About this listing
Tranquilo backyard and small casa in the middle of the city, specifically the uber-hip Williamsburg, just off grand and union, 2nd stop L
A piece of Carribean living in the middle of NYC with an enormous outdoor area all to yourself to relax in after a long NYC day. The house is great for families traveling to NYC for a vacation or couples, and larger parties that enjoy a nice communal space and a great neighborhood. This house is wonderful for people with kids or the elderly that don't want to climb alot of steps. The house is relatively child proofed and no scary windows to worry about, toys too. The upper backyard is ideal for smokers, otherwise, there is no smoking inside or on the lower deck of the yard please.
We're just 3 blocks from the Lorimer L stop (and G stop for Greenpoint travelers) in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is an old quite italian neighborhood in the heart of literally dozens of great bars, restaurants, and art houses within blocks, and just 7 minutes subway ride into the city (LES). Also Bedford Avenue is about a 10 minute walk. Grand street- the new Bedford, is 1 block from the house with a huge grocery store, bank, liquor store, laundry, hair, nail salons and anything else of service you need.
We have a single day bed in the living room behind curtains that can be totally concealed. The layout is one large indoor living room / great room / dining room, and and an outdoor living room that opens up from sliding glass doors off the main bedroom and leads up into the garden. The main bedroom is a queen, and there is a 2nd bedroom as well with a single cherry oak over a double. We have a large sectional sofa with an ottoman turns into a double bed.
The apartment is 3 feet into the ground so stays quite cool in the summer months. We have an outdoor bed and 2 papasan chairs in the backyard which doubles the entire living space. We also have a fire table in the backyard along with two grills. The house is on the first floor so it is ground floor level. The floors are terazzo throughout. The bathroom is a large shower tiled with marble with a teak sitting chair. We also have fans in both the bedrooms and a large a/c in the main room that cools the entire apartment.
* a high powered sharper image juicer
* a seltzer maker
* coffee always in the freezer
* toaster and blender
* smart tv and xbox that connects to netflix for watching movies in living room
* flatscreen tvs in the living room and bedroom
* wifi throughout house
* outdoor speakers/indoor speakers- bluetooth
* 2 outdoor grills
* spring and summer months a great backyard garden with all different kinds of fresh herbs and vegtables for the cook-tomatoes, collard greens, strawberries, cilantro, parsely, green onions, oregano and many types of basil
The apartment includes all bills- water, electric, heat, ac, and wifi. There is no cable for tv but the smart tv in the living room accesses netflix and hulu and the bedroom tv has an amazon stick to do the same.
The large outdoor space is great for smokers- Please no smoking inside the house. We could accommodate an animal- though we never have- if it's well behaved, we would just ask you to walk him mostly on the street rather than use our backyard for his activities.
Note: This house has very little closet space- only one and we can only make a small space for you. For longer stays a couple drawers will be available in each room, but there is very little storage space in general if you are traveling with a great deal of stuff. Email us with any questions!
The entire house.
Interaction with Guests
Very little to minimum
It's by far the best neighborhood in the city- little tourists and the funnest and best restaurants and bars with no wait-imagine!
3 blocks away from the train to the city
This is a quite neighborhood so no loud parties into the evening (past 10ish) and respect all the neighbors please. Pets are welcome just let us know in advance. Smoking only outdoors please.
I did not meet the host directly but my sister who picked up the keys from her mentioned that she was very friendly and gracious.
The place was comfortable and had plenty of seating and sleeping arrangement for 6 people (4 adults/2 kids). Bathroom was clean and kitchen had what you needed to make light meals. Beds were comfortable and for the most part, the place was functional.
The neighborhood was safe and quiet. Walking distance to local grocery stores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and L train stop made it a very convenient location.
Overall, 4.5 stars.
Awesome location - very close to subway and a quick ride to Manhattan. Neighborhood is great and has lots of shops, etc. very close by but you're still on a fairly quiet street. Apartment is clean and nice - very comfortable. B made everything very easy.
Quartier très agréable et calme. Logement situé à proximité du métro et des commerces (supermarchés, bars, restaurants). Manhattan rapidement accessible par le métro.
Points négatifs : mauvaise insonorisation avec l'appartement du dessus. Difficultés pour dormir si les voisins écoutent de la musique ou se déplacent dans leur appartement.
Logement très sombre et pas de place pour ranger nos affaires.
Mauvais état des canalisations dans l'immeuble pouvant entraîner des fuites d'eau au niveau du plafond que nous avons pu constater. Le lit deux places de la chambre enfant est en mauvais état.
We had a great time at Bee's house. My wife and I and our two adult sons stayed there for ten days. The apartment is a nice place, a sympathetic mess, clean, with a nice garden, with everything you need, and really big enough for four adult people. It's just a few steps away from underground that brings you straight to Manhattan. Everything is just what it says on the tin. Her friendly son and friendly ex welcomed us when we arrived, and Bee herself was there when we left. When we 'll come back to NYC, we 'd surely like to stay at Bee's house again.
Very sweet home in a convenient location. The backyard was perfect for lounging, very cozy and communal - perfect for our group to hang before/after our outings. Key pick up was easy and timely. The owner shared a great place to eat a block or two away called Le Barricou, the brunch was outstanding. We had a great weekend getaway and felt right at home in our accommodations.
Lovely, comfortable home with great indoor and outdoor space. Neighborhood friendly, free parking readily available and subway a short walk away. Very timely and clear communication. Felt like staying at a cooler friend's place.
La casa era perfecte, i l'amfitriona ens va donar totes les facilitat perquè l'estada fós ideal. Recomanable 100%!!
About the Host, Bee
I'm an English teacher from NYC. I've lived in NYC for 17 years and travel extensively on my time off. I like living in different countries during the summer and occasionally take whole years off such as last year to live abroad- we lived in Ireland, Israel and Jordan. This summer we're in Costa Rica a great bit. We love the beach, learning new customs and exploring countries. We are a family of a 13 year old and 3 year old. We have a lovely home in Brooklyn and are used to hosting and being hosted in other peoples' homes and are very respectful. We love to travel and get out of town for long weekends or weeks off just to get out of the city occasionally and we adore hosting people and being hosted.