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The Historic & Walkable Philadelphia Washington Square West Home (2 bed/2 bath)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,050 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Welcome to Iseminger Street!

Nestled on one of the most quiet & charming car-free streets in Philadelphia only a few blocks from Independence Mall & the Liberty Bell. This property is an entire two bedroom & two bath home. *Note: It is rare to find a comparable home in the neighborhood with two full bathrooms & private bedrooms. One king bed, one queen bed, & one pull out couch. Large back patio, wood fireplace, dishwasher, laundry, Xfinity/Comcast cable TV, high-speed internet, coffee maker, & all essentials included (fresh towels, linens, extra blankets, soap, hair dryer, etc.). Just a few blocks from the PA Convention Center and near the heart of all the historic sights Philly has to offer!

While still firmly rooted in history dating back to the 1800s, this house has also been thoroughly updated. What is so special about this home is the original detailing: wood-beamed ceilings, original plank floors, fireplace (fireplace in living room can be used & other three fireplaces are only decorative), paneled doors, & vintage built-ins. Eat in kitchen, large back patio, two spacious bedrooms, & two bathrooms (One is custom & was added December 2016). Sleeps up to five people comfortably.

**Please be aware that this property has somewhat steep stairs -- typically ok for most but may not be suitable for very young children or the elderly.**

The entire home is yours to enjoy! The key will be left in a lockbox, so you'll be able to check in & out at your convenience. I will be available throughout your stay if you need anything & I'm always happy to help you customize your Philadelphia experience. If you need any advice on restaurants & things to do then please ask!

My home is in the middle of the Washington Square West neighborhood & was built in 1824. It is one of the oldest & most historic areas in Philadelphia. The neighborhood is residential with historic townhouses, but also walking distance to everything in Philadelphia including many restaurants, bars, & attractions. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, Rittenhouse Square, Old City, Society Hill, South Street, Bella Vista, & Graduate Hospital are all within a five to ten minute walk. The street is one of the most charming in Philadelphia & is quiet despite being in the middle of the city. You'll find everything you might need within walking distance including a corner store, coffee shops, Whole Foods, a wine/liquor store, Walgreens, & many top rated bars & restaurants!

Public transportation (bus & subway) is easily accessible. There is a bus stop just east of 13th & Lombard & the subway stop (Broad Street Line) is located at Broad & Walnut. The house is within walking distance to two major train stations (Suburban Station & Jefferson Station). 30th Street Station is a ten minute Uber/cab ride & airport is twenty minute Uber/cab (usually under $20)! Uber, Lyft, & taxis are all readily available in the area. There is also an Indego bike share station just a couple blocks from the house on 13th between Locust and Walnut.

Because my home is located on a car-free street in the heart of the city, nearby street parking can be limited. However, there are a few parking garages & public parking lots close by that charge about $25/day to park. Most street parking near the house is fine for 2 hours, but you can go a few blocks south of South Street to park for extended periods of time & I'm always happy to offer tips & help assist. I may be able to provide parking permits for the same price the city charges me. Just ask first because of limited availability.

More Details

Brook Burkavage
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018


Center City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1050 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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The Historic & Walkable Philadelphia Washington Square West Home (2 bed/2 bath)
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Outstanding Location! Perfect fit for exploring the history of Philly!

  • 5 of 5

Historic property fits perfectly with the history of the area. Steep stairs between levels but well-worth it! Would definitely stay here again upon a return visit to the Philadelphia area.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this historic Philadelphia home! We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to see, icluding the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Thank you Brook for the recommendations for places to eat as well. We really enjoyed The Last Drop for coffee drinks and breakfast food.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A nice property in a quaint neighborhood, right in the city center

  • 4 of 5

A very interesting historic property that is very comfortable for two couples. It is very close to all central city attractions and restaurants, making just about everything in walking distance.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and a well appointed historic townhome.

  • 5 of 5

Brook and company have done a great job in keeping this historic townhome charming while modernizing to be very comfortable. Close to historic sites, excellent restaurants, theater, and fun cafes/bars.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Twain Harte, California

Dream Home & Location!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Brook's lovely home. When I travel to an area and have a week to spend, I want to know what it feels like to live there. A hotel cannot offer you that but a vacation home can and this one does it brillantly! From our first evening, we felt like we were part of this lovely neighborhood. We were within walking distance of so many things that Philadelphia has to offer, and if it was too far to walk, the bus lines were close and easy to use. The house itself was so much fun! We got a lot of exercise climbing up and down the stairs (much needed), and it was so exciting to know that this house was built around 1824 so we were recreating history every place we went in the house. We were on the go most of the time while there but we had so much fun out on the back patio at the end of the evening or while enjoying a glass of wine before heading out to dinner. There were two senior couples in our group and everyone felt the same. If I ever return to Philadelphia, this wonderful home is where I want to stay. I can't thank Brook enough for providing such a special place.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fort Collins, CO

Charming and historical accommodations for two couples

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay and found the townhouse very charming and comfortable. We were two couples; my husband and I are in our mid-50s and my parents are ~80. We had been warned about the narrow stairs (because of my parents' ages), but as active 80-year-olds, my parents did just fine with them, and we found they added to the charm.

We were within easy walking distance from many nice restuarants (Pinefish was our favorite) and we used Uber a few times when we were feeling walked out. We also walked to most of the major attractions.

It was nice for each couple to have the privacy of our own bedroom and bathroom on separate floors and the kitchen in the lower level enabled the early risers to gather and talk (loudly) while those of us who like to sleep in were able to do so (without hearing any noise).

During our stay we toured the Betsy Ross house which felt nearly the same, so we felt like we were really experiencing history.

The space was very comfortable for four adults, but should not be confused with huge and spacious. This experience was much more about feeling as though we were a part of the local history.

Thank you for the wonderful visit and for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
CC Fee $20
H. Serv. Fee $15
Cleaning fee $99
Tax Rate 8.5%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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