Apartment - Private room · South Elliott Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States

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Looking for a quiet, private, affordable room with own bathroom in the heart of one of Brooklyn’s most iconic neighborhoods? Then look no further!
[PLEASE NOTE: I would appreciate it if you contact me first before submitting a booking request. Since it's our home I like to hear a little bit about you before confirming a reservation. Thanks :)]

• Large and comfortable private room with own entrance and access to beautiful garden
• Modern bathroom all for you with rain shower and steam facility
• Sleeps 2 on a double futon bed, can accommodate two children on a double airbed
• Children's books and toys available on request
• Small fridge
• Kettle, selection of teas plus basket of fruit and cookies on arrival
• DVD, iPod dock, Wifi
• Iron and table top ironing board
• Books, maps and walking cards on New York
• Central location near 12 subway lines, 15 mins to Manhattan
• Free parking on the street

We are offering a very large, clean and comfortable basement room with windows and private entrance on a beautiful tree-lined block in Fort Greene. (We live on the same street where the film director Spike Lee has his studio!) You will not need to see us at all if you choose not to: the room is separate from our living space and your own entrance will allow you to come and go as you please. After a busy day in the city, you can slip back in without disturbing a soul and have a great night’s sleep in your own peaceful oasis. A second door in the room opens onto a flight of wooden stairs that leads up into our yard, a beautiful Japanese-inspired garden that is a corner of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of urban life. You are welcome to sit on the deck and enjoy the morning and evening chorus of red cardinals and blue jays and the occasional woodpecker – as well as the antics of scampering squirrels.

So what does the room offer you? First of all, a very comfortable futon bed that has received rave reviews from all our family and friends who have stayed with us. We cover it in fresh cotton linen and in the winter top it off with a cozy down-filled “doona” (Aussie-speak for quilt) that will send you to sleep immediately. Even insomniacs seem to find sleep in our basement! [Note: the bed is a little lower than a normal bed so if you have any difficulty getting down low this might not be for you.] There is a table and chairs, a very comfortable armchair and plenty of room to put your clothes on a hanging rack and in a set of wire drawers. There is a large wooden chest of drawers full of fresh towels and extra linen, DVD player and a selection of good movies (no TV connection), Wifi connection and an iPod dock. There's also an iron and table-top ironing board if you need to press something fancy before a night out and there is access to laundry facilities in our building - we supply the washing powder. But the best part of all is the bathroom. It is very large and modern with a rain shower and steam facility (great marble bench to lounge on) so you can truly relax after a busy day of sightseeing! We provide toiletries and there’s a hairdryer for your use. There's no kitchen but there's a small fridge, a kettle and mugs with a selection of teas and we always provide cookies and a basket of fruit. The room is well-stocked with guidebooks, maps and magazines on New York and walking cards.You have your own heating control so you can regulate the temperature in your room in the winter while in the summer we supply a large fan and dehumidifier. [Note: the windows have insect screens and are great for getting air into the room but there is no direct view onto the garden. This is a basement room and you need to go up the steps to the garden as you can see in the photo. There is diffused natural light, more so obviously in the summer, but there are plenty of lights and lamps in the room to make it very bright and cozy. And the basement remains pleasantly cool in the sticky summer of New York. This is an amazingly quiet room at the back of the building with no noise from the street whatsoever - you will sleep soundly here! ]

Travelling with children or a friend
The room rate for a single traveler or a couple is $95 per night, minimum two nights stay. If you are travelling with children, we can reconfigure the room to accommodate one or two extra small people on a single or double air bed. The family price is $105 per night. We have many toys and books that we are happy to lend. If you are traveling as two friends together and wish to each have your own bed, we can also reconfigure the room and supply the air mattress. The extra price for this is a flat fee of $95 - the equivalent of a night's stay - per week.

The room is a short walk away from heaps of great cafés and shops. There is a very nice bagel joint around the corner for breakfast and an Aussie-owned café just up the street called Smooch for Australian visitors hankering a decent coffee and some vegemite toast! A brand new cafe has also just opened on the corner of our street (February 2013) and which has a good selection of sandwiches, pastries, breakfast items and fresh bread. It’s simple to get to Manhattan from where we are with 12 subway lines in easy walking distance, the nearest five minutes away. There is also a gorgeous park at the end of the street – Fort Greene Park – designed by Olmsted and Vaux (same pair of famous landscape architects that designed Central Park) and popular with joggers and local residents who flock to the wonderful farmers’ market at the corner of the park every Saturday (check out the amazing apples and heirloom tomatoes!) The New York marathon runs along Lafayette Avenue at the end of our street every November and the whole neighborhood turns out to celebrate in a riot of color and sound. BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a five minute walk from us where you can catch great gigs and plays and movies, while the Brooklyn Flea, the largest flea market in New York, is just a few blocks away. The newly opened Barclay Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets and venue for large-scale rock concerts, is also a mere 10 minute walk away.

Fort Greene is a fabulous, vibrant, multi-cultural neighborhood and we invite you to use it as your convenient base to explore Brooklyn and wider New York. We promise that you won’t be disappointed!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My husband and I stayed with Sallie in February/March this year as our initial base after our move from Australia. We could not have found a nicer place to stay and nicer people to stay with. The space is all you need, whether you are just on holiday or setting up. In fact, it is larger than most hotels we have stayed at in NYC and it even has an very glam and spacious ensuite. Great position for the subway - a block from the C and G lines and close to the main Barclays station. Definitely a great area in Brooklyn and provides you with some retreat from bustling Manhattan. The house is in a safe, leafy neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars around. A beautiful park is also at the end of the street. Sallie and her husband were so kind, even advising us of things to see and do in the area. The garden area is so tranquil, but we would have loved to have seen it in all its glory in spring. We would definitely recommend staying here - you will not be disappointed!

