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Firehouse Loft with Harbor Views

People11
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type apartment

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bath. A short walk to Manhattan ferry.

Enjoy all that NYC has to offer while enjoying a NYC rarity: open space.

You'll have the second floor loft with your own entrance. The space is full of light, with beautiful views of NYC's active harbor. Your loft apartment is a private oasis after a day in the city. This is a great spot to gather with loved ones. The central room can easily accommodate multiple activities. The building is 100 years old, so it provides a unique atmosphere. The two bedrooms allow privacy, and three full-sized pull-out couches are available for additional guests in the center room (the pictures here haven't been updated since we bought the additional pull-outs). 8 people can stay here without stepping on one another's toes. 11 people can stay here, if they get along very well. ONE parking space is provided off-street, free of charge.

No parties or social events without explicit explanation and approval PRIOR to booking. That will be a different charge. No commercial activity. Any kind of camera work will be a different charge. Film shoots BEGIN at $700 per day. PRIOR to booking, we need to know your electrical requirements, your plans for dressing the set, and any hopes for using an exterior rig.

Manhattan access: It is very easy to get around our neighborhood. We are in Tompkinsville, bordering St. George, only a 15-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride from the free 25-minute ferry ride to Manhattan. The walk to the ferry is easy and enjoyable. We have a cab service one block away. A cab from our address to the ferry costs $5. Ferries travel at least every 30 minutes, passing close by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Governor's Island. The Manhattan ferry terminal offers immediate access to subways and buses going anywhere in New York City. Estimate 1 hour to reach Times Square and 80 minutes to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but much of that time will be spent on a free scenic ferry ride offering coffee, beer, and food. MTA transfers are good on both sides of the ferry. Stops for a dozen bus lines are within two blocks of us, as is a SI Railroad station. Cars are unnecessary, but we do offer guests a parking space off-street in our gated yard, and parking is easy to find on our local streets. New Yorkers do a lot of walking, but if you want to drive that .7 mile in your own car, the ferry parking lot costs $8 a day.

Our neighborhood: After exploring the city, return to St. George and Tompkinsville for great restaurants and bars, playgrounds, parks, and museums. We live 2 blocks from an active commercial district. You'll stay in a vibrant, diverse area in an historic district with many cultural attractions. We live in a great walking neighborhood. In one direction are bars and restaurants. In the other direction is a historic residential area. All the necessities of life are within easy walking distance. There are two major grocery stores, two laundromats, and at least two drugstores within a couple of blocks. An F.L. Olmsted park is five-minutes away by bus, as are a couple playgrounds.

We have a children's museum and a zoo within a 15-minute bus ride. The first buildings landmarked by NYC are 10 minutes away at Snug Harbor, the largest collection of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Staten Island is a terminal moraine, so there are some interesting geological formations and great hiking close by. The Five Boro Bike Tour goes by a block away, finishing by the ferry terminal. The New York City Marathon starts 3.4 miles away at Ford Wadsworth.

More Details

Owner
Susannah Abbate
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Spanish, ein wenig Deutsch, un poco español
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2018

About Susannah Abbate

We are a family living on the North Shore of Staten Island. We enjoy books, records, movies, and running around NYC.

As hosts, we are quiet and unobtrusive. We live directly above, ready to make sure your stay exceeds your expectations, but our floors are separated by several feet of concrete. You have your own entrance. You may not even see us, unless you need us. We've set up the second floor as a separate home, the kind of place we would like to stay if we were traveling with family or friends. We often do not see guests - we are busy with our lives and you are busy enjoying this great city.

We have kids. (Don't worry - they're nice!) If you have kids, let us know. We have an extra stroller. We have a portable crib. We have toys. We know what it's like to travel with kids. You don't need to haul a bunch of stuff - just talk to us about what you need and your children like.

Susannah Abbate purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Susannah Abbate chose Tompkinsville

We love where we live. Our neighborhood is diverse and personable. It's a fun place to live, away from the tourist crowd but full of plenty of interesting places and people. Our building is a rare find in any part of NYC -- a lot of personal space with views of the water. While we are native New Yorkers, we still love to explore NYC's secret nooks and crannies. The city is full of surprises. One of the best parts of living in Staten Island is that it does not have the fast pace of the other boroughs. After a busy day running around, this is a nifty place to be.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a 1913 Hoppin & Koen firehouse built in the City Beautiful tradition, former home of FDNY Division 8 and Engine 154. If you are interested in architecture, this is the firm responsible for the Beaux Arts NYPD headquarters at 240 Centre Street. We live in an area rife with historic homes, from Federal era to late Victorian.

If you're interested in baseball, this is where Bobby Thomson came to celebrate after his 'Shot Heard Around the World' in 1951, winning the pennant for the Giants.

