About this listing
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 stocked with milk and fruit juice
• 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. 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, plus milk and fruit juice. 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 - plus curtains not shown in the photos - 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 $110 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 $125 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 $100, or $20 a night up to 5 nights.
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! There is also a café on the corner of our street called Cammerari Bakery which has a good selection of sandwiches, pastries, breakfast items and fresh bread, while next to that a small French café called Paulette's also serves breakfast. 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 open-air flea market in New York, is just a few blocks away from April-November. The 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!
Check-in is after 4 pm, with some flexibility depending on owner's schedule.
Check-out is 12 noon. Late check-out at owner's discretion.
Absolutely no smoking in the apartment or garden.
Use of the garden is limited to the hours between 8 AM - 9 PM.
Please ensure the main door of the building is always firmly closed when entering or leaving.
When checking-out, please leave the room in a tidy fashion. In short, treat the room as you would your own!
About the Host, Sallie
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 with friends, devouring books, writing stories, and playing cricket in the park. I love everything to do with language and I volunteer at a local non-profit organization providing literacy instruction to students reading below grade level. 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!