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!
Sallie is a fantastic host and the room is amazing (especially the shower!). The apartment is in a great location and is easily (and quickly) connected to Manhattan via public transport.
Everything you need is in the room, and Sallie goes out of her way to give you advice/directions etc.
I can't wait to go back and stay there again.
Sallie and her husband are wonderfull people. They are enjoying their stay in NYC and want others to have a pleasant stay as well. Sallie is really hospitable. She contacted us a week before our stay. She gave us a very helpfull directions on how to get to their apartment. The room is lovely. It was nice, clean and big, with one of the best badrooms on whole Airbnb. Sallie had put fruit and cookies in our room. There was tea and a few items in the fridge, which was great. The room was also equipped with plates, cups, utensils, paper towels, drawer full of clean fluffy towels, soft organic cotton sheets, blankets, moisturiser, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, clothes rack, hangers, travel guides and books. The location is perfect. There are several metro / subway stations in the neighborhood, with access to express trains to Manhattan. It took us 5 minutes to walk to the subway station, and with around 12 minutes on the train we were on Times Square. There are so many nice restaurants in the neighborhood. We had our breakfast at Bagel Delight and had a really good wine at Stonehome wine bar. Barclays Center is a 5 minute walk, which is great for sports lovers. We would really recommend this place. We felt very comfortable at Sallie's place and staying with her is our highlight of our visit to New York!
We absolutely loved it. The room was nice, great bathroom facilities and very quiet at night. Sally gave us a friendly welcome and lots of help finding the place and settling in. The neighbourhood is pleasant, very central in Brooklyn with lots of nice restaurants nearby. Good access to several subway lines, which means you can get to everywhere in manhattan very quickly.
This is Airbnb at its best! Sallie and her husband enjoy hosting. They are incredibly knowledgeable about NYC and are willing to share this knowledge. The room is exactly as described in the offer. Extra thought has been given to have everything in the room visitors might need (metro maps, adapters, umbrellas etc.). There are plenty of shops, delis and restaurants in the vicinity. The nearest metro line is one block away, the next two blocks and within easy walking distance there are at least a half a dozen lines. We stayed for 10 days, the room was very comfortable and convenient for us and the location is unbeatable. We will stay there again on our next visit.
Just came home from my first amazing whirlwind visit to New York. I stayed at Sallie's with my sister during what must have been the coldest week of february. But that didn't matter one bit, because the welcome was so warm. In advance, Sallie had already sent us directions to her apartment as well as elaborate tips on where to go for dinner and advice on public transport. Communication was easy and clear. Sallie had put fruit and cookies in our room. There was tea and a few items in the fridge, which was great. She had books on New York and even some DVDs if the weather was really bad and we fancied a night in. She told us where we could take the nearest subways and where the nearest supermarket was or a nice bagel place for breakfast. It seemed this little neighborhood had it all! We felt really safe there, even when walking home late at night. The street was quiet but this we loved because it was a nice place to come home to after a very busy and overwhelming visit to the city. Also it guaranteed quiet nights, so if you are a light sleeper, it's perfect.
Although we turned the heater of each night, during the night it wasn't too cold, because there were plenty of extra sheets in the room. In the morning the heater warmed the room pretty quickly. And then it was just a quick jump into the best start of each day: the shower. It's like a mini spa in your room! Especially in the wintertime this is sooo wonderful to have.
As stated, there were no kitchen facilities, but to be honest, we were out for dinner most of the time anyway. So we didn't really miss that. Sallie did make sure that if you did want to have take away dinner in your room, there were enough plates, cutlery and cups to use.
During our stay, Sallie contacted us to ask if we were doing fine and if we needed anything else, which was so thoughtful. I felt she was so easy to talk to, like someone you've known a lot longer, so chatting to her was always a pleasure.
Furthermore we thought the location of Sallie's apartment was perfect. It was easy to get to Manhattan, with lots of subway options, but also great if you wanted to go the opposite direction and explore Williamsburg.
In conclusion, great apartment + great host + great city = wonderful travel experience. I will definitely come back here (maybe when it's a bit warmer). Let's just all hope she never moves!
We had a great week in New York in Sallies room.
Sallie is the nicest host you could ever wish for, very helpful. With a nice family too.
The room is very large - an advantage when you come home every night with lots of shopping bags.
We loved the fact that we had our own entrance and bathroom. The bathroom is to die for - I wish I had the same one at home!
The neighbourhood is really great with many places to eat and a great bagel shop just around the corner. We had breakfast there every morning - so good.
Easy to get to a Subway.
Go and book this room asap - you won't regret it!
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!