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Garden Apt with Backyard - Historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn

53 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Fort Greene - Toasty Brooklyn

Private Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleeps 1-5)

Live in brownstone Brooklyn in a floor-through, garden apartment. Two bedrooms, one bathroom. Spacious living room and kitchen. Hardwood parquet floors. Classic, comfortable, uncluttered. Steps from all major subway lines and only 20 minutes to Manhattan. Peace and quiet, but also in an area renowned for its shops and restaurants.

Step out into a quiet, ivy-covered garden for your morning coffee. Cook meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Use your private entrance to come and go at your whim. Sleep on recently purchased mattresses with fresh cotton linens. Real beds accommodate 5 people. Baby cot and high chair onsite.

Parking is readily available on the streets of Fort Greene at no cost. Safe neighborhood with families, young professionals, artists, retirees and many who have lived in the neighborhood for a long time. 5 minute walk to Barclays Center. This is charming Brooklyn living at its best.


• Private, independent apartment with outdoor space/garden

• 2 bedrooms, 1 newly renovated bathroom with tub/shower

• Approximately 1,000 square ft, with 800 square ft outdoor space

• Sleeps up to 5 people; kid-friendly with cot and high chair

• Central location near 10 subway lines; 20 minutes to Manhattan

• Fully equipped, spacious kitchen includes dishes, cookware

• Linens and towels included

• Wifi, cable TV, microwave, dishwasher

• Free on-street, public parking


Upon entry, there is a hallway for storage of your stroller (if you have little ones). Double doors to the apartment lead to a very large living/dining room (13 x 24 ft), with new windows looking out onto a peaceful, tree-lined street. Furnishings: sofa for 2-3 people, two armchairs, a daybed that doubles as a single bed for overflow guests, a long, contemporary dining table with six upholstered mid-century dining chairs, a 32' flat-screen Sony TV with cable, an antique sideboard topped with a slab of white marble, including guidebooks and maps of NYC.

In the center of the apartment, with a cut-out (pass-through) connecting it to the living room, the kitchen is huge by NY standards, 13 x 10 ft. It contains a stove with oven and broiler, refrigerator, microwave, sink, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster, blender and many cupboards storing every kind of kitchen utensil and cookware you may need. Ample counter space, including two long, stainless steel professional kitchen counters.

A small hallway leads to the large bedroom (13' x 13') with a queen-size bed, huge closet and views on the garden. In summer, there is an air-conditioner in one of the two windows. Reading lamps and bedside tables on either side of the bed. A desk with lamp and chair and a dresser makes this a well-equipped, perfect bedroom hideaway. There is also a full-length mirror.

Continuing through the hallway is a small bedroom (12' x 7') with a single bed and second single bed trundle stored underneath. Dresser, reading lamp, closet and doorway to garden. We have a portable crib with sheet, should you need it. The small bedroom has just enough space to fit baby cot and/or the trundle single bed. This is useful if you have kids and want them in their own room. NOTE: this is a very small bedroom and it's a tight squeeze to put extra bed in here! But it works.

In 2012, we did a gut renovation of the bathroom. It is beautiful and modern, with green-flecked Terrazzo floor tiles, white subway tiles, bathtub with shower, a white Ceaser stone counter and under-mount sink. Grohe faucets. Hooks and towel bars. A high-quality exhaust fan that is very quiet and efficient.

Visit the famous Brooklyn Flea a few blocks away, the Olmsted designed park at the end of the block (with jogging paths, playgrounds, tennis courts), or the bustling Farmer's Market on the corner. See a concert or sports event at the nearby Barclays Center arena. The neighborhood is filled with interesting restaurants, bars and shops. I grew up in New York City and lived in Paris for 10 years and I can tell you this is my favorite neighborhood, anywhere. Ever!

