£159 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Spacious Designer Home--Comfy too! – Home 6620557 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Key Info

  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


LOCATED in the heart of "Mt Airy" -- the "Philadelphia's best neighborhood" according to Money magazine. That says a lot, as there are about 110 neighborhoods in Philadelphia!

This leafy, vibrant, engaged community includes the city's first bird sanctuary, popular cafe that was featured in Oprah's magazine, independent bookstore, architectural salvage emporium, dance and yoga studios,pioneering food co-operative, old trees, young energy and beautiful stone architecture. (Wikipedia says it's a PhD ghetto)

We are a few minutes from the interstate freeway, and 15-18 minutes from downtown ("Center City") by car, or 20 min. by train. (We use trains here the way other cities use subways. You can take the train directly to the historic district, the convention center, Chinatown, Old City with its art galleries... and more

THIS HOME is spacious -- 2,000 sq ft (!) + a large, furnished 2nd floor terrace. The home is the full 2nd floor of a two-story bldg. ) Downstairs are two studios.) It has two bedrooms + a den. One bdrm has a queen bed and windows on three sides. A second bdrm has twin trundle bed(s) and a private bathrm with a skylight. The den has a full bed and windows on two sides... it hasn't a conventional door but the bed is tucked around to the side and not visible from the adjacent room.

A MAGAZINE called this home "funky charming" -- it is relaxed and appealing, not Hilton-spiffy by any means. The floors are several hundred years old, from virgin forest, so no hard-soled shoes or pointy heels, please. Piano, drums, access to downstairs studios. A few times a week, sounds from downstairs can be heard upstairs, notably the samba drum class on Sunday (12:30-2 pm) and Thursday (6:30-8 pm). You can take the class too.

FULL KITCHEN includes dish and servingware. Terrace has a BBQ. Fireplace works. In winter, we will provide a modest supply of wood.

FAMILIES welcome -- we have cradle, Pac n Play, stroller, high chair, booster chair and lots of well selected toys. Children's music class downstairs weekly. A small public playground is across the street.

FREE AMPLE street parking.

CLOSE to the woods (three blocks away!), chef-owned restaurants, the walkable neighborhoods of Manayunk and Chestnut Hill, ice skating rink, golf course, fishing -- even though we are truly Philadelphia proper.

CLEANING FEE is one-time $30 -- and is included in the automatic calculation provided.

YOUR HOST is a long-time producer of cultural events and young family destinations. If interested in staying here, please robustly introduce yourselves and feel free to ask any questions you like. We will want to know something of each other before confirming a reservation.


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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Stereo system
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Ample free parking here. We're close to downtown Philly by car or train (which we use like a subway). My building is in the epicenter of "Mt Airy Village", -- a heart of this neighborhood ... directly across the street from the brilliantly stocked food co-op, the Nesting House (for young families), High Point Cafe and Big Blue Marble bookstore -- plus the WPM (words per minute) Typewriter Shop is right downstairs. We're within two or three miles of many local-chef restaurants, cobblestoned Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, a golf course, collectible kitchenware shop, playground, woods and more.

Interaction with guest

Host has several hundred positive reviews, though not yet on this site. She is a former travel editor and museum exhibit designer ... Available as needed ... lives in another part of this same bldg...


This rental can only be paid for online through HouseTrip using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: (£112.24) $150.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

FLOORS/ SHOES. Because our floors were harvested from virgin forest and are several hundred years old, no high or hard heel shoes upstairs. When it rains, please leave shoes in entry foyer. Thanks you!
OK -- play piano, musical instruments at any hour.
PLEASE DO NOT move furniture without checking with us first.


About the owner

Serena R.

Tourist Licence

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27 Nov 2020
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish


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Guest reviews

1 review

Very Good

“Leafy well-located apartment with garden and roof-top terrace”

Reviewed 22 Jul 2019

We spent two weeks in this wonderful apartment in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. The location is great - opposite a fantastic coop, close to a coffee shop, walking distance to the train station. The apartment was spacious with a well-equipped kitchen, and a lovely roof-top garden to relax in. A short walk to the train station will get you into central Philadelphia. A short walk will also get you into the nearby park and trails along the local river. Pam, the owner, was very concerned to make us feel welcome and tell us about the area and things to explore. We felt welcome from the very first moment and can recommend this rental highly.

Owner's reply: Any host would be lucky to host a group as considerate as this family. They were generous and flexible Come again!

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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