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Fabulous, Historic Home In The Absolute Center Of Everything!

Bedrooms 3
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


Minimum Stay
2 nights

Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome

About the property

Fabulous, Historic Home In The Absolute Center Of Everything!

Welcome to our wonderful, historic townhouse right in the heart of Center City Philadelphia! Located in a family-friendly neighborhood, this home is also steps away from everything this beautiful city has to offer. Our home is around the corner from South Street, a block away from a dog park and playground, three blocks from the Kimmel Center and Whole Foods, a seven minute walk to the Convention Center, Italian Market, Liberty Bell, Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square Park, Independence Hall, 13th street's Restaurant Row, and more! The location is unbeatable, yet inside you will simply feel at home in this historic, cozy, and beautiful brownstone.

Walk into our home's main floor, and you'll find a deliciously comfortable sofa and armchair, flat screen television, fully-stocked bookcases (feel free to take down a book and let us know which ones you like - we're always excited to chat with folks about the ones they've enjoyed reading!), as well as a dining area with an extendable table that can seat 6-10 guests comfortably - perfect for having the whole family sit together for meals after a day of sightseeing and exploring our wonderful city.

As you walk towards the back of the house, you can go out into our lovely back patio, and enjoy some grilling, or just relaxing outside when the weather is good. Or, you can head down the steps to find a new, modern kitchen - replete with granite counter-tops, exposed brick, an eat-in breakfast area with seating for four, and all the appliances and kitchenware you need to feel completely at home.

Head on up to the second floor where you'll find two bedrooms and a bath. The first bedroom has a full-size bed (which can comfortably fit two - we've tried, and it's great!) and the second bedroom boasts a queen. The rooms have been decorated to be comfortable, functional, and have original charm and personality. All linens and towels are new and luxurious, so you can feel like you're in a fancy hotel while enjoying the benefits of staying in a loved, comfortable home! We also make sure our pantry and bathrooms are fully stocked, so no need to worry about bringing little things like toothpaste, soap, or shampoo.

Wait until you reach the top floor - it's our piece de resistance! The master suite has three rooms - a sitting area with a bricked-in historic fireplace and small desk, where you can relax or get some work done (and where guests with little ones like to set up a pac-n-play or crib); a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a delicious king-size bed; and up the steps, you'll find a loft area with its own library and a pull-out sofa that sleeps 1 person. There's also space for our 2 air mattresses in the master suite, so this space alone can sleep up to 4 people!

A free wireless internet connection is available throughout.

This house was built about 150 years ago, and boasts all the charm and beauty of a historic Philadelphia townhome. The wood floors are absolutely gorgeous - wide-planked originals - and there is a majestic fireplace and built-in bookcases adorning the living room, making you feel that you're really staying in a little piece of Philly history. Now don't worry - it's not a trinity with a crazy vertical staircase! However, our stairs do gently spiral up, and while we have had pregnant women, as well as two and five-year-olds scamper up and down them with ease, we want to make sure that our guests are aware that the home may be difficult for those with special physical needs, or the elderly. We are happy to send you additional information or answer any questions you may have when we chat.

A separate rental agreement between the Guest and Host, which summarizes the agreed upon dates, the rental fee paid to HomeAway, and general conditions about renting the apartment, including the House Rules that appear under this listing, will be sent to the Guest for review and signature prior to check-in.

There is a $125 cleaning fee per stay in order to help defray the costs of cleaning and preparing the home for the next guest.

(Prices may also vary during holidays, weekends, and special events, so please check the calendar, which is updated consistently, or contact us with your specific dates.)

We love this house very much, and have put a lot of heart and soul into making it beautiful, unique, and warm. We know you will enjoy the care that has been put into keeping this beautiful 3 bedroom home clean, comfortable, and convenient. Most of our neighbors are kind, Philadelphia is our beloved chosen city, and we know you will enjoy staying here as much as we enjoy living here!

Please Note: We require a phone call to determine whether or not our home is a good fit for you in your travels, and we will coordinate a time to speak with you at our and your earliest convenience. Our preference is to host families and small companies and we require that the person who makes the booking stay throughout the reservation period.

