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Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry

Bedrooms 3
Space 800 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 5-6

Step into another world in this duplex apartment on the top two floors of a 140 year-old hilltop Victorian home. Relax in the evening with the lights from the bay and the Verrazano Bridge outside the window. Yet you are just a 20 minute downhill walk to the Staten Island Ferry, the greatest free ride in the world.

The house is surrounded by a garden and trees, creating a peace and quiet rare in New York, and a cool spot in the summer heat. Descend from the hilltop into downtown Staten Island, a diverse, up-and-coming real New York neighborhood with a convenient strip of restaurants and small shops.

Highly recommended for romantics, antiquarians, visitors who want more than the standard tourist experience, people who are not afraid to climb stairs. Less recommended if you would really rather be in a shoe-box hotel in Midtown for three times the price.

We offer three bedrooms, two with queen-size beds, one with a full. (That one is quite small, but cozy). One full bathroom with tub and shower, eat-in kitchen and large (by NYC standards) living room. Not luxurious, but comfortable. A view to remember.

The Ferry to Manhattan: The Staten Island Ferry is by far the loveliest way to enter Manhattan, a 25-minute cruise across the harbor. You pass very close to the Statue of Liberty and watch the skyscrapers grow enormous as you approach. The boat runs 24/7, usually every half hour. It runs more often in rush hours, hourly very late at night. And it's FREE.

The walk to the Ferry from our house is an easy downhill stroll. Coming back you may prefer to hop a bus 2-3 stops, or a cab for $5-7.

Staten Island: If you stay more than a few days, you may want to see the sights of Staten Island itself, New York's 'forgotten borough.' These include Snug Harbor, a 19th-century sailors' retirement home turned museum and cultural center, the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Museum, and the Alice Austen museum, a beautiful waterfront house devoted to a pioneering woman photographer. The south shore of Staten Island offers many miles of sandy beach and boardwalk if you want to take a few hours off from being a tourist.

The island is famous for its Italian food, but newer immigrant groups are making their contributions as well. You will find the prices for restaurants, like lodging, far more reasonable than in Manhattan.

More Details

Helen Shustikov
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Russian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

Why Helen Shustikov chose Tompkinsville

We already owned one house in downtown Staten Island, when we came into some money and started looking for another one. Helen spotted this property by chance walking around and knew it was the one we needed. The owner was ready to take it off the market, but we tracked him down and persuaded him to sell.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a unique house on a unique street, a row of eight identical Victorians, all preserved intact from the 1870s (we think), set back from the street by an elevated sidewalk with abundant trees and greenery.

Our neighborhood is one of the more racially and economically diverse in a city famous for that -- with hippie cafe owners, struggling immigrants and infiltrating hipsters all sharing the same territory. Again, not for everybody, but we love it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I want to thank you and Craig personally for the pleasant week that we spent. I like the house very much. It's so romantic.

We hear that you are an artist, and you can tell that from the atmospher of the house. Enormous thanks for making the apartment available to us. We immediately felt at home there.

Я бы хотела лично вас и Крейга поблагодарить за приятно проведенную неделю в городе. Дом мне очень понравился. О его "древности" говорят скрипучие ступени лестниц. Это так романтично!

Мила сказала, что вы - художник. Я это поняла по антуражу дома.

Еще раз огромное спасибо за аппартаменты. Мы сразу там себя почувствовали "как дома".

Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Tompkinsville in Staten Island

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Quiet hours 11 pm-8 am.
  • Conduct must be appropriate to a residential neighborhood.
  • Instant bookings not allowed for guests with New York area phone numbers.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry
average rating of 4.111111 based on 68 reviews

Beautiful property and super sweet owners!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Staten Island! I visited from Florida with my family. We were very grateful for the affordable cost for the amount of space! The walk from the ferry was great for me and my friends (who are in our 20s). But, I would definitely recommend utilizing the taxi service from the Staten Island Ferry for those who aren't very active. IE my mother did not enjoy the walk as much! Thank you to the owners for letting us stay in your beautiful historic home!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wake Forest, NC

Clean, ample furnishings, comfortable accomodations

  • 4 of 5

My family of 5 traveled to Staten Island with the purpose of showing our exchange student NYC. We enjoyed being able to gather around the table for breakfast each morning and then had ample room to spread out at the end of a long day. Proximity to the ferry was a plus. This was my second time renting from Helen and Craig and would easily recommend for others.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Coralee. We hope to see you and your exchange students again
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Great value!

