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Victorian Brownstone with modern renovation, comfort and art

Bedrooms Studio
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type townhome


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.

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2017

About Nicole

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.

Nicole purchased this townhome in 2009

Why Nicole chose Harlem

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.

What makes this townhome unique

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.


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)
The 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!"
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Cantina, Beirre International, and many more
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
2, 3, C, B trains - 2 blocks away
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
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.


Harlem Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , it has skylights with frosted glass and 2 sinks
    second floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , There are 2 sinks and a washer and dryer in this bathroom.
    Parlor floor bathroom - toilet , This bathroom has glass tiles and a handblown glass window
  • There are bathrooms on every floor.
  • Studio, Sleeps 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Victorian Brownstone with modern renovation, comfort and art
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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Living Like Locals

  • 5 of 5

In July of 2013, our family of 6 stayed in Manhattan. We wanted to live like locals and desired to stay in a residence rather than a hotel. We found a gem of a brownstone in Central Harlem to rent!

Located in the Upper West side a few short blocks from Central Park and Morningside Park we were steps from gardens, lagoons, hiking and playgrounds galore. The city beckoned us to explore her offerings daily with the subway just a two minute stroll from the house. We were fortunate to be a few short stops away from museums, shopping, Broadway, all things tourist :-).

We often preferred to stay in the neighborhood enjoying the local wares. With Bier International an urban beer garden, Harlem Shambles the local butcher shop, and a gourmet grocery store just around the corner we felt right at home.

Speaking of home, the brownstone is a true work of art, yet so comfortable and homey. The owners were a delight to work with. It was evident that they love their home and their city. Our kids (ages 4-15) loved the spaciousness of the home. With a fort in the backyard (yes, a backyard!), the home theatre complete with projector, and a late night cookie delivery service our kids were smitten.

The balcony herb garden and friendly neighbors made the stay extra special. Who wouldn't love watching fire flies dance in the air while eating tacos with freshly picked cilantro and chatting with NYC locals?

I highly recommend this amazing home for anyone who wants to visit the Big Apple and live like local.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning $280

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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