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Garden Apt with Backyard - Historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 1-5)

Live in brownstone Brooklyn in a floor-through, garden apartment. Two bedrooms, one bathroom. Spacious living room and kitchen. Hardwood parquet floors. Classic, comfortable, uncluttered. Steps from all major subway lines and only 20 minutes to Manhattan. Peace and quiet, but also in an area renowned for its shops and restaurants.

Step out into a quiet, ivy-covered garden for your morning coffee. Cook meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Use your private entrance to come and go at your whim. Sleep on recently purchased mattresses with fresh cotton linens. Real beds accommodate 5 people. Baby cot and high chair onsite.

Parking is readily available on the streets of Fort Greene at no cost. Safe neighborhood with families, young professionals, artists, retirees and many who have lived in the neighborhood for a long time. 5 minute walk to Barclays Center. This is charming Brooklyn living at its best.


• Private, independent apartment with outdoor space/garden

• 2 bedrooms, 1 newly renovated bathroom with tub/shower

• Approximately 1,000 square ft, with 800 square ft outdoor space

• Sleeps up to 5 people; kid-friendly with cot and high chair

• Central location near 10 subway lines; 20 minutes to Manhattan

• Fully equipped, spacious kitchen includes dishes, cookware

• Linens and towels included

• Wifi, cable TV, microwave, dishwasher

• Free on-street, public parking


Upon entry, there is a hallway for storage of your stroller (if you have little ones). Double doors to the apartment lead to a very large living/dining room (13 x 24 ft), with new windows looking out onto a peaceful, tree-lined street. Furnishings: sofa for 2-3 people, two armchairs, a daybed that doubles as a single bed for overflow guests, a long, contemporary dining table with six upholstered mid-century dining chairs, a 32' flat-screen Sony TV with cable, an antique sideboard topped with a slab of white marble, including guidebooks and maps of NYC.

In the center of the apartment, with a cut-out (pass-through) connecting it to the living room, the kitchen is huge by NY standards, 13 x 10 ft. It contains a stove with oven and broiler, refrigerator, microwave, sink, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster, blender and many cupboards storing every kind of kitchen utensil and cookware you may need. Ample counter space, including two long, stainless steel professional kitchen counters.

A small hallway leads to the large bedroom (13' x 13') with a queen-size bed, huge closet and views on the garden. In summer, there is an air-conditioner in one of the two windows. Reading lamps and bedside tables on either side of the bed. A desk with lamp and chair and a dresser makes this a well-equipped, perfect bedroom hideaway. There is also a full-length mirror.

Continuing through the hallway is a small bedroom (12' x 7') with a single bed and second single bed trundle stored underneath. Dresser, reading lamp, closet and doorway to garden. We have a portable crib with sheet, should you need it. The small bedroom has just enough space to fit baby cot and/or the trundle single bed. This is useful if you have kids and want them in their own room. NOTE: this is a very small bedroom and it's a tight squeeze to put extra bed in here! But it works.

In 2012, we did a gut renovation of the bathroom. It is beautiful and modern, with green-flecked Terrazzo floor tiles, white subway tiles, bathtub with shower, a white Ceaser stone counter and under-mount sink. Grohe faucets. Hooks and towel bars. A high-quality exhaust fan that is very quiet and efficient.

Visit the famous Brooklyn Flea a few blocks away, the Olmsted designed park at the end of the block (with jogging paths, playgrounds, tennis courts), or the bustling Farmer's Market on the corner. See a concert or sports event at the nearby Barclays Center arena. The neighborhood is filled with interesting restaurants, bars and shops. I grew up in New York City and lived in Paris for 10 years and I can tell you this is my favorite neighborhood, anywhere. Ever!

Near all major subway lines and only 20 minutes to busy downtown Manhattan, one stop away on the Q train. Walking distance to other great Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Park Slope, restaurant row in Cobble Hill and Prospect Heights, Pratt Institute, the mansions of Clinton Hill, the urban grit of Vinegar Hill and DUMBO.

Toasty: Brooklyn at its very best.

More Details

Nan Doyle
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Nan Doyle

Our family has lived in Brooklyn since 1997, when we moved here from Paris, France. My husband and I raised our children in Fort Greene, a vibrant and diverse neighborhood. I am a chef-instructor, teaching home cooking with an emphasis on healthy, seasonal food. I was born and raised in NYC but my second home is France. My favorite things to do? Cook, read, practice yoga, travel, be with friends and family, hike, swim in rivers, lakes and oceans around the world, garden and help other people get into the kitchen and enjoy making good food for themselves.

