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Hilltop Victorian House with Garden Near Staten Island Ferry

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Our renovated 1870s refuge is the closest you can get to a comfortable old house in the country, but still be in New York City. The lush landscape with tree swing and play area allows you to switch off Manhattan, but it's just a 20 minute walk or four bus stops, down to the Ferry, then the greatest free ride in the world into town. You can see the Verrazano Bridge twinkling from our windows, and the sea from our street.

Indoors you will have room to spread out, cook dinner and relax after a tough day of tourism. Just bring your clothes, we provide everything else. Extended family and friend groups of 5-9 are our specialty. If your crowd is bigger, we have another apartment upstairs in the same house.

You don't need a car, shops and restaurants are a few minutes' walk away. But if you bring one, you will have no trouble parking on our street without the dreaded 'alternate side' hassles you get elsewhere in NYC.

Staying here does require climbing steps, and some spirit of adventure. You need to feel comfortable in a diverse residential neighborhood where people of many races and economic groups live close together, in harmony.

Add a romantic, adventurous twist to your stay in New York.

Despite fare increases everywhere else, the Staten Island Ferry remains the greatest FREE ride in the world, the most beautiful way to enter New York and view the Statue of Liberty and the downtown skyline. Ferries run 24/7, usually every half hour. The ferry terminal is a relaxing 15 minute walk downhill from the house. If you're feeling less energetic on the way back, cabs are available at the terminal for about $5.

Cheap Eats

Within a few minutes walk of our house, you can enjoy, Mexican, Italian, Polish, Sri Lankan and Senegalese cuisines, among others, at much lower prices than the Manhattan tourist traps. Feast on Downtown Staten Island!

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More Details

Elena or Craig
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, russian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Elena or Craig

This is a genuine family business run by me, my husband and children. We live a few blocks away and love having our guests discover the pleasures of Staten Island. We are more than happy to help you plan your trip and make the most of our wonderful city.

Elena or Craig purchased this house in 2009

Why Elena or Craig chose Staten Island

Our row of eight Victorian homes stretching up a steep hill above the harbor is a unique architectural phenomenon for New York City. Trees tower above you and cool breezes blow on those hot summer nights. Many of the neighboring houses are owned by the Ganas Community, a modern commune, which gives our block a particular friendly, easygoing atmosphere.

You are in your own world, but the city is at your doorstep. And instead of riding the subway, you get to sail across the harbor, watch the skyscrapers loom out of the horizon, and the Statue of Liberty so close you could almost touch it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

About our recent stay at Vertigo villa

It suited our family group very well. Appreciated the little extras flowers,tea,coffee. My granddaughter loved the dolls house,was her seat the whole trip.

Was wonderful to spend time with our lovely family on Staten island.

The children enjoyed the rope swing and were disappointed not to see any snakes, when they went on a hunt. The weather was great warm no rain,so lucky.

Obviously an old property,but it gave us the taste of old New York economical for a large group.

Will be recommending it to family and friends.

If you want limited space and expensive prices you go to the Waldorf
Oct 2014
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Tompkinsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Isolated 'Victorian' bedroom with adjacent bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sunny second 'couples'bedroom with adjacent bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Smaller sitting room connected to BR 2, good for children
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , large open space on semi-basement ground floor, can add cot
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold-out double sofa in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

Hilltop Victorian House with Garden Near Staten Island Ferry
average rating of 4.2089553 based on 75 reviews

Staten Island - May 2017

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stayed. There were 4 of us and we had lots of room to ourselves, although we basically just stayed there to sleep. I've been told that the neighbourhood is questionable, but when you wake up in the morning and leave, the neighbours were very friendly.

We were hoping to do a lot more on Staten Island, but it took awhile to get anywhere (ie. we went to the Mall and went during rush hour traffic, and it took us over an hour on the bus).

