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Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Beautifully renovated comfortable apartment with full kitchen.

Large bedroom can be arranged with two twin beds OR a king-sized bed.

Small bedroom has a full-sized bed.

Pull-out couch in the living room can sleep an additional two people.

Beautiful private garden with eating area.

Super for families with children! Lots of space, inside and out -- even has a slide in the back yard! All children's and baby equipment available. Babysitting available by arrangement.

Apartment is on the ground floor, with a private entrance. The owners reside in the house above. The whole apartment is exclusively yours during your stay.

Located a 5-minute walk away from the subway 'A' train, a quick two-stop ride to midtown.

More Details

Laura Norwitz
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Laura Norwitz

Owners Larry and Laura moved to Harlem in 2000. Larry grew up a few miles north of here, at the northern tip of Manhattan. Laura grew up in Philadelphia but is happy to be a New Yorker. We have two daughters, aged 13 and 11, who are DEFINITELY New Yorkers. Larry is a computer programmer; Laura is a teacher. Our family loves to travel -- throughout the USA, Europe, Central America, and most recently Southeast Asia -- but with the girls in school it's hard to get away. So hosting visitors from all over the world is the next best thing.

Laura Norwitz purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Laura Norwitz chose Sugar Hill

We were living in an apartment in Brooklyn, but once we had our first child wanted more space. Brooklyn has become so fashionable that we couldn't afford a house in Brooklyn and had to 'settle' for Manhattan!

This house still had traces of the glory days of its construction -- fantastic wood detailing, for example, and an elaborate dumb-waiter wheel in an upstairs closet-- though like its sister houses it had been much neglected during Harlem's decline and was pretty much falling apart. (Like many houses in the area it had been converted into a rooming house and the grand rooms chopped into tiny boarding units.)

With a grand house like this we find, sometimes, that we don't own the house -- the house owns us. Being the steward of an historical property like this is a responsibility -- we want to preserve and enhance the beauty of the architecture, even if it might be a little fancier than our personal taste.

What makes this apartment unique

The flowers filling the front stoop and entry area makes the house a joy to come home to. And the tranquil back yard filled with tree shade and birdsong makes you forget you are in Manhattan.


Sugar Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Town ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Big fluffy towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , bed can be converted to two twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Crib available. Small bedroom has door to back yard.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Great for families with children. Baby's and children's supplies available (crib, booster seat, stroller, bed rail, etc.) Babysitting can be arranged.


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(91 traveler reviews)

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Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden
average rating of 4.747253 based on 91 reviews

Wonderful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Laura's apartment for two weeks while a family member was recovering from surgery at nearby New York-Presbyterian's Milstein Hospital (about one mile away). The apartment was wonderful -- large, clean, well outfitted and maintained, with lovely hard wood floors. Although it is located on a fairly busy street, the bedrooms (located at the back of the apartment) are quiet. Laura and Larry were extremely accommodating. It was very easy to communicate and they were able to provide a great deal of information about the surrounding area and New York city in general. Highly recommended!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Easy access to train.

  • 3 of 5

Great location for us. Close to our children’s place which was a 7 minute walk. Owners were very kind, welcoming and extremely helpful. The place was very historic, charming and spacious. The place was clean. But it needs a more thorough cleaning and a little bit of maintenance -dusty floors, ceiling fans, bathroom vent and light fixtures were in need of cleaning. Bathroom sink was loose from the wall and shower handle was also loose and caused extreme moments/surprises of cold and hot while showering. Smoke alarm was disconnected and missing. Locks on front doors were not reliable and one came off completely. Luckily the metal framed door was solid and locked every time. Back door had serious wide gaps that let the cold in. We were there when the temperatures were around 0 degrees with wind chills even colder. I would suggest aggressive maintenance on these very easy fixable items which would then make this historic, charming place a 5 Star place to stay and enjoy. We shared these concerns with the owners and they appear to take these seriously and will take care of them. My husband and I like this place and plan on coming back.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Concerns these guests expressed have already been taken care of. Please note that the security issues were a misunderstanding. There has ALWAYS been a working smoke detector (the dsconnected one was part of an obsolete system.) And there has ALWAYS been a secure front door -- the damaged lock is also part of an old and redundant system.
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Quiet neighborhood. Laura was very helpful and made our stay wonderful. Highly recommend this apartm

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Close to subway. NY feel.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York Head Quarters

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in the apartment for 10 days. We found the price to be fair considering the NYC context and the overall place. The house was very tidy and clean, bigger than we expected and in a good location (it is near a metro station, so you can go anywhere in New York). The bedrooms are comfy and the living room too. The kitchen is very well equipped and the bathroom is also very good. Overall, it was great.

Laura, the owner, couldn't have treated us better. Whenever we needed her, she was there.

Totally recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and roomy

  • 5 of 5

As the other reviews have stated, this is a very nice choice. The weather was cold, so we hung out here. It was a nice space to be in and I don't hesitate to give it five stars.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect place for a small group!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of three older (!!) women booked the apartment for a 5 day November get-away. The apartment was exactly as advertised, charming and spacious. It was an easy walk to the subway stop. We always felt safe in the area even coming home at night. After a busy day of walking, it was wonderful to be able to relax with a glass of wine in a lovely living room instead of a hotel room. We made breakfast every morning before setting out for the day. Laura was very knowledgeable about the area and New York in general. We would stay there again! Thanks Laura

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Guardia
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
A,B,C,and D subway
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The House: This beautiful apartment is on the ground floor of a four floor brownstone row-house in the Sugar Hill/Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The house was built in 1894 in Renaissance Revival style as a single family house for a big family with lots of servants. During those years, this garden apartment was the kitchen and informal dining room, and a dumbwaiter carried fancy meals up to the formal dining room above when the family entertained.

During the 1950s the garden apartment had been converted to a Harlem hair salon, and the house above had become a boarding house, but in 2000 the house was purchased by the current owners who are bringing it back to its former glory; in 2005 the apartment was refurbished into a beautiful and spacious 2-bedroom apartment.

The Neighborhood: Sugar Hill and Hamilton Heights are a lovely neighborhood of elegant row-houses in an area that once served as the country retreat for the city's wealthy, at a time when the city included just southern Manhattan. Alexander Hamilton. a prominent statesman in the 1780s, built his country home, The Grange, on his estate just south of where 145th Street is now. Today The Grange is part of the National Parks system and can be visited at the north end of St. Nicholas Park.

When the train lines were extended north to this area in the 1880s the land was developed into elegant townhouses.

During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, African Americans made their mark on NYC as they had never been permitted to do so before. The north end of Hamilton Heights was known as Sugar Hill, for the sweet life available to those who could afford it.

The neighborhood is full of magnificent architecture in a variety of turn-of-the-century styles on quiet tree-lined streets dotted with lovely community gardens.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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