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Rare Finds: 19 Quirky Airbnb In New York City

Bina
Posted Jun 14, 2016

We all know that Airbnb provides a fresh alternative to the generic chain hotels for our travels. Whether you’re looking for a staycation weekend or are visiting The Big Apple for the first time, Airbnb is an excellent way to find affordable yet comfortable places to crash at. Live vicariously like a true New Yorker; choose from listings such as quirky Brooklyn brownstones, to swanky open lofts in Manhattan.

Here are 19 Airbnb properties that are rare finds in New York and that will make you feel at home on your next visit:

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1. Classic Brooklyn Stonehouse

A lovely space filled with so many interesting pieces of art. Richard and Karen were great hosts and made sure our stay was comfortable. We enjoyed the close proximity to the Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Gardens, two things we highly recommend when staying here.Steven (guest review)

118 USD / night | 1 bed | 4 guests

If your young family is looking for an accommodation and wants to explore the Brooklyn sights, look no further. This classic brownstone in the heart of Park Slope is close enough to the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, but is also an oasis of calm. The Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden are also easily accessible from this listing.

You’ll get the whole of the third floor of the house to yourself, complete with a private bathroom. The bedroom is spacious, with a large window letting lots of sunlight in. Plus, the hosts welcome guests to the sitting room on the second floor, where you can say hello to their furry friend, Peaches the cat.

Classic Brooklyn Stonehouse

Price: from 118 USD

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2. Musician & Artist Haven

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Their place is warm, welcoming, and full of positivity. It helped spark the creativity we needed during comic-con weekend. I would absolutely recommend experiencing Brooklyn with these wonderful people. So much fun!Christina (guest review)

85 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

Want a glimpse of what Brooklyn life is like? Mingle with the occupants here at Musician & Artist Haven, where there are interesting personalities and lots of comfy seating areas to socialize.

This converted warehouse space has an open floor plan and high ceilings, plus there are instruments for your use. You’ll also have access to the backyard and rooftop. It’s just brimming with creativity, perfect for traveling bands or artists. But even if you aren’t in the art or music business, it’s worth tapping into some of their positive energy too. Plus, you’ll get free food!

Location-wise, even though the loft is tucked away in east Brooklyn in an industrial warehouse district, the neighborhood is very safe and the property is just a block from the train station. You’ll just be a short half-hour ride away from the Manhattan Chelsea galleries and MoMA.

Musician & Artist Haven

Price: from 85 USD

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3. Williamsburg Church Loft Space

To be in the heart of Williamsburg with easy access to everything was perfect - and having the apartment facing the back of the "church" made it incredibly quiet at night.Lindsay (guest review)

130 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

You’ll love it here if you’re into unique spaces. This two-storey loft is built on the third floor of a 19th-century church. With exposed brickwork and modern yet rustic furniture, this loft combines the comforts of new with the old factory grit.

Guests won’t have the whole loft, but the host, Andrew, will be upstairs most of the time anyway. Everything else you need will be accessible, including a shared kitchen, living room, laundry closet, terrace, and your own bathroom.

This charming loft is located in Williamsburg, one of the most liveliest neighborhoods of New York. But also, unlike Manhattan, the noise here isn't made up of cars but of people out and about. There are also tons of great eats and beautiful parks within easy reach.

Williamsburg Church Loft Space

Price: from 130 USD

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4. Private Suite in South Park Slope

110 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

Want to be away from all the hustle? Consider this suite in Greenwood Heights, South Park Slope. It’s minutes from Prospect Park, and a good 15-minute walk to the F/G train that leads you to Manhattan. If you are here on the weekends, check out the farmer’s markets, where you’ll find food trucks with local Brooklyn-made goods.

The suite includes a large bedroom and bathroom, perfect for a couple. It’s on the ground floor and you’ll have your own private entrance to the suite. Guests are also free to use the spacious and sunny backyard. Chill out with a coffee or book in hand!

Other perks include Wi-Fi access, and there is a projector mounted to the room ceiling, so you can have a mini-movie night right in the room.

A word of caution though: they have cats and two small children living on the property, so if you are allergic to pet hair or feel uncomfortable around kids, this is probably not the place for you.

