This historic house was very cute, nicely furnished, and centrally located in a safe neighborhood. It is situated on a cobblestone street right in the middle of Center City, an easy walk from both Rittenhouse and Washington Square. The owner, Josh, was very communicative and kindly helped my family reschedule our visit when I ended up having a work conflict with our original dates. Check-in was simple, with a key in a lockbox next to the front door.
This house would be a good fit for a family (like ours) that likes and appreciates old houses. The house has essentially one room on each floor, with a narrow, winding staircase connecting each level of the house. I appreciated that Josh warned me before I confirmed booking that the steep stairs could be a challenge for my 3.5 year-old-son. Ultimately, my son had no problem, but our two small dogs would not go up or down the narrow staircase and had to be carried.
The house has three beds, one queen on the second floor and two twin beds in the third-floor loft. The loft bedroom does not have a private door. We ended up putting our suitcases up there to block the top of the stairs so that my son would not fall if he woke up in the middle of the night (which, as it turned out, he never did). Just something to keep in mind if you're traveling with young kids and plan to have them in the twin beds.
Presumably for security reasons, the window on the ground floor has been nailed shut. The weather was nice at night during our July stay, and we would have preferred to open the window rather than run the loud A/C unit on the ground floor.
Although the house has some challenges compared to a modern house, we felt that the rental price reflected this and were happy to find something affordable in Center City. We would stay here again.
We had a great time in Philadelphia. This is an old renovated church and a great job has been done with the renovations. We did have a problem with ants in the kitchen the first night. The owner sent someone over the next day to spray and it was taken care of. The neighborhood is difficult to park in. The bus is a couple of blocks away which was perfect for our family. We loved the Christian Street Market just around the corner. It had great prices and was very convenient. They even carried a case of water over to the house for us.