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Kevin Rodricks
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 28, 2017

About Kevin Rodricks

We are a young couple living in Center City Philadelphia after falling in love with the city, uprooting ourselves, and moving here from New York City, where we both grew up. We are former teachers who are now small business owners. We love to travel and explore, and are part of this community in order to make that dream possible! We are thoughtful, detail-oriented, caring people, and we know you will feel comfortable as soon as you step into our property.

Why Kevin Rodricks chose Philadelphia

It's in the heart of Washington Square West and so close to restaurants, bars, and historic landmarks that it was impossible NOT to choose this area and place.


Center City Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3rd Floor - Master En-Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd Floor - Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 3rd Floor - Master Suite - 1 king
    2nd Floor - Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
    2nd Floor - Full Bedroom - 1 double , Full-size bed comfortably fits 2
    3rd Floor - Master En-Suite Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon in Master Loft sleeps 1; Air Mattress can sleep 1
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Nearest Parking Garage is below (about 3.5 blocks form the house):


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Fabulous, Historic Home In The Absolute Center Of Everything!
average rating of 4.2173915 based on 23 reviews

Charming home in great location

  • 4 of 5

A group of 4 of us stayed for 3 nights while visiting a friend who lives 3 blocks away from the property. The proximity to her house and great location overall made this place a wonderful choice for us. There is plenty of room on the main level for a large group to entertain together and space at the dining table for 6, so we never felt crowded. We were walking distance to everything we needed, and only about 20 minutes away from the airport. The home is a historic rowhouse with 4 levels. The entry level is actually the second level and this is where the dining room and living room are. Down one level is the kitchen, which is fully equipped and has a dining table for 4. Up one level from the main floor are the first two bedrooms and shared bathroom. The first bedroom is best suited for one person, while the second bedroom seemed to have more space and could work for a couple. The bathroom is between them and has a tub and shower. The property owners provided toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, shampoo, body wash and lotion in both bathrooms. The top floor is the master bedroom with spacious sitting area and loft. The loft should not be considered a 4th bedroom, although a small person could fit there if necessary. The master bedroom has a small bathroom with shower, but no tub or shower storage to hold products.

Pros: Great Location and lots of charm. Separate space for guests over two floors. Big kitchen (although items like cutting boards and a wine opener were not included - perhaps call ahead to request). Ample communal space for games, meals, and socializing. This place is good for groups of <6 friends, 2-3 couples, and families with children older than 8.

Cons: No parking on site, and no access to load and unload without blocking traffic - although I think this is fairly common in historic Philadelphia homes.There is no bathroom on the main floor common area, and the kitchen is not on the same floor as the living room which requires bringing food and dishes up the stairs to the dining room. The fireplaces are not in working order. The stairs are narrow and there are 3 sets of them. This place would not be good for small children, those with mobility issues or very tall or husky people as the stairwells are quite small.

A group can be very comfortable in this home if you appreciate the charm and location. If going down 3 flights of stairs to make coffee is a deal breaker, perhaps a hotel is a better choice. We would surely stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location but not much else to recommend

  • 2 of 5

We booked this place several months in advance, before some of the more recent negative reviews. Unfortunately, our experience is in agreement with these recent comments.

The house is in a great location, convenient to lots of Philadelphia attractions. We were here for a wedding and it was easy to get to various venues for the wedding. Yes, the street is pretty busy, and there is an animal shelter across the street, but you are in the heart of the city and should expect some of this. The beds were also very comfortable.

We enjoyed the experience of staying in a row house, narrow staircases and all. That was fun.

Some of the renovations are not very practical. Others have commented on the bathroom associated with the master bedroom. You need to be a contortionist to use the tiny sink because of an overhanging medicine cabinet. No soap provided but seven large bottles of shampoo and conditioner on the floor of the shower.

Lots of evidence that this place is not taken care of as well as one would like. Several light bulbs that were burnt out, a fan vent cover that hadn't been cleaned in a long time, some bare, unpainted drywall, no bath mat, no way to clean pots and pans in the kitchen.