Private Suite in South Park Slope

Price: from 110 USD

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5. Duplex with patio

99 USD / night | 2 beds | 4 guests

This one is not a traditional Airbnb, but is an actual hotel. Located in the industrial chic area of North Greenpoint in Brooklyn, the duplex in The Box House Hotel will provide a comfortable stay for up to 4 guests, perfect for people traveling with friends or family.

The loft is styled in bright colors, hardwood floors, and a mix of antiques and contemporary art, creating a warm and cozy setting. It also has high ceilings and skylight windows, so the unit is bright all day long. Not only that, the stunning view of Midtown Manhattan from the terrace itself is worthy enough to stay in this Brooklyn property.

Duplex with Patio

Price: from 99 USD

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6. Airy Designer Loft in Williamsburg

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The apartment was beautiful - open, airy, and bright. There's clearly an attention to detail in the decorating!David (guest review)

133 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

This loft space with exposed brickwork and designer accents is ideal for a young couple, especially if you want to experience a taste of authentic Brooklyn-style living. It’s right on the third floor of a freshly-renovated industrial-era factory building, and is decorated with a Scandinavian style in mind.

If you are too lazy to head out, you can whip up a simple meal in the fully-equipped kitchen, complete with high-quality appliances and cookware. Take your meal up to the gorgeous rooftop patio and enjoy the sunset over the Manhattan skyline for a perfect evening.

Located on one of the calmer streets in Williamsburg, the area offers a quiet neighborhood charm but with easy access to the city. The neighborhood offers a variety of fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as supermarkets and delicatessen shops.

Airy Designer Loft in Williamsburg

Price: from 133 USD

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7. Sunny Seaside Brooklyn Sanctuary

A beautiful getaway with the three C's. Cozy, convenient and clean!!Dina (guest review)

175 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

If you’re looking for some relaxation time in New York City, this Brooklyn apartment is your go-to sanctuary. You really can’t go wrong here, especially with the amazing views of the Verrazano Bridge you get from all the rooms.

The space itself is tastefully decorated with vintage knick-knacks and photography, giving it a slight Bohemian vibe. And with the big south-facing windows, there is no shortage of natural light here. It’s really the perfect setting for yoga as well.

Additional perks include a full kitchen for when your chef-like instincts kick in, hot showers with massage settings, and a soaking tub for the ultimate relaxation.

Sunny Seaside Brooklyn Sanctuary

Price: from 175 USD

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8. Luxury Apartment in Hell's Kitchen

135 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

Want a taste of what living in Matt Murdock or Jessica Jones’ hood is like? Check out this luxury apartment in Hell's Kitchen. Everything in this little white and bright space is modern and contemporary and brand-new, and the clean aesthetics makes for a calming effect. To top it all off, the apartment is very quiet and almost soundproof, so you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s rest.

The property is within walking distance of Times Square, and has easy access to the subway. In short, the location is unbeatable, especially with grocery stores, delis, restaurants, and farmer’s market nearby as well.

Luxury Apartment in Hell's Kitchen

Price: from 135 USD

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9. Amazing Room in Soho

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Perfect neighbourhood and base to explore! Plenty going on right on your doorstep but no noise inside.Luis (guest review)

85 USD / night | 1 bed | 1 guests

For the solo traveler, look no further. Get cozy in this room right in the middle of it all, on Elizabeth Street in Soho. You’ll not only be surrounded by hip boutiques and quaint cafés, but will also have super-easy access to any part of the city with all the subway lines just a stone’s throw from your doorstep.

Exciting amenities here include a modular shelving wall with lots of storage space for hanging clothes, new towels and linens, and a fully-equipped kitchen to cook in when the hunger pangs kick in.

Amazing Room in Soho

Price: from 85 USD

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10. Private Room in Designer's Apartment

140 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

If you love anything minimal and clean-looking, this listing is perfect for you. This bright and rustic room is located in the heart of downtown Manhattan in Little Italy, and has everything you’ll ever need during your travels: a shelf and hangers for your belongings, fresh towels and linens, and a fan and heater to adjust the temperature according to your liking. It even has a HD TV with Netflix, for those rainy days when you just want to snuggle under the duvet.

