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Property Details

Updated: Feb 1, 2015
One bedroom plus Mezzanine with 1 full bathroom that sleeps 3 people.

2nd floor apartment in Victorian building on West 74th Street, off Columbus Avenue; around the corner from Fairway, Citarella, The Ansonia, The Dakota, Central Park with Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Fountain!

Walking distance to Museums such as the Met and Museum of Natural History which is just 4 blocks away.

We like this neighborhood because it is convenient and safe but still charming.

Down the block is Levain bakery, voted best NY restuarant. You have to get a chocolate chip cookie!!!!

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Guestbook comments from the owner

This was a great place to rent for our visit to New York. Very convenient to subways and stores! The beds were very comfortable! We noticed the apartment could use some further dusting especially along all the perimeter of each room. A few more towels and dish clothes would be handy also. The owner was wonderful to deal with and we would love to rent this apartment again.
Mar 2014
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Victorian Beauty in the Heart of Manhattan
+1 -(917) 832-1306
Upper West Side Manhattan

Fabulous rental and location

  • 5 of 5
Cute apartment, everything we needed for 5 days in NYC - 2nd set of keys, fully functional kitchen, very clean. Great location too - subway 2 blocks away, tons of restaurants, cafes, stores, within a block. BUT - NYC was 10 degrees and old brownstones are drafty. There were 2 space heaters (provided), but it was still quite chilly. My advice, avoid NYC in January!
  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Victorian Beauty in the Heart of Manhattan
+1 -(917) 832-1306
Upper West Side Manhattan

It was great! Thank you guys!!!

  • 5 of 5
We were 2 couples and stayed in 2 apartments of Michael and Cristina's; a studio and this one (also left a review for the other one) This apartment was outstanding. We really felt at home and walked everywhere. When we wanted to get to other neighbourhoods the 72nd subway stop got us ther in no time. Evenings we caught a taxi right on Columbus Avenue to go to the theater. It was great! Thank you guys!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Victorian Beauty in the Heart of Manhattan
+1 -(917) 832-1306
Upper West Side Manhattan

Beautiful apartment, but cold and noisy

  • 3 of 5
1) Charming decor. You definitely feel like you're staying in the home of a friend.
2) Location. It's easy to access the subway (and Levain Bakery as well).

1) My biggest complaint is that even though the VRBO listing says this apartment has a fireplace, it is NOT a working fireplace. It's faux. My wife specifically restricted her VRBO search to apartments in New York that had a fireplace, and we chose this apartment based on that fact. Imagine our disappointment when we learned otherwise, especially with outside temperatures in the teens and twenties. I strongly feel the owners should not list "fireplace" as one of the General amenities. If I had known the fireplace was faux, we would never have stayed here.

2) On top of not having a fireplace, the heater didn't seem to be working. We were told by one of our tour guides that the heating is regulated by the city in some cases, but my wife and I were so cold that we both came down with colds. On the second night, we had to find a Best Buy in New York and purchase a space heater because the one provided just wasn't putting off enough heat. We couldn't fit the space heater in our luggage, so we ended up leaving it behind at the apartment.

3) The noise. Not only can you hear through the walls, but you can hear every little sound made on the street outside the window. If you stay here, you'll definitely need to bring earplugs.

4) I was surprisingly charged a foreign transaction fee when I paid through paypal. Apparently their account is a foreign account which is the reason for the fee (even though I paid in dollars). Ultimately I was able to get this fee refunded by my credit card company, but I didn't appreciate the surprise or the hassle of having to get it refunded.

Overall recommendation: Good location with aforementioned drawbacks.
  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cody, I am sorry to find out about your discomfort through this means!

The apartment is the one we live in - hence the decor - and we are very careful (paranoid), when it comes to the usage of the fireplace. That's why we write waht we do in our welcome sheet. The usage requires some special attention (e.g. opening the floo - if it's left open the apartment gets really cold since all the air gets sucked out).
Next time just let us know in advance, that you plan on using the fireplace and we will walk you through it (as we have done with many of our repeat clients)

The heat is regulated not by the city, but building wide, as is custom in NYC. Some of our guests forget to shut the windows when the radiators are kicking and then the building wide thermostat goes off and the apartment cools off without very fast and one has to wait for the entire building to cool down, before the radiators kick in again. It is definitely a NYC idiosyncracy.

In other words, it would have been great to help you, while you were here .. let us know when stuff is not right, while you are here :)
Victorian Beauty in the Heart of Manhattan
+1 -(917) 832-1306
Upper West Side Manhattan
san francisco

NYC visitor

  • 4 of 5
The apartment was lovely and very conveniently located. Easy 2 block walk to key subway stations, the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. We happened to be there during a very cold week and the unit was cold-the windows are orginal to the building and very drafty so we kept the shades and curtains drawn, which was unfortuate as the street view was nice.
  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Victorian Beauty in the Heart of Manhattan
+1 -(917) 832-1306
Upper West Side Manhattan


  • 5 of 5
What a awesome apartment, in an awesome neighborhood .....truly a home away from home! Michael and Cristine are wonderful to deal with.....
  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Victorian Beauty in the Heart of Manhattan
+1 -(917) 832-1306
Upper West Side Manhattan

Unforgettable Vacation in Manhattan !!

  • 5 of 5
I have been to NY many times, however it was my first stay in this Victorian Beauty. Everything about the apartment was just perfect ! Exactly as it appears on the photos. I was so much at home ! Check-in is very easy and quick. Whenever I had something to ask, Michael&Cristina responded back immediately. I recommend to stay at this beautiful apartment to all my friends. When I come back to NY again, I will definitely stay here again. Thank you so much Michael&Cristina.
  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

We fell in love walking by the building and saw the apt being renovated. We found out it was available and love it ever since!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : JFK at 40 Miles


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  • Refundable damage deposit $300
  • cleaning $110

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From the Owner

The block, the neighbourhood!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 750 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Mezzanine - 1 double
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • The mezzanine is only suited for agile persons. We use it mainly for our teenage son when he comes to visit. The headroom is very low. One cannot stand up straight!


  • Guests provide their own meals

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  • One can bring their own computer as we have wifi and a cable for internet. Flat screen TV with basic cable. There is a washing machine and dryer in the building.

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