Sunny Charming Zen-like 1BR, UWS

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Seminary Row, New York, NY 10027, United States

For one person only, for study, work, meditation and contemplation. No couples, no family.

Your host, Yukiko
14 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

For one person only, for study, work, meditation and contemplation. No couples, no family.

The Space

If you are looking for a sunny, spacious, clean and peaceful one-bedroom apartment near parks and nice restaurants, with easy transportation, this is the place! Features are a working kitchen with new refrigerator, a recently renovated bathroom with new tub and sink, new windows throughout, and all sure to welcome you. Each room has its own unique color.  

Another unique feature:
The building is a renovated pre-war, charming walk-up building. Yes, there are many steps to the 6th floor, but you'll get a daily exercise and will look forward to returning to a Zen-like home. Zen is also reflected in the absence of TV. Who needs TV when there is an internet access?

This unique Upper West Side neighborhood with schools such as Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music near by, is sure to make your New York experience unforgettable. This apartment was designed for teachers and students to help focus on their work and study. Located two blocks east of Riverside Park and one block west of Morning Side Park. Walking distant to many trains and buses. Only 30 minutes (door to door) to midtown by A/D subway lines. A branch of the New York Public Library and Citibank near by.

Other goodies:
- Fresh linens, towels, blankets, 
- CD players, Yoga mats, exercise ball, portable Tap dance floors, ballet bar available for your in-home exercises. 
- If you are subletting, there is a laundry service you can hire.
- A small portable washer in the apartment. 
- A complimentary Shiatsu massage to welcome you to the healing space. (I am a professional shiatsu practitioner. http://(email hidden)/ )

  The house rules for the Zen Like apartment are:
(1) No street shoes in the apartment  
(2) No push pins & nails on walls.
(3) Be mindful not to waste energy (: turn off lights when not in use)  
(4) No smoking or alcohol. (Wine is considered alcohol.) This is not a party space.
(5) No meat cooking in the house.
(6) Must wash dishes and pans right after each use/meal.
(7) Open windows while you cook or the next morning to get fresh air.
(8) Use cutting board not the counter top when cutting vegetables.
(9) $100 per night surcharge for violation of no-guest policy.
(10) No couples. No families. This apartment is for individuals only; it is for work, study, meditation, contemplation for individuals, not for couples or families for vacation.

The apartment is calming, clean and peaceful with just the right amount of plants and lots of sunlight. The apartment has earned the reputation "the best home in the building." For more info, visit: (website hidden)
I respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. ABB has a dysfunctional system that states my response rate is 86%. This is a false statement.

Interaction with Guests

Basically four times- check-in, check-out, the day after check-in, the day before check-out. However I will make myself available as often as the guest needs.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Airbed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $915 /week
Monthly Price: $2900 /month
Security Deposit: $1000
Cleaning Fee: $70
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • I spent a month in Yukiko's apartment in the Columbia University area. The area is safe and the apartment tastefully and beautifully appointed in a minimalist Japanese style.

    Yukiko was very attentive and sensitive to my needs and communicated quickly and honestly. She was careful in her explanations/instructions concerning using her space and always went out of her way to be friendly, helpful and cordial. I hope she continues to be a friend.

    The apartment seems best for a single person - probably under 6' - who is a vegetarian/vegan, does not mind an inflatable air mattress on the floor for a bed or a 6 floor walkup. She means what she says in her list of "restrictions," which were congruent with my preferences and lifestyle anyway - so were not limitations in any way. I appreciated the care and the cleanliness on all levels.

    December 2013
  • It only took me so long to write this review because I wanted to make sure I was able to do justice to the amazing home, experience, and friendship provided by Yukiko. Buckle in because this is going to be a long, amazing story!

    For a last minute week long trip, I frantically was searching for a place to stay arriving that night at midnight. The universe must have aligned for me to find Yukiko's listing. She immediately got back to me, informing me that the place she usually stayed during her guest's stay was under construction but she wanted to help me and to sit tight. She went out of her way to find a place to stay and open her home to me, waited up until midnight to greet me with a warm smile, kind words, and some hot tea.

    Her home is beautiful, open, and spacious. Respect the space as it deserves to be respected because it is a wonderful retreat from the streets of New York. Her philosophies and care that extend from her into this space are indescribable. One evening we grabbed dinner (delicious ramen place nearby, Jin) and had hours of conversation before parting ways for the evening.

    She came by to send me off as well, insisting on helping me carry my luggage down the stairs and waving goodbye until my car disappeared. I was truly saddened to leave, and am happy to have been given to chance to make such a genuine & lasting connection.

