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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:
August 19, 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


Southwark 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


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

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Historic House in Ideal Center City Location
average rating of 4.6296296 based on 27 reviews

Quiet Historic Stay

  • 3 of 5

We really liked the inside charm of this property, it had everything we needed for our stay. The basement laundry was nice to have, but please note the stairs are steep. The third floor bedrooms were perfect for our teens. The staircase is steep but has handrails that made it easy to get up and down. The location is on a quiet street which we loved. Easy walking to all the sights, great coffee at Milk & Honey around the corner and lots a places to eat. Parking was easy in the garage at 3rd and South Street. The issue we had was with the curb appeal upon arrival as well as the upkeep of the street ( we know about being in a city) during the week. Not under the owners control... some of the issues were right outside the property doors. When we arrived there was random garbage along the street as well as a suitcase ( by its contents I am thinking it was left there by someone who was sleeping there ) with its contents laying in the street for the week. The owners were able to get the neighbor's left bags of garbage from the previous week removed for us. We would have given the property a 5/5 but the outside continued to be a "sore sight" during the week.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying DinaGrace! Please do keep in mind there is not usually any trash on the street. But when something is left on the street, the city will not come and remove but once a week, so this is the first time this was an issue. Thanks! Jesse
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girls overnight

  • 4 of 5

My girlfriends and I had a great time at this adorable location! We really enjoyed the back patio before we went out to dinner for our bride-to-be. There was ample space to accommodate all of us (6 girls total; originally supposed to be 8). Please keep in mind there are very steep winding stairs to the bedrooms which take some skill to maneuver in heels! Jesse was amazing at getting back to me right away with any questions I had. Great area to explore with a farmer's market on Sunday that is super close to this location. Thanks again Jesse!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, some challenges due to age of house.

  • 4 of 5

The beds are comfortable and a nicely appointed kitchen. It was functional and pleasant to stay for a family of 4 adults and a toddler. Great location. The small spiral staircases were challenging for my young daughter and my older parents. Also, the water pressure in the shower was lacking.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Character home in interesting part of the city, close to shops, cafes and the river.

  • 4 of 5

We were very comfortable in this quaint 3 story home. Walking distance to shops, river parks and museums. Enjoyed breakfast at the Famous Fourth St Deli and hired Citibikes for a ride up the river bikeway. Great place to stay for 4 adults who are mobile enough to climb the stairs. Host very responsive and check in very easy.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint and quirky

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a quick overnight between graduation events. Charming, very old row house. All we really needed were comfortable beds, a shower and some plates/utensils for breakfast. Check, check, check. Amenities were clearly available, no hunting around needed. Because our schedule was so nutty, we didn't arrive at the house until very late so it was nice to have a lockbox entry. Owner immediately responsive to all my early questions. As noted in other reviews, there is a 2-flight would-never-pass-code-today steep staircase, and the bathroom has a deep claw tub shower--so not a good set-up for anyone with mobility issues. The neighborhood had a number of cute places open early to grab bagels, coffee, etc.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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