Therefore, we chose to go back Manhattan daily. Easily accessible to get to many destinations once you were off the ferry ride daily. We did Coney Island, Yankees game in the Bronx, Empire State Building, Central Park and made our way to Brooklyn for an afternoon.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you did have a good time. We applaud your ambition to experience all five boroughs of New York, but admittedly Staten Island is easier to get around by car (and not during rush hour!). There is certainly all the shopping anyone could want in Manhattan, and the Ferry never hits any traffic.
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Des Moines

Not what we expected

  • 2 of 5

The price was a good range for this place. We were a family of eight and they say the first impression is the lasting one.... the house itself is Victorian and we love these style homes because they have charm. The only thing is that it didn't appear to be rental ready in regards to cleanliness and the appropriate amount of linen for the group size we had. We paid for a additional person but did not have enough wash linen for everyone. As well, there was cob webs all over several rooms, there was a ant issue and in one of bathrooms the tub had a ball of hair in it as if someone had took a shower and not cleaned afterwards. There was mouse droppings in one of the kitchen drawers, we found someone's shoes in the living room under the table and under the bed in a bedroom. The floors were not clean and it just seemed there could have been better preparation since we paid months in advance. Now we did communicate this to the owners and they had their son who was staying upstairs and this was not made known until we reached out, provide us with more wash cloths, toilet paper and stay for the ants which took care of the antenna issue. We managed there after but only recommend that if you go in the early spring to summer, be prepared for on and off rain showers which causes the four sets of stairs inconvenient to travel up. The owners did provide us with a great guide book for the living arrangements and area we were in. Overall I give a rating of 2 stars because all in my party agreed this was fair.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry for the cleaning issues. Honestly, our son and his fiancee were staying in the apartment for a few nights before these guests, and we entrusted the cleaning to them. The experiment was not entirely successful, I guess. As the guest noted, we did correct the situation as soon as we heard from her. Our son has moved on to a job as a software developer, which hopefully will suit him better. And hopefully our cleaning women will suit the guests better.
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Great stay for our NY trip!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six really enjoyed our stay. This old Victorian home (along with the neighborhood) has lots of character. The beds were comfy and having two bathrooms was great. We cooked breakfast before heading into the city, and really enjoyed the space after our busy, crowded days in NY. Plenty of very hot water came in super handy when it came time for showers. Would stay there again if we come back to the Big Apple.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house close to Manhattan by free ferry

  • 4 of 5

We were 2 french families to visit New York during 3 days, this rental was a very good deal between the location (on Staten Island, 20mm walk to ferry Station, then 25mn ferry to Manhattan), space in the house (4 bedrooms) and price per night.

Even if the house looks a little bit old, you find everything you need.

Our stay there was successfull!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Had an awesome stay. Was very close to the ferry and made it easy to travel into Manhattan. Also we were snowed in and this place gave us room to stretch out. Enjoyed all the fully furnished amenities. The neighborhood looks a little rough but it really is the total opposite. The neighbors were very friendly and very inviting. There were more than willing to help with lending us tools to clear the snow on our vehicle. I will definitely stay here again and recommend to my friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We particularly appreciate the note about the neighborhood. Like New York in general, it is a lot more friendly than it seems at first glance.
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Fort lauderdale

I stayed there for 4 nights and cannot complain .We used all 4 bedrooms , the kids enjoyed the swing

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable

We have every thing we need for the time we were there and the ferry is at a walking distance to the house

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.75 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Silver Lake Park
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Penn Station (New York)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
278 (Staten Island Expressway)
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

Our neighborhood is known as either downtown Staten Island or St. George --, a lively, "up-and-coming" diverse area across New York Bay from Lower Manhattan. You can meet people from all over the planet within a few blocks, and taste their foods for a reasonable price. Then hop on the Ferry to see the sights. If you enjoy an urban setting where people of different skin colors and economic levels live close together (in harmony), you will fit right in.


Rates & Availability

Tompkinsville House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 6 2017 - Nov 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
Jun 15 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 8.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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