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Historic House in Ideal Center City Location

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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!

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Jesse Dornstreich
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Historic House in Ideal Center City Location
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews

Perfect location & Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

This property is the perfect location for all Philadelphia sites. All the "Independence Hall" sites are a 15 minute walk. The Reading Terminal Market and City Hall are 30 minutes. Also, the owner couldn't have been more helpful or accommodating. Two things you'll want to know before you rent this place, though. First, parking is tough to find. Most street parking is two hours only. On this, I highly recommend the E-Z Park at 419 Bainbridge Street. They changed me $15 a day, easily cheapest around there, but I had to leave my car there the whole time. This was fine as we were on foot the whole time. Second, we had 7 people (two adults, 4 teenagers and one 10 year old). This place was perfect for that size and we all had bed space. However, if you wanted to push it to 10 people it's going to be tight. Other than that, this is truly a great property. Just loved it.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint historic home in great location

  • 4 of 5

This historic home is in a great location - walking distance to many local restaurants and bars. It's pretty cool to stay in such an old historic home. The communication from the owners was great.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, convenient, helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful townhome with nice large kitchen and bathroom. Bedrooms were all big with comfortable beds. Owner was very responsive and helpful. We would stay here again.

Be careful with parking. We double parked to drop off our bags and managed to get a ticket in the 5 minutes we left the car to drop off our bags.

Stairs are very steep for kids (and home is 3 stories) but owner had child gates, which we used without incident.

There was some street noise (shouting outside in the middle of the night that woke us up) but to be expected for staying right in the city.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here during the night before my wedding. The beautiful historic house was a wonderful backdrop for my getting ready photos. Steps away from south street, you have the option to relax in the house or party a few block away at the many chill spots. As a local this was a perfect way to come down from city life, before the wedding.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and lots of character!

  • 5 of 5

Located within walking distance of the Liberty Bell, Whole Foods and many restaurants/shops. I can't say enough about how great the owner was to work with (quick response time, helpful and kind). This is an old home but has LOTS of character. As others mentioned, the stairs are extremely steep so I wouldn't recommend to anyone with limited mobility. Overall a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Unique older home. Walking distance to historic sites. Enjoyed our saty.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Rates & Availability

South Philadelphia House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Fall/Winter discount
Oct 2 2016 - Mar 16 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
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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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

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