  • 4 of 5

We were only able to stay for a short visit but we enjoyed our trip to NY. This home is conveniently located close to the Staten island ferry. (free and offers great views of the city!) It would benefit from updating, repainting, new furniture, etc., but it really didn't matter too much to us. It had plenty of room and was definitely affordable especially compared to other places we looked.

If you book this home read all the reviews beforehand... lots of stairs, the neighborhood feels a little iffy...so that you know what you are getting.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Shari. With the long, cold winter passing at last, we have exterior painting on the schedule for May. We're constantly upgrading our furniture in minor ways within our budget. We want to make staying in New York affordable, even if no one else does!
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Very pretty house with enough space and equiptment

  • 4 of 5

We found the house cosy and warm and enjoyed our stay. The 20 minute walk to Staten Island Ferry was a very nice way to get started and New York is beautiful aproaching it from the south. Would stay there again anytime and enjoyed the space this house provided. You need to be in good physical shape tough, because there are quite a few steps to climb in order to get to the house, so keep this in mind when booking. Must be lovely to sit outside in the summer for Breakfast, but was not realy an option in February. Thanks to our host for making our stay so enjoyable.

Patrick, Maria, Frank and Sven from Germany

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good house but rough experiences with the rental

  • 3 of 5

This was a decent place to stay with the amount of money they charge. The views are amazing and the stairs are good exercise first thing in the morning and at night. My husband and I stayed here with our 3 young teenage kids for 6 days 5 nights. We did arrive on time as we read other reviews and saw if you came early it caused issues (per the owners) with cleaning Etc. The neighborhood isn't the best but no one bothered us and we followed the instructions of the homeowners which was only go left out of the house. We did hear A LOT of sirens at night. The good points for this home are there is a ton of room and the furniture is older however we found it very comfortable. There were some minor issues that we had such as upon arrival the steps to the door (about 20) were snow and ice covered when it did not snow that day, the coffee pot was broken so no coffee our first morning, the place was dusty and there was left over garbage in the stove covered in grease (it appeared as if bacon was cooked on parchment paper and left by the last occupants, we had to wash all the dishes prior to using them as they were dirty and had reminiscence of food left on them, no kind of soap (dish or hand) was provided, and we were only supplied with 3 bath towels and 5 handle towels for our stay.

I will say the coffee pot was replaced the afternoon of the second day and we were brought 3 additional towels. The cleaning and snow removal we did ourselves and were not offered any compensation. When I asked about additional towels or laundry availability as 6 towels for 5 people for 6 days didn't seem to be sanitary I was told they do not offer laundry and was not provided any additional towels. I was then told that this was all due to me booking "off season" and for paying a lesser price. Also stating that they don't have too many guests in Jan. and Feb. so the house is a little rusty and the kinks would work themselves out when they have a steady flow of people in and out of the rental. Not sure how that was supposed to help my feelings in this situation but it is what it is. I would have gladly paid an additional $17 a night (cost today) if I was going to be provided a better service. I do not think I will stay in another home owned by these specific renters however this is my 5th VRBO rental and my very first rough experience so I will gladly rent again! On a happy note we had an amazing time in the city and made some amazing memories!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think there may have been some misunderstanding here. We are away from New York most of the time these days, but we had two people at the place within hours of hearing from these guests to address their various concerns. Both of them are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, however, so the bit about the towels may have been lost in translation. There is generally a large supply in a linen closet upstairs, and we thought that was the case this time, too. Snow is on us. We should have had it cleaned before the guests arrived. The remark about the house being rusty was meant as a joke. Obviously didn't go over. Apologies.
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Tolle Wohnung mit einmaligem Flair/Nice and cozy appartement with special flair

  • 4 of 5

Gemütlich, rustikal und Warm. Man sieht der Wohnung das Alter an, dass stört aber nicht. Toller Ausblick über Staten Island, Geschäfte und Staten Island Fähre in der Nähe. Parken war kei Problem.

Cozy, rustic and warm. You can see, the appartement is an older one but that wasn't a problem for us. Nice Staten Island overlook, groceries, Ferry Terminal close by. Parking was no problem.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Newark Liberty
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Penn Station New York
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-278, Exit 12 or 13
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

Our neighborhood is known as either Downtown Staten Island or St. George, a vibrant, multicultural "up-and-coming" area across New York Bay from Lower Manhattan. If you enjoy urban settings where people of different skin colors and economic groups live close together, you will fit right in.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £44.67
Damage Deposit £74.45

$100-$170/night, $500-$900/week
$100-$170/night, $500-$900/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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