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay in Sallie's room. She is a warm and friendly host. The room is clean and comfortable, with lovely touches such as fresh fruit, and a bouquet of flowers to greet us. One reason we chose it is that it has a separate entrance, so we didn't have to worry about disturbing the family if we came back late. We were very pleased by how quiet the room was. The location is great - near the subway, in our favorite neighborhood in Brooklyn. We would certainly stay there again, and hope that it will be available when we return to NY.

    January 2014
  • We loved staying in Brooklyn with Sallie. The flat is beautiful, clean, and very convenient to multiple Subway lines. In addition, the Fort Greene neighborhood is easy to walk and Sallie offered great suggestions for restaurants, coffee, and shopping in the area. We were a little concerned that the futon might not be comfortable, but we slept really well and would stay again with no hesitation!

    January 2014
  • Staying at Sallie's airbnb was a great experience. She was very accommodating especially after having my flight cancelled due to a winter storm. Yet when me and my girlfriend stayed in her cozy little basement, it was warm and hospitable. Central to Brooklyn and within walking distance to atlantic avenue terminal all of New York City is just a subway ride away! Oh and the cookies she has are the best, I just couldnt help myself.

    January 2014
  • My third time staying with Sallie and Duncan. I love their place, it feels like a home away from home.
    This time in New York there was temperatures of -15 and 8 inches of snow, and the room was still toasty warm.
    Rain or shine or snow, this is the perfect place to stay.
    I daresay I will be back! :D

    January 2014
  • Fantastic experience, and a really great value. I was in New York for a mix of business and pleasure, and Sallie's place was perfect for my stay. IMO you really can't beat the location. It has easy access to the A and G lines - which means easy access to Manhattan and the best parts of Brooklyn - and Fort Greene itself has much to offer. The room itself is spacious with a strong WiFi connection and THE BEST SHOWER EVER. It's a clean, quiet place to rest. It's clear that Sallie takes a lot of pride in the space. You won't regret staying here.

    December 2013
  • Cheerful welcoming hosts. A spacious, attractive and comfortable room, very clean and with thoughtful touches. The bathroom is ultra modern with superb shower. Very quiet - we never heard traffic sounds or sirens. Well located for access to transportation and amenities. We would return with no hesitation.

    December 2013
  • We had a wonderful stay with Sallie. She's a delightful and gracious host who has thought of every comfort and is always available to offer suggestions for dining and getting around. Her room and bath pied a terre is spacious, quiet and very clean, and well situated to explore some of Brooklyn's most charming neighborhoods; as well it's close to BAM and easy subways to Manhattan. We'd love to come again!

    November 2013
  • My stay at Sallie's house was amazing. The room is really big, just like the pictures show, really clean and comfortable. We had the most lovely time and although we would stay out in the city most of the time, it felt like it was home, a great place to rest.
    The bathroom looks like new and the shower is amazing, the best one I've ever used.
    The bed is big enough for two, and comfortable.
    A huge plus at staying there was the separate entrance, specially because I wouldn't want to disturb the family in their routine. But even with this diferential of privacy, Sally was great. She welcomed us in a lovely way, and was very careful about everything. She even gave us a few treats such as cookies and this amazing apple juice, that became my boyfriend's favorite!
    As for the neighborhood, I felt really safe there, and I really liked this part of Brooklyn, with everything you need in hand (food, drugstores, lots of subways and train lines) and more, with theatres, malls, and just a few blocks from Brooklyn Flea Market, on saturdays.
    To people from tropical places, such as I am, don't worry about the cold, because the heating system at Sallie's is great!
    Overall, I really enjoyed my stay, I would highly recomend it to a friend, and I would definitely stay there again!

    November 2013
  • The room in one word: AMAZING!
    My entire experience was incredible. Sallie is so accommodating and nice. She even help me with arranging a pickup service from the apartment to the LaGuardia airport. ( a 20min car ride). How convenient!
    The apartment is clean and so well equipped. It has a little table, iron table, an iron, electric kettle, cups and silverware. Also a TV with a DVD player and a good variety of movies or you could even bring your own. Its quite and private. The bed is comfy. The shower is so luxurious. Its closed to major trains and near The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Near the apartment, there is chic groceries stores, restaurants and coffee shops. The street is safe. The internet connection is fast and if you have line, whatzup, (website hidden) or (website hidden) you don't even miss the fact that there is no phone signal.
    I totally recommend to stay here with Sallie. I would certainly do next time I visit the NYC area. :)

    November 2013
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Northgate Grammar School Ipswich UK; Rome University Italy; Beijing Language Institute China; NSW Institute of Languages Sydney Australia
I love travelling and making friends all over the world and have been lucky to live in four amazing cities for extended periods of my life: Rome, Beijing, Sydney and now New York. I enjoy biking and scootering around the streets of our neighborhood, cooking and eating good food, reading, learning to play the ukulele, practicing yoga and volunteering at my son's school. Home is where I lay my hat and right now Brooklyn is home! I revel in the rich cultural life of New York and would love to share with you our hip neighborhood and all the wonderful things there are to do in Fort Greene and beyond. Look forward to hosting you!
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