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Cosy and Charming Basement Apartment in Bella Vista-Philadelphia

Bedrooms Studio
Space 35 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Located in beautiful Bella Vista, one of the city's most sought after areas. So much at your fingertips whether you come by car, choose to walk or take public transportation. We can sleep a maximum of 2 guests with one queen sized bed. We are child friendly as we have 9 grandchildren! We have a beautiful garden area in the rear of our property which we are happy to share with you. We are a block from the Italian Market and within walking distance of Center City. Many good restaurants!

Donna Leathers-Sonnenberg
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Donna Leathers-Sonnenberg

My husband, Hans bought the property as a young immigrant from Germany. It was just a shell at the time. He worked on it and little by little turned it into a beautiful home. He raised his daughter here and we were married years later. I love this area. I grew up in the suburbs and never thought I would live in a city, but I just love it here. It's so convenient. We can go out for a meal and have a few drinks and never worry about driving. I love all the arts and culture. In general we just have everything at out finger tips. I could never think of moving to the burbs again.

Donna Leathers-Sonnenberg purchased this apartment in 1975

Why Donna Leathers-Sonnenberg chose Philadelphia

Because it's in a great location. It's in a quiet neighborhood away from all the noise and hubbub of center city, but close enough to walk there when I get the urge. I love the large garden area behind the house. In the summer months I have my morning coffee out there every day.

What makes this apartment unique

Our garden of course! It is beautiful with a winding path a "flower hill" and a greenhouse.


Bella Vista Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 35 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom with shower stall and swivel lighted makeup mirror
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Very comfortable fits 2 people
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • ice skating
We are within walking distance of the Convention Center and Jefferson Station. We welcome those visiting on business as well as couples, singles and families


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Cosy and Charming Basement Apartment in Bella Vista-Philadelphia
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

Perfect, quiet, met all our needs!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about the accommodations and hosts! We arrived in Philly on a Friday morning and knew parking would be tricky. We kept Hans updated to our arrival time and he was actually able to assist us with parking in a big way! We quickly dropped off our bags, checked out the place and Hans moved his vehicle and we pulled right into a street spot for free parking all weekend. Hans even offered to drive us directly down to Reading Market to start our trip, which we took advantage of.

The apt was great, plenty of room for our belongings and not in the way. Air conditioning that kept the place perfectly cool on the warm weekend. Bathroom was small but definitely manageable. Small kitchen with full size appliances, complete with fresh fruit and pastries they left for us- such a nice touch. The bed, wonderfully comfortable and after long days with lots of walking, welcomed. We would definitely stay with Hans & Donna again!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We enjoyed hosting you. We try to go the extra mile for our guests. Guests like you make it a pleasure.
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Quiet street and perfect location in South Philly.

  • 5 of 5

Donna and Hans were extremely kind and welcoming. They helped us with parking, gave us pointers on great places to visit in the neighborhood, and showed us around the flat and their back patio. The bed was super comfortable and accommodations were perfect for our stay. Definitely recommend to others!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Omaha, Ne

Great location

  • 5 of 5

This unit was very clean, and the bed was wonderful. We were able to catch the bus wherever we wanted to go with no issues, which made the location perfect for our sightseeing vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I'm sorry that we didn't get to meet you, but I want to thank you for leaving the apartment in such great shape. You are welcome back at any time. Donna and Hans
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Center City Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Donna & Hans were lovely. Hans met us the first night to give us the keys & show us the apartment. They even had coffee & breakfast pastries for us :)

This cozy apartment contains a super comfy bed with his & hers heated comforters. There's a small collection of books, games, & DVDs that includes a nostoligic read of Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends." If you want to cook instead of eating out there's a full size fridge & other necessities in the kitchen, plus the Italian market is just a block away. The real gem of the apartment is the backyard garden with adorable turtles, where we drank coffee during our unseasonably warm November stay.

As a previous reviewer mentioned, if you cannot do a short flight of steep stairs, this is not the apartment for you. But that happily leaves this fantastic apartment free for the rest of us :)

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Vancouver, British Columbia

Lovely comfortable Philly stay

  • 5 of 5

Hans and Donna have a lovely studio unit that is completely private. Once inside there is another set of stairs leading to the garden area. That is what sold me when first booking. I loved sitting in the garden oasis when we had a chance. From arrival to departure, everything went smoothly with extra touches along the way. Hans baked a cake for us and there were coffee/cream/tea supplies. The place was extremely clean. The Italian market is so close and it is an easy walk to the historic sites. Our third day it was pouring rain, we were having brunch in the neighbourhood and Hans biked over with a huge umbrella for us to borrow for the day! Incredible service!

We definitely recommend that you stay here!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An interesting stay..

  • 2 of 5

The hosts were absolutely lovely! They even offered to deposit us at the train or airport on the day of our departure.

The living space was exactly what we needed for our weekend getaway, however, the bathroom was EXTREMELY small. Every time I went to brush my teeth or use the toilet I was banging into multiple walls with my head or elbows. The shower was miniature. I am a tall person (6ft) and the showerhead was too low. Also, there was a plexiglass lid on the top of the shower that made the already small shower feel like a claustrophobic nightmare. Showering was quite awkward and not something we felt comfortable doing with the bathroom door closed.

The most interesting part of our stay came when stumbling across various personal item left in the apartment including but not limited to a family members ashes and a plethora of Nazi memorabilia.

As a Jewish person I did my best to recognize these item as historical and of potentially familial history and/or significance, but they made me feel extraordinarily unwelcome and uncomfortable.

As kind as caring as the hosts were, I wish they had created a neutral space to rent out before inviting guests in.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that you found us to be lovely hosts. I'm fine with your criticism of the bathroom because it is your right. However, I am very upset by your description of Nazi memorabilia. We do own a copy of Mein Kampf which frankly I truly forgot about. It is a historical document and we never looked at it as anything more. We do have several other books written in German. That does not mean that they have anything to do with Nazism. What really makes your accusation hurtful, is the fact that my husband is a German immigrant. He was a small child during the war, certainly not a Nazi. He emigrated to this country and is proud of his American citizenship. Your reference to the ashes being from a family member also needs to be addressed. They are the ashes from a well loved dog. You must really have been snooping to find them. They are in a zip lock bag within a box. I find your review to be totally incorrect and unethical. I just can't figure out what led you to write anything so negative and hurtful.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Philadelphia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Royal Tavern
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Philadelphia to Camden NJ Ferry
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Jefferson Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Royal Tavern
Car: not necessary

We are located in the beginning of South Philadelphia 1-1/2 blocks from the Italian Market. Center City, Historical Philadelphia, are just a stone's throw away. Located on the end of a quiet dead end street yet close to all that the city has to offer. We are proud of the Nation's first hospital, first zoo and many other firsts. We are also on-site and may help you with any problems or questions.


Rates & Availability

Bella Vista Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $30
Security Deposit $150

We accept payment by Bank Cashier's Check or PayPal. If paying less than 21 days prior to your stay, PayPal is the only option.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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