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Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry

Bedrooms 3
Space 74 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 5-6

Step into another world in this duplex apartment on the top two floors of a 140 year-old hilltop Victorian home. Relax in the evening with the lights from the bay and the Verrazano Bridge outside the window. Yet you are just a 20 minute downhill walk to the Staten Island Ferry, the greatest free ride in the world. The house is surrounded by a lush, terraced garden with tree swing. Descend from our secluded hilltop into downtown Staten Island, a diverse, up-and-coming real New York neighborhood with a convenient strip of restaurants and small shops.

If you have the spirit of romantic adventure and hate overpriced hotel rooms, we can make your New York stay even more special, and affordable.

The Ferry to Manhattan: The Staten Island Ferry is by far the loveliest way to enter Manhattan, a 25-minute cruise across the harbor. You pass very close to the Statue of Liberty and watch the skyscrapers grow enormous as you approach. The boat runs 24/7, usually every half hour. It runs more often in rush hours, hourly very late at night. And it's FREE.

The walk to the Ferry from our house is an easy downhill stroll. Coming back you may prefer to hop a bus 2-3 stops, or a cab for $5-7.

Staten Island: If you stay more than a few days, you may want to see the sights of Staten Island itself, New York's 'forgotten borough.' These include Snug Harbor, a 19th-century sailors' retirement home turned museum and cultural center, the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Art Museum, and the Alice Austen museum, a beautiful waterfront house devoted to a pioneering woman photographer. The south shore of Staten Island offers many miles of sandy beach and boardwalk if you want to take a few hours off from being a tourist. The island is famous for its Italian food, but newer immigrant groups are making their contributions as well. You will find the prices for restaurants, like lodging, far more reasonable than in Manhattan.

More Details

Helen Shustikov
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, french, russian
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
29 May, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you very much for the hospitality of your wonderful house, We have had a great time walking around the area and going on the ferry
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Tompkinsville, New York

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 74 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 2 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(47 traveller reviews)

Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry
average rating of 4.212766 based on 51 reviews

Excellent and relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

I, my wife and our two year old son stayed for 2 nights at this nice property. Hosts were very considerate, who allowed for early check in and late check out considering our flight was late. It's very spacious and nice house, from house you can see very good view at night of the bridge. The house has 3 bedrooms, Helen also provided extra mattress, toys for our son, also lot of extra towels were kept. To and from ferry, one can take a taxi, costs about 6 or 7$, better to take this rather than bus, because bus costs 2.5$ per person. Staten island ferry is very relaxing, we took ferry the day we reached this property in the evening. Then next day as well, we took ferry in late evening, so while coming back, at night you get a night view of Manhattan. So take evening ferry, ferry drops you at battery park, where you can have a nice view of water along with sunset. Near the property, specifically we liked Tony's pizzaria, very delicious food. Overall it was a very good stay at the property.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's not what it seems

  • 3 of 5

On my arrival I didn't expect the neighborhood to be so under kept. And it was sort of a challenge to locate the house. Once I discovered that it was behind a wall of stairs. Once I got to the top of the wall. I realized there was more stairs to get to the apartment. Then I enter the apartment to discover another flight of stairs and the living quarters of the apartment. It was smaller than what I expected. Bedroom on the main floor was on large enough for a full bed only. No walking space. The livingroom was spacious due to lack of furniture. Kitchen was small. Bedroom was ok. Then the other two rooms where up another flight of stairs that I felt that was too small for my child to climb up without assistance. Those beds were on the floor without a bed frame. But it was clean and organized. It was differently a different experience but yet I did enjoy the island and food.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, we have to admit there are a lot of steps. Come prepared. As far as finding the house, its "tucked-away" quality is one of its charms. We provide explicit directions, which solves the problem for most guests. Anyone who thinks our place is small has never been in a Midtown Manhattan hotel room .... We offer living room, eat-in kitchen, plus three bedrooms, though admittedly one of them is quite small. Hard to do better than that in NYC.
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dirty, smelly and unsafe

  • 1 of 5

One of the rest things we noticed upon arrival was the smell in the house: a garbage smell, an unclean smell. The rental was unclean to say the least.

There were no fire-extinguishers and there is no escape route in case of fire: an unsettling idea.

