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Beautiful And Spacious In Fantastic Central Location

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

This beautiful home is located in Philadelphia's Bella Vista neighborhood. The neighborhood boasts plenty of food options, parks, and is close walking distance to many more attractions. About a 15 minute walk from Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square, it's central location makes it extremely convenient to stay in quiet and comfort but still be accessible to the city and surrounding areas.

The home itself is 5-stories tall. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances adorn the kitchen located on the 2nd floor. The 2nd floor also has a dining table (seats 4 but expandable to 10) and the living room to form a nice spacious living area. On the third floor you'll find the master bedroom with walk-in closet, double sink and walk-in shower featuring 2 showerheads. Relax in a king-sized bed with tempurpedic mattress for one of the best nights of sleep you'll find.

The 4th floor features 2 more bedrooms and another bath / laundry room. Guest room 1 includes a queen sized tempurpedic mattress and guest room 2 features a full sized pillow-top mattress.

The basement is finished and features a pull down, queen sized bed with a tempurpedic topper on it. There is room throughout the house to include several air mattresses for extra accommodation, and the couch in the living room could easily sleep 2 people on it (no pull-out).

The final gem of this house is the spacious roof deck with beautiful 360 degree views. Sitting higher than any of the other houses around, one can see downtown, the river, south Philadelphia and often features stunning sunsets. The deck has a dining table, grill, and a 13-piece furniture configuration that can comfortably seat up to 20 people or more.

** Security Disclosure - This property contains a closed circuit camera system. There are 3 cameras in total, 2 located on the exterior of the house covering the front and rear door, and 1 located in the kitchen covering the common area floor. There are NO cameras located in ANY private area of the home, as privacy for travelers is important and respected, but some cameras are necessary to ensure compliance of the traveler's agreement. **

More Details

Brian Lipstein
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Brian Lipstein

I grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. I have lived in the city since graduating. I currently live in this property and absolutely love it. I am an entrepreneur in Philadelphia and enjoy traveling. If I could stay in a place similar to this house while traveling, it would make any trip that much better.

Brian Lipstein purchased this house in 2013

Why Brian Lipstein chose Philadelphia

This property is spacious, bright, and modern. Built in 2007 it features all hardwood floors, high ceilings, new appliances, and a beautiful roof deck. The location is walkable to all areas of center city, the Italian Market, South Street, and Old City. Restaurants, brunch spots, and bars are all easily accessible within a few minutes walk, including one of the top brunch places in the city directly across the street.

The house is comfortably furnished with plenty of space to relax. 2-zone HVAC systems keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The street is quiet and clean and the neighbors are friendly.

What makes this house unique

Views from the roof deck are unbeatable.


South Philadelphia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Double Vanity
    Guest Floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet , On the first floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Murphy Bed pulls down from the wall
    Guest Room / Office - 1 double
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Entire 3rd floor of the house
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Beautiful And Spacious In Fantastic Central Location
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

