The SpaceExposed-brick loft-style duplex condo. No doors except for the bathroom.
1 queen sized real bed and 1 futon with a real (full) mattress (see pics). I've had two adults share the futon comfortably (see Hana's review), but I've also been told that it is only good for one adult.
Fresh linen, full kitchen, washer/dryer, central heat & A/C, ceiling fan, relaxing courtyard, free parking, stunning views of park and river and life on it: boats, kayaks, jet skiis, fishing, etc. Guest AccessEntire condo. Please respect the property and the neighbors in the condo community.
Ask me about bicycle access. Interaction with GuestsI try to welcome you personally as much as possible, but we may not get a chance to meet. Text/call me when you are about to get into New Haven and we can take it from there :) The NeighborhoodFair Haven has had a bad reputation for being "hood" & "sketchy" for my international friends, that means 'poor and not well maintained' :/
But it's a lovely place. Fair Haven as well as our building (a former beer factory) has a lot of history. I've lived here for 6+ years. It's urban and it is in a city, so it can be a scary experience for some, but you'll be fine.
Just be alert like you would be in any city or some place new.
Cool things to note:
Condo is nested in a lively and beautiful river community: fishing, jet skiis, commercial boats and kayaking, canoes, seagulls, swans and even rare osprey.
2 boat marinas on Front St.
2 movable bridges: Grand Ave Bridge (swing bridge) and Ferry St Bridge (bascule)
Walk 5 minutes on Front St to Grand Ave and there are tons of restaurants. Most are "Hispanic" Latin American-centric foods, food trucks, etc.
10 minutes walk NE (on Front Street) you get the marinas and the boat house cafe with views of historical homes of Fair Haven along the way.
1.5 miles to downtown, Yale University and Morris Cove beach.
Cab & Uber ride to train station/downtown is $8-15
C-Town and Rite-Aid are 5 blocks away - use Ferry St, by Citgo Gas Station. This part of Ferry St is as mentioned above, rough looking. I walk by there all the time and other than the cat-calls, it's fine. Getting AroundWalking/cycling: 30/10 minutes gets you to downtown (restaurants, cafes, theatre, movies)
Driving: 5-10 minutes to everything and I-95, I-91. Super traffic on Chapel & Grand during rush hour. Other Things to NoteHIDDEN DRIVEWAY ALERT! Expect to get a little confused at entrance - it's a tricky entrance and GPS sometimes confuses our building with one next door.
New Haven is known for housing Yale of course, but it's also known for being a foodie town with a TON of history and things to do.
Things to do & Tips: (Also see pics)
Short walk: walk/jog around the park, Grand Ave Bridge, Ferry Street Bridge. Front Street around the marinas/Anastasio's Boat House Cafe.
Long walks: Quinnipiac Ave, Lenox St, Lexington Ave, East Pearl, Lewis Street, Chatam Square; Chapel St to Wooster Street (Little Italy), Wooster Square Park & downtown.
Buses: D or G across from Chico's on Chapel Street will take you to downtown. $1.50 – make sure you have the exact amount (bills & coins are fine)
Grocery: C-Town (a few blocks away); Shop Rite (8 min drive East), Walmart, Stop & Shop (there are a few around, so best to go downtown since there is one near Edge of the Woods (Organic/Vegan, etc.), Elm City Coop (organic, expensive; downtown); Whole Foods & Trader Joe's are in another town, about 20 minutes outside New Haven.
Shopping: IKEA, Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Home Depot. Urban Outfitters, Westfield shopping mall (20 min out of New Haven) has H&M, GAP, Macy’s, Forever 21, Uniqlo, Target.
Parks: Quinnipiac Park & River, Wooster Square Park, East Rock, Sleeping Giant Park
Coffee: Fuel, Koffee?, Blue State Coffee (York Street), 2 Starbucks downtown
Downtown: Louis Lunch (first burger sandwich in the world); Frank Pepe's, Sally's Pizza and Modern Pizza are always top 10 in America. Kasbah Garden, Tikkaway, Istanbul, Pacifico, Miya's Sushi, Soul de Cuba, Barcelona, Cave a Vin; Mezcal, L’Orcio.
Family: Modern Pizza, Rice Pot, Kitchen ZINC, Claire’s Corner Copia, Miso’s, Thali, Royal China (no MSG)
Bars: Owl Shop (smokey), Ordinary, Rudy's, Cafe 9, Firehouse 12, Anna Liffey's (futbol watching)
Colleges in town: Yale, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Albertus Magnus, University of New Haven, Gateway Community and nearby Paier School of Art & Quinnipiac University.
Traveling: Amtrak trains run from Boston to DC; Metro North trains run from New Haven to Grand Central, NYC ((website hidden))
Getting to/from airport: CT LIMO (It’s not a limo, it’s a shuttle) OR from JFK/LGA – take NYC Airporter shuttle ($18) to Grand Central and take Metro North to New Haven.
TIP: You can take Amtrak train DIRECT into Newark Airport (EWR) from New Haven
1.5 hours train ride to New York City, 3 hours to Boston, 5 hrs to DC.