A Brooklyn Home Away From Home

Apartment - Private room · Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216, United States

Come stay in our cozy guestroom! Our home is PERFECT for travelers who want to explore New York without spending tons of money on a comfortable place to stay. We're also located close by the A express train, making traveling to Manhattan very easy.

The Space


We're two lovebirds who met in college. Fast forward 7 years later and now, we're married! We originally joined Airbnb as hosts in order to afford the wedding of our dreams. Now, we're still interested in hosting because the experience of meeting new people has been rewarding.

Our home is filled with love and we want our guest to feel rejuvenated, relaxed and well taken care after a stay with us.

Kat is a New York native, who has lived in Brooklyn for the past 6 years. Tonye is a Seattle native and Boston transplant who moved to Brooklyn a year ago. Between the two of us, we offer a perfect mix of newcomer's enthusiasm and seasoned resident's know-how.

Since we both work full-time and have active social lives, our guest will feel as if they have the place mostly to themselves. We're also a phone call or text message away if you have a question or need us to come by for anything.

We live in a spacious and cozy, 2 bedroom + 1 bathroom ground floor brownstone apartment that's handicap accessible.

This listing is for our guest room. We will occupy the master bedroom during reservations.

Our guest bedroom is warm and cozy space featuring a queen size platform bed, dresser, armchair and alarm clock. The room also has two doors, one leading to the hallway and the other, to the living room.

At check-in, you will receive a welcome basket filled with a map of the neighborhood that highlights cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, food markets and subway stations; a list of local cultural institutions and events happening during your visit; and several certificates for nearby eateries.

We also offer: wireless internet, cable television with DVR, video games, a flat screen television that is hooked up to our Netflix account, a fully stocked kitchen that includes a stove, refrigerator, food processor, rice cooker, waffle maker, spices and kitchen staples (sugar, honey, cooking oil, etc.), an air conditioner, iron and ironing board, fresh linens, towels, wash clothes, soap, shampoo and conditioner.

In the bathroom is an incredible chrome showerhead that has a handheld option and 7 spray modes, including pulsating massage, for a luxurious shower experience.

In the living room there's a dining alcove with a table that seats four and also a reading nook with a chalkboard wall for messages, quotes and doodles.


Our place is situated in the heart of Brooklyn's culturally diverse and historical Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. Directly next door is a 24 hour convenience store and deli. Across the street from us is a basketball court, playground and handball court. Along our street is a laundromat, vintage/thrift clothing store, authentic Jamaican restaurant, soul food restaurant, hair salon, barbershop, nail salon, liquor store and several cafes.

We're 2 blocks away from bustling Nostrand Avenue which has a wonderful lounge/restaurant, a huge supermarket, a health food store, plenty of clothing shops, wine shop and Caribbean food stores and restaurants. We're 3 blocks from a very popular authentic Italian restaurant, tons of bars and nightlife options.

Additionally, we're a short bus or train ride away from the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Some of their highlights are: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn Academy of Music - a multi-art center with international performances and films, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, Children's Museum, Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Fulton Street Mall, Atlantic Center and Barclays Center - a landmark sports and entertainment arena that is home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.


Distance: right in front of the house

Distance: 5 minute walk
Offers: C local train
Can take you to: Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan.

Distance: 6 minute walk
Offers: A express train, C local train
Can take you to: Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan

Distance: Across the street
Can take you to: Children's Museum, Prospect Park

Distance: 2 blocks away
Can take you to: Along Nostrand Ave., Clinton Hill, Fort Greene,

Distance: 1 minute walk, less than 1 block
Can take you to: Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, downtown Brooklyn, further into Bedford Stuyvesant

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $410 /week
Monthly Price: $1650 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 12:00 AM (midnight)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We had such a good time at Kat & Tonye's Place . Kat and Tonye are so nice , kind and hospitable . we had a very good welcoming . Kat shows us everything in the apartment and Tonye were so kind to give us tip where to eat .The apartment is in a very nice place , close to the Subway and you have whatever you need around.
    The room is clean and good for two people. the apartment is full furnished. I'll remember this vacation for all my life . Thank You Guys :)

    April 2014
  • This was our first time using AirBnB, and Kat & Tonye's welcoming attitude and friendliness assured us that this is a service that we will be using often in the future. Whenever we had questions leading up to our stay, they always responded right away via the inbox. Once we got to their cozy place, they offered lots of suggestions for restaurants and things to do in the city. Tonye gave us some suggestions of apps for our phones that might help us find discounts at local restaurants. They were very open to letting us use anything in their home (TV, XBox, kitchen, etc.), Kat even offered my girlfriend one of her jackets to help keep warm outside in the chilly March weather. We had some great conversations with the two of them, and even watched a movie together. Without us even asking, Tonye surprised us with some incredible mango pina coladas and fresh guacamole!

    The bed was the most comfortable that I've ever slept in, and the location was just a short walk to the subway. The apartment is spacious and the bathroom is adequate. They have every TV channel that you could ask for, as well as an array of DVDs and video games. The bedroom is the perfect size for two people.

