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Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome

About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Beautifully renovated comfortable apartment with full kitchen.

Large bedroom can be arranged with two twin beds OR a king-sized bed.

Small bedroom has a full-sized bed.

Pull-out couch in the living room can sleep an additional two people.

Beautiful private garden with eating area.

Super for families with children! Lots of space, inside and out -- even has a slide in the back yard! All children's and baby equipment available. Babysitting available by arrangement.

Apartment is on the ground floor, with a private entrance. The owners reside in the house above. The whole apartment is exclusively yours during your stay.

Located a 5-minute walk away from the subway 'A' train, a quick two-stop ride to midtown.

More Details

Laura Norwitz
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 February, 2017

About Laura Norwitz

Owners Larry and Laura moved to Harlem in 2000. Larry grew up a few miles north of here, at the northern tip of Manhattan. Laura grew up in Philadelphia but is happy to be a New Yorker. We have two daughters, aged 13 and 11, who are DEFINITELY New Yorkers. Larry is a computer programmer; Laura is a teacher. Our family loves to travel -- throughout the USA, Europe, Central America, and most recently Southeast Asia -- but with the girls in school it's hard to get away. So hosting visitors from all over the world is the next best thing.

Laura Norwitz purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Laura Norwitz chose Manhattan

We were living in an apartment in Brooklyn, but once we had our first child wanted more space. Brooklyn has become so fashionable that we couldn't afford a house in Brooklyn and had to 'settle' for Manhattan!

This house still had traces of the glory days of its construction -- fantastic wood detailing, for example, and an elaborate dumb-waiter wheel in an upstairs closet-- though like its sister houses it had been much neglected during Harlem's decline and was pretty much falling apart. (Like many houses in the area it had been converted into a rooming house and the grand rooms chopped into tiny boarding units.)

With a grand house like this we find, sometimes, that we don't own the house -- the house owns us. Being the steward of an historical property like this is a responsibility -- we want to preserve and enhance the beauty of the architecture, even if it might be a little fancier than our personal taste.

What makes this apartment unique

The flowers filling the front stoop and entry area makes the house a joy to come home to. And the tranquil back yard filled with tree shade and birdsong makes you forget you are in Manhattan.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Upper Manhattan in New York City

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • town ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Big fluffy towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , bed can be converted to two twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Crib available. Small bedroom has door to back yard.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Great for families with children. Baby's and children's supplies available (crib, booster seat, stroller, bed rail, etc.) Babysitting can be arranged.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(64 traveller reviews)

Charming, Spacious Two-Bedroom Brownstone Apartment with Garden
average rating of 4.84375 based on 64 reviews
Jacksonville, Florida

Super Impressive Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We would be hard pressed to say what we liked best about our stay at this great apartment, because there were so many things that checked all the boxes! We arrived earlier than check in, but the apartment was ready and the owners graciously allowed us to check in a little early. They showed us around the apartment, and we were so pleased to see that we would have plenty of space. The living room area is large and comfy, and the kitchen has everything you need if you'd like to cook a meal. The linens on the beds were super comfortable and made for a great night's sleep. Additionally, the apartment is sparkling clean. Also important: lots of hot water and great water pressure! We were happy to see that we were only about a five minute walk to the subway and this particular station had 2 express trains, which we used extensively. Larry and Laura, the apartment owners were very available to answer any questions, and even though they live right upstairs, they were not intrusive in any way, just kind and helpful. They even had us over for Hanukkah dinner, which was delightful. We are not Jewish, but we were so honored to be able to experience their faith in this special way. There are several small food markets in the area for staples and we felt very safe in the area throughout our entire stay. Our flight home was not until 8:30pm, and since there were no guests checking in that day, Larry and Laura graciously allowed us the use of the apartment until it was time for us to leave for the airport. We can't think of anything that would have made our stay better and will definitely choose this apartment again for our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed here for a week in November 2016 and we found our hosts perfect! They were happy to let us check in late at night due to our flights. Pictures are true to life and we had had a fantastic time!! We can't wait to return !! Very happy to recommend to other travellers.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cedar Park, TX

Perfect in every way!!

