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Hilltop Victorian House with Garden Near Staten Island Ferry

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Tompkinsville - Vertigo Villa

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-9)

Our renovated 1870s refuge is the closest you can get to a comfortable old house in the country, but still be in New York City. The lush landscape with tree swing and play area allows you to switch off Manhattan, but it's just a 20 minute walk or four bus stops, down to the Ferry, then the greatest free ride in the world into town. You can see the Verrazano Bridge twinkling from our windows, and the sea from our street.

Indoors you will have room to spread out, cook dinner and relax after a tough day of tourism. Just bring your clothes, we provide everything else. Extended family and friend groups of 5-9 are our specialty. If your crowd is bigger, we have another apartment upstairs in the same house.

You don't need a car, shops and restaurants are a few minutes' walk away. But if you bring one, you will have no trouble parking on our street without the dreaded 'alternate side' hassles you get elsewhere in NYC.

Staying here does require climbing steps, and some spirit of adventure. You need to feel comfortable in a diverse residential neighborhood where people of many races and economic groups live close together, in harmony.

Add a romantic, adventurous twist to your stay in New York.

Despite fare increases everywhere else, the Staten Island Ferry remains the greatest FREE ride in the world, the most beautiful way to enter New York and view the Statue of Liberty and the downtown skyline. Ferries run 24/7, usually every half hour. The ferry terminal is a relaxing 15 minute walk downhill from the house. If you're feeling less energetic on the way back, cabs are available at the terminal for about $5.

Cheap Eats

Within a few minutes walk of our house, you can enjoy, Mexican, Italian, Polish, Sri Lankan and Senegalese cuisines, among others, at much lower prices than the Manhattan tourist traps. Feast on Downtown Staten Island!

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Elena or Craig
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Russian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016
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About Elena or Craig

This is a genuine family business run by me, my husband and children. We live a few blocks away and love having our guests discover the pleasures of Staten Island. We are more than happy to help you plan your trip and make the most of our wonderful city.

Elena or Craig purchased this house in 2009

Why Elena or Craig chose Staten Island

Our row of eight Victorian homes stretching up a steep hill above the harbor is a unique architectural phenomenon for New York City. Trees tower above you and cool breezes blow on those hot summer nights. Many of the neighboring houses are owned by the Ganas Community, a modern commune, which gives our block a particular friendly, easygoing atmosphere.

You are in your own world, but the city is at your doorstep. And instead of riding the subway, you get to sail across the harbor, watch the skyscrapers loom out of the horizon, and the Statue of Liberty so close you could almost touch it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

About our recent stay at Vertigo villa

It suited our family group very well. Appreciated the little extras flowers,tea,coffee. My granddaughter loved the dolls house,was her seat the whole trip.

Was wonderful to spend time with our lovely family on Staten island.

The children enjoyed the rope swing and were disappointed not to see any snakes, when they went on a hunt. The weather was great warm no rain,so lucky.

Obviously an old property,but it gave us the taste of old New York economical for a large group.

Will be recommending it to family and friends.

If you want limited space and expensive prices you go to the Waldorf
Oct 2014
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Hilltop Victorian House with Garden Near Staten Island Ferry
average rating of 4.2807016 based on 65 reviews

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

There were 8 of us on this birthday weekend. We had a blast in the city. Then came back to a very comfortable home. The accommodations were spot on. Very comfortable and very relaxing. Thank you for a wonderful weekend. The hosts were amazing through out the entire process with any questions we had. Again, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Worth for cost.

  • 3 of 5

Worth for money. Free ferry to major attractions was very useful and convenient. Victorian house, therefore visitors have to expect the run down condition of the house. Surrounded neighbourhoods are impoverished. Only two good bedrooms for a family with children. However, we enjoyed the stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An answer to prayer...

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this house and the people who own it. We have seven kids and spent sixteen days this summer on an American history trip (Niagara Falls, Boston, Lexington & Concord, Plymouth, Cape Cod, etc). We were headed into New York, kind of on a whim and with no reservations (because that's the way we roll, lol). We prayed that God would bring us to the perfect spot for our big family, and this house popped up on my phone just as we were entering this enormous city, completely lost on a Saturday night. I called the owner, and, having had a last-minute cancellation, the house was ready and waiting for us at that very moment. We were literally just a couple miles from the tunnel to get there. LOVE how God works! Anyway, the owners were amazing. They quickly texted us the needed information to get to the house, park, and get inside, and we were unpacking our van just as the sun was going down. This house has CHARACTER! My family loved it, as there was much to explore. My little ones loved having toys and books to play with, and after having been cooped up in the van for most of the day (and after staying in a much smaller house for the previous week), all nine of us had space to spread out. Our middle-aged kids were also thrilled with the swing, the garden snails, and their own private yard to explore. The house is in great proximity to a grocery store and the ferry station, which we used frequently. It has a well-stocked kitchen, plenty of linens and towels, and pretty much everything we could have needed. If you are looking for pristine and ritzy, go stay at a fancy hotel; but if you love the character of old houses and would like a place to stretch your legs, this is the house for you. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I would stay here again because of the location

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

This place was great. Large enough to spend some time apart but quaint enough to hang out with everyone.

The location was easy to get to from all airports using public transit or personal vehicles.

Only mishap was we were expecting one more bed, but due to a makeover it wasn't there. We contacted Elena and Craig who explained the situation and that there was a mattress and sheets to use in replace of the bed.

Seeing as they were high school students, they didn't care what they slept on and he was just happy he didn't have to sleep on the floor!

Great place, could not recommend more!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice location

  • 3 of 5

It is a great location and makes travel less stressful you just park and can walk to the ferry to go across. It does need some updating and cobwebs need to be taken down killed several spiders. Other wise the house is not that bad for a house near the city. We all fit very comfortably and we traveled with a large group.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry about the spiders. We keep after them, but our wooded hilltop is a very healthy ecosystem. So they can move pretty fast during the warmer months. We promise to increase our vigilance.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.75 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Silver Lake Park
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Penn Station (New York)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
278 (Staten Island Expressway)
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

Our neighborhood is known as either downtown Staten Island or St. George --, a lively, "up-and-coming" diverse area across New York Bay from Lower Manhattan. You can meet people from all over the planet within a few blocks, and taste their foods for a reasonable price. Then hop on the Ferry to see the sights. If you enjoy an urban setting where people of different skin colors and economic levels live close together (in harmony), you will fit right in.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tompkinsville, New York City

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Jan 2017 - 9 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 8.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tompkinsville in New York City

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Isolated 'Victorian' bedroom with adjacent bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Sunny second 'couples'bedroom with adjacent bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Smaller sitting room connected to BR 2, good for children
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , large open space on semi-basement ground floor, can add cot
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Fold-out double sofa in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis

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