Brownstone Street, Ecological House, Free Yoga Around Corner
New York City
The owner is a green builder and renovated this apartment with a keen eye for health and harmony. 2 bedrooms Huge common space Hardwood floors Tons of light Green eco garden Washer/Dryer Very large & modern apartment in the middle of the city! P …
Nice, very clean and large (for Brooklyn standards) apartment. Excellent location, and Loretta was very friendly and helpful. The only comment (which is very small) is that we arrived at night and Loretta forgot to leave the light on at the apartment on so we could not see the address numbers, but we could guess the location by narrowing it down between the buildings with readable addresses. Overall I was very impressed.
Loretta's home worked great for my family. It is located as close to the F train and the restarurants and stores on Smith street as you would like, but just far enough away to avoid street noise. The downstairs area was perfect for the kids to hang out and stay out of the way. The only negative was that the screen over the bathroom door window (to kitchen/ not outside) doesn't really screen much.
It was a great stay. The place is nice and our host was very accommodating. I would stay here with my family again next time we are in NYC. Thanks again!
We had an excellent visit. The house was clean and spacious. Loretta was good to work with.
I was a bit nervous about this rental as I’d found the owner, Loretta, to be fairly unresponsive to emails, having left two of mine unanswered. On arrival in Brooklyn our yellow cab driver couldn’t find the street (swore it didn’t exist!), so I tried to phone Loretta to give him directions. I was surprised to find that her phone was switched off, although she knew we’d be arriving that day. The taxi driver eventually dumped us in another street with no clue as to which way to go. Fortunately a very kind lady helped us to find the address with the aid of the gps on her phone.
The apartment itself was a huge disappointment. We’d expected the entrance to be up the pretty steps shown in the picture, but in fact the two floor apartment is part basement, approached down a couple of steps in the front garden. Neither the entrance nor the apartment were well lit. The apartment is spacious, and pretty well as described, but looking dingy, neglected and unloved. There was a stained tea towel hanging from the stove, and an enormous old spider’s web behind one of the bedside cupboards. There were no wardrobes, just a clothes rack in the main bedroom, which to be fair also had a chest of drawers. The 2nd bedroom had only one drawer and some open shelving. The large open area downstairs would be very useful for a family with children but again it looked dingy and lacked comfort, with mismatched cheap looking furniture & what looked like mould or rising damp on one of the walls.
The back garden was cluttered, and looked as though it could do with a good sweeping, and the pile of rubble and junk mentioned by the previous reviewer was still cluttering the front.
We hadn’t realised that Loretta and her family were going away almost immediately, and sub-letting their apartment, which meant she was unavailable on our last day with helping to find a taxi and getting back to the airport. She did email to say she wouldn’t be back in time for our departure, but as the email arrived less than 2 hours before we left I didn’t see it until I got home.
On the plus side:- The shower was excellent, the beds were comfortable, and the kettle was very efficient. This area of Brooklyn is really lovely, with lots of restaurants and plenty of kind people to give us the advice and help that we needed. It’s also incredibly convenient for the subway, and getting to Manhattan, so we actually spent very little time in the apartment
People seem to love this place so perhaps we had a unique experience. (I'm booking my annual family trip again this year so was prompted to review...).
I was quite disappointed for the following reasons:
There was construction going on in both the front and the back of the apt, on our floor, which the landlords never mentioned. And offered no soultion to, or possible recuction in rates to compensate for. This meant:
-Piles of junk blocked the entryway to the door, which were unsightly but also made it increidbly difficult for us to navigate our stroller in and out.
-Loud noise began early in the morning, back and front, and continued all day.
-The backyard, which was advertised as an oasis, was filled with piles of junk and completely unusable.
-Workers were literally in our faces at both back and front windows starting at early hours of the AM. As a breastfeeding mom home alone with a baby this wasn't what I was looking for.
-The front walk to get to our door was also often cluttered with debris, and workers, and nearly unpassable with a stroller or suitcase.
-Again we paid full rates which they seemed to think was completely normal despite the fact that we were clearly inhabiting a costruction zone.
The wife barely worked while we were there. It had to be reset repeatedly. The landlords were difficult to get in touch with and slow to respond regarding this issue.
