The SpaceThe house sits on a hill so gets a lot of sun. It is a two story Colonial built in the 1940's that underwent a significant structural renovation in 2011 so that the first floor is one contiguous open space, including an open kitchen and new bathroom. The kitchen has gorgeous granite countertops as well as Bosch and Miele appliances. The bathroom on the first floor has striking floor to ceiling Porcellanosa tile and Toto fittings. The master bedroom has a queen size bed (sleeps 2) and a screen door opening on to a shaded porch on the second floor (note: there is a rail, but use at your own risk; children should not be allowed to use). The second bedroom has a double, extra-long bed (sleeps 1) and plenty of room. The 3rd bedroom is small with a double, extra-long bed (sleeps 1). Guest AccessYou will have the run of the place! Guests have the entire house to themselves. The kitchen is stocked with silverware, pots, pans, glasses etc., which guests are free to use. Appliances (toaster, oven, gas cooktop, washing machine, dishwasher) may be used by guests. Guests have told me that they were inspired to cook some great meals- and really enjoyed having everything they needed (including good knives;-). Towels and linens/sheets/pillows are also provided. The "golden rule" applies- please treat the house and furnishings as if they were your own;-) Interaction with GuestsThere is a heating/cooling system, home audio control, and aspects that guests want to know that we can typically cover in 5 minutes after your arrival. Please tap me for directions, NYC/NJ food/sights, and local attractions. The NeighborhoodWe are located on a quiet shady lane, with old growth trees providing a green backdrop in summer and a spectacular color palette in fall. The neighborhood adjoins the "East Hill" Tammybrook area whose estates are beautiful and worth a look. It is a 5 minute walk to the town center which has restaurants, a supermarket (Kings), a fish store, cleaners, 3 pharmacies (including CVS), liquor store, fish store and other amenities. For restaurants, there are 2 pizza places (we like Rays best), a cake shop, a bakery (Le Promenade on Piermont has great baked goods, sweets and frozen prepared foods, a bagel shop (all star bagels and flagels at Spring tree bagels in Englewood), chinese, american, japanese/sushi, middle eastern as well as 2 cafes (CU Latte has pastry from Balthazar and there are great salads at the Farm House).
My top NJ food recommendations within a 15-20 minute drive:
1) Jerry's (Englewood): A local legend for his cheese counter, fresh breads, Italian wine selection (they source from a lot of smaller Italian producers- many bottles in $10-15 range that will knock your socks off- Michele is the wine buyer/roving expert). I recommend the fresh buffalo mozzarella, sfogliatelli, and olive oil. A cheese counter like Zabars, but half the price. In all, superior quality for great value.
2) Balthazar (Englewood- a few doors down from Jerry's)
Industrial bakery that serves Balthazar restaurant and others in NYC. Bread, pastry, cakes, patisserie are exquisite. I recommend the baquettes, house sourdough rye, and the apple tart.
3) White Manna (Hackensack) Old school burger joint. Can order a ham (plain hamburger) or cheese (a cheeseburger) with/without onions and fries and watch it cooked up from the bar. A hole in the wall, diner atmosphere. Getting AroundThe bus stop to NYC is a 3 minute walk. During rush hours an express bus runs about every 6-12 minutes to the Port Authority (42nd St/8th Avenue) in about 45 minutes (with no traffic- up to an hour with traffic). After rush hour, buses run 3 to 4 times per hour. You can reach the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan's upper west side in about 15 minutes by car. Depending on traffic, it is about another 15-45 minutes to reach just about anywhere in Manhattan by car (e.g., north of Greenwich village and closer to 45 minutes total for points further south). You should try to plan your drives into the city after 9:30 a.m. and avoid leaving until before 7:30 if possible. Street parking on weekends is easy. Most garages (like Icon or Central Parking) have interactive maps and coupons. Other Things to NoteCheck out by noon. Check in after 3 p.m.. Flexible times upon request.