This is a lovely, sunny, well-equipped, semi-quiet apartment in Park Slope available most days of the year. Includes dishwasher, laundry, wifi, cable tv, coffee maker, microwave, 100% cotton fresh towels and bed linens. All you need is a change of clothes, toiletries, and personal items. The bedrooms are not totally private: there is a divider wall, but no doors (although there are pocket doors that divide the two bedrooms from the rest of the apartment). There is a queen bed in one bedroom, a twin in the other, and a twin/daybed in the common room (which cannot be considered a private space at all).
In 2009 I moved with my family to a rural area north of the city, and when I am not visiting or working in Brooklyn I rent out my apartment. I've kept it furnished and equipped so that you have what you need for comfort and to live like a local. The apartment is located in charming, historical, and sometimes gritty Park Slope, what many people consider to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in all of New York City, on 9th Street between 4th & 5th Avenue. In 2010 it was ranked #1 in New York by New York Magazine citing its quality schools, dining, nightlife, shopping, access to public transit, green space, quality housing, safety, and creative capital. It was named one of the "Greatest Neighborhoods in America" by the American Planning Association in 2007, "for its architectural and historical features and its diverse mix of residents and businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active and involved citizenry". In December 2006, Natural Home magazine named Park Slope one of America's ten best neighborhoods based on criteria including parks, green spaces and neighborhood gathering spaces; farmer’s markets and community gardens; public transportation and locally owned businesses; and environmental and social policy.
The apartment is 1/2 block from the M, R, and F trains, which bring you to lower Manhattan within 20 minutes, and central Manhattan in about 45 minutes. Walk up 9th Street 4-1/2 blocks and you’re in the 585-acre Prospect Park (Brooklyn's equivalent of Central Park), the huge Harmony Playground, and the renowned Bandshell for live, free performances all summer. Within one block of the apartment is a large well-stocked grocery store, several pharmacies and banks, and the post office. Continue down 5th Avenue and you’ll find dozens of highly regarded restaurants (like the famous Al Di La reviewed in the New York Times) as well as tons of ethnic places (Mexican, Indian, Moroccan, Thai, etc), boutiques, coffee shops (Martin's, Gorilla Coffee), patisseries (Blue Sky Bakery, Colson Patisserie), and bars. Up on 7th Avenue, you’ll find more of the same, plus larger stores like Barnes and Noble and Starbucks. This is truly a great location from which to access most of New York City's landmarks, features, and fun. Also, it borders Park Slope's historic, landmarked neighborhood, which provides charming local walks and explorations.
PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING: 1) a $200 REFUNDABLE deposit is required. This is to provide me with some insurance in case of breakage or theft; promptly returned when my apt is turned back to me in the same condition in which it was sublet. This deposit is a transaction which happens through Airbnb once a booking is made. 2) CLEANING FEE: There is a $55 cleaning fee for any reservation. This money goes directly to my wonderful cleaning lady, who ensures that you have clean bed and bath linens and a mop & scrub-sponge cleaned apartment. As of September 22, 2011, this transaction is made automatically through Airbnb when you book the apartment. Don't forget to check the "House Rules" as well please. Thank you!
We enjoyed our stay here, just right for two people, although there is sleeping space for four. The apartment was well equipped and quite clean. Having a washer and dryer in the apartment was a real plus. Cable and internet access is also important for us. A great location for visiting the South Slope.
This was a fantastic way to return to our old neighborhood for a visit. Picking up keys was easy, Sandye was wonderfully quick, thorough and helpful in all communications, and the apartment was spotless, well appointed, and even well labeled. We could not have asked for more and are telling all of our friends in the area to use this rental for when they have family and friends visit. Thank you Sandye!
My daughter and I spent three nights at sandye's sublet in Brooklyn. We were keen to explore a new area and experience a different side of the city to Manhattan.
Sandye was quick to respond to our questions when planning our trip and her feedback was very helpful. It was great to be able to drive into the city and park for free in the road one block away (9th has meters), where I felt it was reasonably safe to leave the car!
