This is a quiet house in an urban neighborhood. What the neighborhood lacks beauty, it has in convenience. You have the entire house to yourself and my super sweet cat bean.
This row home is in walking distance to Center City and the Passyunk Ave shopping district. It is six blocks from the subway and one block from two buses. The house is equipped with wifi, washer/dryer, sofa bed, a full sized sunny bedroom, office work space, quiet street, free and easy parking, clean towels and sheets and me to answer all of your Philadelphia questions. There is a cute backyard for hanging out in.
There are some great bars, coffee shops, restaurants all within walking distance. There are convenience and beer stores around the corner. Please keep in mind, this is a dense urban area in a mixed neighborhood. If you've never stayed in a city before, this is probably not the place for you. If you love cities, come on over.
I do have a cat who will be here. Her name is Bean and she is a sweetheart. If you are staying here while I am away and wouldn't mind feeding and taking care of her for a let me know. Otherwise, a cat sitter will be stopping in daily.
Please know that you can use the kitchen, but the food stocked in the house is not for communal use. Bring your own food, but feel free to use all of the appliances and cookware. This is a vegetarian household so please be considerate about not bringing meat into the house.
I cannot rent to anyone under the age of 21.
This is a non-smoking house.
The entire house. This is the home that I live in. If you're staying here it means I will not be here if you have access to the entire house.
Interaction with Guests
I only have guests staying in my house when I am not here, so you will not see me. However I will want to talk to you on the telephone and check in via text when you arrive to make sure everything is okay.
I love the proximity to Center City, I love that I can hear birds chirping From my bedroom window and I love the diversity.
I am one block away from the number 17 bus and a few blocks away from the number two bus. Six blocks to the subway. A mile and a half walk to Center City.
Other Things to Note
Parking is easy. The bad neighbors have moved out and so now the neighborhood is very quiet.
Doors should be locked when inside or leaving the house.
Please use the lock box to store the key. Move the numbers after you enter the combo, so no one can open the box besides you. The code Will be given to you upon payment.
No smoking/drugs in the house.
Please throw away your trash/ recycling/ compost upon departure. The recycling and compost bins are in the back yard.
All dirty towels and sheets should be put in the hamper before your departure.
Do your best to conserve electricity during your stay.
If you move anything during your stay, please return it to its original location before departure.
Please call me immediately if there are any questions or problems.
Her name is Bean. She's 14, healthy and a love muffin. She just wants to be brushed and pet, and may even sleep with you! Please give her lots of love.
Her food is on top of the refrigerator and you should just top off her bowl daily. She'll never empty it.
Her water class IS IN MY BEDROOM. I know it's weird, but it's on the floor by the mirror. Please be sure to give her fresh water daily.
She's allowed to go in the backyard. Just don't lock her out there.
Her litter box should be scooped when there are poops there. There are plastic bags over the stove to put them in and throw them away.
Your security deposit will be turned immediately upon my return when I see that nothing is broken or missing. Thank you.
Ellie was a great host - upfront she provided all of the information that I would need about the apartment and what I experienced was all true to what she said. When I'm looking for a place to stay all I really need is for someone to be upfront about the situation and she was! She was very helpful in providing directions to me and tips about where to eat.
The apartment is spacious and convenient, and the block is quiet and not too far from anything that you'd probably like to do in the city.
Although interactions with Ellie were great and she herself made efforts of being a good host, I still feel no alternative than to leave a negative review. First, the previous guests left the house a mess and neglected all the rules that Ellie had left. The garbage's were full, the dirty sheets left in the middle of the bathroom, and the kitchen was so messy that we avoided it all together. Second, I was fine with the neighborhood itself but the NEIGHBORS were atrocious. They were violently screaming and fighting from the moment we arrived at 4:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. [we went out at 6 p.m. and intentionally stayed out until 11:30, much later than planned, because we felt so uncomfortable]. Then we were awoken at 4 a.m. by the most volatile fight yet.
Bean was the most redeeming part of the stay, but unfortunately learned the hard way I developed an allergy to cats. All factors of which made us more than happy to rent a hotel room the second night.
All in all, I feel badly because most these factors were out of Ellie's control but it does not change the fact that our stay was nothing to be desired.
This review seems to be unfair, in that the issues states were indeed out of my control. The neighbors had a fight. I cannot control that. The previous guests didn't clean up. This is an airbnb issue that I am taking up with them. They were disasterous guests and this also is not my fault. You're allergic to (email hidden)ain, not my fault.
I called you and asked if everything was okay and you said it was all fine. Instead I come home to find a note and a bad review. I'm wondering why you didn't communicate your concerns with me directly?
I could have sent a neighbor over to help clean up at the very least....
I'm sorry you were unhappy and I'll apologize for the circumstances beyond my control.
None of this is what I wanted to come home to and I'm sad it was negative for both of us. When I left the house was spotless, the furniture wasn't moved around, there was no trash, I left sheets and towels out for you and all was well in the neighborhood.
This house was beyond atrocious and dirty. Do not let the pictures mislead you. This woman is a scam artist. She is trying to ask for a $900 resolution, for items I did not even use let alone break. She's accusing me of using her credit card to buy an item off amazon. How can I do that without her amazon login and password? She makes up all these ridiculous accusations without realising her irrationality.
