Lovely Room, HUGE 5000 sqft Loft 3

Apartment - Private room · Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States

The Space

THE LOFT:

The gargantuan loft itself is an extremely rare find in New York. Converted from a former sewing factory, the space still contains most of its original detail and is the epitome of old school Brooklyn. From its original pane windows in the hallway to the squeaky hardwood floors, its character lies in its imperfections. The living room provides the perfect opportunity to relax on its comfy couches, to use the wireless internet or hook up to the projector and watch a movie. You can even connect your iPod into the speakers and relax to your own tunes. The kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil and appliance any foodie could need and they are at your disposal. This loft is not a hotel, hostel or B&B, but rather my home that I’ve opened up in order to create an international community of travelers. Eclectic guests from all over the world gather in this shared space offering a unique, yet totally New York living experience. The house is quiet during the day, allowing for cat naps between outings and bustling in the evening as travelers return home from their adventures. Guests have the opportunity to bond over their adventures in the city, compete against each other in often hilarious games of Taboo, and even break bread during the occasional randomly thrown together dinner party. (Neighbors Jesse and Matt stop by often to mooch a meal or borrow something). Fellow Brooklynites also often stop by for impromptu dinner parties, movies nights or Sunday brunch. Staying here allows your travels to be full of new people and not just new places.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
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GUEST ROOMS:

We have 4 spacious guest rooms in the loft. Each room is exactly the same size & shape with two large windows that let in amazing morning light. All rooms are equipped with the furnishings listed below with the exception of room 4 which has 2 twin beds (great for people traveling in pairs but who prefer not to share a bed).

All rooms are also priced exactly the same so if one room is booked for the dates you want please check the other three for availability.

Queen size bed
Window AC
Dressing vanity & mirror
Bedside tables
Clean comfy bed linens
Clean soft bath towels

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
Clinton Hill / Fort Greene is one of New York’s most dynamic and well-rounded neighborhoods. Combining the perfect mix of historic buildings and artistic dwellers, it is well known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City.

Starting as far back as the 1840’s this area was known as a fashionable area for the social elite of Brooklyn who would commute into Manhattan by stagecoach. By the later part of the century, the area was lined with magnificent mansions owned by millionaires. Many of these buildings still remain, as do the immense brick factories that boomed during the industrial age. One of the oldest chocolate factories was known for being one of the sole producers and distributors of Tootsie Rolls, and currently houses the spa and lounge Body by Brooklyn. Most of these large factories have been transformed into loft spaces and apartments, much like my own!

Only 20 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Walking distance to wonderful restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and a great flea market called, The Brooklyn Flea.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
There are two subway lines close to the loft, as well as several NYC buses, and of course, our famous taxis. It’s easy to get to all the best spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

• C Train at the Clinton / Washington (20 minutes to downtown Manhattan)
• G Train at the Classon Ave (Takes you to other great neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Cobble hill etc)
• Many bus lines
• Taxis

NYC/Manhattan Hot Spots:
• 20 minutes to downtown Manhattan
• 25 minutes to 14th street / Chelsea/Meat Market areas of Manhattan
• 30 minutes to Times Square
• 40 Minutes to Central Park

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THE LOFT / BUILDING:
The loft is 464m²/ 5000 sqft and has 5 bedrooms in total. I share this gargantuan space with the eclectic group of well traveled, well read, open minded GROWN UPS that visit me through Airbnb. I enjoy hosting dinner parties for my guest as well as game and movie nights. I work mostly from home so the space is usually pretty quiet during the day (great for cat naps and sleeping in!). The kitchen is stocked with almost any cooking utensil and/or appliance known to man and you are welcome to use them. There is an endless supply of teas and coffee in the kitchen and I usually offer a homemade banana bread, lemon pound cake or whatever baking recipe I’m experimenting with that week to go with it. The living room is super spacious with comfy couches to lounge on, a television, DVD Player for movies and speakers to play music from your ipod. Another large wall of windows in the living room gives the space a warmer hue than expected for such an industrial loft. More exposed steel beams and a very long brick wall with a fire door that leads nowhere. But I love it so just kept it. All this description to say make yourself at home. Hopefully I have everything you need to do so and if not just let me know what I can do to make your stay more comfortable.

