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Victorian Brownstone with Modern Renovation, Comfort and Art

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Open living space with video projector and wireless sound system


Last updated: 03/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 bed, 2.5 bath, backyard, 3 floors, loft-like living space, sunny

This South Central Harlem Townhouse was featured on the cover of the Home section of the New York Times. Beautiful modern renovation includes a loft-like parlor floor, large open kitchen with a Wolf stove, video projector with surround sound, and a deck with an herb garden.

Have 3 floors of a sun filled brownstone all to yourself. Enjoy the backyard with a cool playhouse for your kids. Other details include mid-century modern furniture, a beautiful master bathroom, wi-fi, 100 year-old mantles, bamboo floors, and 11 foot-high ceilings. The house was renovated with eco-friendly materials and low-VOC paint. Beds have Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters.

The house is 1-3 blocks from Central Park and Morningside Park, farmers markets, great restaurants, trendy bars, excellent subways (2,3,C,B), and a huge public swimming pool. We are 15-20 minutes from Greenwich Village by train.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 10%
Calendar last updated: 03/07/2017

Property Type

  • Townhome
  • On floor 1
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Not recommended for toddlers because of the stairs...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • There are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a new king bed. the other two bedrooms have single beds - our daughters room and a guestroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • master bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    it has skylights with frosted glass and 2 sinks...moreless

  • second floor bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    There are 2 sinks and a washer and dryer in this bathroom....moreless

  • Parlor floor bathroom: toilet

    This bathroom has glass tiles and a handblown glass window...moreless

  • There are bathrooms on every floor.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo:

    Speakers embedded in the ceiling of the living room, kitchen and dinning room....moreless

  • Television:

    There is a projector connected to a DVD player, Netflix, and Apple TV, HULU, and YouTube. There is a small TV in the guestroom...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    We have a small selection of good films....moreless


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    The dinning room table is a family heirloom of solid wood with vintage chairs and an exposed brick wall. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Decorative only...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room has modern and vintage furniture, speakers in the ceiling and a projector for Blue ray, netflix and Apple TV....moreless

  • Parking:

    Many people park their cars on the street here....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a french press for making delicious coffee....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    the kitchen is open and in the middle of the living space. It includes an eat-in counter with 4 stools....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    gas oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We will leave you the basics like spices, oil and condiments....moreless


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles:

    2 bikes with child seats - provide your own helmets. Also, bikes available for rent around the corner....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a great (huge) free public pool in Central Park 3 blocks away....moreless

Building Type

  • House


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 23 - Jun 15, 2017
14 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • cleaning $280
  • Taxes Not included


Please contact us to discuss payment - possible discounts available for longer stays.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/07/2017
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  • Central Park

    "I love the Northern part of Central Park and go there every day. It has woods, waterfalls, i..."

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

  • MoMA—Museum of Modern Art

  • Museum of Arts & Design

    "They often have great exhibits for kids. It is a manageable size museum for family outings a..."

  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

    "This is one of my favorite museums in NYC! It is very interactive (great for kids) and in a ..."

  • Frederick Cafe Bistro

    "Delicious crepes and right around the corner! Love!"

0.05 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cantina, Beirre International, and many more
0.1 Miles
Nearest Train
2, 3, C, B trains - 2 blocks away
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Frederick Cafe, Lido, Vineteria, Jado Sushi, etc

Car: Not Necessary

South Central Harlem is a hot new neighborhood in NYC. In an article titled “Going Upscale Uptown,” in the New York Times about the Frederick Douglass corridor (around the corner from the house) where you have a choice of outdoor restaurants and trendy bars.

If you like good food, there is a great farmer’s market every Saturday a few blocks away and an amazing butcher shop with all grass fed beef and local eggs called Harlem Shambles.

The house is two blocks away from the prettiest part of Central Park with ponds, trails, and a forest. We are also two blocks away from Morningside Park where there is a beautiful waterfall and pond with turtles, basketball courts, baseball fields, and a playground.

At the end of our street you can see an incredible view of Cathedral of Saint John the Devine – known as the largest cathedral and Anglican church and fourth largest Christian church in the world. There are regular concerts and events there.

Harlem is an historical neighborhood that has worldwide significance. Walk up to 116th Street to Little Senegal where you can have delicious authentic Senegalese food and buy imported fabrics. Walk a few more blocks north to West 125th Street – the heart of Harlem with big stores like H&M and local designers as well. You can see a show at the famous Apollo Theater, reserve a table at the Red Rooster, or visit a gospel church on Sunday.

Because of our easy access to the 2, 3 express trains, you can be in Times Square in under 10 minutes, and be in Greenwich Village in 15 minutes. You are a block away from a bus that will take you to museum mile. Taxi’s and livery cars can be hailed on the street or called for pick up. Everyone parks their car on the street here and there is a gas station a block away – one of the few in Manhattan.

For kids there are many newly renovated playgrounds and a public pool. You can watch the wild red tailed hawks in Central Park, rent bikes (around the corner from the house) or just use ours to get around town using the many marked bike routes. There is a children’s museum on 83rd Street, and the Museum of Natural History on 81st Street. During the summer there are tons of street festivals, public concerts, and outdoor screenings.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: We are a family of four - a producer, sound designer and our two daughters. We are going on a few family vacations this year and decided to rent out our home. We have put our heart and soul into the home - we did a complete renovation a few years ago and have furnished and decorated it with love and care. I grew up in New York and always dreamed of having a townhouse in Manhattan. It is incredible to walk into a house in NYC where most people live in apartments.

Why the Owner Chose Upper Manhattan, New York, NY, USA:
You can read all about this house in an article in the New York Times. You can find the article via google - enter: NYT Harlem Townhouse Betancourt. Click through the slide show for lots of great pictures.

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
There is an herb garden on the terrace that is off the living room, a playhouse in the backyard and a vintage gliding bench in the front of the house under a magnolia tree. We are happy to give you tips about where to go in the neighborhood and answer any questions you may have.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 10%
Calendar last updated: 03/07/2017

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  • Open living space with video projector and wireless sound system

    Open living space with video projector and wireless sound system

  • Dinning room - more chairs available

    Dinning room - more chairs available

  • Second floor hall with our daughters

    Second floor hall with our daughters

  • openings in ceilings expose wood beans and allow light in

    openings in ceilings expose wood beans and allow light in

  •  king bed crafted by local artisan, windows face garden, organic mattress

    king bed crafted by local artisan, windows face garden, organic mattress

  • Living room and door to backard

    Living room and door to backard

  • Entrance and view from kitchen

    Entrance and view from kitchen

  • Master bathroom with skylights

    Master bathroom with skylights

  • Bier International - our friend's bar around the corner

    Bier International - our friend's bar around the corner

  • Master bedroom with vintage desk and original mantelpiece

    Master bedroom with vintage desk and original mantelpiece

VRBO #454986

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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