5 things I can't live without:
Design books & magazines
Jumping into water of any sort
Jill's apartment is in a good location to access many parts of Brooklyn. As written, it was indeed sunny and self contained. Jill was quick to respond to our enquiry and we were able to line up our stay at short notice. Since Brooklyn is our old home, we didn't spend much time in the actual apartment but rather out and about visiting friends However the time we did spend there was fine: the bed is comfy and the bathroom was clean and workable. We did have some trouble accessing regular TV, which we never did figure out, but thankfully we could watch netflix using the wii. We would happily use airbnb and Jill's place for future Brooklyn stays. x Lee & Mo
Our stay at Jill's in Brooklyn summed up the essence of what makes airbnb so great: the chance to stay in a really cool apartment in a really cool neighbourhood in a really cool city and for a fraction of the cost of a sterile, charmless hotel room!
The apartment: Jill's place is a generous open-plan apartment. It's not modern in a conventional sense but is stylish, sophisticated, cosy and warm with everything you need for a comfortable stay. This was our first time in NY so really we weren't there most of the time but after a long day's sightseeing, the apartment was a lovely, quiet, peaceful refuge.
It is no more than a 3-4 minute walk to the subway that'll bring you directly into Manhattan in about 20 minutes.
Carroll Gardens: As mentioned, neither me or my girlfriend had been to NY before so we did all the predictable tourist stuff! That said when I look back on this trip I can honestly say the memories that will be most prominent will be of the neighbourhood around the apartment. Safe, clean, charming and with a wide range of great eateries, cafés, shops and bars. Strolling around Carroll Gardens you'll see iconic Brownstone houses, trendy shops/bars, more traditional 'mom and pop' stores and families out for a walk. There's even a retro-feeling neighbourhood cinema where we went twice and would heartily recommend.
All the locals we met were a delight- all happy to chat, give directions, ask where we were from and make recommendations on things to do.
The host: We never met Jill in person. This was a pity as judging only by her home she is an intelligent, cultured and interesting lady. I did contact her a couple of times during our stay on routine matters. At all times she responded very quickly and was incredibly helpful and totally friendly and approachable. Moreover, before and during our stay she took the time to recommend lots of attractions in the area which was much appreciated. The overall feeling was of someone who justifiably loves where they live and was happy to share it with other people.
Jill's apartment, Brooklyn and New York will always hold special memories for us. I proposed to my girlfriend in Jill's kitchen on Christmas morning...thankfully she said yes!
Based on our experience, I'd recommend Jill & her place, Carroll Gardens & New York 100%.
We stayed 10 days at Jill's back in November 2013 and we had an amazing time: her place is not only cosy and well decorated, it is also conveniently located (email hidden)ly up and coming area of Brooklyn, with all necessary amenities and great connexion to Manhattan. On top of this, Jill has been fabulous with us: we felt very welcome, almost like at a friend's house :-)
Beautiful, fun and clean space, perfect neighborhood, and wonderful host. Can't recommend highly enough!
I had the pleasure of staying at Jill's l apartment. It was super clean and very tasteful. She was so helpful with everything and even though I did not meet her in person she made things very easy and was great ad communicating. I was in town for my sisters baby shower and Jill's place was less than a mile away so it was perfect ! The neighborhood is also very charming and quite and just a few blocks from some great spots. Iv been to Brooklyn quite a bit over the past few years and Jill's neighborhood is one of the chilliest. Great place, great host, great experience. I would stay there again anytime.
Our stay at Jill's apartment was great. Her apartment is large, beautiful decorated, very clean and comfortable. The bed, as well as the sofa, were super comfortable to sleep. Shower was great. The apartment is located on the second floor of a brownstone, so it has only one flight of stairs. Carroll Gardens is a very nice neighborhood, with tree lined streets, lots of places to eat, and very safe even past midnight. We had never felt this safe in a NY neighborhood as in this one. Although we did not have the chance to meet Jill in person, she was very kind and informative and made us feel like we were staying at a friend's house. The F Subway is a 1 1/2 block away so it is perfect to get to midtown Manhattan in 20 minutes or less. Great stay. Thanks Jill!
My girlfriend and I had a great stay at Jill's apartment. The apartment was clean and welcoming, the surrounding neighborhood was fun, and Jill gave detailed instructions and hints about how to enjoy our time as much as possible. Thanks for everything, Jill!
Our stay at Jill's apartment was wonderful. Leading up to the trip she was always quick to communicate, and she made everything very easy for us. The apartment was clean, very beautifully decorated and had everything we needed - Jill even let us use her bicycles, which was great fun! The air conditioner in the bedroom was also a saving grace in the New York summer heat. The Carroll Gardens neighbourhood is beautiful and peaceful and the apartment was a short walk from the subway, which was very convenient. Jill left us a list of recommended coffee shops, restaurants etc, which was helpful too. We loved our stay and would recommend this apartment to anyone (or any couple) visiting New York.
Avere voglia di andare nuovamente a NY, ma senza dover stare per forza a Manhattan: Brooklyn! E nello specifico Carroll Gardens. Una zona residenziale molto carina, ben tenuta e tranquilla che si estende, tra strade più o meno movimentate, fino a Brooklyn Heights passando per Cobble Hill. Siamo stati benissimo. E quando abbiamo avuto voglia di Manhattan (perchè poi ti viene comunque) la metroplitana era ad un isolato di distanza. I locali intorno sono accoglienti e molto 'di casa' e i sapori mai scontati. E senza farsi mancare le catene di negozi e ristoranti più famose e alla moda.
Jill was an excellent hosts when my family came to visit us here in Brooklyn. The apartment was nice and clean, perfectly located near subway, restaurants and bars, and Jill was easy to communicate with. She was also very flexible with check-in and check-out times which was great since my family had a night flight and it made it much easier for them when they could leave their bags there until they had to leave for the airport. Hopefully Jill's apartment will be available in the future when my family comes to visit again!