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

Bedrooms 3
Space 800 sq ft
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 garden and trees, creating a peace and quiet rare in New York, and a cool spot in the summer heat. Descend from the hilltop into downtown Staten Island, a diverse, up-and-coming real New York neighborhood with a convenient strip of restaurants and small shops.

Highly recommended for romantics, antiquarians, visitors who want more than the standard tourist experience, people who are not afraid to climb stairs. Less recommended if you would really rather be in a shoe-box hotel in Midtown for three times the price.

We offer three bedrooms, two with queen-size beds, one with a full. (That one is quite small, but cozy). One full bathroom with tub and shower, eat-in kitchen and large (by NYC standards) living room. Not luxurious, but comfortable. A view to remember.

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 an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

Why Helen Shustikov chose Tompkinsville

We already owned one house in downtown Staten Island, when we came into some money and started looking for another one. Helen spotted this property by chance walking around and knew it was the one we needed. The owner was ready to take it off the market, but we tracked him down and persuaded him to sell.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a unique house on a unique street, a row of eight identical Victorians, all preserved intact from the 1870s (we think), set back from the street by an elevated sidewalk with abundant trees and greenery.

Our neighborhood is one of the more racially and economically diverse in a city famous for that -- with hippie cafe owners, struggling immigrants and infiltrating hipsters all sharing the same territory. Again, not for everybody, but we love it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I want to thank you and Craig personally for the pleasant week that we spent. I like the house very much. It's so romantic.

We hear that you are an artist, and you can tell that from the atmospher of the house. Enormous thanks for making the apartment available to us. We immediately felt at home there.

Я бы хотела лично вас и Крейга поблагодарить за приятно проведенную неделю в городе. Дом мне очень понравился. О его "древности" говорят скрипучие ступени лестниц. Это так романтично!

Мила сказала, что вы - художник. Я это поняла по антуражу дома.

Еще раз огромное спасибо за аппартаменты. Мы сразу там себя почувствовали "как дома".

Apr 2017
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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:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Quiet hours 11 pm-8 am.
  • Conduct must be appropriate to a residential neighborhood.
  • Instant bookings not allowed for guests with New York area phone numbers.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 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


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Picturesque two-story apartment in historic house walking distance from Ferry
average rating of 4.1076922 based on 70 reviews

Beautiful property and super sweet owners!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Staten Island! I visited from Florida with my family. We were very grateful for the affordable cost for the amount of space! The walk from the ferry was great for me and my friends (who are in our 20s). But, I would definitely recommend utilizing the taxi service from the Staten Island Ferry for those who aren't very active. IE my mother did not enjoy the walk as much! Thank you to the owners for letting us stay in your beautiful historic home!

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Be ready to walk!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. A lot of walking and at an incline, steps upon steps. Property is walking distance to the ferry and we had no problem walking there with our luggage. Grocery store and places to eat are nearby. Wouldn't mind staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. We estimate five pounds lost per guest per stay (lol). You do have to climb, but the view and the breeze are worth it, hopefully.
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Comfortable beds!

  • 4 of 5

All we needed was a place to chill for a bit before bed, as we were out in the City all day long. Three bedrooms, but we only needed one, and the bed was very comfortable. Fun to take the free Statan Island ferry back and forth to the city, and pass by the Statue each time.

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wake Forest, NC

Clean, ample furnishings, comfortable accomodations

  • 4 of 5

My family of 5 traveled to Staten Island with the purpose of showing our exchange student NYC. We enjoyed being able to gather around the table for breakfast each morning and then had ample room to spread out at the end of a long day. Proximity to the ferry was a plus. This was my second time renting from Helen and Craig and would easily recommend for others.

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Coralee. We hope to see you and your exchange students again
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Great value!

  • 4 of 5

We were only able to stay for a short visit but we enjoyed our trip to NY. This home is conveniently located close to the Staten island ferry. (free and offers great views of the city!) It would benefit from updating, repainting, new furniture, etc., but it really didn't matter too much to us. It had plenty of room and was definitely affordable especially compared to other places we looked.

If you book this home read all the reviews beforehand... lots of stairs, the neighborhood feels a little that you know what you are getting.

  • Review Submitted: 22/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Shari. With the long, cold winter passing at last, we have exterior painting on the schedule for May. We're constantly upgrading our furniture in minor ways within our budget. We want to make staying in New York affordable, even if no one else does!
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Very pretty house with enough space and equiptment

  • 4 of 5

We found the house cosy and warm and enjoyed our stay. The 20 minute walk to Staten Island Ferry was a very nice way to get started and New York is beautiful aproaching it from the south. Would stay there again anytime and enjoyed the space this house provided. You need to be in good physical shape tough, because there are quite a few steps to climb in order to get to the house, so keep this in mind when booking. Must be lovely to sit outside in the summer for Breakfast, but was not realy an option in February. Thanks to our host for making our stay so enjoyable.

Patrick, Maria, Frank and Sven from Germany

  • Review Submitted: 08/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: 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

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$80.88
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$134.8

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.