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Garden Apt with Backyard - Historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Nan Doyle
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fort Greene in Brooklyn

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(60 traveller reviews)

Garden Apt with Backyard - Historic Fort Greene, Brooklyn
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 63 reviews
Denver, Colorado

New York Wedding

  • 5 of 5

Great Place. Nan was an awesome host and we loved the neighborhood. We would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Fort Greene

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely apartment in the calm and peaceful Fort Greene! Nan's apartment had all we needed and we spent a very happy Christmas there. I was great to leave the bustle of Manhattan to live in a happy neighbourhood. Can highly recommend The Quarter for dinner, the Le Bagel place for brunch, and Mr Mango had all our grocery items a short stroll away.

Thanks Nan, especially for the breakfast items for when we arrived!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfy home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Toasty Brooklyn. It was indeed always toasty and warm on cold December days. The kitchen was easy to use and well equipped, the living area was comfortable for relaxing after a long day exploring New York, and the bed was great. Nan was very helpful and friendly, and provided lots of info for guests. There were so many subway lines within a few blocks that it was always easy to get where we wanted to go in Brooklyn or Manhattan (I highly recommend CityMapper app for finding your way around).

Some of our favourite local places were: No. 7 restaurant (one block away) for their double decker broccoli tacos and 'total chaos and destruction' veggie burger; Ample Hills Creamery for ice cream; Four and Twenty Blackbirds for amazing apple pie; Greenlight bookshop; Alamo Drafthouse cinema; and best of all, having Fort Greene Park at the end of the block so we could visit the squirrels and, on a gloriously snowy day, see all the dogs playing and kids sledding. (A magical experience for Australians who have rarely seen snow!)

Thanks, Nan, we would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved Brooklyn!

  • 5 of 5

We have never stayed in Brooklyn before, always opting out for a hotel Manhattan stay.

We were very impressed with the property, the location and Brooklyn. The property is as advertised; warm, spacious, clean, well appointed and very conveniently located. As a fist time VBRO customer I can't say enough about this property and the VBRO experience.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. I'm so glad we provided you with such a positive first stay in Brooklyn. Come again!
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Fantastic stay in lovely Fort Greene, Brooklyn

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic experience from start to finish staying in this lovely garden apartment. Nan was warm & pleasant in her communications & in person. Welcoming & informative on our arrival, she gave us tips on everything from the subway to places to eat & even left some grocery items so we had something to make for breakfast which was a nice touch.

We loved the apartment, which was spotlessly clean & felt very at home here. Nice comfy bed & quality linens meant we slept well. We didn't really use the kitchen other than for breakfast & the odd cup of tea but it was fully equipped to enable full meals to be prepared if required.

The location of the apartment is perfect, a nice safe residential area but very close to 2 subway stations & numerous restaurants & bars. We used the subway to get around Brooklyn & over to Manhattan; Nan had warned us that weekend maintenance meant some disruption to the service & whilst initially the system was confusing, within a day we felt pretty confident getting around. It is a cheap & efficient method of transportation & we even ventured as far as New Jersey!!

We walked miles during the days & it was great to come home to this lovely apartment knowing we could just walk locally to good restaurants & bars around Fort Greene & then fall into bed!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, so much nicer than a hotel! Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area, thank you so much Nan :-)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I'm so happy to hear about your excellent visit. You were amazing guests and we look forward to having you again!
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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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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 Fort Greene, New York City

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £77.3
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Pet Fee £193.26

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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