About This Listing
This is a very small, but very unique, free-standing gate house. Located in Manhattan on 3rd St between Ave B and C in the East Village. Since it's free-standing, you have no neighbors and direct access to the street. It's just you in this studio-sized, ivy-covered, brick house.
The interior space is one very small room, furnished with a loft bed, kitchenette and separate, full bathroom. The ceilings are very high - 12 feet - and there are three skylights so it feels open and gets a lot of light. There's also a side door that leads to a gated, private yard space - very rare amenity in Manhattan!
There are two places to sleep - a full-sized bed in the loft or the full-sized pullout sofa. To give you a sense of how small the space is, when the sofa bed is pulled out, there's just barely enough room to walk around it. So the space is best suited for one or two people but can officially sleep a third if they are very small and don't mind the cramped space.
The house has wireless internet but it is not very reliable and seems to go out whenever it rains. We try to ensure that it is working but it's not always possible. So if it is urgent that you have a connection at all times, this might not be the place for you.
The East Village is a lively neighborhood with tons of restaurants and nightlife at every corner. You are within one block of a 24-hour supermarket, laundromat and several boutiques and dining options. Nearest subway is the F/V Train at 2nd Ave, 5 blocks away. The 6 Train is two blocks further at Bleecker/Lafayette.
The main house, behind this property is also available for rent. I have a separate posting for it on airbnb entitled Cottage in the Village. The two houses can be rented together for your own private use of the entire property and yard and would accommodate up to 8 guests total.
Guests will have full and private access to the little house. It is not a share. There is a house in the back however that other guests stay in. They walk through your yard to get to it but they have their own yard to relax in.
Interaction with Guests
I am usually nearby but often do not see our guests. You will have as much privacy as you want but if you need anything I am not far.
Please no smoking in the house. You can smoke outside. Please take out the trash, strip the beds and discard any food you brought when you leave.
This is a crazy place, it is a free standing house with gated garden, in the middle of Manhattan for a good price. Whats the catch? Well, indeed it is very small, but we were lucky to have lovely wheather, so the access to the private garden was awsome. In winter, i guess i wouldnt recommend the place. The house is surprisingly complete, but old stuff that doesnt give a 'clean' impression. Olivia provided us with pages full of info that was really nice and handy.
Point fort : très bien situé. Proximité métro (10mn)
Point négatif : confort très limité.
Situation idéale pour découvrir Manhattan et Brooklyn. Quartier animé et très agréable avec des resto, des Deli pour prendre un breakfast. Location de vélo à proximité (très cher pour la journée = 40euros) et station de citybike à côté de la maison.
En revanche, la maison est très vétuste (à part le lit confortable, électricité pas "safety", pas de rangement pour les bagages, équipements vétustes). Je ne le recommande pas pour 3 personnes, trop petit mais pour 2 il est parfait.
Le ménage n'est pas fait à l'entrée des lieux, la maison était très sale et la douche ne fonctionnait pas (mais le bain oui).
Je ne recommande pas cette location l'hiver car la maison est très humide, il fait froid et impossible de laisser fonctionner le chauffage la nuit car trop bruyant.
La cour est agréable mais laissée à l'abandon.
Dommage que la propriétaire n'investisse pas pour donner un coup de fraîcheur à la maison, c'est une pépite d'or qui perd de sa valeur.
Si vous n'êtes pas regardant sur la propreté des lieux, je recommande.
The smallest house in the village was perfect for our stay in New York. We stayed in NYC for 5 days and It was a group of three ( 2 people in the bed and 1 person on the foldout couch). We went exploring mornings and afternoons and got home around 7 everyday. We are out most days so we didn't really get to use the kitchen ( just the microwave). The bathroom was clean and the tub was nice. It is about a 10 minute walk to the f which takes you to time square. And also the B (you can transfer to other trains via these trains). The neighborhood itself is very lively and had a bunch of restaurants and shops. Definitely recommend for couples or groups of three.
A little hard to find at night since the door itself has no numbers on it. It's basically just a door with graffiti on it. It looks a bit weird but it's very nice and tidy inside.
I can't say enough good things about the apartment. Although small it had everything we needed and is in a great area, making it an ideal base for our short city break. I would definitely book here again the next time I visit New York.
I had a great time in Olivia's loft. It was cosy and warm and of course the east village is lots of fun! It's very special to also have a side garden in the city! Everything went smoothly and Olivia was very helpful with any questions I had. I would definatley come back!
We never met the host or the owner. We did meet a lot of young people staying in the house behind this one. There was a shooting 4 houses down at 9 pm Friday night. The man wasn't killed, but was rather frightening. We had to pass that corner to get ice several times since the freezer hadn't been defrosted in so long you couldn't put an ice tray in it. The towels were worn and only one washcloth and one handcloth. The tvs didn't work at all. What we wanted was the outdoor area. Didn't plan on having a tombstone there.
The location is killer and this studio has a true New York feel to it. That being said, it could use a little TLC (there were some cobwebs and the ladder to the loft was a little loose.) All in all, this place is a great value and I was very happy to discover the bath tub had jets!
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About the Host, Olivia
My name is Olivia. I live in NY and work as a therapist. I have been lucky enough to call these three really cool spaces home -- a very unique little cottage in the East Village with an even smaller gate house, and a charming beach house in the heart of the Hamptons. I love living in the city but the house in Amagansett is the perfect escape when I need a break. Being able to share my homes on Airbnb helps me cover the expenses of both, meet new people and explore new travel destinations.