    The listing itself, as I said, was open and spacious with a lot of natural light pouring in. It is located on the 6th floor with a nice view that puts you above the street sounds of New York. The area absolutely feels safe, even at the dead hours of night (I was there alone and would come home anywhere between 10pm-2am). It also is sitting on top of several AMAZING eateries that all do pick-up so you can pop down for any meal of the day! There are lovely parks and the campus nearby to explore and the top of Central Park is within walking distance as well. If you're up for an all-day adventure you can walk the entire length of Central Park West and straight through to Times Square - you'll swing by both the Natural History Museum and Madison Square Garden!

    I would absolutely recommend staying here & will definitely look to stay here again the next time I'm in the city!

    November 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    November 2013
  • Great stay! Apartment was as described and Yukiko was very helpful and friendly. The location is near several small restaurants and is about a 5 minute walk to the express train to the city. Great value for New York City!

    October 2013
  • Yukiko is very nice lady. Prior to my arrival, she wrote emails to me many times to make sure there was no trouble for me getting around either in NY or her place. She greeted me in person and carried luggage for me. She even had very nice hot tea ready for me. Yukiko, thanks for all you did !
    The place worked for me very well too. It's clean and spacious. Ionly a few minutes walking to Columbia. The most important thing is It's in the very safe area. I walked safely in the middle of night back and forth. I really enjoyed my stay there. Again thank you very much, yukiko!

    October 2013
  • Yukiko's sunny, charming zen-like apartment was just what I needed for my extended stay in NYC. It is clean, simple and located on a quiet corner in a university neighborhood. There are kitchen facilities which I used every morning to prepare breakfast. She was a lovely hostess, always ready with suggestions, and helped me begin my vacation with positive energy when she greeted me with a shiatsu massage--heavenly. The only drawback is that is it located on the 6th floor, which means hiking up six floors so this might be an issue for those who are not in shape. I recommend Yukiko and her apartment without hesitation, and I know you will enjoy your stay there.

    September 2013
    Response from Yukiko:

    It was really lovely to have Giselle as my guest. As for the 6 floor walk up, I clearly state in my listings as a positive feature for those who want to take the steps as part of daily exercises. When I receive inquiries, I double check before we reach our reservations to see if the guest feels fine about the 6 floor walk up. If it is an issue, I do not accept the reservation. As a teacher of Yoga, Giselle stated that she was fine with it. So, it is a surprise for me to read her review stating my 6 floor walk-up as a "drawback." Giselle seemed a little over weight, and she was here doing lots of shopping, so I have to understand that it was her own "personal drawback." All other guests I've had in the past never had an issue and were perfectly fine with the 6 floor walk-up. Giselle is right to think that for those who are out of shape, the steps could be an issue, and I have not and will not take those people as my guests in order to avoid unsatisfactory experiences. I hope when Giselle visits New York next time, she feels strong enough to walk up 6 floor and use my place again with complete satisfaction. All the best to Giselle. Yukiko

    September 2013
  • I stayed at Yukiko's place for 3 nights in september and this was a great experience! The apartment is spacious and sunny. Everything is perfectly clean. The vibe of the apartment is really high, if you meditate you will definitely appreciate this.

    Before renting you the place Yukiko makes you read and accept the rules of the house - this place is not for everyone, if you are looking for parties - this is not your place. However if you are traveling alone and looking for a quite and cozy place in NYC to study, to write a book or think about your life - this is the right place for you!

    Yukiko is a wonderful host! I took her specialty shiatsu massage - just go for it! She is a healer, her energy is transforming. If you book for 5 nights you get a complimentary session!

    When i told Yukiko about my story - i left my job and was doing some soul searching trying to figure out what to do next in my life - she gave me so much support and great advice! I'm so grateful to Yukiko for being so kind and investing her time in me! 

    Thank you!

    September 2013
  • Yukiko is one of the most caring hosts you'll find on AirBnB, or perhaps anywhere. She goes the extra mile to provide a wonderfully clean, cheery and inviting environment, and to ensure that her guests will feel completely at home in her apartment. The airbed in the sunny, plant-filled bedroom is one of the most comfortable I've ever encountered. She even furnishes tea, granola, fruit, and soy or almond milk for her guests, so you can enjoy a healthy breakfast!

    I tend to be a bit of a frenetic traveler; anxiety generally rules until I'm well settled in. But as soon as I encountered Yukiko outside her building and then set foot inside her apartment I was overwhelmed by her calming presence and all anxiety melted away. I was especially appreciative of the requirement to leave "street" shoes at the door. As a former Manhattan resident for nearly four decades, I am well aware of the kind of stuff that collects on Manhattan roadways and sidewalks, and frankly I don't want to track it into my living space. I felt more comfortable in the apartment knowing that Yukiko feels similarly. Additionally, Yukiko continues to check during the course of the stay to be sure that everything is satisfactory. Everything was.