As If the Owner Forgot Someone Was Renting His Home

  • 3 of 5

My wife and I along with our two daughters rented this home for 4 days/3 nights. The Owner was not particularly responsive during the initial rental discussions and that should have served as a tip that he wasn't focused on renting his home. We arrived and it was as if the Owner had departed about 15 minutes ahead of us. The refrigerator was so full there was no room for us to place our items. There was no coffee maker, there were no closets available so no shelves/hanging places in any bedroom for our clothes, the bed in the master bedroom appeared slightly askew and couldn't be fixed by us, dirty carpets and generally a feeling that the Owner was doing us a big favor renting to us. As we were paying top dollar, disappointing. I would not recommend it for the price. Location was ok, though a long walk or short UBER ride to most tourist attractions.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David - I appreciate you sharing your response and I'm sorry your stay didn't live up to your expectations. I think there may have been some miscommunication as it was your daughter who made the booking and with whom I spoke exclusively through the process. I did explain to her, as I do all travelers, that this property is my primary residence and that it is not set up as a full-time vacation property. When I do rent it, it is on a case-by-case basis and only when it can work for both parties. In this instance, it was not the most convenient for me to rent it, but I did so to accommodate your family and stay. To address a few points you mentioned: 1) Food in the refrigerator - I was indeed rushed as my job had me quite busy at the time. I had intended to clean out the fridge before leaving and as it was out of sight it got missed. I remembered this before you guys arrived and I had sent a note to your daughter who's contact was the only one I had saying I had forgotten and would stop by and clean it out that evening or the next morning, whenever was convenient to you as my renters and I was happy to accommodate a time you would have been out of the house. She responded saying it was OK and that she didn't intend to use the fridge for the weekend. 2) Coffee maker - this was not asked for prior to the stay. When it is, I let renters know that I am not a coffee drinker and that there are plenty of coffee shops within a 2-3 block walk. I'm always happy to make recommendations when asked. 3) Shelf space/closets - The master bedroom closet is locked for owner storage, but the 4th floor bedrooms both had ample hanging and shelf space in them and are open for renters use. I am sorry you felt I wasn't responsive leading up to your stay. It was a busier than normal week for me. The access information to the property had been provided, and most of the other information provided could have been found in the welcome email and hospitality center information that is posted on the listing. I didn't understand your urgency to have the information as it was being requested and this probably could have all been solved with a simple phone call. I generally try to touch base with a phone call the week leading up to a rental to ensure the property is all set-up to best suit my renters' needs. I did speak with your daughter and it all seemed very straight forward with your rental.
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Excellent location

  • 4 of 5

Our time in this lovely apartment exceeded our expectations. We came to Philly for a wedding and each couple had their own cozy space. The rainy weather dampened our time on the amazing roof deck.... but, the city views were spectacular.

A few amenities were missing, we bought an inexpensive coffee maker... otherwise, a perfect visit.

Our host was the best. He answered all our inquiries promptly.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and space

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time in Philly. There was a group of 8 of us in town for a long weekend and would definitely recommend this place. Good location and the rooftop was awesome. Brian was great to work with and everything was exactly as described expected.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philly Modern Fun!

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I (10 total) from various parts of the states where in town volunteering for an event! By far a great find and a great location for anyone looking to experience, enjoy Philly and RELAX! The owner was VERY accommodating and suggested tons of great eats in the area. He also provided a lovely bottle upon arrival, which we decided to keep as a souvenir (and still have after one year). After volunteering for 10 -12 a day, we never had to leave the unit as everything was provided to us. Not to mention, the roof top was an great end to a long day and warm summer night.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home, Fantastic Location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great times staying at Brian's property. The house is gorgeous, with a huge furnished roof deck and all the space you could need. We were a group of 8 guys in town for the 9th Street Italian Market Festival. The location could not be more ideal for whatever brings you to Philadelphia. It is right in the heart of the rapidly emerging restaurant and beer scene, with a fantastic spot, Hawthorne's literally 50 steps from the front door. Easy, twenty minute walk to Old City and ten minute walk to East Passyunk Ave, which is where SO many amazing restaurants have opened in the last few years.

Brian is a great host, you couldn't do better in Philly!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location with lovely roof terrace

  • 4 of 5

A good location for our Graduation Weekend family reunion - 9 people all arriving from different parts of the world. The house is in a nice location and we had no problem accessing the city sights and all that Philadelphia had to offer. The beds were comfortable and the roof terrace was a real bonus when the weather permitted us to use it!

A nice house in a nice part of town. The owner was also very helpful with information and assistance during the booking process which went very smoothly.

A few niggles - the owner's personal items were left in the refrigerator and bathrooms which made it feel more like staying in a b & b than renting an entire property, there was a lack of crockery for 9 people and we were disappointment that the garage was not available for our use as the owner uses it for storage.

However, we really enjoyed our stay and would consider staying again should the occasion arise.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Philadelphia International


Rates & Availability

South Philadelphia House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $500
Tax Rate 8.5%

Date range is negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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