The SpaceThis bedroom is on the lower level of our split-level home. A newly remodeled half bath is also on the lower level, just steps from your bedroom. There is a small living area / office on the bottom level with a large desk, as well as a laundry room and a door out to the back patio. A full bath with tub and shower for guest use is located upstairs.
Sheets, pillows, blankets, bath towels, hand towel, wash cloth, soap, shampoo, and conditioner come with the furnished room. A pack-n-play is available for small children to sleep in on request, and older children can be accommodated on an air mattress in the downstairs living area. No more than two adults and two children (under 13) per stay, please.
In summer, there is a window unit located in the office/living area on the bottom floor. You may raise or lower the temperature as needed. I recommend sleeping with the bedroom door open so that you get cool air during the night. You may close the door to the downstairs. No one will come downstairs during the night except in an emergency. There is also a small fan in the bedroom closet you may use if you wish to circulate the cool air more quickly into your bedroom. During the more temperate months you may wish to open the windows. Please turn off the a/c and close all windows before leaving the house. Guest AccessThe back patio, backyard, and deck are pleasant areas to read, chat, have coffee, or soak up some sun. You are welcome to use them at your pleasure. The living room is a cozy spot to relax as well, and you can enjoy meals and snacks at our dining table.
The kitchen is available for light cooking only – heating up pre-made items, microwaving, using the toaster oven and kettle. When using the kitchen you are responsible to clean up pots, pans, dishes, glasses, stovetop, counters, sink, utensils, and any food messes. Wash and dry pots and pans by hand, and put other items in the dishwasher or rinse them and place them on the counter beside the sink if it is full. You may store food on the designated fridge shelf and in the freezer.
You are welcome to use the Keurig or the tea kettle and the k-cups and teas provided in your bedroom. Help yourself to any fruit or baked goods in the bowl on the dining table. Cream cheese for bagels or English muffins is in the fridge.
Wifi is available throughout the house. Password will be supplied upon checkin. The TV in your bedroom has basic cable channels via an HD Antenna, as well as an Apple TV through which you can watch YouTube, Netflix (you must have your own account), Disney Channel shows, and other things, as well as stream videos from your Apple devices. I’m happy to help you set this up if you’ve never done Apple TV before.
Renters can park their vehicles at the end of the driveway (please don’t block us in), or in front of the house just past the mailbox.
You may use the washer and dryer but please notify us first so we can make sure they are empty! Interaction with GuestsIf you need something during your stay, my husband and I will be happy to assist you. You can contact me by text message if I am not at home. We usually cook and eat dinner at home and then play with our son in the evenings. You are welcome to join the fun upstairs or outside, or to maintain your privacy and relax downstairs, as you prefer. The NeighborhoodThe house is located in a quiet, safe, wooded suburban neighborhood. Dunham Lebed park with playground and basketball court in walking distance. Stores and restaurants are only a few minutes away by car.
It's a 10 minute car ride to Rutgers University & High Point Stadium, the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail, 6 Mile Run, Stress Factory Comedy Club, golf courses, St. Peter's University Hospital & Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Colonial Park, New Brunswick State Theater in downtown New Brunswick, skating rink, Buccleuch Park & mansion, Johnson Park with historic village & zoo, & downtown Highland Park, and historic homes.
15 to 20 minutes by car to Princeton University and downtown Princeton, Somerset Patriots Ball Park Stadium in Bridgewater, Bridgewater Mall off I-287, Menlo Park Mall and Woodbridge Mall and other shopping on Route 1 north, and more shopping on Route 1 South and Route 18.
Further afield, it's an hour by train, car, or bus to New York City, and an hour by car to Brooklyn NY. Check out the Liberty Science Center for a fun day trip with the kids. Jersey Shore day trips: Downtown Red Bank, Englishtown Flea Market, and Six Flags Amusement Park. Beaches: Point Pleasant, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Seaside Park, Belmar, Long Beach Island. Head west to New Hope, Pennsylvania for antiques, to Flemington outlets, or head south 90 minutes to Philadelphia, or Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. Getting AroundWith a car, you are only a few minutes from I-287, and Routes 202/206, Route 18, and Route 1. Taxis are close - All Brunswick Taxi, Victory Taxi. Uber and Lyft rides are usually quick to arrive. It's a $6-10 Uber trip to the New Brunswick train station, where you can get NJ Transit trains to New York and North Jersey, as well as south to Princeton, Trenton, and Philadelphia (you'll have to change trains in Trenton). Amtrak picks up in Trenton and at New York Penn Station. Suburban Transit buses to New York (cheaper than the train) pick up across the street from the train station in downtown New Brunswick. Rutgers buses travel between campuses - pick one up at the College Avenue student center. Other Things to NotePlease be aware that this is our home and there is a young child living here who goes to sleep early and wakes early (around 6am). We ask that you try to avoid slamming doors or talking loudly upstairs after 8pm. Sound does not travel much between the upstairs and downstairs portions of the house, but we will do our best to keep the noise level down in the mornings and ask that you do the same in the evenings.
Minnie and Hera are our two loving, intelligent Standard Poodles. Poodles are known for being hypo-allergenic dogs, since they do not shed their hair like other dogs do. They are in middle age now so they like to play but also enjoy sleeping and lazing around all day. We usually keep them in the back of the house when guests are visiting, but if you are a dog lover, they would love to meet you! They may bark when you come in the door, but they really just want to announce that they are ready to be petted and fed treats! If you throw Minnie’s toys for her, you will be her favorite person for the rest of your stay. Hera is even easier – all it takes is a good scratch behind the ears to win her heart.