This is a true old school NEW YORK CITY industrial loft building. A former sewing factory that still retains most of its original details. Experience true NYC loft living.
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THE NITTY-GRITTY:

This is where all the dirty details of New York loft living are fully disclosed. We like our guests to have a good idea of what to expect and what is expected of them. This ensures that we all enjoy the experience of sharing this amazing space. So far we’ve found that the people who enjoy this experience the most tend to be creative, social, open minded, open hearted, explorers, who love music, are good sharers, story tellers and generally love life & people. As such you are treated as personal friends, encouraged to make yourself at home and partake/ participate whenever you choose. A few things to keep in mind when living communally. Not everyone is on the same schedule. This means that others may be sleeping while you are awake chatting on (website hidden) to the folks back home or with the new friends you’ve made here. In turn, someone may be making coffee, washing dishes and doing laundry while you are trying to recharge your batteries. Unfortunately this space is a bit closer a giant cavernous cave than a cozy cubby. As such soundproofing has proved to be quite difficult. Call it our tragic flaw. In lieu of an entire gut renovation we’ve found it helpful to have folks travel with ear plugs so the activities of others don’t interrupt your recharging time. And don’t worry if you forget yours we always have plenty on hand.

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THE LOO:

Keeping with true old school New York style living means we have only one bathroom (for now... working on permits for an additional loo by fall 2012)
As such this part of the communal living experience begs a bit of that open mindedness and flexibility we mentioned earlier. Currently the bathroom features two sinks, one toilet and one shower. Each guest room is also equipped with a mirrored vanity area and hair dryer which helps keep bathroom time short. It is important to remember that our guests often operate according to varying agendas/ time schedules (from early birds to night owls). In combination with the general amenable nature of our travelers and the other wonderful feature of staying in such a unique space, the demand on the bathroom is hardly ever an issue.
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BOOKED OUT FOR THE DATES YOU WANT?
We have four guest rooms, make sure to take a look at our other listings linked below for more availability.

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/233979
Guest Room 2

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/283771
Guest Room 3

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/171203
Guest Room 4

CHECK IN/ OUT
Please email me your anticipated arrival time and I will make all the necessary arrangements to give you a tour of the space, answer any questions that you may have about the area or your stay, and to hand you over your very own key. Check in is flexible anytime after 3pm, and check out is at noon on your final day. If you happen to be flying out later in the evening, we are happy to provide temporary storage for your luggage.

AMENITIES:
Washer and dryer in the loft ( $5 per load donation requested to help with utilities used to run it)
Air Conditioning in provided via window units in each guest room. (no A/C in the communal area...it’s just too big)
Film projector in the main lounge which connects to most laptops is used in lieu of TV

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Lovely stay :). Great space and very accommodating. I absolutely recommend.

    April 2014
  • Shell's loft is amazing. The space is huge and nicely decorated with a lot of cool furniture and attention to detail! The room is bright and nice as well - with a functioning heater for cold winter days. Make sure to follow Shell's recommendations for the neighborhood. My favorite place was Clementine Bakery on Greene St, which offers gluten free products and really good coffee and is just around the corner. Unfortunately, there was only one couple at the apartment when I got there and I did not have the chance to meet Shell in person. So there were no lines for the bathroom but it was a little less social than I am sure it can be during high season! Def check out Shell's place if you are looking for a real Brooklyn experience off the beaten path!

