Mr. Not So Curious and I are leaving for New York next week. We are renting an apartment in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn.
Yes, you heard that right. Bed-Stuy. Once known as a dangerous place to some, it turns out that not only did it always have a very large middle class African American population who stayed through thick and thin, but as other parts of Brooklyn have become too expensive — Williamsburg, for example — this part of Brooklyn is becoming more gentrified. Some welcome that; some decry. But, for us personally, its a good thing.
Our apartment is owned by a young woman from Australia and was once the home of Lena Horne!
We are BIG fans of renting apartments and/or houses. It started for me in the 1980’s. I spent a week in a gorgeous flat (i.e., apartment) in the St. John’s Wood section of London, just down the street from the famous zebra crossing (i.e., crosswalk) made famous on the Beatles Abbey Road album.
It was my first experience of renting apartments for vacations and I have never looked back. I have rented three apartments in London on my own, and since then, Mr. NSC and I have rented another one in London in 2009, one in the south of France, one in Lisbon, and numerous times in the US.
In June, we are headed to France and we are renting a house in the South of France for a week, and two apartments in Paris. We are doing the first part with some friends and family; then it will two couples, and for the last week in Paris, just us two, so we are “downsizing.”
We both love this way to travel for many reasons. First, it is less expensive then staying in a regular hotel, particularly when you factor in that the apartment is one bedroom, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, etc. Like a hotel suite, but for much, much less.
For instance, here’s our first apartment in Paris.
And here’s one of the two full bathrooms:
And here’s the setting.
Nice, huh? Each bedroom has a king-size bed particularly helpful to our partners in crime who are 6’4″ and 5’8″ respectively, two full baths, a great “American style” eat in kitchen, and a view of one of the most beautiful urban gardens in Paris.
And all this for $257 a night for each couple. Considering that the average price for a “comfortable” hotel room in Paris is $205 and for deluxe is $616 this is a fantastic “deal” for what is essentially a suite.
Ok, we have to go out every morning to the local patisserie/boulangerie and buy bread or pastry, but we can handle that challenge, I think.