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A Brooklyn Room of One’s Own

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Clinton Hill brownstone

NYC Apartment Agent: Care to stay in a historic Clinton Hill brownstone?

If you happened to catch a glimpse of Jessica and Doug Warren’s breathtaking historic brownstone mansion on this year’s Clinton Hill House Tour and imagined what it would like to live there, here’s your chance.

Well, sort of.

This week, Jessica mentioned to me that she was opening up rooms via Airbnb in the couple’s spectacular home. (Read more about the amazing transformation of a once-neglected brownstone.) Two rooms and a suite are available at various price points.

We have always hoped to fill our house with travelers, people in need of a place, artists, etc.,” Jessica told me a couple of days ago. “Many of our friends have listed their places on such sites and have had very good experiences.

“I love the idea of meeting people from around the world and having the opportunity to show them Brooklyn. As you know, I love Brooklyn. When you think about how much press Brooklyn gets worldwide and how many visitors we get, there really are few hotel options.  I was in Bangkok and found, in my room, a big glossy Australian magazine that had a four- or five-page article about Brooklyn restaurants! People are coming from far and wide.

“I think that the opening of houses is very much in keeping with the DIY spirit of the borough and in keeping with the Brooklyn vibe. I think it’s perfect, actually.”

So do I.

The house’s description is as follows:

Built in 1887, this magnificent landmarked 10,000 square foot historic brownstone is one of Brooklyn’s architectural gems. It is located in Clinton Hill; one of the borough’s most culturally and architecturally interesting neighborhoods and home to noted writers, artists and musicians. The house has been meticulously restored and decorated with a collection of beautiful vintage modern furnishings and museum-quality art. Centrally located with access to mass transit, it’s just minutes from Manhattan. You will also find, within walking distance, wonderful ‘Brooklyn food movement’ restaurants, The Green Market, The Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene Park, The Pratt Sculpture Garden and BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Two rooms are available:

THE ERHART — This room, located on the fourth floor, has a lovely view of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and The Williamsburg Bank Building. True to the spirit of Brooklyn, it is decorated with a muted palette and an eclectic mix of vintage furnishings to create a tranquil atmosphere. It has a private vestibule, cedar closet space, luxury bedding, a marble bathroom and an i-pod dock. A connecting room is available to create a suite. Queen, sleeps 2.

THE SWOON — This hip wonderland of a room, located on the third floor, is painted a deep peacock blue. It has a distinctive collected feel; decorated with antiques, flea market finds and mid-century modern pieces. It has large windows, a fireplace, a walk-in closet, luxury bedding, an i-pod dock, an artistic vintage-inspired bathroom with a clawfoot tub and an original pedestal sink. King, sleeps 2.

The suite is described thus:

THE BIGGIE — The Erhart is combined with a spacious mahogany paneled room to create this 1,200 square foot suite that spans the entire fourth floor. This additional room is stylishly decorated with pedigreed vintage furnishings; two merlot mohair velvet Tobia Scarpa sofas, a Karl Springer coffee table and 60’s Venini chandeliers. It has a fireplace, a mini-refrigerator, luxury bedding, a large flat screen television, a dvd player, and an iPod dock. Suite, sleeps 4-5.

Although I don’t have any Clinton Hill reservations in the works, I do have a dinner invitation next week, and I am psyched!

For pricing information, please visit Airbnb: Historic Brownstone Mansion in Brooklyn.


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