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Stylish Historic Restored Brownstone loft style accomodation

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 3 beds, Classic Double mattress and boxspring

We’ve renovated our ground floor guest flat with the same luxury finishes as our home above: custom cherry cabinetry, honed granite counters, hardwood floors, original artwork, exposed brick and two decorative fireplaces. In this 600 square foot loft-style floor through we’ve installed new high-end stainless steel appliances, offer copious closet space, and have added conveniences that we ourselves appreciate while away from home – we’re a journalist and a cinematographer who have worked all around the globe - such as a clothes washing machine and dryer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, cable TV with premium movie channels including HBO, Broadband Internet --- hardwire and Wi-Fi --- DVD player, new 40” Samsung flat screen HD Smart TV with Blu-ray, which allows you to put in your own Amazon and Netflix accounts, linens, dishes, glassware, pots and pans.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Our entire floor through apartment is designed as an open loft, which means there are no interior walls separating the living space and the bedroom. This is especially appealing to design savvy couples and families with small children. Some guests put the Deco screen between the beds, and while this does afford some privacy it is not a full wall.

We have up to three beds to accommodate four people: Two double beds and a large single. One double is a high end 'regular' Classic mattress and box spring. The second double bed is a convertible futon couch. The single is either a luxury Aerobed with seven firmness settings or a folding bed.

FULLY AIR CONDITIONED: Central Air Conditioning

No smoking in or near the apartment please.


There’s a food market right across the street, the cupboards are filled with staples such as jams, condiments, coffee and tea, and we’ll set up snacks and the first day’s breakfast so there’s no need to rush out shopping. You can arrive with little more than a toothbrush and a change of clothes.


Accessibility: Just three steps down with no interior stairs, this flat is accessible to seniors and people with somewhat limited mobility.


Location:: We’re a five-minute walk from a number of subway lines: A, B, C, D, 2 and 3. The A and D are one express stop from Columbus Circle in Midtown. We can reach Times Square in 20 minutes or less. The M10 bus, which runs down Manhattan’s West Side, stops 20 meters away on the corner of 8th Avenue, and the M2 bus, which runs down Fifth Avenue, stops on the 7th Avenue end of our block. Subways, buses and taxis run 24 hours/day. Yankee Stadium is 20 minutes by public transport.

Harlem Culture:: Both historic and ahead of the curve. Best suited to young-spirited culture mavens, our all brownstone block in the heart of one of New York’s most intriguing emerging neighborhoods is surrounded by the kind of mom and pop businesses fast disappearing from other parts of town, such as rootsy inexpensive restaurants serving Caribbean, Latino, American Southern and African cuisine. This neighborhood of historic brownstones, some built by acclaimed architects such as McKim, Mead and White, is bursting with jazz haunts, famous spots from the 1940’s as well as no sign “neighborhood secrets,” which is quite the trend in New York these days.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Janet

We are an award winning journalist who writes about travel, food, wine and design for high end international publications such as 'Travel+Leisure,' 'Wine Enthusiast' and 'Premier Traveler,' and an Emmy Award nominated cinematographer who shoots feature films, TV series and commercials. As our work has taken us all over the world we welcome foreign visitors.

Janet purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Janet chose Harlem

This flat is part of an authentic Manhattan neighborhood, near Columbia University, 20 - 30 minutes by public transport from New York's cultural and business institutions.

What makes this apartment unique

Architecture buffs will find uninterrupted blocks of restored century old brownstones by renowned architects such as McKim, Mead & White. We are near one of a kind cultural institutions such as Columbia University, the Maysles Independent Cinema, live theater at the City College Gatehouse, and the Apollo Theater. Yankee Stadium is 20 minutes by public transport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Questo simpatico loft di Harlem è stato il centro operativo degli otto giorni che abbiamo trascorso a NYC durante le festività natalizie. Ci ha ospitato comodamente in tre. Mio figlio di 13 anni ne è rimasto affascinato. Il quartiere è vivace ma nello stesso tempo privo del caos della middle town; ci sono supermercati e ottimi locali nelle immediate vicinanze. Da non perdere la messa gospel della domenica mattina. I mezzi di trasporto, compresa la metropolitana, sono a due passi e con diverse linee. Janet è davvero professionale e presente in caso di qualsivoglia necessità. Ci ha dispensato consigli utilissimi e la sera del nostro arrivo, stanchi del viaggio e un pochino affamati, abbiamo avuto la piacevole sorpresa di trovare in frigo cibo, frutta e vino già preparati per noi. Se si ha voglia di consumare dei pasti in casa la cucina è attrezzata di tutto punto. Quando torneremo nella Grande Mela questa sarà sicuramente ancora la nostra casa. Un sentito grazie a Janet e Tom che ci hanno fatto sentire un po' come a una casa a New York!!!