She has also accused me of not contacting her. When there was no Internet connection in her house the day she left. Unable to contact her, faced with a dirty house. Weirdly I discovered i have a cat allergy while at her house. But what I really think it is, is the dirt, dust and bugs that are trawled everywhere that caused that. Celine's review down below is exactly how mine was. The kitchen was dirty, dusty plates, dusty floor, dusty utensils. Everything I used I had to wash beforehand extensively.
She has left a terrible and untrue review on my profile. Calling my boyfriend a thug. After she insulted him the day we turned up at her house. Ellie is rude, inconsiderate, dirty, and a scammer.
Please do not stay at her house. Avoid at all costs. You're better off at a hotel or another airbnb house. Your eyes will itch, body will itch, because of the dust and dirt in her house. Stay away. It's cheap for a reason.
To add insult to injury, her neighbours were incredibly loud at all hours of the night. Screaming, shouting, fighting, swearing. Ellie does not mention her loud and dangerous neighbourhood on her airbnb profile. I had no idea until the day I got there.
Beanie was a nice cat, but unfortunately with a terrible owner like Ellie. Beanie refused to eat her cat food. And only ate the treats. Beanie is underweight because of her mistreatment from Ellie. I only feel sorry for the Cat in this situation. I'm sure that Ellie will blame an airbnb guest for the death of her 13 year old cat in the foreseeable future.
Please stay away.
Fact: this girl was 18 and her boyfriend is still in high school. They have never had to take care of themselves or a home. I did not know this before they arrived. It's my fault for leaving them alone in my house.
Fact: They actually caused $900 worth of damage. My bed was covered in their sex fluids, sheets and duvet cover ruined, a plate from the 1950s broke under the weight of the dirty dishes they left in the sink, they tried to make pancakes in a soup pot (???) and left the batter in the pot and pans used ruining those, a wooden spoon I brought back from Costa Rica was in there and ruined, they used my food when I soecifically asked them not to and left Chinese food containers everywhere, including my bedroom. That's just the kitchen. I came home to find my credit card out, my computer monitor not working and other things in my office out of place.
Fact: I had the house cleaned before they arrived and after I got home. Time before was 2 hours. Time after their visit was 4 hours. There are no bugs in the house, unless they brought them in with them. Bugs were a problem over the summer but they have since been exterminated. This is my home and I take pride and care in it.
Fact: My cat Bean is petit, not underfed. She's been 9 pounds her whole adult life. She picks at her food. The fact that they tried to feed her human food and treats instead of her prescribed care horrifies me. This woman clearly knows nothing about caring for animals.
Fact: the internet was working for the next guest Michelle. I'm not sure why they couldn't use it.
Fact: the fighting neighbors have moved out.
Fact: this is the city. I vow never to rent to anyone under the age of 23 who has not lived in a city before. My feeling is that if the city makes you uncomfortable, you should probably stay in a hotel.
Fact: I don't charge that much here because I'm trying to accommodate budget travelers, as I am one myself.
I don't appreciate the lies, exaggerations and mischaracterizations written in this review. In all of my time with airbnb, this experience has nene the worst of two negative experiences. Most other guests are able to communicate like adults.
This has been very distressing to say the least.
Ellie was very accommodating and transparent! We planned a last minute trip to Phily, and it all worked out. Ellie has an easy and clear cut system for her guests. It's an urban neighborhood, and we enjoyed having full use of her house.
Ellie's room is very cozy, and she has a cute cat, bean will sleep with you, if you like cat, you will like bean, although we didn't met Ellie in this weekend, but everything is fine, Ellie always told us if we have question just let her know :) she is nice
My wife and I stayed at Ellie's house for a weekend. We didn't get to meet, but communication was flawless. We didn't have any problems at all. She has a cute cat named Beans, this cat simply made our day! Too charming! The neighborhood is very quiet at night, so you fully sleep. I just can’t thank enough Ellie for allowing us to stay at her place for such a reasonable price
My experience at Ellie's house was an awful experience. First of all we had bad surprises when we arrived in the neighborhood which is unsafe for tourists or young girls Like me. (You have to be very careful when you choose your neighborhood in Philadelphia).
Then Ellie's house is not clean at all. There is even cockroaches in the kitchen, kitchen's tools are disgusting & I'm not talking about the bathroom...
In a few words, I think that Ellie's house is not well located for foreigners, and definitely not "cool" like it's written on the announce.
The only good point was her cat which is very lovely.
Celine. If you had taken the time to communicate with me at all before you arrived, I would have told you where to go, what to expect and so on. It sounds to me like you've never experienced a mixed neighborhood before and your comment comes off as racist. Black people do not make a neighborhood unsafe.
The house was cleaned before your arrival.
To me it sounds like you would have been happier in a hotel.
My question is this: If my house was so awful, why in the world did you invite yourself to stay an extra night without my permission and lock yourself inside? This action displaced my next guest and inconvenienced a number of people.
I heard ZERO communication from you about your concerns or desire to stay.
I do believe that you're better off staying in a hostel or hotel in the future.
There still has been no explanation why you didn't ask my permission to stay here an unauthorized night, not pay for it and then rip apart my house. This is just rude.
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