  • 5 of 5

This home has everything that you need for the NYC trip. The location to the subway is a 7-10 minute walk. The neighborhood is very easy to get around for local needs like food, drinks and grocery store. We placed an Instacart order to arrive near the same time as our arrival. However, if you are not on any type of time restraint then doing your know shopping at the local market will be much cheaper. The home itself is very comfortable. The living room is setup great for relaxing and having conversation. The kitchen has everything that you need to cook your meals. The beds and bedding are extremely comfortable and cozy. There are plenty of towels for bathing. There is even a washer machine and dryer in the basement. There is the cutest little garden in the back. Perfect for relaxing after a busy day of exploring. Laura and Larry are there to answer any and all questions. They provided detailed information about getting around the neighborhood and getting to the subway and using the subway. I highly recommend staying at this home. I would book and stay here for my next NYC trip.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't ask for a better stay...

  • 5 of 5

I don't usually write reviews but felt that this time I needed to take the time to do so. This place is fantastic and very affordable. The kitchen and living area are large and spacious, and the bedrooms had more than enough space for a crib and luggage. The private balcony was also a wonderful extra. Both Larry and Laura were very good hosts and took the time to personally come down and greet us and offer any advice or answers to any questions we had. When we arrived everything was clean and well kept and during our stay extra amenities were provided promptly when requested. My 1 year old daughter was even provided with so many toys she didn't know which ones to play with first. With 4 adults and the baby, we were more than comfortable and it was about a 5 minute walk to the closest subway station so we were able to travel with ease. I would highly recommend this house and will definitely book it again on our next trip.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Laura was absolutely wonderful. The apartment was perfect with the right amount of space. Had everything we needed. Laura provides all routing information from train to bus along with food menus. The location was near everything

We walked all over the neighborhood and discovered some wonderful gems. When we return to NYC we will stay here again. Again Laura thanks for making my spouse's 50th bday a blast.


  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Safe, large, beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

Geez, where do I begin? The huge apartment? The short distance to the express train? The market next door that makes yummy deli sandwiches 24hours?

Laura is friendly, helpful and respectful. Because of her, I have a feeling it will be hard to beat future stays anywhere. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
La Guardia
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
A,B,C,and D subway
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The House: This beautiful apartment is on the ground floor of a four floor brownstone row-house in the Sugar Hill/Hamilton Heights section of Harlem. The house was built in 1894 in Renaissance Revival style as a single family house for a big family with lots of servants. During those years, this garden apartment was the kitchen and informal dining room, and a dumbwaiter carried fancy meals up to the formal dining room above when the family entertained.

During the 1950s the garden apartment had been converted to a Harlem hair salon, and the house above had become a boarding house, but in 2000 the house was purchased by the current owners who are bringing it back to its former glory; in 2005 the apartment was refurbished into a beautiful and spacious 2-bedroom apartment.

The Neighborhood: Sugar Hill and Hamilton Heights are a lovely neighborhood of elegant row-houses in an area that once served as the country retreat for the city's wealthy, at a time when the city included just southern Manhattan. Alexander Hamilton. a prominent statesman in the 1780s, built his country home, The Grange, on his estate just south of where 145th Street is now. Today The Grange is part of the National Parks system and can be visited at the north end of St. Nicholas Park.

When the train lines were extended north to this area in the 1880s the land was developed into elegant townhouses.

During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s, African Americans made their mark on NYC as they had never been permitted to do so before. The north end of Hamilton Heights was known as Sugar Hill, for the sweet life available to those who could afford it.

The neighborhood is full of magnificent architecture in a variety of turn-of-the-century styles on quiet tree-lined streets dotted with lovely community gardens.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Upper Manhattan, Manhattan

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas/New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £160

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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