Near all major subway lines and only 20 minutes to busy downtown Manhattan, one stop away on the Q train. Walking distance to other great Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Park Slope, restaurant row in Cobble Hill and Prospect Heights, Pratt Institute, the mansions of Clinton Hill, the urban grit of Vinegar Hill and DUMBO.

Toasty: Brooklyn at its very best.

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only

Nan Doyle
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Nan Doyle

Our family has lived in Brooklyn since 1997, when we moved here from Paris, France. My husband and I raised our children in Fort Greene, a vibrant and diverse neighborhood. I am a chef-instructor, teaching home cooking with an emphasis on healthy, seasonal food. I was born and raised in NYC but my second home is France. My favorite things to do? Cook, read, practice yoga, travel, be with friends and family, hike, swim in rivers, lakes and oceans around the world, garden and help other people get into the kitchen and enjoy making good food for themselves.

Nan Doyle purchased this apartment in 1998

Why Nan Doyle chose Brooklyn

I love New York. We are lucky to have an extra floor in our brownstone house and we wanted to make it available to travelers looking to experience the city like natives.

What makes this apartment unique

New York City has everything: the arts (from tiny performance spaces with quirky shows to huge, blockbuster art exhibitions), great food (from latino food trucks to top chefs), non-stop street life, beaches a subway ride away, shopping (strand bookstore, nolita fashion boutiques, 99¢ stores on fulton mall, to name a few). Being based in groovy Fort Greene allows visitors to have the peace and quiet of leafy Brooklyn and be minutes away from the pulse of downtown Manhattan. It's the perfect starting point for enjoying the city.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have lived in Park Slope earlier, but wanted to try out Fort Greene this time. The apartment was just as nice as it was in the pictures and it was very clean as well. Our host Nan was really helpful and sweet, and she even left her homemade granola which is to die for! We traveled with three kids and we felt we had enough space. The location is also perfect! Close to the park, BAM, Brooklyn Flea, lots of nice restaurants and shops, Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill. And the subway station is also very close and bring you to Manhattan in few minutes. We will absolutely want to stay here again. Heidi +4, from Norway.
May 2011
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Garden Apt with Backyard - Historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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Loved Toasty Brooklyn!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time visiting the New York area and our family had the pleasure of staying at Nan & Gerard's apartment. There is a good reason they have so many 5 star reviews, it was a fabulous experience. The apartment is very clean and in great condition, just as we pictured a Brooklyn brownstone to be. Nan communicated very well with us, we were allowed to leave our bags there early, before check in time so we could spend the day sight seeing. She, unfortunately was away but her husband and daughter were welcoming and made us feel right at home.

In the apartment there are so many good informational books about Brooklyn and New York. I wanted to sit and read them all day. The apartment is comfortable and well stocked for cooking any meals. Nan left us juice, bread and a pantry filled with all the supplies a family may need (or have forgotten). Such a thoughtful touch! There is so much to see and do in the area, we had fresh baked bagels at La Bagel every morning - delicious! The Fort Greene park is near, along with so many places to eat or just have a drink and watch the people go by. The subway is a short walk away so commuting to New York is quick and easy. We took the B train to Brighton Beach and walked to Coney Island on a day trip. If you go you have to have a Nathan's hotdog, that place is a landmark. If you're looking for the brownstone living experience we highly recommend this place, we just loved it and are already making plans to return.

The Gallenbachs, Illinois

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice review, thank you! Sorry not to meet you but delighted to know you loved your stay.
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Live like a Brooklynite

  • 5 of 5

Nan's place was just as described and was perfect for our trip to Brooklyn. Spacious, clean, quiet and well equipped for cooking at home (not that we did it that much!). Local restaurants and bars were aplenty so we didn't go hungry or thirsty. We arrived late so it was great to have the basics for brekkie the next day and there were great local independent shops for provisions. Both Nan & Gerard popped by to see if everything was OK and gave us an extra fan in case we needed it, which was thoughtful. There were loads of subway and train options nearby so getting to Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and beyond was easy. We left our luggage in the hallway so we could make the most of our last day and the cleaners were also flexible and let us change before going to the airport which was useful.