If you're interested in FDNY history, we are walking distance from an even earlier firehouse, Robinson Hose Company #9, at 528 Van Duzer Street, built in 1889 as part of the Edgewater Fire Department, a private company before FDNY took over in 1905. Once you're in our home, you'll understand why this site was selected. We are situated on a bluff overlooking the harbor with strategic views of the neighborhood.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Tompkinsville around the Staten Island

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Clean and well lit, with plenty of privacy.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Blue Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , We can provide a portable crib.
    Green Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , We can provide a portable crib.
  • In the central room are three full-sized pull-out couches. There is also a chaise that can sleep a young child, and a single couch that can be made up for a single adult.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
If you would like an appointment with a masseuse, local on- or off-road running guide, or a personal trainer, let me know.

Reviews

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(43 traveller reviews)

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Firehouse Loft with Harbor Views
average rating of 4.72093 based on 43 reviews
4

Beautiful place to stay with own garden and yet so close to Manhattan.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful airy space with its own garden. When you step inside, you feel at home at once. We stayed there with 4 adults and 2 children and loved the garden next to the house in an environment without much green around. Although you could stay with more persons because of the pullout couches, I wouldn't recommend it because there is only one toilet which is situated in the bathroom, so that's a bit of a hassle in the morning.

It's about a 10 to 15 minutes walk to the ferry to Manhattan and then a relaxed 25 minutes on the ferry and you can begin your day in Manhattan! The only minus point I can think of is the neighbourhood nearby. We didn't try it out, but I don't think you should walk around after dark.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect home!

  • 5 of 5

Susannah is a perfect host and the appartment is brilliant!

Thank you for letting us stay and we will definitely recommend to friends and family. Our son loved all the photos and original firehouse displays, truly unique!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxing place to land after exploring New York

  • 5 of 5

This firehouse loft was the perfect location to access public transit to easily explore New York City. You can catch a bus just one block away that will take you to the Staten Island Ferry (about a 5-10 minute ride) or about a 15 minute walk. The owner provided MTA cards that we could fill on our first trip to the ferry station. It's also worthwhile to stay on Staten Island and catch a Staten Island Yankees game (one of our favorite nights). The location provided a view of the harbor. It was a nice place to land after long days of exploring. The space is immense with a large, open living space and two bedrooms. Having a full kitchen with some essentials (like coffee) already provided was a big plus. The loft was clean and inviting.

We were visiting during a very hot week. We knew ahead of time the place did not have AC, but there were ample fans provided that we moved around based on the time of day and stayed comfortable. Even on a hot week we would still prefer staying here over staying at a hotel.

Susannah was very helpful in answering our questions about the neighborhood (restaurants, laundry facilities, etc) and helping us figure out some of our transportation needs (google maps was also amazing in helping navigate the subway system).

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great stay in an interesting neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was just as described, so charming and spacious! Aside from some street noise from nearby businesses, we were very comfortable and slept well. Susannah was awesome and made things very easy and provided lots of helpful notes that were very clear. Even without AC, the breezes kept things cool at night. We spent a full day exploring Staten Island and took in SI Yankees game, there were many hidden gems. Loved it, thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The property was exactly as the pictures show!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in this Staten Island apartment. Our host had everything we could think of ready for us. She did request critical comments so she could make the place even better and the only thing I can think of is there were no bandaids in the first aid kit. Haha! Other than that the place was exactly what we were looking for and I hope to stay again someday.

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property was great and exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in NY. The loft was perfect for the four of us. There are two bedrooms and a full kitchen. The views were great and we walked to the ferry every morning and never felt unsafe. At the end of the day, we would get off the ferry and catch a bus that stops 4 or 5 blocks from the house. We walked to the grocery store and picked up a few items for our stay. Susannah was very responsive and informative. If we ever come back to New York, we would rent this house again. It was charming and close enough to get to the city but far enough away to be able to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Newark Airport or Kennedy Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Craft House
Nearest Ferry
0.7 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
1.7 Miles
Silver Lake Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.4 Miles
Staten Island Railroad
Nearest Motorway
3.4 Miles
Staten Island Expressway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Craft House
Nearest Ski
60.5 Miles
Vernon Valley
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Midland Beach
Car: not necessary

This is New York City, but not a touristy area. We live in the cultural hub of Staten Island, with plenty of historical sites and diverse cultural influences. There is a lot of fun to be had here in Tompkinsville/St. George. We are also a quick and free ferry ride from Manhattan. The Manhattan ferry terminal is at a major intersection and a free transfer to subways reaching the rest of NYC.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment around the Tompkinsville,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£335
for 1 night
From
£143
From
£147
Fri,Sat
£1,201
£4,487
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning for 5-6 people £18.84
Cleaning for 8-10 people £18.84
Property Damage Protection £59.53
Cleaning for 7-8 people £18.84
Cleaning for 2-4 people £75.36

Housekeeping fees are increased for groups larger than 4, or groups using more than 2 beds. Our base rental is for 4 guests or less. Base housekeeping is $100. Groups of 5-6 guests pay $125 for housekeeping. Groups of 7-8 pay $150 for housekeeping. Groups of 8-11 pay $175. It is A LOT of laundry!

We offer ONE parking space in our side yard. Additional street parking is close and easy to find.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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