The front door lock was "tricky" i.e. broken, which no one told us aobut, and we had to leave the house open with our belongings unsecured until we were finally able to get someone to show us the tricks.
Unprofessional management. Would not rent from again.
We have only one word to express our experience - INCREDIBLE.
The place was clean, spacious and incredibly quiet. After spending our days in Manhattan, it was so nice to come back and relax in the backyard pool and sit on the back patio and read.
Would definitely stay here again and will recommend this townhouse to our family and friends.
The adorable brownstone is a stone's throw from Manhattan with F & G train station, less than a half-block walk from your front door. The two-level flat affords more privacy than most rentals in NYC - I know, I've stayed in a dozen when traveling for business. The air quality is clean, temperature at a comfortable 70 degrees, and very quiet at night, when you need to restore after a busy day in the city. Appliances are new, including a washer and dryer, which can be important for longer stays. We were in the brownstone for 10 days and wanted for nothing, as the owner is on-site and readily available to answer questions and offer suggestions for dining and shopping for groceries in the immediate area. Loretta and her sweet family made the stay warm and inviting, so much so that I will be a repeat customer. My next stay is on the calendar! Thanks, Loretta and family, I look forward to sharing your home again soon.
As a Carroll Gardens resident, I’m so thankful I found this place. It will be our go-to suggestion for visitors.
We booked this place for my elderly parents and my sister’s family (husband, 2 kids-ages 6 and 3) who came out for a visit. There was plenty of room for all of them to stay and not feel like they were on top of one another. We found ourselves hanging out here because it was so open and spacious. Another family could’ve easily stayed as well (enough bed options for 8).
As other reviewers stated, you can’t beat the location and convenience.
Loretta was a wonderful host and easy to work with.
IF I had one complaint (and that's a big IF), it would be that the outdoor space is at a bit of a standstill now that it's winter (lots of stuff about). However, I totally understand this and didn't mind because it’s too cold to hang around outside anyway. I’m excited to return in the summer as no doubt the outside will shine like the inside. (Don’t get me wrong, we still enjoyed the outside. There’s a pond in front and once my nephew discovered the fish and turtle, it was impossible to bring him indoors.)
We look forward to many visitors staying here in the future and have already recommended the place to others in the neighborhood. Thanks, Loretta, for providing such a great stay for my family.
Just returned from a week's stay at Carroll Gardens and would highly recommend it for a family. We are a family with two teenagers and an 11 yr old and the flat was a spacious, comfortable and quiet retreat after sightseeing in Manhattan. The flat is less than half a block from the subway (F), which was extremely convenient to all the major sights in Manhattan. Smith and Court Street are the local neighborhood and are full of fantastic eating and shopping. Highly recommend Smith Canteen and Seersucker and Lucali Pizza and Brooklyn Farmacy for sundays - just a short walk away. Making all the arrangements with the owner was very efficient and friendly, too!
We feel really lucky that we happened upon this VRBO. We were looking for an apartment that could comfortably house four adults and two children. This place was more than adequate--and could easily accomodate more. Loretta is landscaping the front and backyards and they look gorgeous. The natural pool in the backyard was such a dream to find in Brooklyn, of all places! We loved coming back from sightseeing on a hot day to dip in the pool and cool off. The entire design is eco-friendly and very cute. The bedrooms were comfortably sized with clean linens and plenty of blankets and towels. Fully stocked kitchen. The downstairs living room was plenty of space for the kids to run around.
And the location! Mere steps from the F line. And so close to delicious eateries such as Momofuku Milk Bar and pizzerias and Carroll Park, where the kids loved running through the fountains and playgrounds.
Loretta and her family were gracious, laid-back hosts. It really makes a difference when the owners have kids themselves.
Honestly, we chose this place for its affordability. But now, I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else when we go to NY.
I'm not the best at writing reviews, so I'm going to bullet point the pros:
-The apartment is huge, clean, quiet, and comfortable. And for perspective, I'm a neat freak and hate to hear traffic noise when I sleep!
-The subway (F and the G) is right at the end of the block and it's about a 15 minute trip into NYC (incl subway wait time).
-All of the best bars / restaurants in Carroll Gardens are within a 7 minute walk.
-Sustainably decorated / designed
-None for me!
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