    There is NO reason not to stay here! It's affordable, in a great location, and Kat & Tonye are two awesome hosts! We hope to come back and visit them some day :)

    March 2014
  • Kat and Tonye have been great hosts. As soon as we arrived they made us feel comfortable and they let us use their apartment as if it were our. In the bedroom that is rather spacious there is a coach, a bed that is SO comfortable and a dresser on which there are plenty of books, maps and stuff that have been very helpfull for us to find what we wanted. No trouble happened during our journey thanks to them, they immediately helped us to locate in the city and in the neighborhood. Even if you don't speak english very well (like us) they are very patient and they make sure you really understand what they say and they make sure everything is ok. To summarize it was great to stay at their place, thanks to this we had a wonderful journey! We highly recommend them!

    Kat et Tonye ont été des hôtes super. Dès que nous sommes arrivés ils nous ont fait nous sentir à l'aise et nous ont invité à utiliser leur appartement comme s'il était le nôtre. Dans la chambre qui est plutôt spacieuse il y a un fauteuil, un lit extrêmement confortable et une commode sur laquelle il y a plein de livres, cartes, prospectus pour des restaurants etc, bref tout ce qu'il faut pour savoir ce qu'il y a d'intéressant dans le quartier et en ville, ça nous a été super utile. Kat et Tonye nous ont immédiatement aidé à nous repérer et à nous orienter dans la ville et nous ont expliqué comment fonctionnait le métro et même si vous ne parlez pas très bien anglais ils sont très patients et s'assurent que vous avez bien compris ce qu'ils disent et ils s'assurent que tout va bien pour vous. Pour résumer c'était génial d'être chez eux, on se sentait très à l'aise et grâce à cela on a passé un séjour formidable! Nous les recommandons chaudement!

    March 2014
  • If you want to visit NYC, Kat and Tonye's place is a very nice solution. They are the most kind hosts and their home is in the heart of Brooklyn, close to the subway and with lots of restaurants and bars in the neighborhood. Recommended!

    February 2014
  • Both Kat & Tonye have a genuine and humble energy that shows with the way they treat each other as well as their guests. You feel comfortable from the very beginning in meeting them. They have a great info packet they’ve put together with maps, recommendations and useful things about their home. Their apt is super cozy - we loved the bed, we could’ve stayed in all day! It’s quiet and away from any outside noise which is great if you want to sleep in! We also enjoyed a recommend brunch spot (Rustik Tavern) from Kat & T on our first morning and SO glad we went, it’ll be one of the reasons to return to the neighborhood. The walk there was nice, I liked being a part of a residential neighborhood as opposed to being in a touristy area. Within walking distance of two train stations and bus service. Very close to downtown Brooklyn & Manhattan. The neighborhood is great!

    While at home with our hosts (who really felt more like new friends), it felt very comfortable to have different topics of conversations and relate, as well as share some great stories, pictures, and home videos.

    Kat & T: You both have very beautiful spirits, & we thank you for sharing that with us, as well as the space you’ve created to call home. Spending time with you guys was one of the highlights of our weekend. We hope to see you both again soon.

    February 2014
  • Kat and Tonye were more than hosts, they were like family. They provided me with a fantastic healthy meal and great conversation during my brief stay.

    The apartment was clean and comfortable. The kitchen was stocked with plenty of supplies and spices that Kat and Tonye assured me I could use freely. The room had a huge comfortable bed with fresh linens.

    I would certainly recommend staying with them if you're looking for friendly accommodations and a great rate.

    February 2014
  • My Girlfriend and I had a good time at Kat and Tonyes house. We only saw them for short times in the evening since we spend all day in the city but they were really nice and friendly people. They made the stay professional really professional with a welcome basket and good tips of where to go and what to do. I can totally recommend them as hosts.

    February 2014
  • The reservation was canceled the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
    Kat & Tonye
    Response from Kat & Tonye:

    We regretfully had to cancel Eric's reservation due to a major snowstorm in
    New York that canceled our flight back home from vacation. We made sure to
    email Eric and send him an Airbnb message. Thankfully he was understanding
    and able to make alternative arrangements.

  • Kat & Tonye's place was wonderful! It was clean and well equipped for the purposes of our stay. We were only there for one night, but Kat & Tonye were communicative and helpful in many aspects!

    January 2014
  • Kat and Tonye were very welcoming, and it was a great pleasure to stay with them! They are very friendly and have a great sense of humor and style. The place was exactly what I expected and whats in the pictures. Comfy bed and it felt just like home.
    I will be staying here again in the future and you should definitely consider this place.

    January 2014
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Kat - doula/childbirth educator/writer Tonye - Financial analyst/budding entrepreneur
Hi! We're an outgoing and fun-loving recently married couple. Kat was born and raised here and is a true New Yorker while Tonye has been living in this city for 2 years. We are foodies who love to travel and make new friends. We love meeting new people from around the country and around the world. Please feel free to message us if you have any questions about our place, the neighborhood or New York City in general. Thanks!
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