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.
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!
Leaving the small house in East Village was hard - we really liked the place and it was perfect for our family of four. Obviously the space is small but the local is perfect and you will get a sense of the real New York life style. We really want to come back!
The Smallest House in the Village had everything we needed for a fantastic two weeks in New York. The East Village location is great with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants nearby. The house is very small but perfectly adequate for one couple (any more would be a squeeze), especially if you're going to be out and about a lot. We ate out all the time but there are basic cooking facilities and a fridge so you could make a meal. The air conditioning was effective but a little temperamental, but it wasn't overly hot while we were there. The Wi-Fi works only next to the window by the loft bed or outside in the courtyard, but that was no great hardship for us. The flush on the loo broke on our first morning so we texted Olivia and it was fixed by the time we came back later that day. If you simply need a clean, convenient place to lay your head while holidaying in NYC, we would definitely recommend staying here.
Olivia was a great host! We were three people and were there for one week. The apartment was small but cosy and clean. There are a lot of bars and cafes around. You can reach the subway within five minutes by walk. We can highly recommend it!
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My name is Olivia. I am from Chicago but have lived in New York for 11 years and work as a social worker. 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 rustic but charming old farmhouse 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.