About this listing
This is a 2-story, 2-bedroom house in the East Village. It's a very unique space - a little cottage-like house in the middle of Manhattan surrounded by trees. Truly a rare find.
Located on East 3rd Street between Ave B and Ave C. The house is set back from the street so it's very private. There is a large front yard with a hammock, bonfire pit and outdoor seating. There are also several mature trees including two apple trees, an apricot tree, magnolia and cherry tree, all which bloom and produce fruit when they're in season.
Inside the house, is an open floor plan with 17 foot ceilings in the living room/kitchen area. There are three large skylights as well. The downstairs area contains the living room/kitchen (no microwave but all the other basics including dishware and cookware), bathroom (with huge soaking tub and shower)and one bedroom. The bedroom offers a full-size bed, 6-drawer dresser, desk, tv with DirectTv and a closet.
Upstairs is a second, larger bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The bedroom offers a full-sized bed, desk, tv and closet. The bathroom does not have a tub but it does have a shower. There is also a separate loft area/tv room upstairs, which can serve as an extra sleeping space for a 5th guest. Also, the couch in the living room fold down to a full-sized futon.
The house has DirecTV with DVR and wireless internet service.
There is also a gate house at the front of the property that can be rented with this house to accommodate larger parties. I have it posted separately on airbnb, entitled The Smallest House in the Village. It is a very tiny studio space with a full-sized loft bed and full-sized pullout couch. So technically, it sleeps 4 but, again, it's very small.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
Guests have access to the entire house and the back part of the yard.
Interaction with Guests
I am not far if you need anything but you will have as much privacy as you want.
Other Things to Note
The internet has been unreliable lately. It seems to go out after it rains. If this happens, there is an internet router upstairs above the kitchen. Please go up there and unplug it for 30 seconds and plug it back in. Most of the time this solves the problem. If not, please let me know and I will call Verizon.
Please no smoking in the house. You may smoke outside. Please take out the trash, strip the beds and remove any food you brought before you depart.
Olivia's place is great - a real gem to find in the East Village. I doubt there's anywhere like it on Manhattan. Sitting outside in the garden on a hot summer's evening was an absolute pleasure, and the house itself has everything you might need. Would highly recommend!
We were pleasantly surprised to discover a cottage located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Olivia's home is conveniently located and finding and accessing the property was straightforward. For a group of 3 we found the size of the cottage ideal and visiting the city in Summer we were glad to have use of an outdoor space. The property is very secure so we felt comfortable having windows open plus there is air conditioning in the main bedroom. There is another rental property towards the front but we very rarely crossed paths with the other tenants and had plenty of privacy. If you're looking for something different with a homely feel then this is the place.
it's true, this cottage is very rare for Manhattan and the neighborhood is great as well.
However, the entire experience was awful: to find the key was really hard and to get into the house was an experience as well.
We found the place very dirty, both outside and inside.
All rooms were really dusty and there were all kind of dirt under beds and in the living room. Full of insect in bathroom and in the kitchen / living room.
The garden was a mess as well, abandoned to weather with all stuffs under rain and sun.
House was a great and unique place to stay in a great neighborhood. Lots to walk to- F train a 10 min walk. The kitchen well stocked, great outside garden space, good beds.
This listing is a complicated one!
This cottage is located right on 3rd street. You'll be amazed to find not only a house, but a yard, in the midst of the East Village. The location is great for food and ubering, which is a plus as well. A very unique find.
However, there were many setbacks with this listing. To begin with, we arrived to find no keys in the mailbox. After several calls in to Olivia, we were finally told the owner would be by soon to let us in. We stood on 3rd street with all of our luggage for about 20 minutes until we could be let in. An inconvenience, but not a major problem.
Once the owner let us in, he proceeded to make himself a drink, plug in his phone and lie down in the hammock. Half an hour passed and he still had not left the house. We were very uncomfortable and unsure of how to handle the situation, but we finally asked him to give us some privacy so we could get settled in. He informed us he'd be coming back to check in often, which was a red flag.
We contacted Olivia to inquire about why the owner would need to be popping in during our stay. We've been using Airbnb for 3 years and have never had "pop-bys" by owners during our stays. Olivia told us it was his house and he should be able to come and go as he pleased. We found this very odd, and Olivia became quite perturbed with us. After agreeing to disagree about what is acceptable when someone is renting your property, Olivia never checked in on us again. We were never asked how things were going or if there had been any further issues.
Which unfortunately, there were. The house was not clean when we arrived. Dishes were not washed, there were still items from the last renter in the bedroom and the shower was filthy. We began our stay by buying some cleaning products and cleaning the place ourselves, which was a big letdown.
The yard was equally a mess. We picked up some trash but that was about as much as we could do with that area. We still enjoyed having the space (a yard in NYC is like finding a unicorn!) but the upkeep was sure disappointing.
All in all, this listing is not a no-go. A house in NYC, a yard with a fire pit, good location. But we wished for ease, comfortability and preparedness that we had known more about the place before we had booked it. The place is less than a hotel for a more unique experience -- however, multiple concessions on ease, privacy and amenities will need to be made to make this place for you.
La casa está muy bien situada. Hemos disfrutado mucho de nuestra estancia. La casa es amplia, luminosa y tiene espacio suficiente para 4 personas. Tiene grandes posibilidades en su jardín, que es una pena porque está un poco abandonado. Quizás en verano lo cuiden un poco más. Echamos de menos algo más de menaje de cocina y que el anfitrión se presentara a recibirnos, pero en términos generales la casa es muy bonita, bien decorada y fue un lujo que fuera una casa independiente, no un piso, ni un apartamento. Creo que es poco común en Nueva York y nos gustó mucho. Mi familia asegura que volverían a este cottage siempre que viajen a Nueva York.
To stay here for the three of us was great. The location, close to everything but still local. The cottage, everything you could ask for, even a voltage converter! Nice beds, comfortable pillows, big bath tub, clean. Gas burners in the kitchen, very nice. Since it was snowing and quiet cold, the AC/heater was on, and that thing was loud, but once we got used to it, we did not care.
So all in all, a very pleasant stay, with a laid back, cool hostess.
Thank you Olivia.
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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.