Historic 1850’s Sea Captain’s Mansion in New York, USA


United States

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Built in 1853, the house was built for a Captain - an oysterman - and his wife. It is located on the North Shore Waterfront of Staten Island, NY.

    Living at here is by no means the ‘usual’ NYC living situation... but rather an extraordinary experience that brings expansion and inspiration every day. It is a true sanctuary in the midst of the hustling city.

    We are an eclectic community of artists living in the home, restoring and maintaining its magnificence. From a Sculptor/Architect, to an Actress/Photographer, to a Sound engineer - we all bring a different flavour of creativity to the home all sharing the same interest in preserving history and creating art to enhance and support it.

    In additional to our human community, we have a wonderful collection of Chickens that produce fresh eggs everyday, a magical bunny called Phineas and our dog Brutus.

    The house holds four stories and a roof-level cupola. A few features are:

    - 40 x 20 ft Saltwater Pool
    - Garden with organic vegetables
    - Commercial appliance kitchen
    - An indoor wood fired pizza oven
    - A fully equipped bar room with an ice machine and a soda gun
    - Spa room
    - An abundance of architectural salvage, antiques and furniture
    - High Ceilings
    - An office
    - Rooftop Cupola - great meditation space
    - Washer and Dryer

    The projects we do at the home is non profit related, and purely to restore and maintain such a destination that we call our home. Occasionally the home is used for photoshoots as the house draws a lot of attraction due to its uniqueness. If these shoots take place, you will have the opportunity to work- whether it's hosting or helping out on the day, your work will be paid above minimum wage at a rate of $20 per hour.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Being involved with one of New York City's Landmarked destinations brings with it a truly unique experience. This is a rare destination that holds an abundance of learning opportunities.

    With working on renovation, there are a ton of techniques you will be guided through by the artists living at the house.

    Day to day tasks will bring a wealth knowledge of what it’s like to work with a home of historical value - the traits of detail, care and love in your work will last a lifetime.

    Taking care of the birds, the garden and all the plants will offer a sustainable education.

    We hope above all, you will experience the personal growth that you gain from being a part of a working, loving community.

    NYC has so much to offer as the cultural capital of the world - the city is your playground and we hope to be your base, like family, to support you in the ways you support us.

  • Help


    The home is an 1850s landmarked Captain’s mansion which requires general upkeep, DIY projects, gardening and other necessary projects to bring its to its greatest potential.

    - Upkeep and maintenance of the home, including deep and general cleaning, organising etc
    - Gardening, Groundskeeping and Pool Maintenance
    - Feeding and Caring for the Animals
    - Working on Special Projects as needed
    - DIY Building, Art Projects
    - Restoration

    These are the general tasks....In terms of the person we are looking for - we are after a person with a positive attitude and can-do spirit. Working with the home is a labor of love and one which requires careful attention to detail, organization and intention with what you are helping on.

    Experience in these fields is not required. Instead, we are looking for someone with a great work ethic and ability to pick up things quickly.

    The home is filled with antiques and delicate objects/furniture which must be treated with the upmost care and awareness of what they are... so attention to detail and care are traits we are looking for.

    Additionally to our work on the house, we may occasionally host photoshoots and films. If you are present during such an event, you will have the opportunity to work the day of the event and we will pay you $20 per hour (above minimum wage). The shoots are typically 8 hour days. This is a great opportunity to witness some of New York's finest creatives at work in a beautiful setting.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own bedroom - It is a gorgeous light filled space.You will also have your own bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in NYC!!! The city is your oyster.

    By public transport, we are 45 minutes from the city and 20 minutes by car.
    15 minutes by car to Newark airport.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 641947376932