"We, a family of 4, were overall delighted with this home. The restaurants, bars and shops of Smith Street are right at your doorstep! If you need groceries, there's Trader Joes and Union Market within a 5- to 10-minute walk, and plenty of other specialty markets - butcher, bakery, wine shop, etc. in the same range. The Bergen Street subway station is 3 blocks away.
The home is very generously sized by NYC standards with three levels, a deck perfectly equipped for al fresco lounging and dining, and a garden. The interior is stylisly and comfortably decorated and the kitchen is very well equipped, with plenty of upscale china, stemware and flatware to go around for ten settings. We enjoyed the den in the basement where we could just flop down, order takeout, watch TV and veg out on the sofa.
Taking a shower in the master bedroom is sybaritic. Not exactly environmentally sensitive, what with all those gallons of delicious gushing water, but definitely a highlight. If you're not fond of Turkish bath towels (as a couple, we are divided on that), we'd suggest requesting regular terry for the master bath. Plenty of space in the master bedroom closets/cabinets. The 2 other bedrooms are better sized and decorated for kids/teens. Since our kids were in those, this configuration suited us perfectly, but I could see how others might need additional space to hang/put away clothes if staying for an extended period.
Excellent internet access. This seems like a mundane thing to comment on, but we have stayed in other homes with spotty connectivity, so thumbs up on this aspect.
We were surprised by a morning (around 9:30 AM) visit from the caretaker who had called/texted just 30 minutes before to water the indoor plants and look for a package. Since we were still asleep at that time, we did not yet have a chance to read/listen to and respond with a request for a later visit. We let Marc know that we felt invaded and he responded quickly.
We were provided one set of keys. We'd suggest providing 2 sets so that there is more flexibility if the group needs to split up.
Marc, thank you for sharing your home. We enjoyed ourselves and would stay again."
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: August 1, 2016