About This Listing
Spacious third floor bedroom with queen bed, private bathroom and study in a traditional Philly rowhome in one of the NY Times' "hottest neighborhoods" Come live like a local for a night- plus we're only two blocks from the subway to center city!
We got a new couch and chairs since this was taken and they are grey (and much nicer)
Beautiful, French-inspired space in artsy Fishtown/East Kensington. The suite has a bedroom with a queen-sized bed, extra blankets, and an oversize armchair, a separate office, and a private full bath stocked with all linens, shampoo/conditioner/body wash, and a hair dryer. This space is ideal for 1-2 people and can be a romantic couples retreat or a quiet space for one person looking to get away. We have a garden in the back for you to enjoy in the warm months as well!
You have an entire floor to yourself! It's very private with lots of space. We are generally a quiet household, especially on weekdays. During the week, we're out the door by 8:30 and don't return 'til the evening, so you'll have the house to yourself. On weekends, we may have occasional visitors, but we are often out and about then as well.
Interaction with Guests
We only host when we are in town, but you'll have as much privacy as you need. We're happy to offer suggestions on where to eat, stuff to do or how to get around. If you want tea or coffee in the morning, let us know the night before and we'll set it up for you.
**Please be sure to get in touch with us when you book to let us know your arrival/departure plans. We work downtown during the day and you will likely need to meet up with us to retrieve a key if you're arriving during business hours**
Fishtown/East Kensington have recently been profiled by the New York Times as Philly's hippest neighborhood. Our home is walking distance to galleries, coffee shops, bars and more along the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor. We are in an up-and-coming, vibrant urban area and we hope you will love it as much as we do. Grab a slice of the Kira Tierston pizza at Pizza Brain and follow it up with a cone of Bourbon Vanilla ice cream at Little Baby's Ice Cream next door, or enjoy fine seasonal French dining at the BYOB Pickled Heron. Steap & Grind has great coffee, tea, and pastries. We also love Atlantis bar for a casual local brew, and Loco Pez for blood orange margaritas and Nachos de Kenzo (trust us). Soup Kitchen Cafe does an excellent bfast/lunch- we recommend the tomato soup and grilled cheese with pickled green tomatoes. A half mile south on Frankford Avenue, you'll find Frankford Hall, a German-style biergarten, and Fette Sau, the most delicious BBQ on the planet, all nestled next to some great local boutiques.
First Fridays are when the neighborhood really comes alive- all the galleries along Frankford Avenue stay open late for the party, so if you're here then, it's a lot of fun! Generally, Frankford Ave is a great place to wander around and check out shops/galleries/restaurants/bars.
We are two blocks from the Market-Frankford subway line, which takes you downtown in about 10 minutes. There are also several bus lines nearby. On-street parking is very plentiful and free. To get here from the Airport, take the Airport Line to 30th Street Station and hop on the Market-Frankford Line Eastbound, get off at York-Dauphin. Cross the overhead bridge, walk through the turnstiles, and exit through the stairway after the turnstile. Make a right at the end of the stairs, cross Front Street, and walk two blocks East to our house. We're on the left side of the street. If you're driving, we're the Girard/Aramingo Ave exit off of I-95.
Other Things to Note
We up until recently had two cats living in the house, but they were adopted to other homes due to Clare's allergies.
The neighborhood is diverse and rapidly changing, but overall it is pretty safe and we live on a great block with wonderful neighbors.
Our home is LGBT-friendly and we love meeting all different kinds of people.
No smoking of any kind in the house, please! We are definitely a fun-loving house but request that you be respectful and not bring extra guests back with you. Our listing is meant for two adults maximum and we'd prefer not to host more than that.
We unfortunately cannot host guests with unnatural hair colors (blue, green, pink, etc.) due to dye staining issues with bathroom/linens.
If you need something, just ask. Whether it's a forgotten toothbrush or a restaurant recommendation, we're happy to help. If you want coffee or tea in the morning, please let us know by 9 pm the night before and we will set it up.