Great places, great memories.

We ❤️ Brooklyn. We ❤️ Nan's place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We loved having you stay with us: awesome guests and good people. I'm so happy you had a great time. We love it when visitors really "get" Brooklyn and make the most of it -- as you did! Come again!
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A wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Nan was warm and welcoming upon arrival. She clearly explained all ammenties and local places of interest, as well as, transportaion options. Loved the peaceful neighborhood and lush backyard patio. Accommodations were quaint and casual, and just perfect for our family.

Thanks Nan.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for Our Family of Four Adults

  • 5 of 5

We chose Fort Greene because we were in town to visit our youngest daughter who used to live in the neighborhood. Toasty Brooklyn was the perfect choice. It exceeded our needs and expectations. Nan and Geràrd were wonderful hosts. We appreciated the milk, butter, juice, and bread for our first morning in Brooklyn.

The apartment is spacious, clean, and well-stocked. We cooked many meals, utilizing the resources of the Saturday Farmer's Market at Fort Greene Park and local shops. It felt like home, which was great for our youngest who misses family very much. The time spent in the apartment was relaxing and enjoyable. The master bed is comfortable and the master bedroom has lots of room. The smaller room's beds worked just fine. Access to the garden made the space seem even bigger. My husband was able to have a conference call in the garden sitting at the little table.

The proximity to subways is so convenient. We spent much time in Manhattan seeing plays and visiting the sights. Toasty Brooklyn provided us with a great place to unwind, share our experiences and get a good night's sleep. Nan was helpful whenever we had a question. The resources provided gave us guidance to good restaurants and shopping. We were sad to leave and look forward to choosing Toasty again if it's available. Thank you from California!

Meg and Rick, Kristin and Kate

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love providing a sanctuary for families, visiting busy New York and coming "home" to rest and recover. Happy that our place met your needs. Look forward to seeing you next time!
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Peaceful Brooklyn apartment

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five found Nan's apartment to be simply lovely. It was quiet, comfortable, and close to a nice park and lots of restaurants.

Nan met us when we checked in and gave us a personal tour of the apartment and also checked in on us during our stay to make sure we we doing well. Much appreciated Nan! Thanks for allowing us to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank so much! Looked like you had a great visit. It was a pleasure to host your family and we would welcome you back anytime!
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Splendidly quiet and well-equipped, spacious and friendly in Fort Greene's heart

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience renting Nan's garden apartment. Nan herself was as warm and welcoming as possible -- having the owner live upstairs makes the apartment feel much more like a home than a sterile rental. Indeed, she had breakfast things waiting for us, and thoughtful touches like an umbrella and iron. The apartment was spacious and quiet, the kitchen well-equipped for cooking dinner (which we did), the bed comfortable. And the location cannot be beat. A lovely place with a friendly owner. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We enjoyed meeting you and being the gathering place for your lovely family. Hope to see you again!
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Nearest Airport
10.4 Miles
LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, NY
Nearest Ferry
1.9 Miles
Fulton Ferry Landing, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY
Nearest Train
0.4 Miles
Long Island Railroad, Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Brooklyn Queens Expressway (278)
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Nearest Point of Interest
BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Nearest Point of Interest
ICI restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Der Schwarze K�lner - Beer Garden
Nearest Point of Interest
Habana Outpost
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in the Fort Greene, Manhattan

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48
Cleaning £82
Pet Fee £205

The only additional charges are $100 for cleaning (mandatory), and a bank fee if you pay by credit card or bank transfer. We accept credit card payment, with an extra 4% fee to cover cost imposed on us. For bank transfers, in addition to whatever your bank charges you, we add $30 to cover our bank charges.

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 apartment in Fort Greene in New York City

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Renovated in 2012
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) in large bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (3) -- 2 in small bedroom; one in living room, Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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