My Response

We enjoyed hosting you at least as much as you enjoyed staying here. Our favorite guests are those like you and your family, visitors who embrace our lively historic neighborhood and take advantage of all New York has to offer. We very much look forward to seeing you again.
Dec 2016
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Harlem Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No garden access.
  • Absolutely no smoking in or near the apartment.
  • Lost key replacement $100, lost or damaged central air conditioning remote $200
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single
  • One double bed is a high end Classic mattress and box spring. The second double bed is a convertible futon couch. The single bed is either a luxury aerobed with 7 firmness controls or a folding bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
Accessibility: although the flat is not wheelchair accessible, there are only 3 steps down and no interior steps, which make it suitable for people with somewhat limited mobility. Central Air conditioning.


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Stylish Historic Restored Brownstone loft style accomodation
average rating of 4.8923078 based on 68 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This past fall, my husband and I came to NY to work on a film and stayed in two apartments before finally arriving at Janet and Tom's. It was a godsend! I can't tell you how grateful we were to be there!!! It's a lovely apartment! It's very clean (which I'm insanely particular about), perfectly furnished, and the kitchen has more than what you need. There are plenty of places to sit, work, eat, and lounge in the apartment. Also, Harlem is awesome. Our experiences in the two apartments before arriving at Janet and Tom's were less than desirable - cleanliness issues and noise problems. I can assure you Janet and Tom's is quiet and peaceful and the neighborhood is amazing. Also any issue or question you have - Janet and Tom are right there and answer immediately - they are wonderful hosts. Also, there is a book of recommendations in the neighborhood from food to music to walks through Harlem and other places. It's so helpful! We really loved being there. Next time we are heading to New York, Janet and Tom will be our first call.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your enthusiasm and upbeat spirit made you some of the most delightful guests we've ever hosted. We're very much looking forward to your next stay.
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Very clean and well maintained

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for my family of 4. Loved the essentials in the refrigerator and the grocery store across the street. Within walking distance to several jazz clubs in a safe neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re exceptionally pleased to host guests like you, who unlock the gates of New York for their children. Thank you for choosing us, and we do hope to see you again.
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Great apartment. Clean spacious quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended. Janet our host was perfect- warm helpful kind. Ten minutes walk to Central Park.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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finally a nice place to work and relax

  • 5 of 5

The classic brownstone is wonderfully maintained and updated. We were in two other short term rentals before we could move to this one and it is by far the nicest and most welcoming of all. The area is chill, the place has just what we needed. It's quiet yet close to shops and subways. The owners are very responsive to all reasonable requests, and more. We would definitely come back here again, if it's ever available!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased to hear you felt at home here. That's our goal for everyone who stays and we do hope to see you again soon. Warmest regards, Janet
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  • 5 of 5

We loved the accommodation. It provided everything and more than we expected, needed, or used . We also loved the neighbourhood and close amenities.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were thrilled to see you enjoying our neighborhood treasures like the jazz clubs, the friendly locals, and especially our gem of a local library, the Schomburg Center, which is an internationally renowned research institution. It's hosting inquisitive, adventurous guests like you that makes this endeavor so rewarding.
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Great week in a great brownstone!

  • 5 of 5

Great brownstone in a wonderful location. Janet was wonderful to work with and really appreciate the "travel guide" provided! Great experience for my family.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our great pleasure to host you and your family. We’re especially pleased that you made such good use of our “travel guide,” which reveals some of the most exciting and lesser-known spots in our neighborhood. We do hope to see you again: Every year there’s more to explore!
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Fine Fair Supermarket
"Supermarket across the street. THIS IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET"
Ginny's and Jane E's Cafe and Coastal Store
"Red Rooster Restaurant and Ginny's Supper Club Cabaret. THIS IS 10 MINUTES WALK"
Studio Museum in Harlem
"Studio Museum. THIS IS 7 MINUTES WALK"
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
"Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. THIS IS 8 MINUTES WALK"
Apollo Theater
"Appolo Theater. THIS IS 5 MINUTES WALK"
Maison Harlem
"Maison Harlem. THIS IS 5 MINUTES WALK"
67 Orange Street
"67 Orange modern speakeasy along 'Hipster Corrider'"
The Abyssinian Baptist Church
"Sunday Gospel service. THIS IS 5 MINUTES WALK"
Frederick Douglass Blvd
"Greater Zion Baptist Church Sunday Gospel Service. THIS IS 4 MINUTES WALK"
The Cathedral School of Saint John the Divine
"Cathedral of St. Johnthe Divine. THIS IS 20 MINUTES WALK, part of Columbia University"
St Nicholas Ave
"Nearest Subway B, C trains and St. Nicholas Park. THIS IS 3 MINUTES WALK"
MTA Bus Stop at 132nd St and 8th Ave.
Central Park
"Central Park begins. CENTRAL PARK IS 15 MINUTES WALK"
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
"Laguardia Airport. THIS IS 20 MINUTES BY TAXI"

At a Public Transport Hub, Surrounded by Subways & Buses

Other Activities: historic architecture on Striver's Row


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $120

Stated rates are for two people. For 3 people add $50, for 4 people add $90. (One time fee for entire stay.) $225/night for major holiday and event periods such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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