    February 2014
  • Great experience for this 5 days stay for business and leasure. Good location (quiet neighborhood and about 20-30mn from Manhattan). My hosts were very nice indeed, very warm and open to discussion. The appartment was very nice, clean and spacious like the rooms.
    A loft that I strongly recommend and were I will be happy to stay once again next time I am in NYC.
    Fabrice

    September 2013
  • We had a memorable stay at Shell's loft. After a couple of days we were lucky to stay with just a few other guests, so it felt like we had all the space to ourselves! The loft is a great place, Shell and Cassandra are friendly and helpful hosts, the other guests easy going. It certainly is a new home for us to come back to.

    August 2013
  • Whatever is said will likely seem as a bogus review as this place simply spectacular... So i'll try to say what i think could be an inconvenience to people looking for a place to stay... .... .... Maybe the fact that there's 5 rooms sharing one bathroom could be somewhat uncomfortable to some... However, the place is always very clean and you dont even feel your sharing living space and/or bathroom with anyone... I highly recommend this place... Beautiful, classy, michelle is awesome and the price is right! 5 stars..

    July 2013
  • Shell's place is perfect! The space is huge and beautiful but more importantly Shell is an amazing host. I felt like I walked into my home away from home and it was filled with good friends that I have known for years! I travel to New York often and I hope Shell will have a room for me each time..

    June 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 7 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2013
  • Me and my girlfriend spent a few days at Michelle's fantastic loft in Brooklyn. The apartment itself was fantatstic, clean and very spacious as you see on the photos. We met international travellers, hang up in the apt and had breakfast together before we went out and explore the city. The very cool and safe neighborhood is very closed to cafes (Urban Vintage, Outpost), restaurants (Speedy Romeo - live music each monday and tuesday) and prospect park. Only a short walking distance to Subway. We highly recommend this place to anyone considering to visit NYC and Brooklyn.

    May 2013
  • We could not have picked a more perfect place to call home while we explored Brooklyn for 3 days. Shell's loft is located so centrally to many of the main neighborhood hot spots and she was the most gracious and helpful host as we navigated our tight few days of trying to see it all. She is embedded in the local community and that meant a lot to us. And she not only had the BEST recommendations for where to eat and what to do, but she knows the stories and the culture behind so many of the places we went. We would definitely stay here again.

    April 2013
  • Shell is a fantastic hostess and her apartment an excellent base for exploring NY. The location is in a quiet corner of Brooklyn, with a few good restaurants, supermarket and subway nearby.
    A highlight of my trip was the delicious sunday brunch, where I got to met the other residents and friends of Shell. That made me feel very much at home and I would be happy to return any time!

    Thanks, Shell!

    March 2013
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I found this massive loft 2 years ago through a friend. So excited to find such an extremely rare space I signed a lease and moved in immediately before I even new what to do with it. Flash forward 2 years and I now find myself living with a Zimbabwean film producer running a communal share house aka (mini Bed & Breakfast) out of my loft. Rita (Zim film producer) and I met when she stayed at my loft for 2 weeks while looking for permanent accommodations in New York. Those permanent accommodations turned out to be at my loft where she’s become co-host to our house of international guests and the occasional Aussie refugee. My obsession with collecting mid-century furniture and flea market gems has hopefully made each of our three guest rooms as well as the rest of the loft a unique and comfortable space for our guests to call home. We recently starting a new tradition of cooking brunch every Sunday with our guests and friends. I’ve taken all the cooking lessons I fought my mother over as a youth, combined them with some new tricks to make them healthier and this has created the template for our brunch menu. Add guest contributions like orange flour-less cake from the Aussie Master chef contestant who stayed with us recently, or authentic Italian homemade pasta from the Milano girls. Food, and an international modge-podge of friendly folks discussing life from around the globe have made Sundays the most anticipated day of the week. Turning my loft into a communal space to be shared with travelers who become friends has been the most positively life altering decision I’ve ever made. With each passing person the experience gets exponentially greater. As characters in a great novel each guest who stays seems to unfold a little more of the story. I can’t ask for a better life. Rita and I look forward to meeting you soon.
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