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Historic House in Ideal Center City Location

Bedrooms 3
Property type house


About the property

You'll have the full house with three bedrooms, two queen beds, one double bed, and two sleeper sofas. The dining room is a brand new space with real stone floors and the kitchen hardwood has been recently refinished as well. The bathroom includes marble floors, a claw foot bathtub, and is next to a walk in closet with ample space. The third floor bedrooms may be the nicest space in the house with exposed brick and refinished original exposed beams.

Our cobblestone Street has no cars. These half block streets are sprinkled throughout old city. There is nothing like stepping outside onto pedestrian-only cobblestones. You'll find ample street parking a half a block over on Bainbridge as well as three pay lots within one block. From the airport and train stations a taxi is the easiest way to arrive, but Market East station is walkable as well. You can take the bus almost anywhere, but the best way to enjoy the charm, history, and culture of our city is to walk and explore!

Within minutes walking distance:

Independence National Historical Park:

The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and much more!

The Betsy Ross House

South Street (the TLA Theater concert venue and Jim's Cheesesteaks)

Old City Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife

The Italian Market

Reading Terminal Market

Washington Square

Headhouse Square Farmer's Market

The new Spruce Street Harbor Park

Penn's Landing and the Delaware Riverfront

Broad Street Theater District

The vintage shops at Fabric Row

Antiques Row shopping

The Art Gallery district for First Friday

Several grocery stores including Whole Foods, ShopRite, and Essene (a local macrobiotic healthfood store with hot bar)

It's easy to explore all of Center City on foot. All the restaurants and shopping of the Rittenhouse square neighborhood is only a half hour walk, we do it all the time! Of course it's also very easy to catch a taxi just a block over on South Street any time of day or night!

More Details

Jesse Dornstreich
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Jesse Dornstreich

My wife Elizabeth and I have loved living in Philadelphia for over ten years. A year and a half ago we added little boy Benjamin to our family. We are avid travelers often planning three or four trips ahead. Even with baby Benny in tow, we just strap him in and go! From nature, to small towns, to the cities of the world, we just can't get enough. Some of my favorite trips of the past few years have been Edinburgh and the Scottish highlands, the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, San Francisco and this past summer a wedding in Portugal and Andalucia, Spain!

Jesse Dornstreich purchased this house in 2004


South Philadelphia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Historic House in Ideal Center City Location
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Cute place but watch those stairs!

  • 3 of 5

This is a very cute apartment in a very funky neighborhood. The owner was attentive and the apartment clean. However this is a very narrow building and the second and third floor are accessed by an exceptionally narrow spiral staircase with at least one broken step. This would be a bad place for anyone with physical disabilities, older people or folks with young children to stay. It was fine for us but i dreaded using the staircase. In addition it is a showerbin a claw bathtub which is also not great for older folks and anyone with infirmaries.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Nice stay at a nice property in a cool neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

The house is very nice and clean. The pictures make it seem a little bigger than it is but it wasn't a problem. I would definitely recommend to anyone staying in Philly.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was great!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, Charming House, Responsive Owners

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this home with my three young children (5, 4 and 2). We were very comfortable. The Apple TV was a great perk. Great restaurants for kids nearby, as well as cafes for morning coffee runs. There was a reasonably priced parking lot just a block away, and I even found street parking for a couple of the nights of our stay. Jesse was very responsive, courteous and accommodating -- at the last minute, we were even able to extend our stay an extra day. My only caveat is that the stairs were sort of tricky for my little ones, but they did fine with them if they took care. Also, there were baby gates available for use -- unfortunately, my youngest is a climber, so not as useful for us as they would be for other families ;) In sum, I highly recommend this rental and definitely hope to rent it again for our future trips to Philly.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, cute house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house for a bachelorette party weekend. Great location for Philly attractions and restaurants, as well as a nice home to spend time together as a group. Netflix/Apple TV options were a huge plus. Lots of room for sleeping -- all six gals had separate sleeping spaces. Likewise, the owner was very helpful and easy to communicate with, always responded within a few minutes. Took some other reviewers' advice and parked in the lot on Bainbridge instead of dealing with street parking.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Cute historic house on a little alleyway.

  • 5 of 5

House is as pictures depict. Jesse was easy to work with and quick response time. House comes with everything you would need. We slept 6 and it was comfortable. The two couches are not pull outs as you would think- I would not consider them comfortable at all, but if someone can sleep anywhere, I'd say they could work. Parked our van right near the house- across Bainbridge from the house. Kind of the corner of it and 3rd. It was $20 a night. Not bad for the city and so close to loading and unloading. The stairs are steep, but have nice handles to get up and down. If any mobility issues- this would be difficult. It was a quiet neighborhood and easy to come and go. This house is right near South St which has many places to eat. Jim's steaks has good Philly cheesesteaks. If you have the right walking shoes....bring them. We walked all over the city. It was wonderful and we enjoyed the city life and all Philadelphia has to offer. Bareburger was our first dinner there. Highly recommended. If you go to the North end across the Schuykill River, I recommend Spread Bagelry. Other than food, I really enjoyed walking at night and seeing the lights and people. We ran into a band of tubas, trombones, drums and more of family/friends playing together and it was amazing. You will not be disappointed in Philly or the house.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Rates & Availability

South Philadelphia House Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 8.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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