    The neighborhood in which Yukiko's apartment is located is one of my favorites in Manhattan, with new restaurants and cafes continuing to open and delight patrons with their hometown-neighborhood feel. If I were relocating back to the Big Apple (and I may just), that's the neighborhood I'd be looking to live in!

    The only potential drawbacks you might encounter during your stay are (1) the six floor climb to the apartment, which is not a problem unless you've either got a lot of baggage [Yukiko even offered to help carry some of my belongings upstairs!] or plan to be making lots of trips in and out, so in either case you'll get plenty of exercise, but I knew about that beforehand as Yukiko clearly states that in her listing, and she personally double checked about that as well; and (2) the bathtub only has a handheld showerhead attachment, with a clip only about 28" above the floor of the tub, so if you want to take an actual shower you'll need to be continuously holding the shower head with one hand, European-style. Probably works for a lot of people; me, not so much. But both potential drawbacks pale in comparison to the warm, peaceful and calming atmosphere created by Yukiko for her guests. You won't regret staying here!

    As Yukiko's guest I feel as though I have not only found a caring and gracious host but gained a friend as well. I'm looking forward to my next stay in Yukiko's apartment!


    September 2013
  • After parking for free in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, Yukiko met me at her apartment which she has decorated with a keen aesthetic sensibility to create an environment of beauty, calm and peace in the center of one of the most exciting, fast paced cities in the world - a remarkable accomplishment.

    On my first day, I took the subway to visit the International Center of Photography on 42 street. Then, I easily returned To her apartment, where after i was rejuvenated, i happily explored the great restaurants in her neighborhood for dinner - Ethiopian, Chinese, Cuban, etc. Later that night, after a busy day of art, food and music, I was ready to wind down with a hot bath and warm shower - in short, a great day!!. And, on top of all this, Yukiko is a wonderful host - great with helpful advice about parking, where to eat, etc. She is a great resource, funny and charming.
    In short, this an excellent price and a wonderful place to stay. Five Stars !!!

    August 2013
  • Yukiko is a wonderful host and her apartment is a clean, calm, spacious oasis in the big city. From the moment you walk in and take off your shoes you are engulfed by the "experience" of staying in Yukiko's home. The welcoming music warms your way to the kitchen where you are offered a delicious cup of tea. Fruit and simple foods are available for your pleasure during your stay and the airbed is firm and inviting. The numerous plants accentuate Yukiko's concern for nature and the environment. The free Wi-Fi was fast and robust and easy to connect to. The amenities are complete and comfortable. It takes a few minutes for the hot water to make it to the shower but this is not surprising for being on the sixth floor. Communication is clear and responsive by email and phone. To arrive at Yukiko's sanctuary requires more than a 12 step program. In fact you will need to climb all 80 steps so take your personal physical condition into consideration when you reserve your time at Yukiko's.

    May 2013
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English, 日本語
Osaka University of Health and Sports Science
Self employed
I am a kind and friendly person who has lived in New York for the last 27 years. I practice yoga and meditation daily. Yoga teaching and Shiatsu massage are my profession. I also work as a personal assistant and professional organizer. Performing arts is my love, and I am a vocalist and dancer. Bilingual in English and Japanese. Originally from Osaka, Japan. My first hosting may not be perfect, but I will listen to my guests and keep improving my service for my future guests. I use an air bed for two reasons: (1) High quality air beds have a reputation to support us well if we have back problems. I myself suffered with the discomfort for 10 years. During the time, I tried different kinds of bed. With extra layers of foam pads, the air bed earned my confidence. No foam beds and futon come close. (2) As a host, I am providing different guests who don't know each other with the same bed. What does this mean? Being sensitive to energy as a healer, this means that you are sleeping with a stranger, but only at different times. Beds observe energy of the sleepers. The air/energy of the air bed is easy to cleanse. I would like to give each of my guest a fresh bed with fresh sheets. My strict house rules reflect my awareness in health and in the environment. You can tell, I do not rent my place out to just any body. In New York, many people are success oriented, and running around everyday. Clutter in the house rarely makes them feel at home. They rely on TV, alcohol, and pills/drugs to relax themselves. On another hand, New York City is a perfect place for practicing our spiritual self while living in the temporal world. Why not give yourself a gift of both - an exciting city and peaceful home. As a healer, I strive to create healing environment. When you walk in, you will not find my home. You will find yourself...Your True Self...your true home.
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