Beautiful, restful and spacious private apartment, away from the hussle and bussle of the city yet still close to it.
Please ask for availability before placing a direct reservation request in order to make sure all is okay to do so!
This grand, spacious floor-through is in a classic 1890's brownstone house in the historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Located on a quiet, tree-lined street, 25/30 minutes from and to Downtown Manhattan by subway, door to door. Walk to bars, restaurants & galleries in Bushwick & Stuyvesant Heights. A short subway ride to Williamsburg. 1 block from market, liquor store & laundromat.
Originally built for the Victorian upper middle class in the 1800's, predominately Dutch & other European immigrants. In the 1930's, the neighborhood changed socially & economically, like many other areas in New York City. Until the late 1980's it was mostly African American, during which it developed it's own cultural history. Many famous jazz musicians, actors, rappers & politicians came from here. Now in the 2010's, it is an incredible mix of races with varied socio-economic backgrounds. Many of the old-time residents still live here. More recently, there has been an influx of more diverse younger residents, attracted to the neighborhood for the beautiful architecture and the convenience to Manhattan.
Subways are the J, Z and M trains to Myrtle Avenue/Broadway station, or J and Z to Kosciuszko Street station. Both stations are parallel to the house, and are about a 7 to 10 minute walk in a moderate pace. (6 short blocks to Myrtle, or 2 city blocks to Kosciuszko, same distance). About 25 minutes door to door to Lower Manhattan. Also accessible to the G train, to Bedford/Nostrand station (5 city blocks, about a 15 minute walk). Very reliable and steady buses as well (B15, B38 & B52) for travel inside Brooklyn. You can do a search engine on New York's MTA transportation system so that you get a sense of how connected the apartment is. The best airports for the location of the house are JFK and La Guardia. Even though it is reachable, Newark International airport is discouraged due to the the distance and/or complicated public transportation connections. About a $35.00 cab/car ride from JFK / La Guardia airports. There is Public transportation (subway) from JFK airport to the neighborhood's subway stations. La Guardia is reachable by car/taxi only.
This is a private apartment, so is not shared with anyone during your stay. The main room has a dining table & a sitting area. The bedroom features a 'double' size' bed for two (also known as 'full'), this is a real bed with a box spring and mattress, a wardrobe closet & a desk. Additional closet & drawer space in the bathroom hallway. The bathroom has a tub with a shower, tile walls and a ceramic floor. The original architectural details, high ceilings, and hardwood floors give it a real 'Brooklyn brownstone' feel & charm. The apartment is heated during the winter with central heating, and there is a brand-new LG air conditioner installed in the bedroom during the summer.
The space has Wi-Fi signal, multiple power outlets for computers, cell phones & personal electronics. There is a TV connected to a self router which allows access to the internet through (website hidden) Chrome, direct link to YouTube and Netflix. DVD player in the apartment. The TV can be connected to some laptops and used as a monitor if yours has an HDMI port. Or you could also get an HDMI compatible connecting cable to your computer. No cable TV nor TV reception though. There is an assorted DVD movie library that you can choose from it the book shelf where the TV is installed.
We also provide access to our Netflix instant streaming account for extra choices of movies and TV shows.
This is a smoke free environment for your comfort as well as the following guests.
Any questions, please ask. I'm more than happy to answer and my response rate is very fast. Before placing a reservation request officially, ask to make sure there are no calendar conflicts.
A private apartment with it's own entrance. This is not a shared space so it would be just for the people who are staying in the place. Has a bedroom, bathroom, spacious hallway with an ample closet and storage, private bathroom, a living room/ dining room area and a fully functioning private kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
I always make a point to welcome guests in person and give them an overview of the apartment. The space is a private area, I live in the house in a different floor. So you won't see me unless you need something. I am however always accessible through email and phone if there is something you should communicate with me for.
Close to the city and neighboring trendy areas like Williamsburg and Bushwick but yet quiet enough to be considered a secret oasis in the city that never sleeps.
Subways and buses nearby. The main subway line in here can take you door to door, to downtown Manhattan in 25 to 30 minutes.
Other Things to Note
Minimum night stay is 4 nights.
Check in is at 3:00 PM or after, no later than midnight. Sometimes check in can be flexible, so just ask.
Check out is at noon. If you need to leave your bags, because you're not leaving town for a few hours, you can leave them with me in my apartment and they will be secure. No leaving bags overnight.
There is no smoking allowed inside the apartment or hallways. In this neighborhood, most people go outside and sit on the stoop (outdoor steps of the house) to smoke. However, no alcohol drinking on the stoop, by New York City law.
No more than one person in the tub at a time, shower or baths. This is an old Victorian house so the water weight plus human weight of two people are too much on the bearings over time.
No pets or children allowed.
Only two people allowed at all times. If you have friends in the area, of course they can visit but no sleep overs or parties.
