|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We so enjoyed the house! Clean, beautifully-furnished, fully-stocked. As a note, the spiral staircase probably would be treacherous to a less agile group but we felt it just added to the charm. A little sparse on kitchen supplies - we bought a can opener for the house while we were there.
My family rented this wonderful brownstone the week of the massive snowstorm. But the snow did not stop us from having a wonderful trip. The owners were very responsive with any questions i had. The five floors worked out perfectly for our needs ... i had my son and his family staying with us. We each had our own floor with plenty of space. The only thing i would caution people about are the spiral staircases ... i loved them ... the added so much charm to the house. But if anyone had problems with stairs, this might an issue. Otherwise the house was just perfect!!! I would definately recommend this home to my family and friends.
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.
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:
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.