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Rent a Room at the Wadsworth House

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The Wadsworth House as it looks June 1, 2013.


Last updated: 07/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Traverse City hotel description

The Wadsworth has operated for over 100 years, providing affordable rooming and boarding. Amenities include: a shared kitchen and bathrooms, upscale furnished rooms, incredible location, and a quiet historic neighborhood.

The Wadsworth was purchased by William and Deborah Shaw in December 2012, who are working to provide a times-gone-by experience for people all walks of life.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Hotel


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

          • Bedroom 1: 1 double

            Elva May I love this room. It has three windows with glass...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            Clara Minor All the rooms on the second floor are heated w...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            Lyla Rae Lyla Rae on the third floor is arguably our most ...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            Hatta Woodworth Hatta Woodworth has a surround of maple fl...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

            Mary Wallace Mary Wallace room is named after a great-grea...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Guest Kitchen The kitchen is newly renovated with hand-crafted cabinets by Ben Shaw Works. Enjoy the new appliances, the ice-cream chairs and of course the food....moreless

          • Dining
          • Seating for 4 people


          • Babysitter
          • Heating
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Parking


          • Games
          • Books


              • Internet

              Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio


                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Location & View

                  • Beachfront:

                    The Wadsworth is a five minute walk to the Traverse City West Bay and its beautiful beaches....moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    The Wadsworth is a five minute walk to the Traverse City West Bay....moreless


                  • Churches
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Golf
                  • Tennis
                  • Kayaking
                  • Sailing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Swimming
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Cycling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Hunting
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Medical Services
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Water Parks
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Restaurants
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Cinemas
                  • Live Theater
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Walking
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Antiquing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Hot Air Ballooning


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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Jun 1 - Sep 15, 2014
                  3 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Tax Rate 6%


                  The Wadsworth is a rooming house. Rooms 1,2,4 and 5 share a bathroom. Room 3 has a private bath and the rate is slightly higher, which is not reflected on our rate quotes. Room 3 is $150/night and $600/week. Please note that the weekly rate does not automatically compute, unless you stay a full seven days, but we will adjust it so day 5 and 6 will not exceed the weekly rate.

                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                  Last updated: 07/13/2014
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                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Cherry Capital Airport
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  US 31 South
                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Traverse City West Bay
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Everybody is talking about Traverse City, we get to live here, and if you are lucky you get to visit. We love our town. We love our neighborhood, Traverse City's Historic District.

                  We like to bike the tart trail, play Frisbee golf, swim, sail, walk three blocks to town, drink coffee and other fermented drinks, watch a movie at the State Theatre. The list is so long and Traverse offers so much.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2012

                  About the owner: William and Deborah Shaw are an American couple, who have lived in Cainta, Rizal and East Jordan, Michigan. They recently moved to Traverse City and purchased the Wadsworth House, which they have been, and are renovating. Bill is an entrepreneur, establishing a successful electrical contracting business, Sky Electric, in 1989-2012, and building a 10,000 sq ft grocery store in 1999. Bill and Deb have four children and six grandchildren. A passion for the poor and an interest in travel led the Shaw’s to explore Missions in 2002. They were accepted to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators and worked two years with Wycliffe’s sending organization, SIL Asia, in the Philippines. Bill and Deb returned to Manila in 2007. They volunteered at orphanages and drop-in centers in Cubao and Cainta. It was through their volunteer effort, that they began to consider the opportunity, a street paper and a homeless world cup team might offer to the poor of the Philippines. The Shaws founded Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation, which publishes the Jeepney Magazine, the first street paper in the Developing Asia, and organizes the Philippine Homeless World Cup Team.

                  Why the Owner Chose Traverse City:
                  Traverse City is our home town. Four of our grandchildren live here. The Wadsworth was unblemished by poor renovation. It needed a lot of work, but it has great character and history. We love all that Traverse City offers.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Hotel:
                  The Wadsworth is a boarding/rooming home. It was built in 1906. In 1910 the U.S. census listed, Henry and Bertha Sparling – head of household, Mary Louise Fitts-boarder, Clara Miner-boarder, Robert Edwards-roomer, John Hike and Etta Minor-roomer as residents. The Wadsworth is, as far as we know, the only grandfathered-in boarding/rooming house in Traverse City. We like being the only.

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                  Speaks: english

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                  • The Wadsworth House as it looks June 1, 2013.

                    The Wadsworth House as it looks June 1, 2013.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2013.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

                  $125 per night (USD)

                  5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 2

                  View calendar: Updated 07/13/14
                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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