And if those amenities aren’t enough, the loft features a working gas fireplace, exposed brickwork, and real hardwood floors, thus retaining its rustic charms. Guests can even access the rooftop 24/7 for an amazing view of the Empire State Building and the new World Trade Center!

But the best thing about this apartment is its supremely central location, being directly east of Soho, directly west of the Lower East Side, and north of Chinatown. Plus, you’ll have a stretch of the best shops and famous restaurants within just a 10-minute walk.

Private Room in Designer's Apartment

Price: from 140 USD

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11. Cozy Bedroom Near Central Park

The room and the apartment was found very clean and tidy. The place is charming and gives you an impression of New York City living. This calm and charming room gave me a lot of good rest from the street life.Heidi (guest review)

71 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

If you aren’t fussy and just need a basic room, this listing might be a good fit. You’ll get the room all to yourself, but the hosts will be more than happy to hang out with you in the living room!

In the room, you’ll have access to high-speed Wi-Fi, a cooling fan, and a heater. They have Netflix in the living room too, if you want to relax and catch up with your shows.

The place is in a prime location on the Upper West Side, and just steps away from most of the major tourists attractions, such as Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center, and Columbus Circle.

Cozy Bedroom Near Central Park

Price: from 71 USD

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12. Private Bedroom in Artistic & Bright Apartment

65 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

Fans of the Broadway musical 'In The Heights', pay attention. Take a moment and step into Usnavi’s shoes for a while in this listing located right in the neighborhood of Washington Heights. Take a stroll around the famous Fort Tyron Park, where Lin-Manuel Miranda penned most of his other hit musical, 'Hamilton'.

But don’t worry if the above sounds like gibberish to you. This private room is a delight for anyone. The apartment is clean, neat, full of natural light, and carefully decorated with colorful art pieces to give it a modern vibe. Plus, the hosts have anticipated everything you might need, such as necessary toiletries and towels.

The Washington Heights neighborhood is lively, safe, and picturesque, and the subway is just steps from the apartment, making it very convenient if you want to go sightseeing in the rest of New York. Manhattan is just a short 20-minute train ride away!

Private Bedroom in Artistic & Bright Apartment

Price: from 65 USD

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13. Flatiron Studio Loft, Elevator Blg

275 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

If you fancy your own space in Manhattan, this listing is a great find. It is a bright and spacious studio loft, and is just the right size for two guests to have a comfortable stay.

It’s tucked away in a newly renovated elevator building by the Flatiron Building, and the furnishings and decorations give it a modern yet organic twist. You’ll be all set with large 55-inch (140-centimeter) HD TV in the living room, and leather couches to lounge on.

The location is unbeatable, visitors can easily walk to the districts of Union Square, Harold Square, and Chelsea. And if you feel like whipping yourself up a meal in the kitchen, grab some groceries from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, both just steps away from the doorstep.

Flatiron Studio Loft

Price: from 275 USD

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14. Great Large One Bedroom in Chelsea

162 USD / night | 1 bed | 5 guests

Travelers who appreciate art will love it here. It’s right smack bang in the Chelsea district, where it’s full of cutting-edge art galleries. Get your creativity flowing in this lovely area of amazing architecture that is a perfect marriage of high-rises and converted warehouses. The property is also just a block away from the High Line if you’d like some leisure time surrounded by greenery.

The listing is for a cutely decorated apartment that can accommodate 5 guests comfortably, plus you are more than welcome to use the gym in the building as well. Other amenities you can enjoy include the refrigerator, and you can cook up something on the stove, if you’d like. There are even two TVs with a ton of channels to pick from if you want a night in.

Great Large One Bedroom in Chelsea

Price: from 162 USD

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15. Modern, Bright Studio

179 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

Feel at home right away in this homey studio. Even though it is located in the happening Upper East Side, you won’t have to worry about noise, as it is tucked in facing the back.

Take your time to explore what the fascinating neighborhood has to offer. There are many great restaurants and bars just a stone’s throw away from your doorstep. The 86 St subway is also a short stroll away, so you’ll be set for some sightseeing around the city.