This is a very quiet household on a quiet block. There are people who wake up early in the house to go to work, and people who work in the house - so no loud music or parties allowed.
Please refrain from wearing hard-sole shoes inside the apartment. People live underneath. Please be aware of your step & refrain from running or jumping inside the house. The house is over 120 years old, and still contains the original joists. Extreme movement can be felt through the whole house, so please be considerate.
When you check out always give back the keys in person. If you leave early in the morning, we can make special arrangements for them to be returned.
Hi Eric and Justin,
It was a pleasure to meet you and and passed this night in this beautiful and welcoming appartment !!!! All it was good and we enjoyed our days in NY. Thank you so much and don't change anything ;) bye bye Emma and Yannick
It was as perfect as before.We are shure that we will stay again at this place when we will visit NY again. Eric is a friendly and helpfull host and the appartment is a perfect place to feel like "home"....Thanks again!!!
If you think about coming to New York and you are looking for a nice place to stay - stay in Eric's apartment, it is just perfect! We had such a great time there and it couldn't have been better: It's cozy, clean, well equipped so yo have really everything you need. Eric welcomed us in person and even supplied us with some basic food and beverages. So next time we'll be in NYC - we would stay there again!!! Thanks Eric for hosting us!
It was perfect! Eric was a realy nice and helpfull host.The spacy and quite appartment was a perfect place to (website hidden) problem to get fast to downtown Manhattan. Around the corner ...nice little (website hidden) what else..we will come again..
We stayed at Eric's place on Van Buren St for two weeks, and absolutely loved it. We're a young couple who wanted to explore NYC together, and only one us had visited the city before. Prior to arrival Eric was really proactive in sending us all the useful info we might need - it came in really handy. Also, checking that the booking is a good match for you seems a reassuringly high priority for him. He and Justin were charming hosts, with great attention to detail. For instance, when it snowed, Justin made sure the sidewalk out front was shovelled clear.
The apartment itself is beautiful - Eric and Justin have a great eye for furnishings and lighting. Stocking the fridge with basics on arrival was really appreciated after a long journey. The bed is comfortable, the bathroom is clean and well organised, and the kitchen has everything two people might need.
The neighbourhood isn't the most upmarket, but it's far from the worst area in Brooklyn - the brownstones are attractive and well maintained, and we always felt safe, even at night. The walk to the subway is reasonable, and the local stores and takeouts were great.
We both felt extremely welcome here and would come again.
Vom ersten Kontakt per Mail (mit allen Informationen zur Wohnung, zur Umgebung, zu den Verkehrsanbindungen...) bis hin zum Flughafen-Taxi, das Eric trotz Schneechaos rechtzeitig organisieren konnte, lief unser Aufenthalt perfekt. Bei der Ankunft wurden wir bereits von Eric erwartet, bekamen die Wohnung (inklusive gut gefülltem Kühlschrank) gezeigt und eine Menge nützliche Informationen zu Metro und Supermärkten in der Nähe. Die Wohnung selbst ist traumhaft: ruhig, wunderschön renovierter Altbau, absolut stilvoll und gemütlich eingerichtet. Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt, wären gerne länger geblieben und kommen sicher wieder!
Thank you Katharina for leaving me such a great review. it was truly an honor to host you and Marco. I used a translator from the internet and I will copy & paste it below so that I can share it. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us:
"From the first contact by email (with all the information about the apartment, the neighborhood, and transportation links ...) to the end when Eric arranged a taxi to the airport despite the chaos the snow caused, our stay was perfect. Upon arrival, Eric was there to welcome us, gave us a tour of the apartment and gave us information about local grocers and directions to the subway. The apartment itself is gorgeous: quiet, in beautifully renovated Victorian house, completely furnished, stylish and cozy. We felt very comfortable, and plan on coming back for sure!"
Wow-this apartment is absolutely perfect; it's light and spacious and warm and the location is incredibly convenient to get to just about anywhere in New York. We absolutely loved staying here and would definitely stay here again in a heartbeat. Justin and Eric were the consummate hosts-incredibly friendly and welcoming and always on hand for information or guidance. We can't imagine a better place to spend a week.
I traveled all around the world, but had never been to New York. I finally came to visit a friend, and I could not see myself living anywhere else, so I stayed! Almost 20 years later, I'm still here.
I am perpetually in love with this city and I am proud of its strength, its people and its eternal beauty, and I want to share it with anyone who would want to experience it for themselves.
Personally, I have had multiple careers, from recruiting and training sales staff, to real estate & property development - but nothing pleases me more than restoration of buildings and and spaces as well as pieces of furniture. Somehow my love for spaces & hospitality, and wanting to share the city of New York with others, combines perfectly with being an AirBnB host.
My friend Justin also lives in the house. He has traveled extensively as well, especially from work experience, and considers New York his home after living here more than 20 years. His interests lie in charitable endeavors and design. We have worked together on the renovation & restoration of the house, from the roof to the basement, with strict attention to all details.