total of 12 were in Brooklyn to celebrate our son's marriage in Manhattan on Valentine Day's weekend. I had talked to Rick previously and the house was set up exactly as I had requested for sleeping arrangements. He was very accommodating to our arrivals and was extremely helpful about neighborhood food and travel arrangements so that when we arrived and parked in the neighborhood, we would not have to move the cars again until we left the city. He was also very accommodating about a later departure time on Saturday in case the little ones caused any of us to be late leaving after a late night of celebration on Friday. There was a glitch the first night in that the furnace literally quit working during the night and we woke up to a 57 degree house. I restarted the furnace four times and it stopped four times before I finally called Rick. He was extremely distressed and assured me that the problem would be taken care of as quickly as possible. The oil truck arrived shortly and we discovered that he still had plenty of oil in the tank. He arranged for a furnace repairman, and he, himself, came back to the house to make sure that the place would be warm upon our return from the festivities. I should say that he did all of this this upon the opening day of his play off Broadway which he wrote, directed and starred in. We could not have asked for more. His aim is to please his customers and I have to say he did so! I would stay there again if the need arises for another family function.
I book Rick's house for 5 ppls and they all love this place! Its very artistic interior design and fully equipment facilities make us feel like being home. And Rick himself is very nice and helpful,we love you Rick!
After my colleague of 5 ppls moved out,the left 8 of us moved into Rick's house and understood why they all love this place. Everything is perfect and strongly recommend to whom want to live local,enjoy local in NY.
Just got back from Rick's home and absolutely LOVED it!
We had 8 people staying there and it was a great size and layout for us all to have privacy in our bedroom areas and a large communal space on the main floor. The house has a very large kitchen (maybe not by suburban standards, but it's HUGE for New York) that is fully equipped with everything we needed to cook meals. It stayed perfectly heated to warm up our California bones after days in the city sight seeing. All of the beds were very comfortable and showers stayed hot no matter how many people used them. The house has plenty of towels, sheets, toiletries, etc. We were also lucky enough to be there during Christmas time, so in addition to all of the beautiful sights of Manhattan we got to come home to a beautifully decorated house and tree!
The neighborhood was perfect as well. Steps from the subway, tons of great restaurants, grocery stores, CVS, everything we could possibly need. It is very safe, and we all felt comfortable walking home/around in the evening. You could easily spend a few hours just walking around the neighborhood admiring the beautiful Victorian houses.
The subway closest to the house is a major line that takes you directly into the city in just a few minutes. If it doesn't go exactly where you want to be, it's the easiest to transfer from. If you choose to cab it it's still fairly inexpensive and Rick suggested a great car service for airport trips. It's also really easy to get to JFK from this location.
As a host, Rick was so accommodating and generous. Before arrival, we spoke on the phone at length and he answered every question I could possibly think up. He really goes out of his way to make sure that you have the best New York experience possible and gives great suggestions of restaurants, shows, off the beaten path sights to see, etc and is just a really cool and interesting person in general. It felt like we were going to be staying at a friend's house that we had known for ages. When I arrived, I felt like I already knew my way around everything. My soon to be in-laws were the first to get there and Rick showed them everything they needed to know about the house but also took them for a stroll around the neighborhood so that they could get acclimated.
Rick is very easy to get in touch with for anything needed. We did not have any issues, but we knew that if anything should go wrong it would be quickly fixed.
All in all - perfect house to stay at and we will definitely be back. You can't beat the price, but this is one of the rare occasions where a great price doesn't sacrifice quality!
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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.