Wake up to great view of Hudson River, charming bedroom, private bath, breakfast area, extra futon, lovely 19th century home in Yonkers, top floor to yourself, urban/suburban area, on aqueduct trail, walk to Metro-North train, 30 min. to midtown NYC.
Relax and spread out on the top floor of our charming 19th century house in Yonkers overlooking the Hudson River, close to Metro-North train, with easy access to NYC to the south and rivertowns to the north.
Your area includes a bedroom with a very comfortable queen bed, a second room with a futon couch/bed, a breakfast area, and your own bathroom.
The breakfast area includes a sink, coffee maker, toaster, electric kettle, small fridge, and cafe table, but no microwave or oven. We start you off with some staples (coffee, tea, milk, butter), you bring the rest. It's important to note that, while our neighborhood has an urban/suburban feel, there are no grocery stores, cafes, coffee shops, delis, restaurants, or bars within easy walking distance of the house. Whenever possible, we're happy to drive you to a local grocery store for supplies.
The small bathroom, recently renovated, has a bathtub/shower and great water pressure.
The sun-filled bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, with a window overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades; the smaller, shadier room, with a window overlooking the Aqueduct Trail, has a futon couch that folds out to a bed. It can serve as a quiet living room space or second small bedroom (the rooms are not rented separately). No TV. Free Wi-Fi.
The house is on a steep hill, so there is a climb of more than ten steps to the entrance and your rooms are on the third floor, meaning another two flights of stairs. You'll need to be in reasonably good shape to enjoy staying here.
We live on a busy street across from a well-used public park. Occasionally music and party sounds reach the house, but it usually dies down after sundown.
We have a dog. You won't have to interact with him (he is, however, very outgoing and loves attention). He is never allowed on your floor.
You have exclusive use of the rooms on the 3rd floor of the house (except for our office, which we don't use during your visit). You're also welcome to hang out in the backyard, which we also use.
Interaction with guests
We are a quiet, friendly couple who are happy to share our house. We're eager to provide as much information as we can to help make your stay enjoyable. Please always feel free to ask us about anything and be sure to let us know about anything we've overlooked or run out of.
We're pretty busy during the week, but when we're not, we love to stop and chat with guests who have time and inclination. We are respectful of those who prefer to be left alone to rest or enjoy the privacy of the suite.
Other things to note
We're glad to share information about places to visit and to help orient you to the area.
Please feel free to contact us and ask us to elaborate on anything.
No smoking inside or on premises.
Please eat in the breakfast area, not in the bedrooms.
The house wiring is old, and cannot tolerate heavy use in a concentrated area (e.g., please don't dry your hair while making toast).
Please lock up when you enter and leave the house, whether or not we're at home.
Please turn off AC before leaving for the day.
We both work on weekdays, so check-in Monday through Friday is available no earlier than 6 p.m. Check-out is by noon (though it's usually fine to check out later if you discuss it with us). On weekends, check-in is 2 p.m., and check-out noon (we're very flexible on both ends, just ask that you discuss your plans with us first).
Please don't feed the dog. He will tell you he's starving, but he's lying.
Tom grew up in North Carolina and moved to NYC in 2001, having left behind everything that wouldn't fit into a small U-Haul truck. After living for a while on the Upper West Side, he met Wendy, who lived then in Park Slope, and became a Brooklynite. We got married in our small apartment (actually in the tiny garden just behind it) in 2006, and after a while began dreaming of a house of our own, near the water, and close enough to commute to Manhattan, where we both were working at the time. In 2010 we found the perfect house for us in Yonkers, and have lived here happily since then, losing a cat (Maud, who had adopted us in Brooklyn, and who was never too comfortable as a suburban housecat), and acquiring a dog (Marlowe, who loves to walk the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail).
What we miss most of all about Brooklyn is the infinite variety of people we used to encounter on a daily basis, and we decided that Airbnb would be a good way to bring the world to us. Our style of hosting is relaxed and, we hope, friendly: we respect our guests' privacy, but are always happy to chat, and offer directions and suggestions about what to do in NYC, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley region.