Although there are lots of quiet well kept brownstone streets in the area, we were rather disappointed to discover that 9th was a busy thoroughfare and lacked the charm and character we were hoping to find.
Once inside, however, the sublet is just how it looks on the photos. It felt very clean and had a homely feel. It's well stocked and doesn't feel like a vacation rental. My daughter enjoyed reading the kids books and doing the puzzles!
Because the bedrooms are facing the street, there was a lot of traffic noise, which did keep me awake (maybe city folk wouldn't notice!), however it wasn't noticeable during the day, nor did we hear a peep from any neighbours.
Like others have mentioned, the sublet is literally a couple of minutes walk from the subway taking you into Manhattan. However, there are lots of places to eat and drink in the area if you don't want to venture too far. We found park slope to be more 'gritty' than we were expecting. There were many run down houses and stores, as well as some lovely characterful places and hip hangouts.
Overall, sandye's sublet is a good bet if you're looking for somewhere decent outside of manhattan, offering you the flexibility and independence of your own apartment. The space was great for two, would be fine for three, cosy for four or more!
The three of us loved the sublet, and the location was perfect--just a block from the subway and the great restaurants and cafes on 5th ave. Be sure to check out Cafe Martin for coffee and Palo Santo for brunch or dinner. The kitchen was well-stocked and the apartment was very clean and nicely decorated, just as pictured. We had a fantastic time and would certainly stay here again.
Sandye was great. Very prompt replies to all of my questions. Park Slope is a beautiful part of Brooklyn. 9th Street is a bit busy but very convenient. You are near the train stop and within walking distance to a ton of great restaurants/bars/shops.
Sandye's apartment is lovely and nicely appointed. The neighborhood has all that you would possibly need and more and the subway is around the corner from the apartment.
It is a 4th. floor walk up so you need to be prepared if you have a few suitcases.
All in all a pleasant stay.
Sandye's place was great. We were in town for a wedding in Park Slope and the apartment was in a perfect location to explore both Brooklyn and Manhattan pretty easily. Very close to subway and tons of good neighborhood restaurants. We loved one her reccomendations "Littleneck" so much we ate there two nights in a row. The place is clean and very roomy for two. Thanks Sandye!
Everything was good arranged. We could pick up the key easily and the apartment was, beautifull nice and clean.
For 4 persons it is a little bit cosy, as there is no seperation between the beds (as explained in the add as well). But the apartment is a good place to stay as it is in the best neighborhood in New York!!
Everything was perfect! The flat is really easy to find, close to the subway. All what you need is inside this sublet. I will highly recommend it! We were a 4 people family to live here for 10 days and this cosy place gives us all we have expecting for. Thanks Sandy!
Cher visiteurs francophones, si vous voulez visiter NYC sans vous ruiner en prix de logement parce que vous êtes 4, je vous recommande cet endroit. 2 minutes à pieds de 2 lignes de métro (30 minutes de la majorité des sites intéressants), appartement simple, confortable et parfaitement équipé. Rien ne manque, vous avez même une machine à laver et un sèche (website hidden) vous manque plus que des bonnes semelles, parce que New York, c'est grand!
My husband, 3 year-old and I stayed in Sandye's place for 3 nights -- and it was a perfect location for our short stay.
The place is small, but it's super clean and had everything we might need: Comfy beds, good sized fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, toaster. For the kid, they had a bunch of toys and books, a pack and play if you need it, and a little chair so he could brush his teeth in the bathroom. There are blackout curtains, so the place gets nice and dark (good for toddler and adult sleeping).
It's located a half block away from the subway (F, G & R lines), a block and a half away from a nice grocery spot where we picked up milk, juice, breakfast foods, and beer, and tons of other stuff. Sandye emailed us a very comprehensive list of the great neighborhood spots.
Some potential drawbacks: It's on the 4th floor with steep steps (not a problem for us). The neighborhood is bustling and you can hear it. We liked being a part of the city noises, but you can hear them (including the subway passing underneath you). It's an older building and noise carries. We didn't hear a thing from the neighbors, but I worried that they could hear us.
We hope to come back again!
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