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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:
August 15, 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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


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Cosy and Charming Basement Apartment in Bella Vista-Philadelphia
average rating of 4.730769 based on 26 reviews
New York, New York

Cute, clean, convenient with an outdoor bonus

  • 5 of 5

Philadelphia is such a great walking city and this place is so well-located for a stay there. My daughter and I were comfortable and happy in this cozy place. The garden goes back and back, and really adds another dimension to a city stay. Donna and Hans know what that they are doing. Responsive and welcoming. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were so easy to communicate with and a pleasure. Hoping to have you back in the future.
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Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

Apartment is just as advertised and more! Spacious, cozy and close to everything. Donna and Hans are the ultimate hosts. You have a private entrance and use of a beautiful fenced in back yard. WIFI, air conditioned, etc. They answered any questions we had quickly and were happy to offer suggestions when asked. They even had fantastic muffins and fruit for us upon our arrival. Hans was also very gracious and gave us a ride back to the airport at the end of the stay. Location is great - 1 block from the Italian Market which is great for shopping and dinning. Public city bus stop is 1 block away and takes your straight downtown. You can get off about 3 blocks away from Indep. Hall, the visitor's center, Liberty Bell, etc. The subway a longer walk but easy to navigate and offered a cheap ride out to AT&T Park to catch the Brewer vs. Philly baseball game.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were very lovely to host! You really ventured out and took a lot in. It was so hot but you made the best of it. Hopefully we'll see you again!
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Perfect and easy

  • 5 of 5

Truly a perfect an easy location for Philly sightseeing Hans and Donna are fantastic hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sherman Oaks, California

Super Convenient Location

  • 5 of 5

We are both in out late seventies but found walking to the historic Independence Hall easy as well as many other local spots. Donna and Hans were delightful and helpful regarding sites and restaurants. We enjoyed their beautiful garden and their assistance in our stay. South Philly has its own culture one should not miss. The apartment was very comfortable with all the amenities.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were such lovely guests that we were delighted to meet you as well as go the extra mile. I hope that you enjoyed your stay as much as we enjoyed hosting you. I wish that you didn't live so far away so that we could get together with you again. Gene, thank you for sitting in the garden with us at night. You are so interesting and we loved listening to your stories about your youth, your life as well as Julie's life. Julie is so sweet. I would love to hear her sing as well as see the pictures of her beauty pageant days. I hope the flight home was better than your flight in. Donna and Hans
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Ivoryton, CT

Cute property, great owners and location, everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a great stay at this property. The owners were wonderful and very helpful- finding parking!!, suggestions and overall hospitality. The location was perfect- safe, close enough to walk to some destinations, convenient restaurants and the Italian market. The apartment had everything we needed and we loved having access to the garden to hang out in to start and end our day. We are looking forward to coming back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We enjoyed hosting you and Kayleigh and are so happy that you want to come back. You left the apartment so neat and clean. That is so appreciated! Kayleigh is such a special little girl. Give her big hugs from us. Donna and Hans
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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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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

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $30
Damage 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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