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Hilltop Victorian House with Garden Near Staten Island Ferry

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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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More Details

Elena or Craig
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Russian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2017

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tompkinsville in Staten Island

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • 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


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
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Hilltop Victorian House with Garden Near Staten Island Ferry
average rating of 4.173913 based on 77 reviews

Very Pleasant

  • 4 of 5

We wanted to take a family trip to NYC and needed to take our two dogs along with us. We began our search on Home Away because we are a family of 6 (4 children ages 8-15) so we knew we wanted a house rental. We found Elena and Craig with their property on Staten Island. I fell in love with the idea of taking the ferry trip daily into the city as well as having a more quite place to go "home" to at the end of our day. I reached out to Elena and Craig though the site and asked about the dogs as well as some other things I had questions about. They were quick to reply and agreed my dogs were welcome to stay at thier property with us.

We arrived late but entry to the property was easy. Craig had told me he too had planned a trip at the same time and would be staying in the apartment upstairs. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be as private of a stay as I had planned, but that was not the case at all. We barely knew he was there, he came down to introduce himself and meet us on the first full day of our visit but never really saw him again until we had run into him packing his car to head home himself.

Some reviews of this property state it is not a nice neighborhood, I would disagree. I never felt unsafe no matter how late we came home. Some spots in the area can look rundown but the street itself is perfectly fine. You need to keep in mind this is an urban setting, if you are looking to travel to the city you should expect city life when you arive. There were friendly neighbors all around, we stayed for 5 days and had met a few people along the way. The house itself was clean and had everything we needed, pots, pans, bedding and towels. The house had plenty of room for our large family and two dogs. We did not feel at all cramped and enjoy the property as much as the sightseeing we did.

We all agreed we would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We particularly appreciate the comments about the neighborhood, coming from a family with children. The residents on our street are a tight-knit, stable group and watch out for each other.
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Older House get what you pay for friendly owners though

  • 2 of 5

I know it is an older house but it could use a good deep clean there is stuff all over the walls and the floors were gross. Also I have lived in a diverse area and this was not diverse this is a not so great part of town when we would come home we would have people ask for money and when we would say we didn't have anything they would call us names.

The owners did send an email asking about the house and no I did not respond bc we were also on the go except when we would be there to sleep and eat breakfast. So it isn't all there fault about the issues because I did not complain the but their cleaning person should be replaced the floors were dirty the coffee pot still had stuff in it and the house smelled like raid bug spray bad. The down stairs was super scary to go down and the air conditioner did not work and when we would come back at night there were a ton of flies downstairs. My teenage daughter went to get a blanket out of the closet and a pair of panties came flying out which was super nasty.

My kids did enjoy the outside rope swing. But once again you get what you pay for.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is really a bit unfair to us. These guests took one of the best rental weeks of the year, July 4, stayed for five days without answering our queries about how things were going, then post a review that is destructive to our business. There are some clear exaggerations in here. We don't have an air conditioner downstairs, for instance. That level is cool enough without it. Some flies might get in during the summer (if guests leave the door open), but we have never noticed "tons of them," etc. But the real issue here is that not everyone will feel comfortable in our house and neighborhood. New York has been the safest big city in America, statistically, for years now. Our block is very stable and kept-up, with most houses occupied by long-standing owners.. The Ganas Community of "post-hippies" owns half a dozen houses all around us, and maintains an informal block watch. If you go one block away (not toward the ferry or shops), the atmosphere is quite different. But this is common for New York, and other cities. Over our seven years of renting, we have noticed that most of the guests who feel uncomfortable come from "small-town America." We don't want to stereotype our fellow citizens, and we have had plenty who love it too, but this is the fact. If you are fearful of New York to begin with, maybe you should stay in a Midtown hotel and pay the price (though you won't avoid panhandlers there either). If you want a special experience in an actual New York neighborhood, we urge you to try us. We will do anything within reason to keep our guests happy, but they need to communicate with us.
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Staten Island - May 2017

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stayed. There were 4 of us and we had lots of room to ourselves, although we basically just stayed there to sleep. I've been told that the neighbourhood is questionable, but when you wake up in the morning and leave, the neighbours were very friendly.

We were hoping to do a lot more on Staten Island, but it took awhile to get anywhere (ie. we went to the Mall and went during rush hour traffic, and it took us over an hour on the bus).

Therefore, we chose to go back Manhattan daily. Easily accessible to get to many destinations once you were off the ferry ride daily. We did Coney Island, Yankees game in the Bronx, Empire State Building, Central Park and made our way to Brooklyn for an afternoon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you did have a good time. We applaud your ambition to experience all five boroughs of New York, but admittedly Staten Island is easier to get around by car (and not during rush hour!). There is certainly all the shopping anyone could want in Manhattan, and the Ferry never hits any traffic.
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Not what we expected

  • 2 of 5

The price was a good range for this place. We were a family of eight and they say the first impression is the lasting one.... the house itself is Victorian and we love these style homes because they have charm. The only thing is that it didn't appear to be rental ready in regards to cleanliness and the appropriate amount of linen for the group size we had. We paid for a additional person but did not have enough wash linen for everyone. As well, there was cob webs all over several rooms, there was a ant issue and in one of bathrooms the tub had a ball of hair in it as if someone had took a shower and not cleaned afterwards. There was mouse droppings in one of the kitchen drawers, we found someone's shoes in the living room under the table and under the bed in a bedroom. The floors were not clean and it just seemed there could have been better preparation since we paid months in advance. Now we did communicate this to the owners and they had their son who was staying upstairs and this was not made known until we reached out, provide us with more wash cloths, toilet paper and stay for the ants which took care of the antenna issue. We managed there after but only recommend that if you go in the early spring to summer, be prepared for on and off rain showers which causes the four sets of stairs inconvenient to travel up. The owners did provide us with a great guide book for the living arrangements and area we were in. Overall I give a rating of 2 stars because all in my party agreed this was fair.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry for the cleaning issues. Honestly, our son and his fiancee were staying in the apartment for a few nights before these guests, and we entrusted the cleaning to them. The experiment was not entirely successful, I guess. As the guest noted, we did correct the situation as soon as we heard from her. Our son has moved on to a job as a software developer, which hopefully will suit him better. And hopefully our cleaning women will suit the guests better.
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Great stay for our NY trip!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six really enjoyed our stay. This old Victorian home (along with the neighborhood) has lots of character. The beds were comfy and having two bathrooms was great. We cooked breakfast before heading into the city, and really enjoyed the space after our busy, crowded days in NY. Plenty of very hot water came in super handy when it came time for showers. Would stay there again if we come back to the Big Apple.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house close to Manhattan by free ferry

  • 4 of 5

We were 2 french families to visit New York during 3 days, this rental was a very good deal between the location (on Staten Island, 20mm walk to ferry Station, then 25mn ferry to Manhattan), space in the house (4 bedrooms) and price per night.

Even if the house looks a little bit old, you find everything you need.

Our stay there was successfull!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Nov 2017 - 19 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
26 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £57.85
Tax Rate 8.9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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