Please remember to lock the door and don't leave valuables visible in your car. This is the city, so it is good to be mindful of your surroundings and exercise caution when walking around at night.
Clare and Tim's accommodation was perfect for our stay in Philly. The place is just as described, we had an entire floor to ourselves including bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. The decor is subtle and very warm, we felt at home right away. Our bed was incredibly comfortable, better than any hotel bed I've slept on. The area is close to public transportation and we never had a problem parking on their street or nearby.
Clare was extremely helpful and friendly, offering to meet me downtown to get us the key for our early checkin. Although she and Tim were scarcely around, she was always a quick text away and always had some great advice for food choices in Fishtown. If and when we return to Philly, this will be our first choice!
Hi Tim and Clare, we loved staying in your house, it was a really good weekend. Thank you for everything.
Clare and Tim made us feel really welcome. The room was very beautifully decorated and the bed very comfortable. They even left a bar of diary milk chocolate too which I loved! When we arrived they recommended some great places to eat and drink which were all within easy walking distance. I would highly recommend this place to stay.
Clare and Tim were great hosts with a great place! Clean and relaxing in a FANTASTIC neighborhood. A perfect romantic getaway!
My husband and I enjoyed staying at Clare and Tim's home. Good location
in Fishtown/Kensington area of Philly, parking easy and third floor bedroom, private bath and sitting room quiet, clean and spacious. Our hosts worked days but we felt welcomed into their renovated row house home. They are young professionals who know a lot about the area and could help orient us in this changing neighborhood. We would stay there again without any hesitations.
About the Host, Clare And Tim
Lifelong Philadelphian (Tim) married to a transplant (Clare), sharing a life of urban homesteading in one of Philly's hippest neighborhoods. We have both traveled extensively and are always planning our next trip. When we're home, we love cooking, reading, wine and craft beer, browsing flea markets, going to concerts, gardening, our two kitties, and volunteering in our community. Clare works in fundraising and Tim works in law enforcement. Welcome to our home!
The most amazing pizza, and it's home to a Guinness Book of World Records collection of pizza memorabilia.
OMG. Amazing ice cream in both dairy and non-dairy options. Go, go, go! They share a space with Pizza Brain so you can eat pizza and ice cream in the same place. Heaven.
You can purchase cases of beer, or try out their free tours/tastings between 1-3 PM on Saturdays. Super fun!
Fine French dining. White tablecloth, seasonal fare, BYOB. Reservations recommended.
Fun place to poke around for a few. You never know what you'll find!
Delicious soups, sandwiches, salads and coffee!
Our favorite local "dive" bar. Try the beers that are brewed right next door at Philadelphia Brewing Company next door.
Tasty coffee and pastries. Free wifi. Good spot to get work done.
Great bar with outdoor seating, lots of vegan/vegetarian options on the menu, too.
Kid-friendly. Tasty brunch or dinner. In the warm months, sit outside and enjoy their hot dog truck!
Delicious margaritas and Mexican specialties in a hip 70s chic setting. Try the blood orange margarita and the Nachos de Kenzo.
Great mixed drinks. Very reasonable and try the tater tots!
Fun little farm/nursery. Pick up fresh local produce, cheeses, bread, and other treats. Make sure you say hello to Milkshake the pig.
Delicious coffee and tea selection. Quiet, serene. Also a good place to do work.
Some of the best bar food in the area. Great beer selection. Kid-friendly.
Gorgeous handmade jewelry and accessories. Reasonably priced.
Fun old-timey divey bar with good food.
Great for the beer enthusiast. You can mix a six pack from their huge collection or stay in to drink and eat. Pool tables upstairs.
OMG delicious a la carte BBQ. Known for their whiskey/bourbon collection. Great happy hour, too. Also kid-friendly.
Fun German-style beer garden. Play ping pong, sit under the heat lamps in the winter, drink German beers. Kid-friendly during the day.
The original cool neighborhood bar. Shows upstairs at night. Great food and beer selection.