Nan Doyle purchased this apartment in 1998

Why Nan Doyle chose Fort Greene

I love New York. We are lucky to have an extra floor in our brownstone house and we wanted to make it available to travelers looking to experience the city like natives.

What makes this apartment unique

New York City has everything: the arts (from tiny performance spaces with quirky shows to huge, blockbuster art exhibitions), great food (from latino food trucks to top chefs), non-stop street life, beaches a subway ride away, shopping (strand bookstore, nolita fashion boutiques, 99¢ stores on fulton mall, to name a few). Being based in groovy Fort Greene allows visitors to have the peace and quiet of leafy Brooklyn and be minutes away from the pulse of downtown Manhattan. It's the perfect starting point for enjoying the city.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have lived in Park Slope earlier, but wanted to try out Fort Greene this time. The apartment was just as nice as it was in the pictures and it was very clean as well. Our host Nan was really helpful and sweet, and she even left her homemade granola which is to die for! We traveled with three kids and we felt we had enough space. The location is also perfect! Close to the park, BAM, Brooklyn Flea, lots of nice restaurants and shops, Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill. And the subway station is also very close and bring you to Manhattan in few minutes. We will absolutely want to stay here again. Heidi +4, from Norway.
May 2011
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Fort Greene Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Renovated in 2012
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) in large bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (3) -- 2 in small bedroom; one in living room, Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Garden Apt with Backyard - Historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn
average rating of 4.924051 based on 82 reviews

Great stay! We had plenty of room and space.

  • 4 of 5

Easy access to metro and great area to stay. Nan was a great host.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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perfect stay for village vibe in Brooklyn and easy hop into Manhattan!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy's apartment is perfect! We had such a fab stay - so easy to get to tons of fun and atmospheric bars and restaurants in Brooklyn. The street is lovely and gives you the feeling of staying on an iconic brownstone NY street. Easy to get to Manhattan with 2 subways close by. Loads of info in the apartment, well stocked, comfy beds and a great shower! Nancy is really helpful and welcoming and it was such a great place to come back to after a packed day sight seeing. We really loved Brooklyn and feel like we got more than the 'normal' tourist experience of New York! We would definitely come back and stay again! Thank you Nancy! Naomi, Sharnie, Laura, Sarah.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Merci pour votre accueil chaleureux et votre amabilité. Le logement est très propre et correspond tout à fait à la description.

La situation est idéalement située par rapport aux commerces et le quartier est calme.

Nous gardons un très bon souvenir et encore merci pour vos conseils

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time here! The place was clean, bright, welcoming, conveniently located and very kid friendly. It's pretty much changed the way I like to travel, I would happily stay here again, and recommend it to anyone going this way. Thanks for everything Nan!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect place in Fort Greene

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I with 3 teenage relatives had a great stay in Nan's apartment. It was plenty big for all of us. One of the kiddos slept in the living room, which worked out fine. The living, dining and kitchen were very roomy. The beds and bedding were great. There were plenty of nice towels of various sizes. The place was impeccably clean. Although Nan was away, her instructions were very clear--our entering and exiting was easy. There is plenty of info about the surrounding area, but we didn't study it because our daughter lives in Fort Greene and we are very familiar with the area. We can highly recommend Nan's apartment.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great family apartment in a fun neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was lovely for 3 adults and 1 small child. Everything we needed was there, and we appreciated the basics waiting for us in the fridge. We took full advantage of the neighborhood with it shops and restaurants and the nearby park was a delight for our little one. We spent time in Manhattan and transportation was easy and quick. Thank you to our host, Nan, for a delightful stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
10.4 Miles
LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, NY
Nearest Ferry
1.9 Miles
Fulton Ferry Landing, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY
Nearest Train
0.4 Miles
Long Island Railroad, Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Brooklyn Queens Expressway (278)
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Nearest Point of Interest
BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Nearest Point of Interest
ICI restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Der Schwarze K�lner - Beer Garden
Nearest Point of Interest
Habana Outpost
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $250
Property Damage Protection $59

The only additional charges are $100 for cleaning (mandatory), and a bank fee if you pay by credit card or bank transfer. We accept credit card payment, with an extra 4% fee to cover cost imposed on us. For bank transfers, in addition to whatever your bank charges you, we add $30 to cover our bank charges.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.