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First Class, Historic Home in Kerrytown

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic Home, 6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-16)

John W. Maynard constructed this center-entry side gabled brick house in 1840. 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 176 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 house has recently served as a temporary residence for Neve Campbell, Hillary Swank, and other celebrities which should also indicate that it's one of the best in Ann Arbor.

The set up for the beds in the home is 2 bedrooms with king sized beds, 2 bedrooms with queens, 1 bedroom with a full, a full sized pull out couch, and 2 twin beds in a newly remodeled attic. There is also plenty of floor space for air mattresses if need be.

Although the home is already beautiful we have projects and refining done throughout the year to make it better and better. Without a doubt this is the best home to rent in the Ann Arbor area.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

About David

Local business owner and golf junkie.

David purchased this house in 2010

Why David chose Michigan

This home is also my place of residence. So it is cared for daily and is undergoing continuous updates/improvements.


Old Fourth Ward House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Twin beds in 500 sqft Attic Space
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep sofa with double bed, 2 twin beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis


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First Class, Historic Home in Kerrytown
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Maynard House made our Big Chill weekend

  • 5 of 5

When planning a special Ann Arbor weekend for my 25th undergrad reunion, as well as my husband's 20 B-School reunion, I came across this house on VBRO and thought it might be a great place to gather. The house was immaculate and very comfortably slept 11 of us. While we did flip for the two basement bedrooms, the bathroom on that level is very nice and no one felt shorted. The house was perfectly located for every weekend activity - Main St, Zingerman's, Angelo's and Michigan stadium all a short walk away. We were constantly gathered in the well appointed kitchen, comfortable LR and in front of the enormous TV to watch the Cub's win the playoffs. One of the best memories of the weekend -- our group photo on the front lawn reenacting the Big Chill movie poster. We are already plotting our return in 5 years and friends who were enamored of Maynard House have hinted that they will try to poach this house. Not on our watch!!! Thank you for making the booking easy and the stay such a pleasure. The house really was central to a memorable weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


My wife and I would like to thank you for your hospitality. Your house created an exceptional atmosphere for us to enjoy our son's commissioning into the United States Navy and Graduation from The University of Michigan. This is without a doubt the best VRBO property in all of Ann Arbor. Your location is ideal for shopping and dining. The house is everything you advertise it to be. Any large family with a son or daughter graduating from Michigan would be remiss if they didn't consider reserving your house for their special occasion. Again, thank you! We will cherish the memories from our very special weekend at your home.

All the best.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than the comforts of home in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our experience was stellar. The property exceeded our expectations. It was meticulously cleaned and the layout was ideal. Despite the location on a well traveled street, our rooms were peaceful and quiet. One unforeseen bonus was the home's Sonos system.

"Good customer service" does not begin to describe the owner David. He was always prompt and reassuring when communicating via email, and he graciously met us at the house upon arrival despite the late time. His friendly demeanor enhanced our visit.

The house is located only a couple of blocks from Kerrytown. It is also an easy walk to both Central Campus and Main Street. We enjoy Sava's for breakfast and my vegan daughter loves The Blue Nile for dinner. I have an affection for the Kelsey Museum, whose exhibits are world class.

I highly recommend this property and look forward to returning to it one day soon.

Thank you David for making our visit to Ann Arbor a success.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic home and location for a special birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful home for a celebration of a special birthday with our sons and their wives. The house is in fantastic condition and super clean, with a well-appointed kitchen, media room, comfy sofas and fireplace, plenty of internet access. We walked into town for dinner at the Blue Tractor (super!); drinks, groceries and breakfast at Babo; explored by foot along the river through the park system; sat in the rocking chairs on the porch and watched the Ann Arbor world go by. So much better than a hotel! All six of us agreed that it was a perfect choice and would come again. David was responsive, professional and friendly. Five+ stars indeed.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home and location for hosting family for Ann Arbor wedding

  • 5 of 5

This grand home worked perfectly for us as a centrally located, welcoming and comfortable gathering spot during our daughter's Ann Arbor wedding week. It was the perfect location to host out of town family, make wedding day preparations, and host a good-bye brunch on the morning after the wedding. The home is beautifully restored and the owner a gracious host.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad the wedding weekend played out the way you wanted it and that my home was able to assist in making the celebration a success. Please come back anytime since you all were wonderful guests!
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Awesome Graduation Experience

  • 5 of 5

Perfect home away from home for extended family during graduation. Home is beautiful and well-equipped. Enjoyed preparing family dinners in the well appointed kitchen and sitting on the fabulous front porch. A pleasant walk to Ann Arbor and U of M activities.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Old Fourth Ward House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Damage Deposit $500

*Please note that all rates are still subject to the owner's discretion depending on availability and season.

2 Night Minimum at least $3500
2 Night Weekend Minimum at least $4000
Weekly Rate is $8500
Football Weekends $5,000 - $6,000 for 2 nights (Price will vary depending on demand)
Commencement Weekend $5,500 for 2 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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