About This Listing
Live like a Brooklyn native: private, peaceful, floor-through apartment in a historic, vibrant neighborhood. Newly renovated bath, huge kitchen, comfortable beds sleep up to 5. Garden access. Steps to all major subway lines - one stop to Manhattan.
Live in historic, brownstone Brooklyn in a floor-through garden apartment called Toasty Brooklyn. Two bedrooms, one bathroom. Hardwood parquet floors. Classic but uncluttered. Large living room and kitchen. Newly renovated, modern bathroom (2012). Near all major subway lines and only 20 minutes to Manhattan. Peace and quiet, but also in an area renowned for its shops and restaurants.
Step out into a quiet, ivy-covered garden for your morning coffee. Cook meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Use your private entrance to come and go at your whim. Sleep on all new mattresses (2011 and 2012) with fresh cotton linens. Real beds accommodate up to 5 people. Baby cot and high chair on site.
Parking is readily available on the streets of Fort Greene at no cost. Safe neighborhood with families, young professionals, artists, retirees and many who have lived in the neighborhood for a long time. This is charming Brooklyn living at its best.
•Private, independent apartment with outdoor space/garden
•2 bedrooms, 1 newly renovated bathroom with tub/shower
•Sleeps up to 5 people; kid-friendly with cot and high chair
•Central location near 12 subway lines, 20 min. to Manhattan
•Fully equipped kitchen
•Wifi, cable TV, microwave, dishwasher
Upon entry, there is a hallway for storage of your stroller (if you have little ones). Double doors to the apartment lead to a very large living/dining room, 13 x 24 feet, with windows looking out onto our peaceful, tree-lined street. Furnishings: sofa for 2-3 people, a daybed that doubles as a single bed for overflow guests, two comfortable armchairs, and tables, a long, contemporary dining table with dining chairs, a new 32" flat screen Sony TV with cable, an antique sideboard topped with a slab of white marble, including guidebooks and maps of NYC.
In the center of the apartment, with a cut-out (pass-through) connecting it to the living room, the kitchen is huge by NY standards, 13 x 10 feet. It contains a stove with oven and broiler, refrigerator, microwave, large sink, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster and many cupboards storing every kind of kitchen utensil and cookware you may need. Ample counter space, including two long, stainless steel professional kitchen counters.
A small hallway leads to the large bedroom with a new (2011) queen-size bed, huge closet and views on the garden. There is an air-conditioner in the bottom part of one of the two windows (in summer). Reading lamps and bedside tables on either side of the bed. A desk with lamp and chair and a dresser makes this a well-equipped, perfect bedroom hideaway. There is also a full-length mirror.
Continuing through the hallway is a small bedroom with a new (2012) single bed and extra single bed trundle stored underneath. Closet and doorway to garden. We have a portable crib with sheet, should you need it. The small bedroom has just enough space to fit baby cot and/or the trundle single bed. This is useful if you have kids and want them in their own room. NOTE: this is a very small bedroom and it's a tight squeeze to put extra bed in here! But it works.
In January 2012, we did a gut renovation of the bathroom. It is beautiful and modern, with green-flecked Terrazzo floor tiles, white subway tiles, bathtub with shower, a large, white Caesar Stone counter and under-mount sink. Grohe faucets. Hooks and towel bars. A high-quality exhaust fan that is very quiet and efficient.
Visit the famous Brooklyn Flea a few blocks away, the Olmsted designed park at the end of the block (with jogging paths, playgrounds, tennis courts), or the bustling Farmer's Market on the edge of the park. The neighborhood is filled with interesting restaurants, bars and shops. I grew up in New York City and lived in Paris for 10 years and I can tell you this is my favorite neighborhood, anywhere. Ever!
Near all major subway lines (12 different subways!) and only 20 minutes to busy downtown Manhattan, one stop away on the Q train. Walking distance to other great Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Park Slope, restaurant row in Cobble Hill and Prospect Heights, Pratt Institute, the mansions of Clinton Hill, the urban grit of Vinegar Hill and DUMBO.
Toasty: Brooklyn at its very best.
Check-in is after 4 pm, with some flexibility depending on owner's schedule.
Check-out is 12 noon. Cleaning fee of $100 is mandatory.
No smoking in the apartment.
If you break something - or something breaks - please let us know. It's nice for the next guest to have everything in working order, and we're not happy to find surprises... Thanks!
We live in a residential neighborhood. We ask that you respect our neighbors and the peacefulness of our block by limiting use of the garden after 9 pm and before 8 am. The sound of voices and music carries across Brooklyn backyards.
Nan was a truly welcoming host who had survived days of books arriving at her door ready for our arrival and she smiled through it all.
A lovely roomy apartment in a delightful part of Brooklyn with restaurants ,shops and local markets to keep us entertained.
For us the garden put the icing on the cake. We were able to go out for fresh bagels and cinnamon buns and eat at leisure in the sunshine and peace of the garden. What a delight in the middle of Brooklyn. We would love to return.
When we arrived Nan's husband, Gerard was there to welcome us, as she had mailed us before we left for Brooklyn.
He showed us around and explained everything. Nan had seen to it that there was some breakfast for the next morning. There was also a book with lots of useful information.
Gerard emphasized that if we needed anything just to let them know.
The apartment was lovely, it felt like home from home. You could tell that it was furnished with care. We loved coming home after a busy day in NY and relax in this nice and quiet space, knowing that if we would like to go out to eat that was a possibility, but if we were too lazy we could just get something in the neighbourhood to eat in the apartment.
The next day we met Nan, who helped us decide what to do on a beautiful day in New York. Later in the week we met her lovely family.
It was very easy to get to the subway. And to be honest, although we stayed 8 days in the apartment, there was still so much to explore. We went e.g. to the Brooklyn museum, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but didn't have time for the Botanic gardens.
We do hope/intend to be back and we most certainly would recommend it to our family and friends.
We absolutely loved Nan's place! Everything was perfect. We all slept great in the lovely beds, it was so peaceful. The neighborhood is wonderful.
We may well be back, thanks Nan!
65 Oxford, Brooklyn was so satisfying we were not anxious to leave.
The Garden Apartment was comfortable and supplied with everything we needed. Nan had communicated by phone as to where the key was and had left a welcoming note on the table.
A note book was available giving information about restaurants in the neighborhood. It is easy walking to small shops and wine stores are near by.
This neighborhood is very safe and it is so much fun walking around admiring all the Brownstone.
I would recommend Toasty Brooklyn as a perfect place to stay in Brooklyn.
It is great to know that there are still trusting people in this world. You Nan, you are one them. Your beautiful cozy, clean, quiet, and comfortable apartment is a place to call home. Thank you for all your attentions, communication and patience with us. We will definitely stay at your place again.
We were very warmly received by Nan in her Garden Apartment in Brooklyn which is realistically described and pictured in the photos. She even had bought bread, butter and orange juice for us to have a breakfast in the next morning. Coffee and tea was there as well. We very much enjoyed our stay at Nan´s place in Brooklyn, particularly the silence and friendliness of the neighbourhood was a recreative source for the hustle and business of Manhattan. We would very much like to come back again!
About the Host, Nan
Native New Yorker married to a Frenchman, 2 teenage kids, love hiking, cycling, food & wine, beaches, reading, yoga, friends and family, community involvement and social activism, irreverence and compassion, urban life, travel, meeting new people, cooking -- and teaching others to cook good food.
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