Finally, I had to contact the owner to get our deposit refunded.

If you want to rent a row house in a great central neighborhood in the city, this may be the place for you. But it does need more attention to detail to earn a good review.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I probably would not rent again

  • 3 of 5

Accommodated our entire family well. Cleanliness not up to par and furnishings extremely sparse. Kevin was extremely nice to deal with but we do agree with many of the comments we read. Backyard very neglected but enjoyed the nice grill. All in all it could be awesome with a little more TLC.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - I appreciate the honest review; we've had cleaner issues and have tried multiple different cleaners before settling on one that has been much more assiduous and thoughtful than prior ones. Please message me privately about the furnishings as I want to know more about what we're lacking. Also, you will get a partial refund so please contact me. We don't like it when our guests do not enjoy the house during their stay.
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Great stay! Fantastic location.

  • 4 of 5

So, we maybe noticed a few of the things other reviewers noticed--the noise, and the towels could have been newer, the narrow stairs. We would have appreciated some paper towels and maybe a full length mirror. BUT. The positives of this place far outweighed the negatives. It was not terribly noisy for something located so close to downtown, for one thing, and for another, we found the place to be pretty clean and in good shape. The inside was modern and hip, and we really felt like we were on vacation. The location really is the big winner--your blocks from the theater district, amazing shopping and restaurants, the sights. The owners were great communicators and incredibly responsive. Overall, we just had a really good experience, and are so grateful to have had the opportunity to rent.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Renter Beware

  • 2 of 5

For the positives, Kevin was a pleasure to work with. Overall, the house is comfortable. And the air conditioning system works well.

On the negative side, the house is just not clean. Other guests have commented on this and it remains a sad state. The back "garden" area was 1) overflowing with garbage bags, 2) leaves and debris were everywhere, and 3) there was a water bottle with a cigarette butt in it that looks like it had been there for quite some time. The baseboards in the house were very dusty (I know because I cleaned some of them) and there were dirty splatters on some of the walls. There was no sponge in the kitchen so cleaning up was difficult. There were also no napkins and the paper towel situation was near empty.

The bathroom in the "master suite area" is about the size of the standard powder room. While there is an acceptable toilet and shower, the sink is a joke. The basin about 4" x 8" and it is tucked under a protruding medicine cabinet. Brushing teeth requires you to duck your head under the medicine cabinet which is very awkward. Washing your face is even more difficult.

I definitely would not describe the towels as "new and luxurious." We had to dig into the closets to find them and when we did, they were primarily of the mismatched beach towel variety. In addition, one towel that was put out definitely had toothpaste stains on them, presumably from the previous guest. The showers were equipped with soap: empty containers of hand soap that is. We had to go out and buy bar soap.

The location of the house is very convenient. However, potential renters should know that there is a bus line that runs in front of the house and there is also an animal shelter right across the street. The noise did not bother us, but the sound of constant barking dogs is present.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Property, Good Value, Good location

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our 4 day stay here. I normally stay at the Bellevue when in Philly, but had the whole family with me. This is in the same area and accessible via walking to most everything. Very close to subway station too.

The comments about the water pressure in the kitchen are true. It is comically low. Only negative I can say about this place though which is a pretty minor thing. Owner was very responsive to any requests I had.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Two to three blocks from the house are the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Orchestra, Wilma Theater, Suzanne Roberts Theater, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Seger Playground & Dog Park, South Street, Whole Foods, CVS, and fabulous restaurants, bars, & stores.

If you walk about seven minutes from our front door, you'll reach the Italian Market, City Hall, the Convention Center, Rittenhouse Square Park, Washington Square Park, the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, and more.

A fifteen to twenty minute walk will take you to the Delaware River, the Schuykill River, South Philly cheesesteak land (you must try Pat's and Geno's and choose your favorite!), Fitler Square Park, and the Parkway where the Franklin Institute and Art Museum can be found.


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Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit $350
House Cleaning $125

Parking is available in a parking garage above the Super Fresh grocery store at the intersection of 11th St and South St. See the link below for location and discount information:

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