The hosts have added a few special touches to make you feel even more at home. The studio is provided with a kitchen inclusive of a microwave and dishwasher, so you can let your inner David Chang out and whip up some something delicious here.

Modern, Bright Studio

Price: from 179 USD

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16. Huge 2 Bedroom Flat

66 USD / night | 4 beds | 8 guests

It’s really hard to find a listing that accommodates more than 4 people, and this one is big enough to host 8! So if you are traveling in a big group, look no further.

This charmingly decorated apartment accommodates 8 people, with 2 bedrooms each having brand new queen-sized beds. There are also two very comfy fold out couches that are also queen-sized. The host has prepared bed linens, towels, shampoo, and body wash for all to use, and there will usually be some coffee in the cupboard and condiments for cooking. There is even an iron and ironing board for anyone who wants to use it after doing the laundry.

And that’s not all. The property is in a very safe, quiet, and beautiful neighborhood with tree-lined streets. The L train is only one block away and will take you to the best parts of Manhattan in 20 minutes!

Huge 2 Bedroom Flat

Price: from 66 USD

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17. Spacious Apartment in Little Italy

175 USD / night | 1 bed | 4 guests

Situated in Little Italy, in the heart of downtown New York City, this spacious apartment is a tough one to beat in terms of convenience. Plus, being in Little Italy means that you’ll be surrounded by great restaurants and boutique stores.

The apartment space itself is really charming, with modern art pieces adorning the walls and plenty of quirky touches, such as a ceramic smoking rabbit in the living room. You’ll feel like you have stepped into a little gallery, but one you’d love to stay in.

Spacious Apartment in Little Italy

Price: from 175 USD

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18. Spacious Studio in Queens

The apartment is well appointed and cozy, and included nice welcoming touches like some breakfast foods and even a bottle of wine.Anna (guest review)

99 USD / night | 1 bed | 3 guests

This one is great for solo or duo travelers. You’ll have the whole studio loft, which includes a large living room, open-plan kitchen and dining area, and a sleeping area complete with a brand new queen-sized mattress. You can even travel with a child and the host will kindly provide an inflatable bed at your request!

Other awesome perks the host have added include Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with cable, and a vast movie collection. Plus you’ll have access to the private backyard, complete with 10 seats and a table to have a small dinner party.

The property sits handsomely in the Middle Village residential area in Queens, so it’s very safe and homely. The train station is just a 5-minute walk away, plus there is plenty to see within a few steps as well, such as the Juniper Park, and Metropolitan Street for shopping and dining.

Spacious Studio in Queens

Price: from 99 USD

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19. Ozone Park Loft

100 USD / night | 1 bed | 2 guests

If you fancy a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this listing is it. Tucked in a quiet and lovely area close to Ozone Park in Queens, this listing will definitely give you a chance to recuperate from your usual busy routine, away from the city. But if you still want to reconnect with Manhattan and the tourist attractions, they are within easy reach still, at just a 40-minute subway ride away.

The flat itself is nice and contemporary, with an eye-catching couch with text printed all over it. Guests are guaranteed a comfortable stay, with all the utilities at your fingertips. There’s even air-conditioning in the bedroom, something that is not commonly seen in Airbnb properties in New York. And for those lovely days when the weather is kind, lounge around on the patio, or host a nice little brunch or dinner party there.

Ozone Park Loft

Price: from 100 USD

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Live like a local in New York City

From wide-open lofts with incredible views to cozy, artistic walk-up apartments, these airbnbs in New York have something unique to offer. You simply can’t go wrong no matter which of these rare finds you pick. Plus, staying in an Airbnb elevates your traveling experience as compared to staying in a hotel; nothing beats meeting new people and feeling like you’re still at home while exploring new parts of the globe. So why wait? Book one of these listings now and get excited to meet your hosts and explore the city as seen through the eyes of a New Yorker!

Bina is a Liberal Arts graduate. She loves meeting new people and listening to what they have to say as she believes everyone has a story to tell. She spends way too much time watching TV shows and...Read more

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