Experience Detroit like a local in our lovingly renovated 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. Like a live-in art gallery, each month we furnish the walls with work from local Detroit artists. Other perks include off-street parking, bikes, central AC/heat and laundry. 10 minute drive to all the best this city has to offer.
Do you take the road less traveled? Find beauty in unexpected places? Want to be a part of a real Detroit neighborhood? This may be the place for you. Let’s start from the beginning. One sunny January day in Los Angeles, my fiancée and I (and our mutt, Sebastian) picked up everything and drove to Detroit. Why?! You ask… Well, to be a part of this city’s incredible story, of course! Two years later, we are excited to share that experience with you.
We chose to plant our roots in the North End for many reasons… Its historic character and easy access to the heart of the city. And also because it’s a place where our investment, energy and TLC would have the most impact. North End may not be the prettiest girl at the party, but she’s got character and soul, and represents Detroit’s past, present and future in a way many other downtown neighborhoods do not.
This is one of many forgotten homes, destined for demolition that we saved and gave a new shot at life. To do this, we hire community members who are down on their luck or have trouble finding conventional employment. We even started a non profit to help make sure these guys are getting great training and job opportunities in a skilled trade of their choice. (Ten jobs were created and lives changed in the making of this particular home.) Now, I go on this tangent for a reason, so you’ll understand all that went into the home. It wasn’t shipped in from the suburbs. It didn’t come from a box. She’s old with bones that may creak or stand a little less straight than they used to, but she’s back in action and ready to be loved again.
Downstairs you’ll enjoy the cozy living room with a smart TV, plus a large dinning room table that double as a ping pong table. Perfect for entertaining. In the back you’ll find a fully equipped, eat-in kitchen, Stoked with the necessities. Upstairs offers three large bedrooms, with queens. Head upstairs to the attic with 2 more bedrooms, one with a queen, and one with 2 twin beds. Plus an extra living space. All bedrooms are equipped with ultra comfortable high-density, 10-inch foam mattresses that magically both my fiancée and I have fallen in love with (she prefers firm, while I’d rather sleep on a cloud). Each piece of furniture and item on a shelf has a unique story to tell. We are avid thrifters and estate sale scavengers, and we’ve furnished this home with some of the most delightful of our finds so you can experience a piece of the treasure hunt. If you appreciate vintage style and quirky nick-nacks, we get you. You’ll love it here.
Now let’s talk about Detroit. If you’re visiting then you’ve surely heard a lot about this city. Much of it is true, including the exciting stuff about the incredible transformation underway. And let’s be real, some of the other stuff is true too. If empty houses and vacant lots creep you out, this may not be the spot for you. Our neighborhood in particular, sitting blocks north of the future M1 rail, is bound to experience the transformation in a huge way. Which means it’s got plenty of room to grow, and may never look the same. We choose to cherish it as it is, admiring the young tree sprouting through a forgotten shop window, finding poetic beauty in the untamed convergence of man and nature.
If you’ve read this far, I think we’ll get along great and you’ll probably be very happy here. Say the secret phrase “North End looks nice” in your inquiry and your booking is a lot more likely to be accepted. We’d like to hear why you’re coming and that you understand (and are excited about) where you’ll be staying. If you do all this, we can’t wait to meet you.
While you are staying in the house, you have full access to everything! Use your street smarts and remember to always lock up all doors and windows before leaving the property, . If you choose to borrow a bike, please remember that you are assuming responsibility for the bike while you have it, and please remember to always bring a lock and lock it up. Locks & codes are provided on each bike in the basement.
We live around the corner and love meeting our guests. (We try to greet everyone in person when possible.) You’ll never struggle to get ahold of us, but we’ll happily leave you in peace if preferred. Also, we’ve tried the best and worst spots so you don’t have to. Ask us for a recommendation!
North End provides very easy access to Detroit’s best spots: Downtown, Midtown, Eastern Market, West Village, Cork Town, Hamtramck and more—all in a 10 minute drive or less. Bikes are available and the shops/cafes of New Center are a short ride away. However, it is the Motor City after all so we recommend having a car.
Remember--this is Detroit, not the suburbs, and you can really feel that here. Our guests appreciate the authenticity and sense of adventure they experience. You will see empty houses and vacant lots sprinkled among well-kept gardens and manicured lawns. You'll stumble upon impromptu barbecues, colorful street art and some eerie remnants of the city's past. The ice cream trucks here offer real soft serve for $1. The people you pass say hi and ask how you are. The urban farm down the street sells fresh produce on Saturdays... My fiancé and I live around the corner. We're proud to be in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods and happy to show you around. Just ask!
Bikes are provided at the home, please feel free to use them. Midtown, Eastern Market, Downtown and many of the City's best attractions are a 15 minute ride away. You’re check-in instructions include a link to a map that indicates the best biking routes! Also, gated parking is provided in the back, accessible via the rear alley.