Your host family consists of my wife Tatiana, a lovely student Celia from France, an Intern named Max from Germany, another Intern named Alex from Spain and me, Don. We live in a lovely residential neighborhood surrounded by the beauties of nature in Hartsdale, a suburb of New York City. The home is large and tastefully furnished with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen, a family room, a music room, a large office, a home theatre, a laundry room, a loft, WiFi internet, and a large outdoor deck. We have a treadmill and a recumbent exercise bicycle at your disposal. We live one block away from a commercial avenue where many businesses, bars, cafes, retail stores, restaurants and supermarkets are located. There is an express bus stop to Manhattan on our street corner (45 minutes to midtown). In addition, we are within walking distance to the Harlem Line of the Metro North Railroad Station (30 minutes to midtown). I can obtain for you a discounted student train pass for $153.
My wife and I are both professionals, I teach global history at a high school and Tatiana teaches instrumental music. Between the two of us, we speak Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Russian per month.
We are a diversified couple who love to travel and have seen most of the world. We understand and are sensitive to foreign cultures and welcome the diversities and customs of international guests.
Your stay with us will be comfortable, memorable, interesting and pleasurable. You will be considered one of the family and will enjoy the full reign of our home. We frequently dine out and enjoy the diversities of Manhattan. You may join us whenever you desire. We can also recommend good language schools if you plan to study or assist you in finding a part time job if you need extra money.
In addition to this location I have two other locations that I can offer you I acquired a second home where you can be autonomous of a family environment. It is a large furnished one family home that can accommodate several people comfortably. It is in the same neighborhood as the home above but only a 5 minute walk to the same train station.
I also have a three bedroom apartment in Astoria, Queens one block from a commercial street where many businesses, bars, cafes, retail stores, restaurants and supermarkets are located. . The commute to Manhattan by subway is only 5 minutes away.
Hope to hear from you,
Don & Tatiana
Additional Fees & Surcharges
Unless previously agreed upon or included in your personal Homestay accommodations, the following is a schedule of fees and surcharges wherever applicable:
There is a $150 fee to be chauffeured from Newark Airport and brought to your Homestay.
There is a $125 fee to be chauffeured from Kennedy Airport and brought to your Homestay.
There is a $100 fee to be chauffeured from LaGuardia Airport and brought to your Homestay.
There is a $100 fee to be chauffeured from Port Authority Bus Terminal to your Homestay.
There is a $75 cleaning fee if your room is left unclean prior to your departure.
There is a $75 monthly surcharge for a premium parking space.
There is a $50 fee to replace the door lock if you should lose your door key.
There is a $50 monthly surcharge for a window air conditioner during the summer months.
There is a $50 monthly utility surcharge for heavy/excessive cooking.
There is a $25 monthly surcharge for a small refrigerator in the bedroom.
There is a $25 monthly surcharge for the excessive use of the utilities
There is a $5- $10 fuel / toll surcharge for group trips in to Manhattan or beyond.
There is a $5 fee per load of laundry to wash and dry.
I have stayed with Don and Tatiana for 10 days and I had a very pleasant experience. Tatiana playes and teaches celo, and Don is a global history tutor. They are both very friendly, easy going and fun to be around. They treat you like a member of a family, helping you to find your ways around NYC, taking you for a big American Sunday breakfast (the biggest breakfast I've ever had in my life!) and watching movies in the evening. They have a beautiful, clean and very comfortable house with lovely decor. It is placed in a very convienient location, close to many good gorcery shops (Trader Joe's with healthy life style options, which personally was my favourite!), pharmacy, T-Mobile, Best Buy, both Chase and TD bank, and also quite a few nice places to eat out (Chinese restaurant, burger place etc). Hartsdale is a lovely, quiet and safe community and it only takes 5-10 min on the bus or train to get to the centre of White Plains. I would definitely recommend Don's and Tatiana's beautiful suburban home for its high standard and friendliness.
I had the incredible privilege of staying with Don and Tatyana for two weeks last January. Don was an absolutely gracious host, and always offered to reach out and help whenever he could. He even offered suggestions for places to visit in White Plains/NYC during my stay, and was in constant communication to ensure that everything was moving along smoothly. I highly recommend Don, and would definitely stay with him again!
Don and Tatiana go the extra mile to ensure your stay is comfortable. They will welcome you as part of their family. Couldn't ask anything more from your hosts.
The price was good, and so was the company! Don is great, and always willing to help you find what you need, and had plenty of occasions for us to meet up with him and his other guests, which meant I had friends from the moment I arrived.
I ended up really close to a bunch of stores which made grocery shopping easy, and I was only 10 minutes from the place I worked.
I stayed for over 10 weeks for my summer internship and it was a real joy. If you're thinking of staying at Don's you'll be in good hands.
When I go New York again, I'll plan to see Don and his wife because they were just that great!
Don and Tanya are the nicest hosts one can ask for. They helped me through many inquiries I had during my stay. The room is convenient and the house amenities are in high standards. Although couple of other folks were staying in the house at the same time privacy and cheerful environment was maintained. Overall, affordable and great place to stay in Weschester area.
Nice place and exactly what i was looking for.
You can't feel more at home then at Don and Tatiana Longo's house, I had such a great time with you and the whole staying team. At Don's house you got pure entertainment all the time, there is always something going on. Don and Tatiana provide you with all possible tipps where to go and what to do around NY. Don't worry about food, Don know's where to go and eventually he drives you there. Thank you very much and hope to see you again !