The kitchen was incomplete and filthy. No kitchentowels present to name something. A very wobbly kitchentabel.

Bathroom: filthy, with 5 towels for 3 people staying 3 nights and 1 roll of toiletpaper.....

This rental oozes neglect, filth and screams for renovation and screams even louder for safety.

With lloud shouting and cussing we heard at night on the street, and all the debry and garbage all around the neighborhood, this was a once and never again place to stay for us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We found the tone of this review surprising.. We made the house available to this guest a few hours before check-in time, at his request. He called several times during his three-day stay, and mentioned no complaints. We have a caretaker who lives a few blocks away and can come fix any problems. We usually keep plenty of towels in an upstairs closet, aside from some in the bathroom, and extra toilet paper in the kitchen closet. We are sorry if there was not enough TP on this occasion. As for fire safety, our living room, kitchen and one bedroom are located just one floor above the street door, with a wide staircase leading down. The kitchen windows also open onto a terraced roof. For the bedrooms one floor above, that we have an expandable ladder in a closet that can go out the window in case of fire. We apologize for not putting a sign on the closet. Our house is in a row of eight Victorians on an elevated sidewalk above street level (and trash that goes out twice a week). Our immediate neighbors are the 75 members of the Ganas Community, who have owned their houses for decades, and are entirely committed to keeping the b lock beautiful and safe. You will see them tending their flowers or sitting on the porch under our century-old trees on a warm evening. We find our house safe, comfortable and beautiful. So do the large majority of our guests.
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Nice warm with a charm house

  • 5 of 5

Omg!! I love this place. We are from california family of 6 we had more than enough room for all of us. We stayed during Dec 24, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017 and we really like the place we could had not asked for a better place. We like that we felt like home kids wanted to eat in the middle of the night and since we had a full kitchen I was able to cook for them. We all took showers one after another and the hot water never went out on us. It was a good experience that we would definatly go back to renting or even suggesting our family on renting this place out when they want to go to New York. Thank you again for having us in your place and making our vacations a wonderful experince.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Come back again, and send your friends from the West Coast!
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Terrific location and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We travelled from Australia to Honolulu to NYC to arrive at this fantastic location. The ferry to and from Manhattan to Staton Island was an excellent way to unwind and relax. Helen and Craig were very helpful with timings and our needs. The beds were comfortable and most things there that we needed.

The stairs are steep but that is to expected in this neighbor hood. The walk to and from the ferry is relatively easy although also steep especially if the roads were icey or snow was on them. The taxi ride home was a welcome relief some days after walking all over Manhattan.

Recommend the apartment highly.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Please send us more lovely guests from Down Under!
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Casselberry, FL

Perfect Home For A Big Family

  • 4 of 5

This home has 2 separate apartments available in VRBO. Our family used the entire home (2 apartments). We had a family reunion to attend and 15 of us were traveling up from Florida. The home had all the amenities, the location was close to public transportation and a short drive to the Staten Island Ferry which was essential. The view from the 2nd and 3rd story windows was very nice with the Verrazano Bridge as the backdrop. The neighborhood it's in is not the greatest but we had no trouble from anyone. The beds and bedding were all clean and all towels, pillows and extra linen were available. All kitchen needs were met and then some. There were couches and a futon which added to the comfort. Aside from not having televisions in the bedrooms and that there was a little more dust that we would have prefered, The home was clean, cozy and inviting. Both apartments were. I would not hesitate reusing this home and I'd recommend it to anyone in need of accommodations totaling 4 bedrooms 2 baths in the 1st floor and 3 bedrooms 1 bath on the 2nd floor. The price for each was reasonable and affordable. Thank you for everything Helen and Craig Shustikov.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Newark Liberty
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Staten Island Ferry
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Penn Station New York
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-278, Exit 12 or 13
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
South Beach
Car: not necessary

Our neighborhood is known as either Downtown Staten Island or St. George, a vibrant, multicultural "up-and-coming" area across New York Bay from Lower Manhattan. If you enjoy urban settings where people of different skin colors and economic groups live close together, you will fit right in.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Tompkinsville, New York

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
15 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.88%

$100-$170/night, $500-$900/week
$100-$170/night, $500-$900/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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