John W. Maynard constructed this center-entry side gabled brick house in 1844. At the time the home was in the middle of a large, undeveloped block. Catherine Street did not extend between Division and State Streets until 1898. Maynard was a successful grocer with a store on Ann Street and his brother, William, was the city's most successful land developers during his time and the Mayor of Ann Arbor in the mid 1800s. Maynard street in Ann Arbor still bears their family's name as they were some of the early settlers of Ann Arbor. John and William Maynard were also responsible for donating land they personally owned in order for Ann Arbor to win the bid as the future location of the University of Michigan.
In the 174 year life of this home it has served as student centers, a church, and the home to many of Ann Arbor's finest residents.
Today the exterior of the home still has the most charm of any home in Ann Arbor but in 2006 it was meticulously restored and no expense was spared. The home has a viking range, sub zero fridge, wine bar, huge wrap around porch, patio, kohler fixtures, surround sound throughout the house, and much more. Probably the best feature of the home is that it is absolutely in the heart of Ann Arbor and within walking distance to anything and everything.
The set up for the beds in the home is 1 master suite with a king sized bed, 3 bedrooms with queens, 1 bedroom with a full, a full sized pull out couch, and 3 twin beds. There is also plenty of floor space for air mattresses if need be.
Although the home is already beautiful we are continually engaging in projects to further enhance the home to make it better and better. Without a doubt this is the best home to rent in the Ann Arbor area.
*Please note we will not rent to groups larger than 16 people and the primary contact for any group inquiring about renting must be over the age of 30.
**Please also note that we do have a pool/spa on our patio (as pictured) but it will only be available to groups that request use of it and are willing to pay the additional fee of $500 per rental period. We originally had not intended to allow visitors to use the spa due to increased liability and maintenance but would be willing to accommodate should a group request it.